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Before the congressional storm ... the Americans attacked the White House 180 years ago

Before the congressional storm ... the Americans attacked the White House 180 years ago

The storming of the US Congress building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump raised questions about similar events in American history.

Before the congressional storm ... the Americans attacked the White House 180 years ago


It was not the first "Capitol" incident at all. On August 16, 1841, many supporters of the National Bank in Congress, accompanied by their supporters, most of them from the right-wing party, headed towards the White House, and gathered in front of it, and deliberately fired shots in the air, before they threw stones at the headquarters of US President John Tyler, coinciding with With their banging and cursing the drums, which led to panic in the latter's soul and his family, who were inside the building, and were upset at the lack of security in the White House.




Then another group of angry right-wing supporters entered in front of the White House, and deliberately hanged an effigy of John Tyler, and set fire to it, amidst the amazement of all those present at the presidential residence.


Tyler continued his rejection of the National Bank Act and Henry Clay's projects, which led to his expulsion from the right-wing party, and the initiation of a number of deputies to withdraw confidence from him in preparation for his dismissal.

Before the congressional storm ... the Americans attacked the White House 180 years ago


Concurrently, these violent protests in front of the White House alarmed officials of the District of Columbia, who quickly resorted to establishing a special provincial police squad.


The cause of that incident during Tyler's tenure was the dominance of the right-wing party in the two chambers of the US Congress. Senator Henry Clay, ranked as the most important figure in the party, tightened his grip on the Senate, while the majority in the House of Representatives of this same party, which emerged in 1834, gathered a large percentage of opponents of Democratic President Andrew Jackson's policy.


With a member of his party assuming the presidency, Senator Clay believed that his agenda could be passed by passing the National Bank Restructuring Act, which had previously been unachievable due to Democrats' opposition.


After the law was presented to Congress, the House and Senate approved the restructuring of the National Bank, but with its submission to the US President’s office, John Tyler used his veto in mid-August 1841 to overthrow it, which sparked outrage among members of the Right Party.


To justify his position after that, Tyler talked about his rejection of this law years ago, stressing that it contradicts the values ​​of the Constitution, and touched upon the disadvantages of the central bank, which will strengthen the authority of the federal government at the expense of the states.


For his part, Senator Henry Clay and his supporters defended the restructuring of the National Bank, noting that this could end the volatility in the value of the US currency and put an end to banking fraud.

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