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‘Anarchy in the USA’: what the papers say about the storming of the US Capitol

The extraordinary and violent scenes that consumed the US Capitol building on Wednesday have dominated news coverage across the world.

The Guardian carries a scene from the Capitol’s rotunda, filled with a pro-Trump mob waving the flag of their leader: “Chaos as pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol”. Prominence is given to a quote from the US president-elect, Joe Biden, who said: “Our democracy’s under assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times.”

On its front page the New York Times carries the blunt headline “Trump incites mob” along with images of rioters scaling the walls of the Capitol. It notes in a subhead that the unrest will be “part of his legacy”, according to one Republican.

Columnist Nick Kristoff writes: “This is a horrifying and shameful day in American history. A president incited rioters to attack the US Capitol and interrupt the Constitutional process to select a new president.”

The Washington Post says “Trump mob storms Capitol” above a huge image of the barricaded House. It doesn’t let the violence obscure the fact of the Democrats’ win in Georgia. Chief correspondent Dan Balz says US democracy has been debased. “Instead of a moment of celebration of free and fair elections in the world’s greatest democracy, Wednesday will be remembered as a day that brought a frightening and predictable culmination to two months of lies by the president.”

The New York Daily News led with a single word – Siege – describing Wednesday as “a day that will live in infamy” in US history. Read from source….