Wednesday, pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, disrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were gathering to declare that Joe Biden had defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s unfounded charges of electoral fraud on social media continued throughout the mayhem.
The tragedy played out throughout America on television screens and social media feeds, with many reacting in real time. Influencers and other notable persons on the internet, such as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, voiced their worry for the people in the Washington, D.C. region, posted memes, and condemned Trump and his followers’ actions after the incident.
Some Influencers Urged People in The Region to Keep Safe
Charli D’Amelio, TikTok’s most popular performer, remarked on Twitter that “today has been a rough day for our country,” noting that she hoped that “everyone may stay safe and out of any danger.” She not only retweeted threads with information about the events in the Capitol, but she also tweeted that citizens in Washington, DC should be safe.
Dixie D’Amelio, Charli’s older sister, has also shown worry for folks in the neighborhood by retweeting various threads regarding the happenings at the Capitol.
Addison Rae Easterling, a famous user of the video-sharing app TikTok, took to Twitter to urge followers to exercise caution and subsequently rally together.
Celebrities on the internet have spoken out against President Trump and his followers.
Internet celebrity Tyler Oakley took to Twitter to blame “every trump supporter past & present” for yesterday’s “treasonous turmoil.”
YouTube and TikTok founder Larri Merritt, better known online as Larray, also denounced Trump and his base on Twitter, stating “yep, f-CK trump & everyone who loves him” and also posting threads with information about what was occurring in the Capitol.
Others Drew Parallels Between the Capitol Police and Their Treatment of Black Lives Matter Demonstrators.
Sarah Lugor, a 19-year-old content creator with nearly 400,000 Twitter followers and over 2.5 million on TikTok, made a comparison between the police response at the Capitol and the response in Aurora, Colorado in June at a violin vigil for Elijah McClain, who died in 2019 after being put in a chokehold by police, during her Livestream.
Riot police used pepper spray and batons on protesters at the vigil. She also tweeted about the “absence of rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, riot shields, etc.” in a video showing Trump supporters outside the Capitol.
James Charles and other notable figures have also described the Capitol siege as a “terrorist strike.”
Some Renowned Online Celebrities Shared Memes and Jokes About the Tragedy
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and as of today, the richest man on Earth), tweeted memes during the event, as he is known to do. In one domino image, he linked the events at the Capitol to Facebook, which was labeled as a “platform to rate women in college.” Other prominent figures and digital experts have blamed Facebook, along with other social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube, for the siege at the Capitol.
The musician and internet celebrity Lil Nas X also shared a throwback photo of himself in a JROTC outfit with the statement “that’s enough I’m stepping in.” Later, he questioned why Twitter was “always at its funniest when the world is falling.”
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