Violence against democracy

The Capitol Assault: The American Trauma

Tuesday January 4 at 10:40 p.m. on Arte

On January 6, 2021, a crowd of pro-Trump protesters attacked the Capitol, the heart of American democracy. That day, elected representatives of the House of Representatives and the Senate met in Congress in Washington to endorse the result of the November presidential election, won by Democrat Joe Biden.

The documentary accurately exposes facts that have remained in people’s minds: Donald Trump clamoring “We will fight like hell! ” (“We will fight with all our strength!”) In front of hundreds of thousands of “Walking on the Capitol”. Extremists overflowing and hitting few police officers. Screaming supremacists “We’re coming, bitch!” ” for the attention of the President of the House, Nancy Pelosi, exfiltrated in emergency. “Tourists” of the riot filming themselves and posting their videos on social networks, oblivious to the gravity of the situation. The National Guard recapturing the field overnight, paving the way for the proclamation of the election of Joe Biden, 46e President of the United States at 3:40 a.m.

By giving the voice to the actors of the drama, the nervous, well-conducted story of the day when the United States trembled on their bases, is illuminated with astonishing emotion and strength. One policeman died, two others committed suicide in the following days, and four rioters were killed.

Told by those who experienced it – law enforcement agencies shaken, elected officials divided, defenders of the law bewildered, revenge pro-Trump, sometimes imprisoned – the riot, whose historical significance the film intelligently questions, always questions. The constant denial in which Donald Trump and his supporters are locked up ready to take their “revenge”, during the election of 2024 or in the street, shivers down your spine. As if the attack of January 6, 2021 had been only a first attempt to confiscate democracy by force.


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