Former DC police chief says Trump supporters storming Capitol 'as close to a coup attempt' as the US has ever seen

SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty ImagesSupporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol’s Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
  • Charles Ramsey, the former DC police chief, said Trump supporters storming the US Capitol was “as close to a coup attempt as this country has ever seen.”
  • Trump supporters on Wednesday clashed with police and rushed the Capitol as lawmakers gathered to certify the Electoral College vote, leading Congress to evacuate and delay the process.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, said the US was witnessing an attempted coup.
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Charles Ramsey, the former chief of police in Washington, DC, on Wednesday said that the US was witnessing what amount to “as close to a coup attempt as this country has ever seen.”

“That’s what you’re looking at folks,” Ramsey said, referring to Trump supporters storming the US Capitol and clashing with police.

The chaos ultimately led Congress to evacuate, delaying the certification of the Electoral College vote — the final formal step in solidifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, an Air Force veteran, told CNN that the events in DC on Wednesday were “absolutely despicable.”

“Anywhere else around the globe we would call this a coup attempt,” Kinzinger said.

Trump’s supporters rushed the building not long after the president delivered a speech filled with lies about the election result, including that Biden would be an “illegitimate” president. The rioters made it into the Capitol building and onto the floor of the House chamber.

The president retreated to the White House after the speech, and attacked Vice Pesident Mike Pence via Twitter for not moving to overturn the election result — despite having no authority to do so unilaterally. The president also urged for his supporters to remain calm, but well after the situation had gotten out of hand. Pence was among those evacuated from the Capitol during the attempted coup on Wednesday.

The president has done little more than tweet in response to the violence and riots.

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