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 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.

“You’re on the wrong side,” Trump mob chants at police.

“We support you officers. We love you. Why do you do it? Why do you do that? We always supported you. You let them beat us up,” member of Trump mob screams at police.

“I made it like a foot inside and they pushed me out and they maced me,” member of Trump mob says. “We’re storming the Capitol. It’s a revolution.”

c. 5 p.m.

Trump mob attacks journalists:

c. 6 p.m.

Buses of police and armored vehicles arrive:

c. 6:30 p.m.

Police push Trump mob away from Capital as they finally secure the building:

“When I punched them, they punched me back and maced me in the face. But it’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to get inside, we’ve got to take it over,” member of Trump mob says.

Trump mob relaxes in hotel lobby (apparently Grand Hyatt) after attack:

Man in Trump mob yells at Washington Post journalist:

Washington Post journalist detained by police while documenting the attack:

c. 7 p.m.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani tries to phone Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a newly elected Republican from Alabama, but accidentially leaves a message on Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s phone instead, CNN reports: “Sen. Tuberville? Or I should say Coach Tuberville. This is Rudy Giuliani, the President’s lawyer. … I’m calling you because I want to discuss with you how they’re trying to rush this hearing and how we need you, our Republican friends, to try to just slow it down so we can get these legislatures to get more information to you. … I know they’re reconvening at 8 tonight, but it … the only strategy we can follow is to object to numerous states and raise issues so that we get ourselves into tomorrow — ideally until the end of tomorrow.”

Senators return to Capital to continue joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s victory in presidential election.

8:06 p.m.

Pence resumes joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s victory in presidential election.

8:57 p.m.

Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont: “The United States Capitol was besieged, attacked and ransacked by an angry mob. That mob had a leader and that mob had an objective. The leader, make no mistake, was President Donald J. Trump. The objective to advance his goal of overturning the election of Joseph Biden.”

Jan. 8

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina mobbed by Trump supporters at airport:

FBI announces “Seeking Information” about “Violence at the United States 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.


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