U.S. CAPITOL INSURRECTION: Local notes, including prayer for peace

Local notes related to the breaking national news that’s been happening for the last several hours – the insurrection that disrupted Congress’s electoral-vote counting to finalize the presidential election:

REP. JAYAPAL EVACUATED: Watching cable-TV coverage for a while, we saw NBC video showing West Seattle-residing U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal taking cover in the upper House gallery. She had to evacuate and has since tweeted:

PRAYER FOR PEACE: From Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church:

With the deeply troubling events happening in DC right now, Our Lady of Guadalupe invites all in the community to join with us tonight, January 6 at 7:00 pm for a prayer service. The service will focus on intentions for Peace and Reconciliation. Let us gather in prayer asking Mary’s intercession for peace and reconciliation in our country at this very difficult time.

This will be via livestream – here’s the Vimeo link.

WEST SEATTLE ELECTED OFFICIALS’ STATEMENTS: West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold says, “”This violent occupation of our Capitol – and attack on our American Democracy and values – must be ended immediately” (full statement here); West Seattle-residing Councilmember Lorena González says, “As elected leaders, we all have a responsibility to continue to denounce dangerous rhetoric and work to move our country forward toward progress and healing” (full statement here); West Seattle-residing King County Executive Dow Constantine says, “I urge leaders at all levels of government and across the political spectrum to stand together in support of our nation, our constitution, and the peaceful transfer of power that these traitors are seeking in vain to disrupt” (full statement here).

54 Replies to "U.S. CAPITOL INSURRECTION: Local notes, including prayer for peace"

  • reed January 6, 2021 (3:20 pm)

    The actions today by Trump and his deplorables were/are despicable. It goes to show that the Blue Lives Matter movement is total BS; how can you be pro-police and then fight them when they are doing there job as you are breaking and entering into a federal facility? At a minimum, it is time for spineless republicans in Congress to join democrats to invoke the 25th amendment immediately. What Trump did to incite this violence is nothing short of sedition.

    • StopCuttingDownTrees January 6, 2021 (4:00 pm)

      What’s deplorable is a D.C. police officer murdering an unarmed woman in the U.S. Capital building.

      • Reed January 6, 2021 (6:00 pm)

        That seems like a plausible outcome when you break into a secure federal building as part of a violent mob. Had these “protesters” been black, there would be a lot more dead.

      • PedroTheLion January 6, 2021 (6:31 pm)

        The unarmed woman breaking into a barricaded room that was being terrorized by the mob outside? The mob she was a part of? You play stupid games you win stupid prizes. 

      • HMF January 6, 2021 (9:13 pm)

        Where did you see the woman was unarmed? No press release with that level of detail yet, that I’ve seen. 

      • shotinthefoot January 7, 2021 (10:43 am)

        Oh spare me. She was not an “unarmed woman” – she was a terrorist. If you watch the video, she is seen trying to climb through the barricade as secret service is saying they’re armed. She broke in intending to cause harm. Don’t make her out to be an innocent victim. She was a brainwashed cultist, an anti-american terrorist and a q-anon believer. She played a stupid game and won a stupid prize. 

  • heartless January 6, 2021 (3:42 pm)

    I…  I just don’t have the words.

  • Smh January 6, 2021 (4:18 pm)

    And here goes 2021 . Enough already so so sad!!!!!

  • Also John January 6, 2021 (4:21 pm)

    I missed when we became a third world country.  I hope the police identify every individual that illegally entered the Capital building.       I just read an article that named six federal laws broken by this one act.  Decades in federal prison awaits.

  • WSREZ January 6, 2021 (4:30 pm)

    the cult like mentality is so disturbing. These people need help.

  • ScubaFrog January 6, 2021 (4:32 pm)

    This is historic, but not surprising.  Only 13 people arrested.  And when Inslee’s mansion’s gates were broken, and stormed by armed trump supporters, no one was arrested.  But a group of peaceful, unarmed Black men and women demonstrate, and it’s termed a “riot” by *some* members of the SPD  – and said Black men and women are arrested en masse,  and treated worse than these insurrectionists were today.  Trump’s supporters tore apart OUR Capital, stole paintings, stole historic artifacts, and in a demonstration to the world, showed that democracy is dead in America.  Moreover, they showed that white men in America can do whatever they want, with impunity.

    • HappyOnAlki January 6, 2021 (10:03 pm)

      They have video of many of these people and can arrest them AFTER Trump is out of office so they won’t be immediately pardoned . . . .

  • Greg Goldstein January 6, 2021 (4:35 pm)

    He needs to be removed from power immediately. 25th amendment, impeachment, or any legal measure. Any Republican who’ll still protect him is now as guilty as him and also poses a national security risk. It’s time to protect America and it’s institutions, traditions, values and norms. They’re doing what Bin Laden could only dream of.

    • PedroTheLion January 6, 2021 (6:34 pm)

      Amen. We need to remove Trump immediately. His delusional ranting is dangerous. Today’s events were sad and horrific, but not surprising. 

  • John January 6, 2021 (4:40 pm)


    It indeed is hard to find the words. The fault falls firmly on Trumps shoulders. And now a woman has died after being shot. This madness needs to stop. Anyone still believe he should have been president for four more years?As a lifelong Republican this whole thing sickens me.

    • Reed January 6, 2021 (6:08 pm)

      “The fault falls firmly on Trumps shoulders and those that voted for him in 2016 and 2020 and have supported his hateful rhetoric since before he became president.”Fixed that for you (complicit) life long republican.

  • KrazzieK January 6, 2021 (4:56 pm)

    Never…..in the United States of America!! Kruchef of Russia was right when he said “we only have to wait & watch America destroy itself from within”

  • Lagartija Nick January 6, 2021 (5:09 pm)

    For the second time in our history conservatives have fomented open rebellion and insurrection against our republic. Congratulations, I guess.

  • Mj January 6, 2021 (5:23 pm)

    Larartija – the extremist rioting in the Capital are not conservatives they are radicals.

    • Jort January 6, 2021 (8:45 pm)

      They were encouraged to riot by the sitting President of the United States of America, who is the leader of the republican party.  You have two choices: admit that the rioters are part of the mainstream republican party, or admit that conservatives are, in fact, radicals now. Don’t try to pretend this is some kind of fringe group. Literally the leader of the party egged them on.  SHAMEFUL.

    • Derek January 6, 2021 (10:30 pm)

      Sure. Keep telling yourself that. They are insurrectionist fascists. And the police let them in. 

    • Lagartija Nick January 7, 2021 (10:41 am)

      Mj, yes, radical CONSERVATIVES. Which is now the entirety of the Trump Republican party. But it sure is fun seeing you law and order types defending sedition and insurrection. Be best.

  • Peter S. January 6, 2021 (5:29 pm)

    I characterize myself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative.  I absolutely abhor domestic terrorism from either the far left, OR the far right.  The presidential election happened and like it or not, the results have been deemed valid.  Americans love a good underdog story and detest sore losers.  Trump and his so-called supporters are acting like complete jackwads, bordering on insurrection.  It’s a very dangerous path.  Our foreign adversaries/competitors must be ecstatic tonight, as this internal strife makes us appear, if not in fact, weaker.

    • heartless January 6, 2021 (6:54 pm)

      I characterize myself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative”

      Oh?  I’m a democrat, too.

      “Trump and his so-called supporters…”

      “so-called supporters” Eh?  They were chanting TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP, in what world do you live that you think you need the qualifier “so-called”?

      “…bordering on insurrection.”

      Bordering?  BORDERING?

      Peter S.: they are not “so-called” supporters.  Their actions don’t “border on” insurrection.  And while I try to appreciate your surface points, I only get dragged down by your inane qualifiers.  Show some backbone.

      • Peter S. January 6, 2021 (7:50 pm)

        OK.  Here’s my backbone:  I detest hypocrisy.  I don’t care where or which side it comes from.  Protesting genuine injustice is one thing.  Throwing a tantrum because you don’t get what you want is childish and immature.  Grow up.  

        • heartless January 6, 2021 (8:41 pm)

          Hear, hear.  Well said.  Now THAT is something I can agree with.  These “law and order” folks claiming to love this country instead stomp on the law, thrive in chaos, and work to dismantle the very bedrock that this country was built on.  

  • Howard January 6, 2021 (6:15 pm)

    America is dying

  • Zipda January 6, 2021 (8:09 pm)

    Trump, the enemy of the people.

  • 1994 January 6, 2021 (8:30 pm)

    Aren’t elections run by each county? Then the county certifies their vote tallies, and sends them to the state level for state certification? How in the world can the trumpies suspect thousands of counties committed fraud, and then how many states committed fraud? The conspiracy is oh so grandiose that it is beyond comprehension how thousands of counties committed fraud in an organized fashion against trump….He is not that loved!  Google tells me this: As of 2018, there are currently 3,142 counties and county-equivalents in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. If the 100 county equivalents in the U.S. territories are counted, then the total is 3,242 counties and county-equivalents in the United States.

  • Derek January 6, 2021 (10:28 pm)

    Bless Jayapal. Best congresswoman. An actual real person and not some robot. Had pleasure of meeting her at the Bernie rally. Heck of a lady!

  • anonyme January 7, 2021 (6:10 am)

    There may not be enough time to invoke the 25th amendment.  Meanwhile, officially or unofficially, Trump needs to be straightjacketed, literally and/or metaphorically.  He must not be allowed to engage in any official business, public or private.  He is finished, effective immediately.  My only hope is that the justice system does its job and that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, along with the criminal insurgents who followed his lead yesterday, on other occasions, and going forward.  Domestic terrorism in the guise of white supremacy, misogyny, and ‘patriotism’ has been tolerated for too long.

  • Sparky January 7, 2021 (7:19 am)

    Why were they not zip-tying and arresting those who illegally entered the Capitol?  There should have been news footage of Trump’s mob being perp-walked to a waiting line of prison busses.  This is the “law and order” crowd after all.As someone once said:  “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

  • David Boneham January 7, 2021 (7:33 am)

    It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever witnessed in the 68 years I’ve been alive. To see insurrectionists attacking our Congress (both houses) is something that is hard to tolerate. It was particularly jarring for a Veteran like me to see so much anti American behavior by fellow Americans.To see our Congress persons harassed for doing a ceremonial and procedural election affair was awful.I am very happy Jayapal is safe as she is a wonderful person who works diligently for her constituents. She, like all the others, doesn’t deserve to be threatened simply for doing her job of working for us.

    • Tyr1001 January 7, 2021 (9:53 am)

      David, I had a very similar thought. It was so painful to see other Americans do such a thing after I gave many of my prime years to support and defend the constitution and for them to have the gall to call it patriotic. It was a total slap in the face and further galvanized the sentiment that we cannot allow this to continue. Enough with this devisive brand of politics

  • Q_Hunter January 7, 2021 (10:17 am)

    You know one of the most prominent Q Anon figures on Twitter lives right here in West Seattle? She attended the protests in DC. The mods won’t let me post her info. She should be considered dangerous and unstable.

    • WSB January 7, 2021 (1:34 pm)

      If you mean Dr. Tammy, her social media indicates she’s now residing in Montana.

      • Q_Hunter January 8, 2021 (8:17 pm)

        We saw her Landcruiser several weeks ago, it’s very noticeable because it has a large snake and shield medical emblem decal that makes fun of pandemic restrictions.Her home also still has QAnon and Trump banners visible in the windows. She clearly still owns the residence.

        As of this posting, her twitter account has been banned and she’s being ID’d by celebrities.

  • Peacelover January 7, 2021 (1:46 pm)

    WSB, you have done so much good for all WS residents, old-time and new! Please, might I suggest you consider leaving “politics” to The Seattle Times, Fox News, etc, etc, etc. They are no longer “NEWSpapers”, they are Opinion pieces, their words eaten up by so many people lacking common sense. The rest  of us, depend on YOU!Yesterday, was a terrible day for every American, regardless of political view. We must move on TOGETHER! What possible benefit is in there in quoting a politician? What else, regardless of Party, can she/he say but, “THAT WAS DISGRACEFUL!”  What we need is language that heals, language that gives hope, and we need an OASIS, it has always been the WSB! Please lead us to PEACE, TOGETHER!

    • WSB January 7, 2021 (3:20 pm)

      Thanks for the kind words but this is huge news and my only regret is that this was all we could muster. What your elected representatives are, or aren’t, saying, is news. The fact one of them – a U.S. House rep who is one of your neighbors – was there when it happened, is news. The fact a local church felt the need to have a prayer vigil, is news. – TR

      • PEACELOVER January 7, 2021 (6:43 pm)

        The problem is, we have is way too much NEWS, or what is offered as NEWS. Yes, a US House Rep was there, but the “Opinion” the Rep,  offered was NOT NEWS, it was an Opinion.  A Democrat angry with Republicans/A Republican angry with Democrats?  I’m sorry, to me that is just not NEWS anymore!Whereas,  an ANNOUNCEMENT of a  a Prayer Vigil, is of interest, indeed, beneficial to EVERYONE, it is NEWS and why we need WSB. Where else would we know of it?Respectfully.

        • zark00 January 8, 2021 (11:58 am)

          This is pretty much the dictionary definition of ‘news’. Without WSB we would really have no micro-local viewpoint from a trusted source.  WSB is prob the most unbiased, fact-driven, pure news service available in the country right now. :)

  • Gina January 7, 2021 (4:44 pm)

    Scared the living daylights out of me. Both the attack, and the level of initial preparedness. 

  • Huck January 7, 2021 (9:42 pm)

    I’m a conservative and I don’t agree with those that stormed the capital buildings. We are not them. They are not us. 

    • zark00 January 8, 2021 (12:00 pm)

      @ Huck – you have a lot of work to do to repair the damage they have done to your reputation and your party.  You can say they aren’t you, but the world, literally, believes they are. It’s now on you to take back your party, your conservative moniker, and make it mean something other than hate, treason, insurrection and anti-Americanism. 

  • Huck January 8, 2021 (9:34 pm)

    I think the only solution is to form a 3rd party for moderate conservatives. 

  • Tired January 9, 2021 (8:50 am)

    I know for a fact that folks from this community flew to DC to participate in this riot.  Just be aware, these folks are everywhere.  We think we live in a bubble, but this hatred is everywhere.  You’d be surprised to know folks from our own WS participated in the mayhem that unfolded in DC.

    • AMD January 9, 2021 (1:30 pm)

      Twelve people flying back to Seattle from D.C. on Thursday were banned from Alaska Airlines for refusing to wear masks and being unruly on the flight back.  Their beliefs and behavior didn’t start when they landed in in D.C. and it didn’t end when they left.

  • Pessoa January 9, 2021 (11:06 am)

    WSB:  Why are you allowing unsubstantiated rumors on this thread, for example, from the above individual?  These are quite serious charges and do nothing but elevate suspicion and paranoia in the community.   

    • WSB January 9, 2021 (11:22 am)

      There’s nothing speculative about the person “Q Hunter” is referring to. We don’t allow naming (until or unless someone is charged with a crime) or doxxing but I know who they’re referring to – someone emailed us about her last year and I researched her then, as well as checking her Twitter feed extensively this week until she was suspended. Her social media indicates she lives in Montana – she may come back for medical treatments, though. Also yesterday, since various inaccurate online sites listed her as being affiliated with Swedish, that organization put out a statement saying she hadn’t been affiliated with them since 2015 and the state’s licemsing body acknowledged complaints. (You have to watch out for third-party online lookups – there are a couple for example that list my mother as a practicing lawyer and she’s been dead for 20 years!) The doctor’s Twitter selfie videos showed her very clearly at the rally – outside – I didn’t see anything inside.

  • DRG January 9, 2021 (11:32 am)

    SPD itself says some of their officers were in DC.https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2021/01/08/spd-officers-in-d-c-referred-to-opa/

  • anonyme January 9, 2021 (1:18 pm)

    There are Q conspiracy theorists everywhere, I know of at least two in my immediate vicinity.  What is troubling about what happened in DC as well as the governor’s mansion is that police are largely pro-Trump, and those people get a pass when it comes to illegal behavior.  This isn’t just speculation, I have a close relative affiliated with Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, and I’m told that they have a cooperative relationship with police, especially in Portland.  Police let them know the movements of BLM or Antifa so that they can strategize attacks, and then warn them when police are finally forced to move in so that they can evacuate and avoid arrest.  This does not bode well for future insurrection, although I’d hope that the fact that these delusional criminals are now killing cops would make some of them take pause.

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