U.S. Insurrection +2 years


On this day in 2020, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by Trump-supporting domestic terrorists*. Full stop.


Peter Wehner writing at The Atlantic:

Two years ago today, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Seven people died as a result of that attempt. More than 140 police officers reported suffering injuries. One was pulled down the steps of the Capitol and then stomped on and beaten with a pole flying an American flag as the crowd chanted “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” A makeshift gallows with a noose was built outside the Capitol, not as a generalized threat but to cow one man. “Hang Mike Pence!” the mob shouted. If the insurrectionists had had the opportunity, they would have. Most stunning of all, the president of the United States encouraged the bloodlust. According to one witness, Trump’s chief of staff said at the time that the president “thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think [the mob is] doing anything wrong.”

The many millions who watched the events unfold instantly knew that it would rank among the most anguished and horrifying days in American history: an effort to halt the peaceful transition of power. But it was worse and more wretched than we imagined.

Indeed it was.

At 6:01 p.m. on January 6, with the day’s carnage behind him, Trump issued his last tweet of that day.

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” he wrote. “Go home with love & in peace.” Trump ended with this admonition: “Remember this day forever!”

We will, just not in the way Trump and his party want us to.

Never forget: It’s not just for 9/11 anymore.


For a good “by the numbers” report, see Arianna Johnson’s piece at Forbes Jan. 6 Insurrection 2 Years Later: How Many Arrested, Convicted And What Price Donald Trump May Still Pay.


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* To be clear, I am a Libertarian (of the non-crazy sort), so I’m all about freedom. I have no problem with people having different opinions than me; I have no problem with people expressing those different opinions. I have no problem with people criticizing the government. Hell, our nation was founded upon the principle of dissent. I have no problem with people peacefully demonstrating or peacefully attending a rally.

And, while it can be pointed out that that is precisely what was happening at the “Trump rally”, it simplhy cannot even be argued that the attack on the Capitol was protected speech. No sir.

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