Oh So It Went Down Like That Huh: A Recap Of the Plot Twists On January 6th, 2021
Report by Tashi McQueen ’21 and Jamie Nguyen ’23
Welcome to 2021 Everyone!
2020 was…something with:
- A nuke threat from North Korea in January
- The arrival of Covid-19 in the United States, spanning 9 months (and counting), and claimed around 400 thousand lives (and, once again, counting)
- Kobe Bryant’s Death
- Impeachment of Trump
- Stock Market Crash 2020
- Black Lives Matter Protests
- Murder Hornets
- Beirut Explosion
- VP Biden is now President-elect Biden
- On & on…
As reported by the New York Times
Now we have January 6th, 2021. A day where A LOT went down.
Goucher’s Spring Semester Announcement
At 5:41pm EST students received an email from President Kent Deveraux that has been long anticipated, stating the status of the Spring 2021 campus return. Due to the “current Maryland testing positivity rate [that is] just shy of 9.5% and Baltimore County at around 7%” Goucher will not be permitting students to return to on campus living. Goucher College had already conducted rounds Room Draw for all students who applied and sent out bills for the Spring semester prior to this decision
“We are well above the Return to Campus criteria we established last summer, in alignment with CDC guidelines, of less than 5% positivity. After much discussion, the Cabinet and I have agreed that for the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff we need to remain online for the spring semester.”President Kent Deveraux of Goucher College
This news is forcing many Goucher students into uncomfortable living and financial situations and promoting more to commit to a Leave of Absence than ever before. Students have promptly taken to the Gopher App, the school’s campus wide social media platform, upon hearing this news. Some students spoke of outrage due to the false hope given by President Deveraux via the app.
Some were outraged by the lack of preemptive planning resulting in another abnormal compressed 13-week semester.
“We will proceed with a compressed 13-week spring semester schedule, commencing as planned on Monday, February 8th with the overwhelming majority of our classes delivered online, and not offering a residential housing option for our students this spring”.President Kent Deveraux of Goucher College
Some stood in defense of President Deveraux and team’s decisions.
The pandemic is highly unpredictable and everyone is clearly feeling its wrath.
An email was sent to students at 2:08pm January 7th, 2021 providing an update on Financial Aid proceedings.
Trump Rioters Force themselves into the US Capitol
The Goucher community has also had to bear witness to another unfolding crisis, at the Capitol.
At around 3:40am EST of January 7th, 2021, the electoral votes counting for the arduous election of 2020 is completed, with the affirmation of Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and Kamala Harris (D-California) as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States, after a joint session of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, presided by now-outgoing Vice President Mike Pence (R-Indiana). The process is usually a largely ceremonial step for the transition of power between the two administration, and typically lasts less than an hour. Today’s session, however, lasted approximately 15 hours, the longest session to date.
Yet this is the least eventful part of the ordeal that unfolded over the course of 15 hours in Capitol Hill.
Shortly after 1:45pm EST on January 6th, 2021, both the House and the Senate were immediately recessed, as the Capitol Complex went in lockdown due to the rally organized by supporters of the now-outgoing President Donald Trump (R-Florida) growing towards the Capitol and becoming more violent by the second, just as the House and the Senate were preparing to debate the objection of the electoral votes from Arizona, heralded by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Minutes later, reports arose of the Capitol (including both chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate) being breached. Images could be seen of the US Capitol Police barricading the House chamber, and offices of representatives including the office of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-California) being invaded and vandalized. These photographs circulated quickly on both social media and news networks.
All personnel within the complex were ordered to shelter in place, and figures such as Speaker Pelosi, Vice President-elect Harris, and Vice President Pence were ushered to safe locations after the shelter-in-place was ordered.
The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser (D), as well as Vice President Pence, and Speaker Pelosi, put forth a request for backup from the National Guard to both assisting the Capitol Police and the D.C Metropolitan Police in restoring safety in the complex. Contempt for the storming mob and its presence, which has primarily been fueled by debunked claims of voter fraud in the Presidential election purported by President Trump and his enablers, began to mount from both major parties. Especially from President-elect Joe Biden: in a press conference at around 15:30 EST of January 6th, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden inferred Trump to “go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege”. This sentiment was echoed by Speaker Pelosi and the Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) in a joint statement.
Mayor Bowser declared a twelve-hour curfew of the District of Columbia later in the afternoon, which went into effect at 6 :00pm EST January 6th until 6:00am EST January 7th, while Virginia Governor Ralph Northam extended the jurisdiction of the curfew across the Potomac by applying the same order per the request of the city of Alexandria and Arlington County. Not until the curfew has already taken effect, alongside the deployment of multiple forces (including the Washington D.C. National Guard, as well as reinforcements from Virginia and Maryland; the State Troopers of Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey, to name a few) that the crowd dispersed at around 7:00pm EST.
And not until 9:00pm EST (for the Senate) and 10:00pm EST of January 6th, 2021 (for the House of Representatives) did the counting of electoral votes, which were in session since 1:00pm, resumed, on the basis that the Capitol is secured and ready for usage by the Congress.
After reconvention, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) spearheaded another effort to object the electoral vote, this time for Pennsylvania. Once again, the argument was that the voting process has been tampered with by “voting fraud”, a claim alleged by President Donald Trump and echoed by his base. This forces the House and the Senate to once again debate separately, and put the counting process into the second day, January 7th, 2021. However, without securing the needed majority for the motion to be entertained in neither the House nor the Senate, the motion failed.
After tallying up all the votes, the declaration, stated by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) at around 3:40am EST on January 7th, 2021, formally handed the presidency and vice presidency to Biden and Harris.
The District of Columbia is still under a state of public emergency (estimated to terminate on January 22nd, 2021) and the National Guard is still in deployment (estimated to end February 7th, 2021) at the time this article was written. According to the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, Peter Newsham, four people have been declared dead in the insurrection at the Capitol, and the cause of death has not been fully released to the public. The State of Emergency is also applied for Virginia.