The congressional endeavor of certifying the Presidential winner in the Electoral College is typically a banal ritual. Only this year – following weeks of mounting emotions, filed lawsuits to overturn the results and insistence from President Trump and his supporters that the election was stolen – it became a jaw-dropping event pockmarked by thousands storming the Capitol building, shots ringing out, tear gas deployed, and lives lost. So what happened? How did should a showdown come to be?
As dramatic scenes unraveled in the Capitol on Wednesday – with a horde plowing through security – the jarring live video showed a woman draped in a Trump flag who has been shot by a plainclothes officer as she allegedly purported to breach the storied chambers via the window. She was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition and later died from her wounds.