Horrific footage shows Trump supporters imitating the tragic death of George Floyd in front of a Black Lives Matter banner.
The banner was erected outside the National City Christian Church in Washington DC as supporters of the president stormed Capitol Hill in a failed bid to overturn the election result.
The church said it wanted to use its platform to say ‘we reject violence and that we believe that Black lives matter’.
Moments later, a man wearing a Make America Great Again Cap (MAGA), could be seen kneeling on another Trump supporter’s neck.
The footage was captured by NBC4 Washington executive producer Anthony Mague, who tweeted: ‘Moments after @nationalcitycc unfolds a #BlackLivesMatter banner, two Trump supporters are seen recreating the death of George Floyd on the church’s steps.’
Floyd died last year after former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes while he begged for air.
It sparked global protests against racism and police brutality.
Horrific footage shows Trump supporters recreating George Floyd’s death (Picture: AnthonyMague/NBC4 Washington)
The men’s actions were widely condemned on social media, with people branding them ‘sickening’ and ‘disgusting’.
On person said: ‘These are the people who don’t deserve to be Americans and they show it every day they support that man.’
Another said: ‘Idk whether to cry or throw up because I automatically felt both.’
A third person tweeted: ‘I never understand how people can so cruel.’
The video emerged amid riots at Capitol Hill which led to the deaths of four people and the discovery of two pipe bombs.
Trump supporters in the Capitol Rotunda after storming the building (Picture: EPA)
In scenes which shocked the world, thousands of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building and clashed with police as members of Congress met to vote and certify the election results.
The mob that stormed the area was almost entirely white. Law makers have vowed to investigate how police handled the violence, with critics questioning why there was not a stronger show of force.
Many have drawn comparisons with how officers handled Black Lives Matter protests in the summer, when black people across the country were tear-gassed, shot at with rubber bullets and beaten for peacefully demonstrating.
The National Guard was sent in hours after the riots began, with reports claiming Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, gave the order.
Pence is now facing calls to invoke the 25th amendment to oust Trump, who has been accused of inciting the violence by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Mobs clashed with police after breaching the building’s security (Picture: Getty)
Trump had encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol to protest lawmakers’ actions, and later appeared to excuse the violent occupation by the mob.
‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,’ Trump wrote in a message that was later deleted by Twitter.
The president today committed to an orderly transition of power but is still refusing to accept the results of the election.
He has spent the last two months refusing to concede the election and making baseless allegations of mass voter fraud that have been rejected by dozens of courts and Republican officials, including his former attorney general.
US Capitol riots
A large group of Donald Trump supporters have stormed the US Capitol building to try and stop Joe Biden being certified as the next president.
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