Released by The New Yorker on Sunday, a new, 13-minute long video details the chaotic events and dialogues that took place inside the US Capitol at Washington on the 6th of January.
Shot by New Yorker correspondent Luke Mogelson the video highlights rioters leaving threats to Vice President Mike Pence on his desk at the head of the Senate and rifling through documents in a bid to find evidence of a stolen election. In the clip, mob members alternated between reassuring police that they were on their side and threatening to kill them as they overpowered the outnumbered forces and burst into the US government sanctuary.
The video opens with the scene of the mob erecting gallows outside the Capitol, before switching to footage of hundreds of people overpowering security forces, tearing down scaffolding erected for US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and smashing windows to surge into the building.
“F*** you police,” one person can be heard yelling as the crowd swarms up the stairs.
“You’re outnumbered!” one rioter tells cops trying to stop them advancing further into the building “There’s a f***ing million of us out there, and we are listening to Trump — your boss!”
“Let the people in,” yells another, as the outnumbered police slowly back away, although another tries to reassure the officers “We love you guys. Take it easy.”
Parts of the mob chant “treason, treason,” repeatedly as they march through the halls. “Defend your liberty, defend your constitution,” shouts another demonstrator through a megaphone as protestors methodically open each door they pass.
Reaching the Senate, many seem disappointed to find it empty of lawmakers. “Is this the Senate? Where the f*** are they?” one man yells upon seeing the deserted Senate floor.
“While we’re here we may as well set up a government,” says another. “Where the f*** is Nancy,” shouts another, referring to Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
As they pushed their way in, a debate breaks out between some who called for respecting the place, telling people not to sit in the seat at the head reserved for Pence.
“Hey, get out of that chair,” shouts one man. “I love you guys, you’re brothers, but we can’t be disrespectful.”
“They can steal an election, but we can’t sit in the chair?” retorts another.
While they argue, others begin rifling through desks and sifting through documents, apparently looking for proof of a stolen election.
“There’s gotta be something in here we can f**** use against these scumbags,” says one man flipping through the folder while filming the documents. “I think (Texas Sen. Ted) Cruz would want us to do this,” says another.” I think we’re good.”
After a few more scenes of mayhem, the footage then shifts to a group of people destroying a pile of equipment belonging to The Associated Press news agency, before setting it on fire and threatening to execute reporters.
“Start making a list and put all those names down and we start hunting them down one by one,” a man shouts as another claims to know where the local CNN offices are.
“Traitors to the guillotine,” he yells. “Mobilize in your own cities, in your own counties, storm your own capitols, take down every one of these motherf****s,” he tells a cheering group. “Hang them.”