A Texas family of 5 was charged in breaching the Capitol after one member posted on social media: ‘Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital’

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  • A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot.
  • The Munn family was placed at the Capitol using CCTV footage inside the building and their social media posts and conversations, according to court documents.
  • According to court documents, one of them wrote on Facebook: “Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital!”
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A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot after prosecutors used CCTV footage and found social media placing them at the Capitol, including one post that said, “Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital [sic].”

The FBI received a tip that Kristi Munn entered the building on January 6 and reported to the FBI that Kristi and other members of her family traveled from Texas to Washington, DC, evidenced by Kristi Munn’s Facebook account and six screenshots of Kristi Munn’s Snapchat account, according to the affidavit.

In late January, David Lee Bolyard, the FBI agent who filed the affidavit, said he reached out to interview Kristi Munn, who claimed to be present in DC to exercise her First Amendment right to protest the certification of then-President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election but claimed she did not enter the Capitol.

But security footage captured the Munn family crawling through a window and walking the halls of the building, the affidavit says.

The affidavit also included social media posts where members of the Munn family also admitted to being inside the Capitol. On January 6, Dawn Munn wrote in a Facebook conversation, “We went in and stormed capital [sic] !” and “We were in capital [sic]!! … I do mean IN the building!!” In a separate conversation the same day, Dawn Munn also indicated the family crawled through a window to enter the building.

“They barricaded the door so they took out window…climbed in!!!” she wrote.

Screenshot from Tom Munn’s Facebook
Screenshot from Tom Munn’s Facebook.

Another family member who was charged, Josh Munn, also discussed how the family entered the building in a Facebook conversation.

“Damn how did y’all get in the capital [sic] building,” a person solely identified as Joel said to Josh Munn.

Munn replied, “The first group opened up a window sort of say [sic] and we followed it through.”

The person responded by saying, “Oh so u broke in?” to which Josh Munn said, “No we did not brake [sic] In the window was opne [sic] when i got there.”

Kayli Munn, who was also charged, wrote on Facebook: “F—ing great! Holy s— we were inside the
f—ing capital [sic]!”

Kristi Munn, Thomas “Tom” Munn, Dawn Munn, Joshua “Josh” Munn, and Kayli Munn, of Borger, Texas, were charged with illegally entering a restricted government building and disrupting a session of Congress, according to an affidavit filed Monday.

None of the family members have not yet entered pleas in the case as of Tuesday afternoon, and attorney information for the family was not immediately available.

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6 months after Capitol insurrection, the suspect who planted pipe bombs near the DNC and RNC headquarters has not been arrested

The suspect who planted the pipe bombs was captured in surveillance video.
The suspect who planted the pipe bombs was captured in surveillance video.

  • The suspect who planted two pipe bombs near the RNC and DNC headquarters has not yet been arrested by authorities.
  • The FBI is offering a $100,000 for tips or information on the suspect.
  • Nearly 550 suspected rioters have been arrested in connection with the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
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The suspect who planted two pipe bombs in Washington, DC, ahead of January 6 has yet to be arrested, six months after the Capitol insurrection.

A mob of pro-Trump supporters breached the Capitol six months ago on January 6, the same day Congress was set to certify then-President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. More than 500 suspected rioters are facing charges in connection with the riot.

The Associated Press reported in January that the pipe bombs were placed the night before rioters descended upon the Capitol – one behind the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the other next to a park bench near the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Police discovered the pipe bombs – filled with black explosive powder and fitted with egg timers – around 1 p.m. local time on January 6, shortly after rioters confronted Capitol Police officers. Surveillance footage captured the suspect wearing a grey hooded sweater and carrying a backpack while placing the pipe bombs between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. local time on January 5.

“The unknown individual wore a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and black and light grey Nike Air
Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo,” according to a press release from the FBI.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for tips and information on identifying the suspect.

DC Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said during a House Oversight Committee hearing in May that “that investigation continues on.”

During the same hearing, Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton told lawmakers that the pipe bombs could have been planted as a “diversion,” after three teams were dispatched to investigate the incident, leaving one team to guard the Capitol on January 6.

“If those pipe bombs were intended to be a diversion, it worked,” Bolton said during his testimony.

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Facebook failed to prevent far-right groups from planning the US Capitol siege, according to an internal report

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  • Facebook failed to stop far-right groups from planning to storm the Capitol, an internal report said.
  • It showed that insurrection plans continued even after the “Stop the Steal” group was banned.
  • “Hindsight is 20/20, at the time,” the report said, adding the company will “do better next time.”
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Facebook failed to prevent far-right groups from planning the US Capitol riots on its platform, according to an internal report.

In January, pro-Donald Trump extremists broke into the House and Senate chambers to disrupt the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. The riots led to five deaths and dozens of arrests.

An internal report seen by BuzzFeed News showed that numerous groups who gathered on Facebook continued to plan the insurrection even after the far-right “Stop the Steal” group was banned.

Stop the Steal became the most popular Facebook group, accumulating more than 365,000 members in less than two days before the social media site removed it for making “worrying calls for violence.”

The report, which was shared with Facebook employees in March, said Facebook users in the Stop the Steal group and other pro-Trump groups contributed to the attack on the Capitol.

According to the report, Facebook’s attempt to dig out fake accounts and “inauthentic behavior” hindered the company from taking action against real people on the platform who were directly involved in the planning of the riots.

“Hindsight is 20/20, at the time,” the report said, per Buzzfeed. “It was very difficult to know whether what we were seeing was a coordinated effort to delegitimize the election, or whether it was free expression by users who were afraid and confused and deserved our empathy.”

Read more: Security experts slam Facebook for downplaying a massive data leak as old news

Facebook was only able to take down groups and pages when they exceeded a violation threshold. This was because the company was looking at each case individually, according to the report.

“After the Capitol Insurrection and a wave of Storm the Capitol events across the country, we realized that the individual delegitimizing Groups, Pages and slogans did constitute a cohesive movement,” the report said.

Delegitimization of elections was a “new territory” and “few policies or knowledge existed” prior to election night, Facebook’s report said.

“We learned a lot from these cases,” the report added. “We’re building tools and protocols and having policy discussions to help us do better next time.”

A Facebook spokesperson told Insider in a statement that the company tried to reduce the amount of claims of a fraudulent election by suspending Trump’s account, removing the Stop the Steal group, and labeling candidates’ post with vote-counting information.

“As we’ve said previously, we still saw problematic content on our platform during this period and we know that we didn’t catch everything,” the spokesperson said. The report is not a “definitive post-mortem report,” they added.

A week after the riots, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the event wasn’t primarily organized on the platform but admitted the company’s moderation “is never perfect.”

In March, CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the role tech its site plays in the spread of misinformation and extremism online.

Zuckerberg said the company worked with law enforcement before January 6 to identify and address threats, and remove violent posts about the attacks.

“We didn’t catch everything, but we made our services inhospitable to those who might do harm,” he added.

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The Capitol Police officer who died after Capitol attack was honored with a police procession

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This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

  • Video shows officers a police procession honoring the officer who died at the Capitol attack on Friday.
  • USCP officer William Evans died of his injuries after a car rammed into an outside barrier at the Capitol.
  • Flags at the Capitol, White House, and other federal buildings were flown at half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
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The Capitol Police officer who died after a car rammed into a barrier outside the Capitol was honored with a police procession on Friday.

Video footage of the procession shows officers from both the Capitol Police force and Metropolitan Police Department, as well as members of the Secret Service, standing at attention for a motorcade carrying the body of fallen officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the USCP.

Earlier Friday, the Capitol went on lockdown after a vehicle rammed into an outside barricade and injured two officers. Evans later died from his injuries sustained during the incident, and the other officer remains hospitalized but in stable condition.

The suspect was shot dead by one of the officers after the driver exited the car brandishing a weapon.

The USCP identified the fallen officer as Evans in a statement following the attack outside the Capitol.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Yogananda Pittman, acting USCP Chief Officer, said in a statement.

“Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years,” Pittman continued in the statement. “He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Flags at the Capitol and the White House were ordered to be flown at half-staff by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden respectively to honor the fallen police officer.

Less than three months ago, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people – including two Capitol Police officers.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss,” Biden said in a statement following the incident. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger calls Trump ‘an utter failure’ after the former president said that the Capitol rioters posed ‘zero threat’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) speaks during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021.

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted Trump for downplaying the threat of the Capitol insurrectionists.
  • Trump called into Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show and lodged complaints about the election.
  • Kinzinger said that Trump’s on-air statements were “quite honestly sick and disgusting.”
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump’s influence over the party, went after the former president again last week.

When Trump called into the Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s nightly show, he continued to push 2020 election-related complaints, but Ingraham pivoted to the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, asking the former president if he’s concerned that the US Capitol has become a “fortress” after attempted insurrection.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” he said. “It’s a political maneuver that they’re doing. It was zero threat, right from the start. Some of them went in, and they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards. They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in and they walked out.”

He added: “I’ll tell you what. They’re persecuting a lot of those people. Some things should happen to ’em … but why aren’t they going after Antifa?”

Read more: A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a ’60 Minutes’ interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.

Kinzinger rebuked Trump’s minimization of the riot, which included the death of US Capitol police office Brian D. Sicknick.

“He is an utter failure,” he wrote on Twitter. “No remorse and no regret. It’s quite honestly sick and disgusting.”

Kinzinger, who has represented a Republican-leaning congressional district anchored in central and northern Illinois since 2013, has been criticized by his own family in two open letters disparaging him for his vote to impeach Trump earlier this year and for his vocal criticism of the former president.

In one of the letters, Kinzinger’s relatives suggested that the congressman had committed “treason” as a member of the military for openly criticizing Trump and was working with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, whom they labeled a “witch/devil.”

Trump was impeached by the House for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the attack and 57 senators – including seven members of the president’s own party – supported the conviction.

Since the Senate didn’t meet a two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, to convict, Trump was acquitted of the charge.

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A son reported his father, who participated in the storming of the Capitol, to the FBI weeks before the siege, saying his father ‘would always tell me that he’s going to do something big’

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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington

  • A son alerted the FBI about his father weeks before he was a part of the pro-Trump mob who stormed the Capitol, The New York Times reported.
  • Guy Reffitt was arrested on January 16 on charges of obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. 
  • Reffitt allegedly threatened his son and daughter if they turned him in after telling them he stormed the Capitol. 
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The 18-year-old son of a man charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol siege says he warned the Federal Bureau of Investigations about his father before the deadly riot, The New York Times reported. 

Jackson Reffitt said he contacted the FBI weeks before the attack on the Capitol to let “someone to know” about his father Guy Reffitt’s threats of “doing something big.”

“He would always tell me that he’s going to do something big,” Reffitt told The Times. “I assumed he was going to do something big, and I didn’t know what.”

His father Guy Reffitt was arrested on January 16 on charges of obstruction of justice and of knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority for his involvement in the riot, according to an FBI arrest affidavit that Insider reviewed. 

Trump supporters breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement, halting a joint session of Congress as lawmakers were set to formalize President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election on January 6. The attack left five people dead. 

So far 179 pro-Trump rioters have been arrested in connection to the riot. 

Investigators found an AR-15 rifle and a pistol in the father’s home, and he told them he had taken the pistol to the Capitol with him but had disassembled it to comply with Washington, DC, laws. 

Read more: More than 200 coronavirus vaccines are still in development as the initial vaccine rollout ramps up. Here’s how experts anticipate 2021 playing out.

In the affidavit, the son told investigators that his father returned home on January 8 and said he stormed the  Capitol but threatened his son and daughter if they turned him in. 

“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot,” the father allegedly told his children, citing the affidavit.

His wife told investigators that he was a member of the Three Percenters, a far-right extremist group

The son told The Times that he’s not staying the family home at the time and did not disclose where he’s staying over fears for his safety. His family only learned that he reported his father weeks before his arrest after he did a CNN interview. 

The son also started a GoFundMe to help with his college fees, which has raised over $76,000 as of Sunday night. 

Reffitt told the Times he has no regrets about alerting the FBI about his father. 

“I put my emotions behind me to do what I thought was right,” he said. 

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The US Capitol complex was briefly locked down after a fire broke out at a nearby homeless encampment

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Barbed wire, is seen atop security fencing, with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • The US Capitol went into lockdown Monday following an “external security threat,” a message sent to people inside the complex read.
  • Staffers in the building were sent an emergency message telling them “no entry or exit” into the building was permitted.
  • Some people inside a portion of the Capitol building reported on social media that they had been evacuated.
  • The alert was promoted following a fire at a nearby homeless encampment, law enforcement officials said.
  • The fire was quickly extinguished, according to DC Fire and EMS, and the Capitol was taken out of lockdown just before 11:30 a.m.
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The US Capitol was briefly placed into a lockdown Monday morning following an “external security threat” that turned out to be a fire at a nearby homeless encampment, law enforcement officials said.

The lockdown was lifted just before 11:30 a.m. in Washington, Capitol Police said, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram

People who were in the West Front of the US Capitol building were evacuated, according to multiple social-media reports. People in the Capitol Complex were warned to stay away from windows and doors, and those outside were told to seek cover, multiple outlets reported.

“In an abundance of caution following an external security threat under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets, SE, Acting Chief Pittman ordered a shutdown of the Capitol Complex,” US Capitol Police said in a statement. “There are currently no fires on or within the Capitol campus.” 

DC Fire and EMS said Monday that they extinguished the fire at a homeless encampment. The occupant of the tent where the fire occurred was using propane, according to DC Fire. The occupant suffered non-life-threatening injuries and refused medical attention, DC Fire said.

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A fire burns under a bridge in Washington, DC, U.S. January 18, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media.

Members of Congress and their staff were told to shelter in place while authorities investigated the situation, US Capitol Police said. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia confirmed the fire started at a homeless encampment and said people inside the Capitol were alerted due to the proximity to the complex, according to the Washington Post.

Videos of smoke not far from the Capitol complex had circulated across social media Monday morning amid reports of the lockdown.

 

The alert came as security at the complex has been increased to unprecedented levels ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. A group of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6 while lawmakers were inside, prompting the unprecedented security measures. 

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House Republicans scoff at new security measures in place at the US Capitol less than a week after Trump provoked a violent insurrection

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., center, smiles after joining other freshman Republican House members for a group photo at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

  • A number of House Republicans sparred with Capitol police Tuesday over new security measures that were implemented in the wake of the Capitol siege on January 6.
  • Reporters at the Capitol building saw GOP lawmakers — including Reps. Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, and Steve Scalise — scoffing at the newly installed metal detectors at the US Capitol.
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A number of House Republicans are flouting the new security measures put in place at the Capitol building in the wake of a violent insurrection attempt on January 6, according to reporters covering Capitol Hill.

After pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol building last week, Capitol police implemented new safety protocols, including newly installed metal detectors and mask requirements.

Reporters present at the US Capitol on Tuesday night watched GOP lawmakers push past or blatantly walk around metal detectors, as the chamber votes on a resolution to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and some members of Trump’s cabinet to depose the president.

GOP freshman congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who has engaged with QAnon conspiracy theories, refused to walk through the metal detector and allow Capitol police to search her bag, according to reporter Marc Rod. Boebert was later allowed to enter the chamber; it’s unclear if her bag was searched.

Boebert was on the radar of the DC police after the freshman congresswoman released an ad saying she will “carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.”

Read more: DC police will reach out to a GOP freshman congresswoman who released an ad in which she appeared to walk around the US Capitol with a handgun

“It’s our job in Congress to defend your rights, including your Second Amendment, and that’s exactly what I’m here to do,” Boebert continued in the ad.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III said Boebert would be “subjected to the same penalties for everyone else that’s caught on the District of Columbia street carrying a firearm unlawfully.”

HuffPost’s Matt Fuller tweeted that he saw “about 10 Republicans walk around the magnetometer” – among them, GOP Reps. Ralph Norman, Scott Perry, Jeff Duncan, and Steve Stivers, who told Capitol police that he believes metal detectors are unconstitutional.

GOP Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Steve Womack also refused to walk through the metal detectors, CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted, with both Republican lawmakers sparring with Capitol police over the new safety protocol.

Rep. Steve Scalise was photographed by Raju with his arms crossed in front of the magnetometer, calling the new protocol “untenable” because it “impedes the ability of members to come and vote. This is our job.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert walked around the metal detector, Fuller reported, telling police as he passed by: “You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote.”

Aside from those who argued with Capitol police, GOP freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, complied with the new security measure. She thanked officers for their work while yelling at reporters present in the building, asking them where they were when people “burned the building and looted… do you guys remember that?”

Before entering the chamber, she turned back and said “all the media and all the liars and them, they’re not great.”

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A harrowing photo shows a Trump supporter carrying a Confederate flag inside the US Capitol, flanked by portraits of Civil War figures

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A supporter of President Donald Trump storm the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021.

  • Photographer Saul Loeb captured an image of a pro-Trump rioter storming the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • Though the Confederate flag originated during the US Civil War, it never entered the Capitol building during that time.
  • Behind the rioter in the photo, two portraits reflect the fractured nation of the country during the 1860s.
  • To the man’s right is a portrait of Charles Sumner, an abolitionist. To his left is a portrait of Charles Sumner, a defender of slavery.
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As rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, photographer Saul Loeb managed to encapsulate the siege’s dark historical context in a single image. His photo shows a Trump supporter waving a Confederate flag in front of two portraits of Civil War figures in the Capitol Rotunda.

To the man’s right is a portrait of Charles Sumner, a former Massachussetts Senator who protested slavery. To his left is a portrait of John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States, who was a staunch defender of slavery and the chief architect of succession during the Civil War.

The proximity of the two portraits calls to mind the fractured nature of US civil society in the 1860s – and the recent cleft that has widened in the lead-up and response to the 2020 election.

“What I find fascinating about that juxtaposition is its connections to violence, because of course [Sumner] was a victim of violence in the Capitol when he was attacked for having had made a speech critical of slavery,” Judith Giesberg, a Civil War historian at Villanova University, told Business Insider. “What that image should remind us of is that there’s a history of having violent political confrontations in Congress.”

Congress met on Wednesday for a joint session to oversee the counting of electoral votes. Around the same time, thousands of Trump supporters gathered in downtown Washington, DC to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump urged his supporters to head to the Capitol building, and with Congress in session, rioters stormed the Capitol, forcing the House and Senate to abruptly go into recess. Lawmakers, Hill staffers, and reporters took shelter in their offices before being evacuated. Protesters sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair in the Senate chamber, vandalized congressional offices, and looted items like podiums from the building.

Multiple police officers were injured in the violence and evacuated from the Capitol area. A woman was shot in an altercation with law enforcement and later died, MSNBC’s Pete Williams reported. Finally, shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, the House of Representatives’ Sergeant at Arms announced the Capitol building had been secured.

The photo’s historical significance 

The Confederate flag originated during the Civil War as a battle flag for the pro-slavery Confederacy, but historians say its significance as a political symbol emerged in the 20th century as a sign of resistance to racial integration. During the entire Civil War from 1861 to 1865, the Confederate flag never entered the US Capitol building.

“The flag’s significance during the Civil War has been grossly overstated,” Giesberg said. “We have projected our experiences backward.”

For a plurality of Americans today, the Confederate flag has come to represent racism in general, according to a January 2020 YouGov poll. It’s also a common sight at rallies for President Donald Trump, who has defended people’s decisions to fly the flag in public. 

Giesberg said there’s a deep irony behind the rioter carrying the Confederate flag in front of Sumner’s portrait.

“It’s striking to see [Sumner] juxtaposed with this person who represents what he most was offended by and what he stood against,” she said.

All the more ironic, she added, is the fact that Calhoun’s portrait hangs to his left.

“Calhoun is perfect in this way, in so many ways, because this is a man who was no stranger to treason,” Giesberg said. “He had done more probably than anybody else in the country to rehearse the events that would lead to succession, starting in November of 1860.”

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A Trump supporter sits on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate, beneath a portrait of Charles Sumner.

In July, the House voted to approve legislation to remove statues of Confederate figures, including Calhoun, from the Capitol building.

The decision was in part a continuation of Sumner’s legacy. In 1865, the abolitionist proposed that paintings hanging in the Capitol shouldn’t portray scenes from the Civil War. In particular, he objected to a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who ruled in 1857 that African-Americans could not be considered citizens.

Sumner “was certainly a vocal and resolute abolitionist,” Giesberg said. “He was uncompromising in his critique of slavery and for that he paid, ultimately, a very heavy price.”

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Photos show the aftermath of an unprecedented destructive siege on the US Capitol Building that left one rioter dead

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

  • The US Capitol Building was vandalized during a riot by supporters of President Donald Trump.
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was broken into with protesters writing “we will not back down” and one rioter taking a piece of her mail.
  • One person was killed during the riot and others were injured. 
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The nation’s capital entered mandatory curfew at 6 p.m. today following a never-before-seen siege on the US Capitol Building that saw rioters break into the during a joint session of Congress and clash with federal police who attempted to hold them back. Protests surrounding the certification of the Electoral College quickly turned violent as supporters of President Donald Trump descended upon Congress following the president’s speech near the White House.

Law enforcement agencies from around the capital including the United States Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at the Capitol after the riots were underway. The neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia also sent National Guard and state police across the border into the District to assist. 

The siege left at least one person dead by gunshot, law enforcement officials told NBC News and the Washington Post, as well as countless injured. Law enforcement officials guarding the congressional chambers drew their weapons as rioters attempted to enter while pepper spray and tear gas were deployed. 

The Capitol itself also sustained damage as rioters broke windows and climbed scaffolding to gain entry. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was also vandalized. 

Here’s what the US Capitol Building looked like after rioters failed to overturn the 2020 US election.

Protests quickly escalated to riots and pepper spray was used to block access into the building. The orange liquid now stains the Capitol walls.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

US Capitol Police officers were forced to clean their eyes with water after tear gas and pepper spray was deployed.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Rioters broke windows to gain access to the Capitol Building, with some entering and exiting unscathed by law enforcement.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Countless broken windows like these can now be found around the building.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Security installations were rushed and the US Capitol Police was often overwhelmed since the rioters numbered in the hundreds.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Pelosi’s office was one target of the rioters, who left a note saying “we will not back down” in all capital letters.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Her office was further vandalized with rioters breaking mirrors.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

One rioter sat at Pelosi’s desk and kicked his feet up.

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A supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021

He was later photographed seemingly unscathed outside of the Capitol with a piece of Pelosi’s mail.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Multiple nooses were erected outside the Capitol.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Protesters erected a figure labeled “traitor” with a noose and its neck.

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A demonstrator holds a mannequin wearing a noose with “Traitor” written on it during a protest at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, on, Jan. 6, 2021.

Media cameras were also destroyed and a noose was made from the cable wires.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

By the time day turned to night, at least one person had been killed in the siege.

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The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Read More: Woman shot dead after armed Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers gathered to certify Biden’s win

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