A group of Black Lives Matter-aligned protesters clashed with police outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The scene unfolded as demonstrators were protesting the occupation of the building a week before by a mob of “fascist” Trump supporters.
“It’s not enough to impeach”
According to the Examiner, a group of protesters from the leftist group ShutDownDC assembled at the Capitol a week later to “calmly reclaim” it and call for the expulsion of “fascist” Republicans who objected to Joe Biden’s victory, such as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
“It’s not enough to impeach the president of the United States,” organizers said, as the Examiner reported. “We need to expel the members of Congress who aided and abetted and facilitated the political conditions to allow a fascist mob to overtake the Capitol and have five people die.”
The activists, who were said to be chanting BLM slogans, were trying to attach an “EXPEL ALL FASCISTS” sign to the Capitol fence when police told them to leave. The group “resisted,” according to the Examiner, before police and National Guards shoved them away.
The activists accused the police of using greater force against them than what was met by Trump supporters a week before. “A week ago today, you allowed a violent fascist mob to overtake that building,” one protester complained in video shared by the Examiner.
The chaos at the Capitol last week has prompted comparisons to left-wing riots brought about by activists with groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa over the summer. Critics say Democrats hypocritically dismissed the demonstrations as “peaceful,” even as they were quick to castigate the besieging of the Capitol.
Antifa and BLM-aligned demonstrators have continued to use violence and intimidation to advance their revolutionary aims. Notably, ShutDownDC is the same group of “Antifa scumbags” who Sen. Hawley denounced after they terrorized his family at home last Monday, in apparent response to his plans to challenge the election results.
“Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in D.C. and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” Hawley said, according to a separate report from the Examiner.
“They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door,” he added.
The group has also been pressuring local hotels and Airbnb hosts in Washington, D.C. to cancel reservations for “white nationalists” during inauguration week. Airbnb announced Wednesday that it was canceling bookings in the area amid concerns of further violence, Reuters reported.