What started last Wednesday as a peaceful protest on Capitol Hill ended with a mob breaking into the Capitol building itself — and bloodshed. Four protesters died, one of them shot by police. And shockingly, the mob itself turned murderous, killing a police officer, Brian Sicknick.
Although the number of protesters who went on that criminal rampage was small, compared to the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters who gathered in Washington, the images of a mob bursting into the very centre of the U.S. government have been cemented as the final scenes of the Trump presidency. What a disaster, by every measure.
This is the story of my visit to Washington D.C., with Rebel News. Our motto is “telling the other side of the story,” and that is what I set out to do. We follow the facts wherever they lead. And I did not expect them to lead here.
What happened at the Capitol will change how we live our lives, not just in America but in my home of Canada, too. Just as 9/11 changed how we all use airports, the reaction to the mob at the Capitol has already changed how we can use the internet, how we engage in democracy, and who we are allowed to speak to and hear from.
One definition of terrorism is using violence or the threat of violence to effect political change. And enough protesters met that definition to have given the left a crisis that it will certainly not let go to waste.
The mob at the Capitol was a tragedy and a crime, a disgrace to the party that calls for law and order and backing the blue. But I fear that however bad it was, it is already being used to destroy our civil liberties in ways unthinkable even a few weeks ago. Tech companies that donated millions to Black Lives Matter are now using the Capitol incident to deplatform conservatives en masse — not just the individuals who participated in the mob, but anyone who simply doesn't share their point of view.
Some Democrats have compared this mob to 9/11. That’s an absurd comparison. But it’s accurate in one respect: it will be used as a pretext to demonize the new government’s political opponents, and as a justification for censorship and even criminalization of dissent.
I went to Washington to report on the transition of power from Trump to Biden. I didn’t know I would be going to cover a riot — and the beginning of the end of our civil liberties.
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Thousands of Americans rallied in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to hear President Donald Trump speak at his Save America March.
Americans have come from as far as Hawaii to protest in the nation's capital city, enraged by what they say was a stolen presidential election.
As the President speaks near the White House, legislators at the Capitol are preparing to debate and vote on the Electoral College votes presented to Congress.
Over a dozen Republican senators have vowed to reject the votes, and even more members of Congress plan to do the same in the newly sworn-in House of Representatives. Some legislators do not want the votes to necessarily go back to their respective states for reconsideration, most are simply asking the Vice President to delay the federal certification by 10 days to allow for an audit of the 2020 election.
Trump has said that he expects Vice President Mike Pence to use his authority as President of the Senate to send the Electoral College votes back to the states for reconsideration. Whether the VP does or not will be made clear Wednesday afternoon.
10s of thousands of Americans have already amassed in Washington DC to Stop the Steal. (I think I may be the only Canadian here.) I'm going to share the stories of the people who aren't allowed to be on Fox News and CNN. Check out https://t.co/QXZYfZBQJZ for the latest. pic.twitter.com/TxgXLPWII0— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) January 5, 2021
Keean Bexte is in D.C. to cover the political unrest that is unravelling.
He's on the ground covering supporters of President Donald Trump as they try to "Stop the Steal".
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