By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: January 7, 2021 ~
There is growing anger in America today as the public has time to digest the violent video footage of Trump’s citizen militia storming the Capital building yesterday. According to the Washington, D.C. Police Chief, Robert Contee, four people died during the melee, one woman from a gunshot wound inside the Capital building and three others from “medical emergencies.” Contee also reported that at least 56 police officers were injured.
As questions grow as to why the Capitol Police were not adequately prepared for the invasion, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced at a news conference today that the military is erecting a seven-foot, non-scalable fence around the full perimeter of the Capitol. McCarthy also announced that 6,200 National Guard troops from Washington, D.C. and six states will be deployed to the area. McCarthy said these security measures will be in place for “no less than the next 30 days.”
It is also becoming clear today that the rioters that Trump said he loved and called “patriots” have heaped disgrace on the United States on the front pages of newspapers around the world.
The Edmonton Sun in Canada called it an “Attack on Democracy.” Front pages of newspapers throughout Europe led with the attack on the U.S. Capital, with most noting that Trump had incited the attack. The Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium captioned a large front page photo of invaders inside the Capital with “Trump supporters storm capitol after inflammatory speech.”
Brazil’s Folha De S. Paulo led with the headline: “Inflated by Trump, crowd invades and vandalizes Congress.”
Germany’s Hamburger Morgenpost carried a full front page photo of the Trump rioter wearing a headdress of fur pelts and horns with a headline calling attention to the fact that U.S. politicians had to escape an invasion. Le Figaro in France put it simply: Democracy Fractured.
Switzerland’s 24 Heures filled their front page with a photo of plainclothes Capitol Police with guns drawn as rioters stormed a barricaded door to Congressional chambers. Their headline calls it an “insurrection.”
There are now growing calls for Trump to be removed from office immediately, including calls from some Republicans, by invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.