Jan. 6, 2021 will likely be one of those days that, years from now, people will remember where they were, what they saw, and how they felt when a mob of domestic terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol, live on television and the internet.
Wednesday afternoon, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump marched to the seat of the American government at the president’s urging. Waving Trump flags and wearing MAGA hats, hundreds of them stormed inside the Capitol, some invading the Senate chamber and congressional offices, pushing and breaking their way into the historic building through violence and sheer overwhelming numbers. Four people died as a result of the clash, including a woman who was shot by Capitol Police. The others died from health emergencies arising from the insurgent attack.
Hours after the siege began, a combined force of National Guard troops, Metropolitan Police, FBI agents and Capitol Police moved in to repel the insurrectionists — using flashbang grenades for some, but mostly slowly leading many out and away from the Capitol, one officer even helping one rioter walk down the steps — to finally clear the building sometime after dusk.
According to Washington, D.C.’s mayor, a total of 52 people were arrested, all but 14 for violating a 6 p.m. curfew; Several of the 14 arrested were charged with assault, 4 others for possession of a gun and possession of a “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” That’s just 14 people out of thousands who disrupted the Constitutional count of electoral votes to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
Throughout the day and into the night, out LGBTQ athletes, coaches, journalists and other sports folks were among those sharing their thoughts on social media; some famous allies did, too. Below is a selection of some of those posts, tweets, retweets and commentary.
Waking up to this is disgusting. The day that the senate had been flipped we have white supremacists committing domestic terrorism. White privilege is real, our country is held to two different standards based on the color of your skin..
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) January 7, 2021
If the rioters storming the Capitol building today were Black and Brown people, the police response would be much different.
Thinking of all the public servants trapped inside and praying for their safety.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 6, 2021
Straight ally Reggie Miller:
I am proud to be an American. That stands on the good days, and the bad. Today was shocking, egregious and shameful, but I will never give those people the influence to steal my pride. Mother Mary, protect us. #dontkillmypride
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 7, 2021
I wish we had some kind of group of anti-fascists who could’ve warned us about this. They even could have had some clever name like antfast or something idk idk.
— Merts (@ConnerMertens) January 7, 2021
Conner Mertens also RT’d this:
The image of the black Capitol workers cleaning up behind white supremacist thugs who attempted a coup just a couple of ours ago is almost more than heart can take. https://t.co/an289IKFKB
— Keenan Austin Reed (@CapitolK_Aus) January 7, 2021
I never thought I’d see the day where foreign leaders lecture the United States on protecting Democracy and warning their citizens to be vigilant.
The United States under Trump and his crackpots. #TrumpFailedAmerica #TREASON #coup
— Anthony Nicodemo ️ (@coachNicodemo) January 6, 2021
Journalists (straight and LGBTQ) weighed-in, too:
Always interesting to see how white protestors can encounter so little resistance and breach the capitol with the vice-president there, while black protestors would be lying dead in front of the capitol building right now.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 6, 2021
The country is under attack by anarchists carrying guns, waving the flag of treason, and encouraged by a man who is heard on tape trying to pressure law officials to join his coup attempt.
— LZ Granderson (@LZGranderson) January 6, 2021
All these conservatives suddenly calling for peace can collectively shut the entire fuck up. You, along with Trump, have incited this violence. You have unleashed this terror. Me and the rest of the black people will continue to mind our black ass business.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 6, 2021
And we leave you with this message from Esera Tuaolo: