Today is the first anniversary of the Trump-incited attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Trump egged on his supporters to disrupt Congress’s affirmation that he lost the 2020 election. The number killed in the ensuing carnage is in dispute, but it could have been as many as ten. About 150 officers from the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police Department, and local agencies were injured. The cost to repair the damage done to the Capitol exceeds $30 million.
To their discredit, Trump’s Republicans now deny that the rampage ever took place. They falsely describe it as tourists visiting the Capitol or claim that the mob was not made up of Trump supporters but of anti-fascist progressives. According to press reports, despite overwhelming evidence of Biden’s comfortable victory, the majority of Republicans still don’t believe that Trump lost the 2020 election.
Trump not only incited the attack but then sat and watched it on television for several hours before he called off his supporters. As Kathleen Parker described it in yesterday’s Washington Post, “The president of the United States watched with delight what the rest of the nation watched with horror. And, still, they [the Republicans] want him back?”
Trump’s summons that day incited civil war. His Republican supporters in Congress still claim he won the election—147 of them voted to overturn the validated results.
January 6 is and will remain an ignominy, a day of historical disgrace, for our country. Yet one of our two political parties still espouse the perpetrator.
Shame is our name.