Capitol Police confirmed the death of an officer injured in the riots. Police officer Brian Siknick was wounded while trying to negotiate with protesters. A total of five people were the victims of the clashes.
The day before, supporters of Donald Trump, after a rally where the president was speaking, stormed into the Capitol. The riots delayed for several hours the congressional approval of Joe Biden’s election victory. Senate Democratic leaders in the Senate called for Trump’s impeachment or recognition of his incapacity. Amid the statements, the sitting president acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory and condemned the violence. He did so on his Twitter, which has been blocked.
“My focus now is on ensuring a smooth transition of power. This moment requires healing and reconciliation. 2020 has been a difficult time for our nation. A horrific pandemic has turned the lives of our citizens upside down, isolated millions of people in their homes, damaged our economy and claimed countless lives. To defeat this pandemic and restore the economy on earth will require all of us to work together. It will require a renewed emphasis on civic values, faith and mercy,” Trump noted.
In the wake of the riots in the U.S., massive layoffs began. The secretaries of transportation and education were out of a job. Four employees of the U.S. National Security Council and the police chief of the Capitol resigned.