An image has gone viral showing the aftermath of the riots, as exhausted national guards were forced to sleep on the floor of the Capitol.
Here's the full story...
It all started last week.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them, "Go home, we love you, you're very special."
Shortly afterward, all of his social media accounts were suspended indefinitely.
Now, a week on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
And the thing that has perhaps saddened people the most was the amount of security and law enforcement working at the Capitol that day who were ruthlessly targeted by the rioters.
So many police officers and security guards had their lives put at risk.
Trump supporters hold down, surround, and beat a Capitol Police Officer during their violent insurrection.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 10, 2021
He’s literally surrounded by Trump flags and hats.
Waiting on confirmation on whether or not this is Brian Sicknick, who was murdered by them.
This is Trump-ism. pic.twitter.com/E6OK4Q2pQC
Shocking footage even emerged of a cop being trampled and beaten by the rioters while laying helplessly on the ground.
But, regardless of the risk that the police and security guards were in...
They ultimately saved so many lives on that day with their brave and heroic actions.
And now, a shocking picture has been shared showing the aftermath of the riots...
Members of the National Guard protecting the Capitol were seen trying to get some much-needed sleep, using a cold, marble floor as a bed.
It's the embodiment of the phrase, "No rest for the weary."
The Guard was protecting the building in the wake of the attack after some rioters vowed to murder members of Congress.
With their weapons by their side, these guardsmen and guardswomen know how fragile the peace is...
And, despite enormous security surrounding the building, there is an ongoing, immediate threat.
And President Trump has done nothing to lower the temperature.
Members of our National Guard made to sleep (alongside their rifles) on the cold, marble floor of the US Capitol. All to protect members of Congress from FELLOW CITIZENS.— Schyler Conaway (@schylerconaway) January 13, 2021
This doesn’t fix itself on 1/21.
The world is watching. Which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/v0x29eEYUg
It's undeniable that he's the one who has turned up the heat.
As we reported, the insurrectionists have vowed to stage protests in all fifty state capitals...
A very different scene from a week ago. Today, members of the National Guard- some catching-up on sleep in the Rotunda- are present in the #Capitol ahead of today’s historic #impeachment vote pic.twitter.com/RBXoTBo0Uv— Suzanne Lynch (@suzannelynch1) January 13, 2021
As well as the United States Capitol, and many have promised violence.
And with Joe Biden's inauguration just around the corner, people are getting increasingly worried.
Keep scrolling to see what Biden's inauguration theme is...