January 6 assault on the US Capitol: a glossary

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Thousands of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in a bid to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. Was it an insurrection? An attempted coup? A riot? Trump has claimed it was a "completely unarmed protest" by American "patriots" against a "stolen" election? Here is… January 6 assault on the US Capitol: a glossaryThousands of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in a bid to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.

Was it an insurrection? An attempted coup? A riot?

Trump has claimed it was a “completely unarmed protest” by American “patriots” against a “stolen” election?

Here is a look at some of the terms surrounding the day:

‘Big Lie’ and ‘Stop the Steal’At the heart of the events of January 6 is Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign, a claim that he — not Biden — won the November 3, 2020 presidential election and that it was marred by fraud.

Trump’s spurious assertion that he won — despite all evidence to the contrary – has come to be known as the “Big Lie.”

It is believed by about two-thirds of Republicans, according to various polls, who do not believe Biden was legitimately elected.

Congress was meeting on January 6 to certify the results of the vote after dozens of challenges had been dismissed as baseless by the courts and recounts had confirmed Biden’s victory in key states.

Shortly before the assault on the Capitol, Trump addressed thousands of flag-waving supporters at a rally near the White House and repeated his claims of a “rigged” election.

He turned up the pressure on Mike Pence to block certification of the results, but the vice president declined to do so, saying his role as presiding officer over the process was “largely ceremonial.”

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