Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Congress last night, expressing dissatisfaction with the election results and tried to prevent the confirmation of the vote by which Joe Biden would be appointed as the new President of the United States.
Unfortunately, what began as a peaceful protest, at one point lost control, became a mob, and ended with 4 casualties.
Washington is still under curfew, and the Capitol building with surrounding streets is crowded by members of the police and National Guard. It is expected that this situation will last at least until the inauguration day, and very likely longer, largely depending on political comments from Trump and his close associates.
Pence’s Twitter comments about the protest
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reacted on Twitter after Congress was locked down and stated that the “peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”.
He also tweeted “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”
Fox News shared the story about Pence’s comments on their Facebook page, which provoked thousands of comments in which many Trump supporters declared Pence as a traitor.
“You are a traitor!”
Most commentators believe that the mainstream media and some politicians have reacted very clearly and promptly to yesterday’s riots, while in recent months and years they have been silent about similar protests and riots caused by organizations like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Thus, many media, but also Pence himself, found themselves under the “fire” of comments accusing them of double standards when it comes to violence.
A large number of comments characterized Pence as a traitor who turned his back on all those who supported him and voted for him.
Some accusations say that Pence is on George Soros’s payroll and that most of those who stormed the Capitol were actually infiltrated opponents of Trump, financed by the billionaire investor.
Up to this day, Pence hasn’t addressed any of the accusations.