An Air Force veteran named Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot while storming the US Capitol alongside a violent pro-Trump mob. Police found two pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee. They also discovered a truck full of weapons and ammunition. Mobs gathered at statehouses across the country, including in Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, California, and Georgia.
Trump told the protesters at a rally that his political opponents are “bad people” and “the enemy of the people.” He encouraged them to stop “fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back.” He added, “We’re going to have to fight much harder.”
The Kansas City Star wrote:
‘”Senator Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt.”
E&E News, an outlet that covers energy and environmental legislation, snapped a photo of Hawley raising his fist to the crowd of Trump supporters outside the Capitol before the riot took place.