Lawmakers who refuse to comply with the new Capitol building security measures will have a lot to pay by the looks of it...
Because right now, it seems that times are more dangerous than ever in our country.
Since the violent riots that took place at the U.S Capitol building last week, people have been left feeling shaken and unnerved.
Things got out of hand very quickly...
And it got a lot of people wondering... Where on earth was the security that day?
Well, since the horrific scenes, it seems that security in the Capitol has been tightened...
And lawmakers even have to walk through metal detectors to get to work.
And if they refuse?
Well, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put some serious fines in place for those who won't be complying!
Now, where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riots?
It all started on January 6th when President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, seems to have fuelled the anger amongst his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
And right now, the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is more apparent than ever.
The president repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they need to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Were hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Joe Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
5 people tragically died as a result of the riots...
And more than sixty police officers and security guards were greatly injured from trying to stop the violent rioters and get them out of the building.
The scenes were truly apocalyptic...
And President Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement telling his supporters to put an end to the violence.
In the end, he issued a series of small tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
He eventually tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
The president's reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to run his mouth on Twitter, so this was a huge deal.
Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...
And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.
It didn't take long for Pelosi to prepare a vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his first presidential term...
And even though Vice-President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment, which is what would have removed Trump from office immediately, it was voted shortly afterward to go forward with the impeachment.
On the afternoon of January 13th, President Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted and removed from office.
We're not quite sure how Trump will come back from this one...
But regardless of what happens to the president, something urgently needs to be done about the security in the Capitol building to ensure this kind of chaos doesn't erupt again.
Safety measures have already been put in place for people entering the building...
Including metal detectors at each entrance of the building.
But of course, numerous members of Congress have decided that these security measures aren't necessary.
Writing in a statement, Pelosi explained that many House Republicans have "disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol police, safe."
"The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these precautions."
Pelosi went on to explain that lawmakers will be handed a $5,000 fine for their first offense of not abiding by the new security measures, and a $10,000 for their second, which will be deducted directly from their salaries.
"It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People's House must and will be safe."
The group just literally pushed through and the cops guarding the door didn’t seem to know what to do.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 13, 2021
However, it seems that Pelosi is going to have quite the task getting some of these Republican members to comply as a journalist reported yesterday seeing numerous of them walking around the metal detectors rather than through them.
The journalist went on to say that Rep. Russ Fulcher was the "most aggressive member pushing through the metal detectors."
As an aside, Russ Fulcher was the most aggressive member pushing through the metal detectors last night.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 13, 2021
A female officer kind of got in his way—I think inadvertently—and he really was...assertive.
The cop didn’t want to talk, but she almost seemed on the verge of tears after.
It seems like its a dire situation in the Capitol right now.
Let's hope some order is put in place soon...
But we're sure that Joe Biden's arrival into the White House next week will definitely ruffle the feathers of the Republican members of Congress.