What started as a large gathering to fight the baseless claim of voter fraud in the 2020 election turned into insurrection and rioting Wednesday as a Pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
While congress men and women were recounting the presidential election votes, the mob, hoping to make a statement, stood outside the Capitol as they protested the official ruling of Joe Biden’s victory.
Original peaceful intentions quickly turned violent, turning the protest to a riot. These rioters then broke through police lines and stormed into the Capitol building, causing chaos and harm.
A women was even shot and died a few hours later from the gunshot wound. Four people eventually died during the day's events.
The events from today are being talked about nationwide and are causing even more confusion and division between citizens in America.
Though this event occurred in Washington D.C., the effects of the recent violence are being felt in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and are being talked about by students on campus.
For freshman Zac Robbins, he looks at events like today through a religious lens, focusing more on morals and ethics.
“I don’t align with political parties, I’m not a Trump supporter or a Biden Supporter. I think what happened today was an utter shame to the democratic process of America,” Robbins said. “I think whatever the beliefs, we have a responsibility to enact change peacefully and with compassion. If one believes that the election was rigged, they have the right to believe that. They do not have the right to do what we saw today.”
For British international students Stephanie Moss and Kian Davis, it was a bit of an alarming event, but unfortunately not a huge surprise .
“There seems to be quite a bit of unrest recently, so I’m kind of not surprised,” Moss said. “Extreme things are happening, and I guess it’s kind of unsettling to see since coming into the country, but you know I’m really not surprised to see the things that are happening.”
Stephanie Moss, the Manchester native, also shared that she feels ”politics are on a completely different level here in America.”
For Davis, the events at the capitol were so bizarre, they were almost comical.
“The media calling Trump supporters ‘protesters’ is a joke, they are terrorists, and that was far from a protest,” said Davis. “Trump should take responsibility and tell them to stop and get over the election that he lost. I feel it’s crazy how people can be brainwashed into thinking this is okay and call it a “revolution.”
For Iowa native Mackenzie Michael, she is having trouble believing the information she is seeing on the news.
“It’s really hard because obviously you have the leftists that have their side and then you have people on the right,” said Michael. “I’ve seen stuff on instagram that’s saying the police let them in and the protests were peaceful that way but I’ve also heard that the leftists attacked them. So it’s really hard for me to believe anything.”
For freshman Izzy Hinojosa, the answer is simple: follow the rules.
“First of all, Trump had a right to call for a recount of votes, but when the Supreme Court wouldn’t take the case he should have dropped it,” Hinojosa said. “Second, the republicans had a right to peacefully protest, not riot. Anyone who storms the capitol should face the same punishment.”
Hinojosa believes that all people, whether the President of the United States or a regular citizen, have the right to react, but there is no need for unwarranted behavior.
“I don’t think either party is reacting justly to their own parties actions or condemning the other party fairly, and the US is too divided between 2 parties instead of trying to find a middle ground.” Hinojosa said.