In the wake of last week's siege of the Capitol building by Trump supporting insurrectionists, more and more disturbing clips and videos have emerged.
One viral video on Twitter showed just how close the entire incident was to becoming a true horror.
In the film, the rioters tried to push their way into the Capitol building while angrily chanting "Hang Mike Pence."
Video of the mob chanting “hang Mike Pence.” https://t.co/K4EcKK2rab— American Times Film (@American Times Film)1610166925.0
Although some might be tempted to dismiss the chant as "joking," it was harder to deny the rioters' sincerity when pictures emerged of a gallows erected outside the capitol.
The reason I keep thinking about the gallows erected outside the Capitol is that it appeared to be *an actual gallo… https://t.co/qstgGqVVHD— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1610218460.0
@chrislhayes Screen shots are from the video. May have been deleted, he’s blocked me. https://t.co/nwgsJpMfqy— BevMarie (@BevMarie)1610221336.0
Those images, coupled with pictures of rioters inside the Capitol building with zip ties and weapons, made it clear there were members of the crowd with very dark intentions.
There are multiple photographs of pro-Trump rioters carrying law enforcement-style flex-cuffs. Rioters went looki… https://t.co/9DJ5F0mhX2— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1610117855.0
I heard at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execu… https://t.co/SWZPfDNWVf— Jim Bourg (@Jim Bourg)1610118095.0
President Trump and his administration actively inspired this violence.
Moreover, multiple reports have indicated that Trump WH officials *were in contact with rioters* during the inciden… https://t.co/y3l2ZmiflI— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1610124680.0
...including Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, are both active on many of those sites and very, very familiar with… https://t.co/516SUNYk16— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1610124681.0
Seeing gallows erected outside the U.S. Capitol certainly demonstrates how fragile democracy can be if it isn't accorded the proper respect from both sides of the political aisle.
@chrislhayes having worked on construction projects, I’ll say this: 4x4 lumber weighs twice as much as 2x4, which… https://t.co/8MbSbkuRh0— Bruno J. Navarro (@Bruno J. Navarro)1610218852.0
There. Was. A. Gallows. Built. With. A. Noose. They. Do. Not. Get. To. Negotiate. https://t.co/byvWYc7Z41— Jordan Klepper (@Jordan Klepper)1610237300.0
A member of Gov Stitt's comms team tweeted about putting Democrats in body bags the day before MAGA folks stormed t… https://t.co/a49Ws9acoK— Kendall Brown (@Kendall Brown)1610383836.0
Twitter was shocked and enraged at the violent intentions of the insurrectionists.
@ecarsonvacation @MegNumbers I’ve been to plenty of rallies in my life. I’ve never gone to a rally or a protest wit… https://t.co/gpESgVEqfg— Sage Bauer (@Sage Bauer)1610292303.0
Last Wednesday's display was unprecedented in American history.
These insurrectionists built a gallows in front of the Capitol. They kicked in the doors of a federal building. The… https://t.co/n3oiLlEqOs— Max Burns (@Max Burns)1610242875.0
Americans must be careful to remember the incitement that lead to this dangerous chapter for our country and avoid it in the future at all costs.