Wednesday afternoon, January 6, in Washington, supporters of Donald Trump, most of them without a mask, continued for several hours to crowd in the hundreds on the outskirts of Congress, on Capitol Hill, to denounce the certification of victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election on November 3, which was to take place the same day. Inside the building, some even interrupted the ceremony.
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No one could say then if it was a riot scene – a shame for representatives of the “law and order” party – or a last stand to be heard one last. times before leaving the stage.
“It was a great day”
But such images with false insurrectionary airs, on a place so emblematic of the history of the United States of America, it was unheard of. Images denounced the same day by all the chancelleries of the planet, from Paris to Berlin, from London to Brussels, and even as far as NATO headquarters, where the head of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, denounced “Shocking scenes”.
“It was a great day”, exclaimed conversely, on the spot, Ron, a participant in this demonstration, nicknamed the Save America March (the “March to save America”). “We showed the president and the country that we were behind him”. In the early afternoon, some of these supporters of Donald Trump approached the Capitol, dangerously, using security barriers to overcome a low wall. Some, equipped with megaphones, invited the crowd to approach the building, where the police used tear gas to disperse them.
“This is our last chance” said a man in a megaphone. The bulk of the crowd watched the scene, amused and disbelieving. Some, coming as a family, were already leaving, others were trying to get even closer to the place of power, with helmets and flags. “This is our house, we pay the elect. Why are they gassing us? “, said a protester, at the first police charges.
In front of the Capitol, a compact crowd of Trumpist supporters. They try to approach the building where the certification of the presidential results takes place. “This is our last chance” said a man into a megaphone #WashingtonDC #trump pic.twitter.com/q2gLm9OuyJ
— alexis buisson (@alexisbuisson) January 6, 2021
Around 4 p.m. local time, the current president, after having blown the embers that very morning by calling his supporters almost to insurrection, this time tried to cool their ardor by asking them to return home. As if nothing had happened, and as a savior of institutions. But without recognizing the victory of his opponent on November 3. Hot and cold.
Double Democrat coup in Georgia
At the same time, however, came a snub of democracy, here at home, to these crowds who had come to try to thwart its course: news from Georgia having the effect of an icy shower to all. In this southern state, where two decisive senatorial elections were being played the day before, we learned, a few hours after the victory of the Reverend Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, that of Jon Ossoff, another Democrat, 33 years old, against the Republican David Perdue, with a difference of 0.56%.
This double democratic coup in a Republican state hitherto deemed impregnable confirmed the takeover of the Senate by Joe Biden’s party. The Democrats will have 50 seats in the Senate, like the Republicans. But the future vice-president Kamala Harris, as provided for in the Constitution, will have the power to decide the votes, and therefore to tip the scales on the Democratic side.
After the White House and the House of Representatives, the president-elect was thus assured of having all the levers of power in Washington for at least the first two years of his mandate. To the detriment of these Trumpist supporters still refusing to recognize the defeat of their favorite, which thus turned into an electoral rout.
This message from the polls, on the Democratic side, significantly less noisy than that of the cries on the steps of the Capitol, on the side of Trump’s supporters, was no less “Resounding”, to use the term used the same day by Raphael Warnock. As night fell on Capitol Hill, democracy seemed to have won in Washington.