Two images of the Capitol Building, side by side at the same angle, show the stark contrast between 2017 and now (Picture: US Capitol / Twitter / Reuters)
‘Together, we will make America great again,’ said president Donald Trump at his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Almost four years ago the 45th president of the United States made huge statements of hope, change and grandeur in front of the US Capitol building as he assumed office as head of state.
Bright colours, orderly rows, American flags and excited cheers adorned the stage for the world to see – a term of promise for US citizens.
‘Today’s ceremony… has very special meaning,’ said the Republican.
‘Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the American people.’
But, with two weeks to go until Joe Biden is set to assume office, that promise of power to the people of the US became something altogether very different.
Last night Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol Building in an attempt to prevent politicians from formally approving the Democrat’s election win.
Riots raged on into the evening, leaving officials and world leaders begging protesters to stop the rampage. Four were left dead with at least one woman shot by police.
Philip DeFranco tweeted two pictures side-by-side, showing the contrast outside the US Capitol building in 2017 and in 2021 (Picture: @PhillyD / Twitter)
American YouTuber and news commentator Philip DeFranco pointed out the dark irony in the contrast between the scenes at the start of Trump’s presidency and by the end.
‘How it started – how it’s going,’ he captioned a tweet of two images of the Capitol Building, side by side at the same angle, but with very different ongoing scenes. It references a popular picture trend which started circulating online last year.
A number of Twitter users responded to the post remarking on Trump’s astonishing fall from power as he prepares to step down as president.
Anthony Falom replied: ‘Someone literally got shot by law enforcement and died while inside the Capitol building. I wonder how the MAGAts are going to react to that.’
Lighthouse Loser tweeted: ‘They hung a trump flag and not an American one. That speaks volumes.’
Steve Smith said: ‘Honestly seeing the Trump flag draped across our nation’s Capitol Building should disturb all Americans. No man is bigger than the people.’
The inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 (Picture: US Capitol / Twitter)
Police officers stand guard as Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC to protest the formal approval of Joe Biden’s presidential election win (Picture: Reuters)
The current president has been accused of inciting the violence in Washington DC after appearing at a Save America protest and claiming the election had been ‘stolen’ from him.
Trump urged protesters to march to the Capitol, telling them to ‘get rid of the weak Congress people’ and ‘get the weak ones get out; this is the time for strength’.
After hours of clashes at the building, he told his supporters ‘we love you’ and to ‘go home’ now – but he refused to condemn the riot itself and continued to reinforce unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen.
Facebook and Twitter locked Trump’s accounts as a result.
Despite delays to the process the US Congress formally approved Biden’s win in the early hours of this moving, paving the way for him to be sworn in on January 20.
Trump said there would be an ‘orderly transition of power’ – reflecting his own inauguration speech in 2017 – when Biden takes over, although he refused to accept he had lost the election.
Sources claim Cabinet secretaries are now discussing plans to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
The White House has also lost a string of aides as several quit in disapproval of Trump’s involvement in last night’s events.
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