Wednesday's siege of the U.S. Capitol by violent Donald Trump supporters who were emboldened by his false claims of a stolen election held captive a global audience who were dumbfounded by the insurrection unfolding in real-time.
A significant number of the MAGA mob managed to get past the barriers to the Capitol, smashed numerous windows and made their way to the atrium, rotunda and eventually the chambers of Congress waving Confederate, neo-Nazi and White supremacist flags.
The chaos led to the death of a female rioter, who was fatally shot while trying to breach the chambers of Congress along with three others who suffered "medical emergencies" and later died of their injuries and a Capitol police officer who was beaten by the rioters.
People were astonished at the lack of law enforcement on hand—compared to the troops called out for Black Lives Matter events—and nonexistent attempts at deescalating the horrific situation or keep rioters off Capitol grounds.
But what was most perplexing was the ease in which the rioters managed to breach the U.S. Capitol in the first place.
Many people compared the invasion of the Capitol to other locations harder to get into when Twitter user Rachie (@itsmeRachie) asked:
"Name a place with tighter security than the Capitol. RIGHT answers only."
Name a place with tighter security than the Capitol. RIGHT answers only. 😂👇🏽— R A C H I E (@R A C H I E) 1609971612.0
The responses were hilarious and plentiful.
@itsmeRachie World 8 in every Mario game (probs some worlds before it too)— Joe Bird🦅 (@Joe Bird🦅) 1610060652.0
@itsmeRachie Fast food restrooms.— Marc Fish (@Marc Fish) 1610062542.0
@itsmeRachie Velvet rope at Chuck E Cheese https://t.co/LNGhTvA0ED— Blucif1x (@Blucif1x) 1609984548.0
It’s harder to get in a Trader Joe’s during a pandemic than it is the capitol— brown suga #Tauruszn (@brown suga #Tauruszn) 1609965455.0
I seen better security at Disneyland's Grad Night than the US Capital.— Soul Blazer (@Soul Blazer) 1609968949.0
@itsmeRachie The mall Paul Blart works at https://t.co/kU0ZXOIcDF— Bisserat (@Bisserat) 1609987707.0
@itsmeRachie Wherever this guy works. https://t.co/TO0i05sOJR— Sorry to this man (@Sorry to this man) 1609974247.0
@itsmeRachie https://t.co/wP8KcytDtZ— Funch (@Funch) 1610046985.0
Everyday objects were also added to the list of things people thought were harder to get into.
@itsmeRachie @CraigLiddell58 Clamshell packaging. https://t.co/LCbhPfqjwH— Jewels (@Jewels) 1610027965.0
It’s harder to get a #COVID19 vaccine than it is to get into the Capitol.— Shematologist, MD (@Shematologist, MD) 1610044685.0
@itsmeRachie https://t.co/5I76l2HMLy— Sherry Jo 🌈♿️🍑🍄 (@Sherry Jo 🌈♿️🍑🍄) 1610027779.0
it’s harder to put on jeans after a shower than it is to get into the capitol— samantha (@samantha) 1609976653.0
@itsmeRachie https://t.co/A4tbZ62Fbo— Matty Robinson (@Matty Robinson) 1610075486.0
@itsmeRachie https://t.co/DRfWbFGPAG— Kellee Stewart (@Kellee Stewart) 1609975820.0
@itsmeRachie An ice cream aisle in Texas https://t.co/Ji0HRYHe68— Shawna Vercher (@Shawna Vercher) 1609974505.0
@itsmeRachie https://t.co/GH9uRXGbyg— ash (@ash) 1609977724.0
Reporter Trevor Hughes—who covered many major protests and riots—told USA Today police response to the violence was "mild."
"I remember last summer watching as federal officers chased Black Lives Matter protesters through the streets of Portland, firing pepper balls at them for refusing to leave the area around the federal courthouse."
"I can still hear the explosions of the tear gas canisters, over and over and over, dispersing crowds in which only a few people were actually throwing bottles or bags of flaming garbage."
"In comparison, the law enforcement response at the Capitol yesterday came across as deliberately low key."