Donald Trump incited Capitol riots, says family of Roseanne Boyland - one of five to die during Capitol riot

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<p>Fatalities: Trump fan Roseanne Boyland</p> (Family Handout)

Fatalities: Trump fan Roseanne Boyland

(Family Handout)

A Trump supporter was “trampled to death” as a mob stormed the Capitol according to her family who pleaded with her not join the protest.

Roseanne Boyland, 34, was one of five people including a policeman who died as demonstrators attempted to stop Democrat Joe Biden being declared president.

She was in the Rotunda, the domed circular room used for ceremonial events, when her relatives believe she was crushed as protestors rampaged through the government building.

Footage from Wednesday’s clashes showed Trump supporting activists ransacking offices and attempting to break into the chamber where politicians had been preparing to ratify Biden’s presidency.

Capitol Police performed CPR on Ms Boyland after she collapsed but she was pronounced dead in hospital under an hour later.

Her family said it was the first Trump rally she had attended and that they had tried to dissuade her from travelling from her Georgia home to Washington.

They said she had arrived there on Tuesday and had planned to “hang back” but had been fired up by Trump’s speeches claiming election fraud.

They said they laid the blame for her death with Trump.

A relative said: “She just really believed in Trump and that’s it. This was her first one, she wasn’t even supposed to go. We all didn’t want her to go. She was hanging back and the after the (Trump) speech.

“They’re still working on (the details). Someone said she was trampled others said she collapsed...we’re still trying to figure it out.

“Roseanne, like a lot of people there, was really passionate about her beliefs as was her right.

“I personally believe that the president incited a riot that cost four of his biggest fans their lives. One of them happened to be my sister.

“I personally believe we should invoke the 25th amendment.” The amendment would mean President Trump being deemed unfit to carry on in office.

Benjamin PhillipsKeith Haupt/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP
Benjamin PhillipsKeith Haupt/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP

Kevin Greeson, 55, from Alabama and Benjamin Phillips, 50, also died in the clashes in and around the Captiol.

Mr Phillips, a computer programmer had travelled to DC with dozens of other Trump fans from Pennsylvania, suffered a stroke.

He had founded the website Trumparoo which is used as platform for Trump supporters to contact each other.

His family said: “Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.”

The fifth person to die was US air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, who was shot when she stormed the Capitol with other Trump supporters.

Before the protest she tweeted: “Nothing can stop us. They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon Dc in less than 24 hours.”

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