While the world watches a violent mob of Trump supporters storm the US Capitol building Wednesday, eagled-eyed netizens were quick to spot what appears to be a “walis tambo,” or a broom that is common in Filipino households, being paraded by one of the protesters.
The surreal scene was captured by AFP photographer Saul Loeb, and quickly went viral.
Naturally, Philippine Twitterverse was swept away by the spectacle of something so Filipino in the midst of the riot in the United States capital.
The walis tambo and upside-down flag is certainly the kind of Filipino representation we never asked for. https://t.co/CkbQt02ndZ
— River Garcia 🇵🇭🇨🇦 (@RIVERMAYA21) January 7, 2021
TITA BRING THAT WALIS TAMBO OUT OF THERE GO HOME pic.twitter.com/pUbJ9kcI1U
— Jen (@leJENDaryy) January 7, 2021
Americans, want to spot a Filipino descent in your Capitol incident? Look at that Filipino Broom "Walis Tambo" shame 🤮 pic.twitter.com/GM2gpG6Y8v
— figbricksxfox / Faye (@figbricksxfox) January 7, 2021
An absolute loser cosplaying unknown character with walis tambo lmfao pic.twitter.com/peR04B8sEB
— m o r x (@emceemorx) January 7, 2021
which tita of america got into the capitol with a walis tambo you are unbelievably stupid https://t.co/oHrWwlkzuX
— 💭 (@thotballoon) January 7, 2021
Philippine Twitter, who's TITA is this???
Complete with walis tambo. pic.twitter.com/SVBvBjzAiz
— El Pinche Chino 88 (@ChinoDeGuzwald) January 7, 2021
US President Trump exhorted his supporters to protest the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote in Washington – a process that would seal President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The angry mob stormed the US Capitol, forcing their way into Congressional chambers and forcing lawmakers and staff to flee.