Social Media Reacts to the Three-Year Anniversary of Jan. 6 Insurrection

CAPTION: Capitol insurrectionists storming the building on January 6, 2021 (Photo credit: Tyler Merbler).

Saturday marked the anniversary of an ignoble moment in American history: It was the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

That’s when Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to protest his 2020 Presidential Election loss to Joe Biden. The rioters acted out this terrorist attack to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. 

The insurrection resulted in appalling violence committed against approximately 140 law enforcement officers. Lawmakers barricaded themselves in the House chambers. The rioters also had Capitol Hill staff under siege as many barricaded themselves in their offices and hid under their desks on that day.

At the three-year mark of this inglorious moment, over 1,200 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection, and over 450 people have been incarcerated, serving sentences that ranged from a few days to 20 years, reports The New York Times. 

Authorities are still looking to track down about 80 people suspected of participating in the attacks. 

All told, five people died as a result of the event. 

Although an 18-month investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives committee concluded that Trump engaged in a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 Presidential election results and did not act to stop the Jan. 6 attacks, polls like this one show that he remains the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination. 

Moreover, a WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times report also found that Trump neglected to sign the Illinois loyalty oath as part of his nominating petition that he submitted to the State Board of Elections on Thursday. Presidential candidates sign this oath to confirm that they won’t advocate for overthrowing the federal or state government. 

Yet, on the third anniversary, many took to social media to post reflections on the grim event. Others condemned the individuals suspected of participating or used the anniversary to affirm the heroism of those who tried to stand up to the insurrectionists. Even the President and Vice President weighed in.



Mayor Brandon Johnson did as well:

Trump’s son gave his version of the Jan. 6 events: 

People also showed love to Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who was famously photographed standing up to rioters:

Of course, members of “Black Twitter” took the time to lampoon the whole thing:





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