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A violent insurgent mob, loyal to US President Trump, stormed the US Capitol building late Wednesday, Washington DC time, forcing House and Senate members to scramble into safe spaces within secret locations in the building. It was an astonishing bit to overturn America’s presidential election and circumventing the US democratic process.

Elected representatives crouched under desks, even putting on supplied gas marks, while security forces, completely overwhelmed, tried their best to secure the building and remove the unruly mob. One woman was shot inside the Capitol… she died after being rushed to hospital. Washington’s mayor issued a stern warning and instituted an evening curfew that started at 6pm in an attempt to contain the violence.

The rioters were egged on by the President earlier in the day at a more peaceful gathering. After weeks of falsely attacking the integrity of the Presidential election and peddling unsubstantiated claims about election fraud, he urged his supporters to “march to the hill” to protest the formal approval of the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 election. The debate in the House had not even finished casting the very first state’s vote , Arizona, when the proceedings were abruptly halted by the mob.

Early in the afternoon the protesters stormed through flimsy metal barriers and made their way up the steps of the west side of the building. They would repeat this on the east side later. They then forced their way through the doors and Ito the hallways of the Capitol building, and eventually made their way into the floor and gallery of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. They also made themselves comfortable, and allowed shocked staffers to take photos of them, lounging in offices and even the seat of the House speaker.

The efforts to block President-elect Biden from being sworn in on January 20 – today was the final day that objections could be formally raised – were sure to fail. Both the President’s egging on of the protesters and the actions of the invading mob sorely tested the security of the Capitol and the nation’s democratic guardrails.

But the members of the two houses were determined to reconvene, and they did, in the Senate at 8pm and later in the House.

Twitter for the first time time locked President’s Trump’s account demanding he remove Tweets excusing violence and continuing to peddle his false claims about the election. They also threatened “permanent suspension” of his Twitter account.

Facebook removed one of the President’s posts but fell short of blocking his account.

The President eventually capitulated to demands for him to short-circuit the situation with a 2 minute spontaneous speech outside the White House that both poured cold water on the situation whilst fanning the flames.

Former US President George W. Bush released a statement condemning the storming of the US Capitol building this afternoon, describing it as “sickening” and “heartbreaking”.

President Trump’s initial homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, just one of many former officials, has condemned the response to the mob chaos.

“This is beyond wrong and illegal. It’s un-American. The President undermined American democracy baselessly for months. As a result, he’s culpable for this siege, and an utter disgrace.”

Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic photographed one of the mobsters sitting in the House chair.

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President Elect Joe Biden made a live appearance around 4.30pm Washington time, calling on the President to “step up”, saying the incident was a “dark moment in the nation’s history.”

“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America. This is not dissent, its disorder, it’s chaos and it borders on sedition and it must end now.”

President Trump later defended the actions of the unruly mob who stormed and vandalised the US Capitol.

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”

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    gosport

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Show me your 3 fingers! Show me your water cannon exchanges! Show me your umbrellas!

    Where are the BTS boys? Where is the Miss USA?

    The pro-trump rallies show how to make matters matter!

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    Rick

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:13 am

    “After weeks of falsely attacking the integrity of the Presidential election and peddling unsubstantiated claims about election fraud”??? Are you serious? The Thaiger is not a news source but simply a propaganda site for lies and disinformation and this proves it. You should be ashamed to be spewing such trash. Disgusting.

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      Bill Hoy

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      You are one of the 70million trumpists that are to blame for the current troubles. Anyone with only half a brain and an IQ above 50 knows trump is a lying criminal.

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        Craig

        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm

        Yes, there are many stupid people like him.

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        Craig

        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:04 pm

        Trump and his dumb ass supporters at work. He was ok winning the election but convinced his followers it was rigged even before the recent election. They should all move to China where they’d be comfortable with only one outcome. It’s very embarrassing to be an American after this.

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      Bernard weber

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      I agree 100%. The Demorats and their pathetic followers are blind and just listen to the hate and Lies the Main news networks spurt. Their brains might as well be porta potties all the stupid crap they are feed and believe.

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        Pike

        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

        you are a pathetic pile of manure ..

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:26 am

    It is actually irrelevant which party runs the US as long their foreign policy not changes and intervention in other contries affairs persists. Biden or Trump ? Doesnt matter,only a different puppet. Fxxx the U.S. and its slave NATO states.

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    Keith

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Trump and his sons, Giuliani& Kushner should be arrested and charged with inciting sedition
    Their behavior is disgusting and would even be out of place in a banana republic. The neanderthals who invaded the capital should be charge with rioting and destruction of property

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      Craig

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Agreed. This was very embarrassing but stupid people like this don’t understand.

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    John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Wow, the 2021 first episode of the new season of this show is starting off wild!

    Most of the crowd here look like bused in Antifa supporters.

    Can’t wait for the next episode!

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    Kim

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am

    The US is always the 1st to criticise other governments. They like to preach but don’t practice, perfect example of double moral. With domestic terrorists like this you don’t need foreign enemies. I’m not surprised to see the terrorists fly the confederate flag.

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      Craig

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Agreed. We’ve always focused on others outside the US. This shows we have plenty of work to do on the inside first. This was totally embarrassing. I have no words for it.

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    Ben

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    MAGA (Make America Great Again) is really code for Make America White Again. The mobs you saw yesterday are extremists that want to return our melting pot into what we had a hundred years ago and that’s not going to happen.

    We used to be a society that would fight for our positions and ultimately accept whoever won the election. With Trump that has changed.

    Many of us have the American dream and it’s the democratic process that’s allowed so much prosperity. This is the start of our decline because so many of us take for granted what we have.

    To those of you on the extreme fringes of the right – get a life and do something positive. Your cheese has been moved and the color of your skin no longer determines your trajectory.

    What happened yesterday has exposed Trump and he’ll never hold that office again. In America money always wins (just like in Thailand) and the money people will move in and repair this and the extremists will be isolated and jailed. Trump did America a favor yesterday with his attempted coup. It woke up many that supported him that are now backing away from him and his ideals.

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    Wayne Arrington

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Hitchin’s Razor might be useful here with respect to the allegations made by Trump and his followers: “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.” Let’s sum it up: Around 60 court cases lost so far by Trump and his allies. President Elect Biden’s win is certified by Congress in the midst of treasonous and seditious violent attacks upon democracy itself. No evidence of widespread fraud has been found concerning any voting unless you count the Republican efforts to overturn the expressed will of the majority of the American people.

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A man has driven his car onto the runway at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while allegedly under the influence of illicit substances. AOT officials are now trying to figure out how the man was able to breach airport security and drive onto the airport runway.

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A wild elephant killed an 80 year old man camping in Khao Yai National Park early this morning. Park officials believe the bull elephant was in musth, which is when the elephant has rise in reproductive hormones and becomes aggressive.

80 year old Prayot Jitbun was sleeping in his tent when the elephant attacked. Other nearby campers alerted park officials saying the elephant had walked around the Prayot’s car before becoming angry and stomping on his tent, then throwing the man into a tree.

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