When rioters inspired by President Donald Trump broke through police lines and invaded the U.S. Capitol, few members of Congress felt the sense of violation more acutely than Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Virginia-based freelance photographer Lloyd Wolf was on the plaza outside the main entrance of the United States Capitol on Wednesday afternoon January 6 taking pictures when Trump supporters descended on the building. Wolf has documented many previous demonstrations, starting in 1973 in Washington, DC with Nixon’s second “counter-inaugural.” The experience on Wednesday, he says, was particularly disorienting and left him shaken and sad. He characterized the scene as treasonous madness—a protest and crazy circus that evolved into a “mob-ment.” — Diane Bolz
It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. Given that this took place in Washington, DC, and given that this was a crowd of people, a couple of whom carried Confederate flags, but who, for the most part, were wrapped in the Stars and Stripes with a sense of entitlement that this was their Congress to go in and break the windows of. I found it unlike anything I’ve seen.” — Amy E. Schwartz
Violent crowds swarmed the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th, 2020 during President Biden’s confirmation, disrupting the proceedings and breaching the building’s police barricade. Many ethnic, racial and religious groups were targeted by rioters donning paraphernalia with historically inflammatory slogans, symbols and tropes.
While the hate was widespread, Jewish Americans were subject to specific discrimination evidenced by Nazi Holocaust imagery and rhetoric. In addition, openly anti-semitic groups shouting pejoratives notably stood alongside Pro-Trump Jews carrying Israeli flags. — Abigail Bender
Often, it takes a traumatic event to unite a nation, and the January 6 storming of Capitol Hill was of a magnitude that could do just that. Across the country, Americans, regardless of background and political convictions, sat glued to their screens, watching in horror as an angry mob trampled symbols of democracy.
Hours later, as tense calm was restored to Capitol Hill, more stories and pictures from the chaotic scene flooded the airways and social media, and it became clear that American Jews had been hit twice: not only an attack on democracy but also a just-as-ugly display of anti-Semitism in its crudest form. — Nathan Guttman