Capitol Protesters Attempt to Remove U.S. Flag and Replace with Trump Flag

A person waves a Trump 2020 flag as supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / …
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Protesters in Washington, DC, allegedly attempted to remove a U.S. flag flying at the Capitol building and replace it with a Trump flag.

People magazine reported on the incident, noting that a number of people allegedly scaled scaffolding on “the second floor of the building where an American flag was hung…[and] tore down the flag and threw it to to the ground, inciting cheers and applause from some watching.” The individual “then attempted to replace it with a Trump flag.”

MSBNC aired the alleged attempt to switch flags, which was then tweeted by Politico‘s Natasha Korecki:

Trump released a video on social media in which he called for protesters to cease violence and “go home in peace.”

He said, “You have to go home now, we have to have peace. We have to have law and order.”

United States flags are traditionally held in high esteem. A Capitol Flag Program run by the Architect of the Capitol flies over 100,000 flags on special poles on Capitol grounds annually just to fill the constituents’ requests for flags that have flown at the Capitol.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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