When a Trump mob attacked and overran the U.S. Capitol to try to stop confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, it was videoed by participants, journalists, victims and many more. To try to better understand what happened, I’ve collected many of those videos here to show how eyewitnesses to the attack saw it. I’ve tried to put the clips in rough chronological order, but the timing of much of the footage is inexact. I’ve endeavored as much as possible to draw on reputable sources, but I’ve not personally verified the content of the videos. Also there are a lot of clips so they may load slowly or incorrectly. Be warned: Some of the videos are extremely, graphically violent–including the violent beating of police and the shooting death of a member of the Trump mob.


Part One: Trump supporters fly into D.C., Trump’s speech, march to Capitol, Trump mob breeches first police line.

Part Two: Trump mob attacks journalists and police, breaks through final police line outside Capitol building, D.C. police defending West Terrace doors are beaten up but successfully hold back mob, West Virginia lawmaker raids Capitol.

Part Three: Trump mob invades Capitol building, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman leads mob away from Senate, lawmakers evacuated and go into hiding, “It is not an exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated,” Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York says.

Part Four: Trump mob rampages inside Capitol building, arrives at Congressional chambers.

Part Five: Trump mob attacks Speaker’s Lobby and one member of them is shot dead.

Part Six: Republicans sheltering from mob refuse to wear coronavirus masks; offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,  Sen. Jeff Merkley and others attacked; Trump mob chants “Hang Mike Pence.”

Part Seven: “You’re on the wrong side,” Trump mob tells police, mob attacks journalists, reinforcements arrive, Trump mob relaxes in hotel lobby afterward,  police detain journalist, joint session of Congress resumes to certify Joe Biden’s victory in presidential election.


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Part Two: Trump mob attacks journalists and police, breaks through final police line outside Capitol building, D.C. police defending West Terrace doors are beaten up but successfully hold back mob, West Virginia lawmaker raids Capitol.

c. 2 p.m.

Trump mob attacks Associated Press news photographer, demanding: “Are you Antifa?”

Mob destroys Associated Press gear:

“Murder the media” carved into Capitol door.

Trump mob brawls with police and knocks down fences outside Capitol:

Trump mob breaks through police line and marches up Capitol steps:

Members of Trump mob scale exterior of Capitol building:

British network ITV News shows Trump mob chanting “Stop the steal” as they climb into the Capitol through broken windows and doors they’ve forced open, ransacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, then trying to break into Speaker’s Lobby, where security forces defending the building shoot Ashli Babbitt dead.

Trump mob smashes Capitol windows and climb in:

D.C. police defend West Terrace doors of Capitol from Trump mob, “one of the few places where police prevented rioters from breaking through,” The Washington Post reports.

D.C. police officer injured at West Terrace doors as Trump mob tries to force its way in, according to CNN.

Trumb mob beats police officer at West Terrace doors:

“Kill him with his own gun,” D.C. police officer Michael Fanone recalls Trump mob screaming as they attacked him at the Capitol’s West Terrace doors. “Someone in the crowd grabbed Fanone’s helmet, pulled him to the ground and dragged him on his stomach down a set of steps. At around the same time, police said, the crowd pulled a second officer down the stairs. … Rioters swarmed, battering the officers with metal pipes peeled from scaffolding and a pole with an American flag attached, police said. Both were struck with stun guns. Fanone suffered a mild heart attack and drifted in and out of consciousness,” The Washington Post reports.

“The door is cracked. We’re going in,” says Derrick Evans, Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates as he videos his participation in the Capitol attack:


Read the whole series:

Part One: Trump supporters fly into D.C., Trump’s speech, march to Capitol, Trump mob breeches first police line.

Part Two: Trump mob attacks journalists and police, breaks through final police line outside Capitol building, D.C. police defending West Terrace doors are beaten up but successfully hold back mob, West Virginia lawmaker raids Capitol.

Part Three: Trump mob invades Capitol building, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman leads mob away from Senate, lawmakers evacuated and go into hiding, “It is not an exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated,” Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York says.

Part Four: Trump mob rampages inside Capitol building, arrives at Congressional chambers.

Part Five: Trump mob attacks Speaker’s Lobby and one member of them is shot dead.

Part Six: Republicans sheltering from mob refuse to wear coronavirus masks; offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,  Sen. Jeff Merkley and others attacked; Trump mob chants “Hang Mike Pence.”

Part Seven: “You’re on the wrong side,” Trump mob tells police, mob attacks journalists, reinforcements arrive, Trump mob relaxes in hotel lobby afterward,  police detain journalist, joint session of Congress resumes to certify Joe Biden’s victory in presidential election.


If this is the kind of coverage of arts, cultures and activisms you appreciate, please support Wonderland by contributing to Wonderland on Patreon. And sign up for our free, (hopefully) weekly newsletter so that you don’t miss any of our reporting. (All content ©Greg Cook 2020 or the respective creators.)


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