Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday following the outgoing president’s rally in which he encouraged loyalists to take action against what he believes was a rigged election.

Thousands of protestors charged the barricades around the capitol building as Congress met to certify the Electoral College votes.

While protesters have destroyed windows, stormed the Capitol, broke into offices, and injured officers, even sending one to the hospital, people pointed out that Black protestors would have been treated violently if they did the same. The term "white privilege" began to trend on Twitter as observers watched the destruction from afar. 

Many noted that tear gas and rubber bullets were not brought out before the protestors had started trespassing. It's a stark contrast to the summer's Black Lives Matter protests, including one where a group was sprayed with tear gas and pepper balls so President Trump could take a photo in front of a church.

“If anyone is still struggling with the concept of white privilege after today then I don’t know what to tell you.  So embarrassed for my country,” a Twitter user wrote.

One person claimed the riot wouldn’t receive the label it deserved. “This is terrorism, they won’t call it that because of white privilege,” the Twitter user wrote.

Another person added, “This is white privilege in action, all those people were able to break into a federal building, assault law enforcement, and instigate violence yet none of them will be harmed.”

Meanwhile, one person suggested that officials would have had a different reaction if the protestors were Black.

“There’s your example of white privilege in America. If they were black protestors in the Capitol you could guarantee they’d have all been gunned down without warning,” the individual wrote.

The National Guard along with local police officers are working to secure the Capitol amid the violent protest.

Crowds of people gather as US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters before Congress meets to certify Joe Biden's election win Crowds of people gather as US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters before Congress meets to certify Joe Biden's election win Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN