The Dimming Light of Democracy Trump's Army and the Attack on America

Trump supporters sought to reverse the result of a democratic election on Wednesday at the behest of the president himself. DER SPIEGEL has reconstructed the events of a day that will live in infamy.
Trump supporters in front of the Capitol

Trump supporters in front of the Capitol

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Trump supporters force their way into the White House.

Trump supporters force their way into the White House.

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Hundreds of Trump loyalists sought to violently overthrow democracy on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Trump loyalists sought to violently overthrow democracy on Wednesday.

Foto: Shannon Stapleton / REUTERS
Security staff in the Capitol with weapons drawn.

Security staff in the Capitol with weapons drawn.

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Representatives and staff members take cover.

Representatives and staff members take cover.

Foto: Andrew Harnik / AP
A Trump fan sitting in the chair of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

A Trump fan sitting in the chair of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

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Police standing guard in Washington, D.C.

Police standing guard in Washington, D.C.

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The decision: Vice President Mike Pence certified the Electoral College votes in the presence of Democrat Nancy Pelosi, thus making Joe Biden's win official.

The decision: Vice President Mike Pence certified the Electoral College votes in the presence of Democrat Nancy Pelosi, thus making Joe Biden's win official.

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"There's a good chance Trump will be back."

Thomas Patterson, professor of government at Harvard University

Some in the group were armed with baseball bats and knives.
The last battle: Senators Hawley and Cruz backed Trump's assertion that the election was rigged.

The last battle: Senators Hawley and Cruz backed Trump's assertion that the election was rigged.

The look of victory: The success of Democratic Senate candidates Ossoff and Warnock (right) in Georgia will make it easier for Biden and incoming Vice President Harris to govern.

The look of victory: The success of Democratic Senate candidates Ossoff and Warnock (right) in Georgia will make it easier for Biden and incoming Vice President Harris to govern.

Like the Republicans, the Democrats are a deeply divided party.
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