storming US Capitol

A Riot on Capitol Hill



pro (2) combat make it (2)
rally escalate take action
urge approach supporter
curfew congress be with you
cheer confront egregious
Capitol scale (2) senate/senator
brave disperse win/won/won
trial (2) attorney secure (2)
armed up to you secret service agent
debate suspend make/made/made
mob election gain entrance
traitor floor (3) all the way
gain chamber walk down
reach attempt assault (2)






Rudy Giuliani, Attorney and Politician: “Let’s have a trial by combat.”

What started as a protest rally near the White House escalated when President Trump urged supporters to take action.

Donald Trump, President of the United States: “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.

And after this, we are going to walk down — and I’ll be there with you. We’re gonna walk down to the Capitol! And we’re gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.”

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Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s win in the election, as pro-Trump protesters approached the Capitol . . . scaled it . . . and reached its doors.

Secret Service Agent to Senator: “Protesters are in the building.”

Congress suspended its debate. And police were unable to stop the mob from entering. They made it all the way to the Senate floor. And attempted to gain entrance to the House chamber — against armed guards.

It took the police almost four hours to secure the building.

Pro-Trump Supporters to the Police: “Traitors! Traitors! Traitors!”

A curfew was set and crowds were dispersed.

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1. Rudy Giuliani literally called for calm, order and stability. True or false?

2. Did US President Donald Trump give a speech in front of the US Congress?

3. He encouraged his supporters to storm the US Capitol. Is this right or wrong?

4. Was the US Congress debating the best way to deal with the covid-19 epidemic?

5. Were congressmen and women fully aware of the situation outside and what was about to take place?

6. The members of Congress fought back and resisted the intruders. Is this correct or incorrect?

7. Did the rioters launch a coup d’état and announce the dissolution of the current government and the installation of a new regime?


A. I was shocked by the events that unfolded in the United States. Yes, no, in the middle?

B. Why might the rioters have stormed the US Congress?

C. What has been the reaction of your friends, and governments around the world?

D. Was the mob justified in what they did? Were the Trump supporters right or wrong in storming the US Capitol?

E. What might happen in the future?

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