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 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.

c. 2:15 p.m.

Trump mob smashes windows and invades Capitol:

Capitol Police stand aside as Trump mob files into Capitol:

Trump mob smashes through door:

Members of Trump mob climb scaffolding outside Senate:

Trump mob invades Capitol:

Trump mob chases a lone Black Capital Police officer up the stairs inside the Capitol. Officer Eugene Goodman is said to have purposely led the attackers away from the Senate entrance where lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence were.

2:16 p.m.

Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma’s speech objecting to certification of election is interrupted by urgent warning, “Protesters are in the building.” Lawmakers evacuate Senate chambers:

As senators hide in a “temporary holding room,” President Trump tries to call Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a newly elected Republican from Alabama, to lobby him to delay certification of the Presidential election, but accidentally reaches Republican Sen. Mike Lee, who gives his phone to Tuberville so that the president can make his pitch, CNN reports.

2:25 p.m.

“Capitol police just announced that there was a breech. Somebody or some people got into the building and past security, so they’ve locked the chamber in the House and they’ve locked he chamber in the Senate. Everything seems safe, but they’re taking no chances,” Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont says.

2:39 p.m.

Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont says they’ve been told to put on gas masks stored under their seats in House chambers:

“I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die. … 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 told thousands of followers via Instagram Live.

Armed stand-off at door to House chambers:

House chambers are evacuated as Trump mob invades House and Senate chambers:

Congressional staffers evacuate Capitol:


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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