Biden’s Inauguration from the Sidelines

Washington DC 1/20/2021: Dump Trucks, Salt Truck and Plows blocked roads to protect the Inaugurations. Photo | Drew Mumich

Today President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. Though unlike other Inaugurations, this one eerily quiet On top of the COVID-19 restrictions preventing a mass of people who typically come to celebrate, 25,000 members of the National Guard sealed away DC from the public in lieu of the siege at the Capitol Building.
Secret service members were stationed at checkpoints across the city checking bags as reporters and activists alike worked their way to places like the BlackLivesMatter Plaza, where a small crowd had gathered to celebrate.
The crowd gathered around speakers playing music as Joe Biden began to be sworn in and through his speech. The crowd cheered at his calling for healing within the nation, they cheered as the President asked for help from all states to overcome the pandemic, and the crowd cheered as Joe Biden asked for Unity of the nation.

Trump Siege

1/6/2021 Washington DC: A member of the Sons of Liberty in New Jersey flies a flag in favor of President Donald J. Trump as he listens to the speech. Photographer | Drew Mumich

On a day when the Nation would come closer to the reality of President Elect Joe Biden being sworn into office on January 20th, chaos and mayhem rang throughout the U.S. Capitol as Trump supporters stormed the grounds and the building.

1/6/2021 Washington DC: Trump’s rally brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington DC to march to the Senate Building. Photographer | Drew Mumich
1/6/2021 Washington DC: A Washington DC police officer stands guard over the Capitol building with loaded pepper spray ready to be fired into the crowd. Photographer | Drew Mumich

Also present during what has been called, a historic display of disrespect and carnage, were the media to help capture the many acts that many have referred to as “treason” that took place. One of them was Journalist/Photographer Drew Mumich who reached out to us here at Peterson’s to have us share with you what he was able to capture from his perspective.

1/6/2021 Washington DC: The supporters of the president walked down Constitution Ave. to practice their first amendment rights. Photographer | Drew Mumich

Per Drew, “In the early morning of January 6, 2021, Donald J. Trump supporters began what would be one of the longest days of 2021.  Hundreds of thousands of people from all across the nations gathered in front of the Washington Monument to rally against the vote that would declare President Elect Joe Biden the next President of the United States.  Supporters of the President have continued to back him and his claims of massive voter fraud.”

1/6/2021 Washington DC: A Trump supporter yells insults at Washington DC Police in riot gear. Photographer | Drew Mumich

As many watched in amazement and disbelief, there were many that cheered on the actions of the supporters as they carried out “the subliminal orders given” by President Trump at his earlier presentation in which he personally addressed supporters.

1/6/2021 Washington DC: Supportors of the president make their way down to the Senate meeting while the woman on left looks directly in the camera and holds up a White Power symbol. Photographer| Drew Mumich

Despite the bombarding of the Hill, dismantling of offices and chambers, the call to “shelter in place,’ breaking windows to get in, waving the confederate flag, scaling the wall to the grounds, a standoff and the event ending with 4 people being killed on this tragic day, Joe Biden has still been certified to be the next President of the United States.

The questions now become, what will happen over the duration of Trump’s remaining days in office and what will happen to those supporters (protestors) that stormed the Capitol, will justice be served?

1/6/2021 Washington DC: Pepper spray is used on supports of the President constantly as they tried to storm the Capitol building. Photographer | Drew Mumich
1/6/2021 Washington DC: Trump supporters scatter as tear gas from the police is flung into the crowd. Photographer | Drew Mumich
1/6/2021 Washington DC: Multiple Trump supporters dressed in body armour armed with what seem to be tactical gear like knives. Photographer | Drew Mumich1/6/2020
1/6/2021 Washington DC: Trump supporters take over the scaffolding, encouraging others to join in the siege. Photographer | Drew Mumich
1/6/2021 Washington DC: After President Donald J. Trump gave his speech to the crowd, supporters of the president marched their way to the senate building. Photographer | Drew Mumich
1/6/2021 Washington DC: The large American Flag was used by multiple raiders to protect themselves from tear gas and pepper spray. Photographer | Drew Mumich