I seem to become angrier about Jan. 6, 2021, as each day goes by. Maybe because I believe it could happen all over again with a worse outcome.
It seems appropriate that on the day before the third anniversary of that horrific day that I finished listening to The January 6 Report by the House January 6th Committee, which was published in December 2022.
Several of the committee’s hearings in 2022 were televised. They were scary, revealing and worth watching.
The report is thorough. It’s long. There is a ton to digest. Names I hadn’t heard before (or didn’t remember) were mentioned. Details I didn’t know came to light. Then more details.
I felt emotionally exhausted while listening and now after the fact.
The planning of that shocking day when backers of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the electoral college votes was extensive in the weeks prior. It was essentially being planned in the open. Plenty of people knew about it. That’s obvious by the numbers who were there.
Plenty of folks in the government were conspirators.
All of this is detailed in the report.
It was those of us not listening to right wing chatter who were caught off guard. Or maybe because we are used to peaceful presidential transitions it was unfathomable for political violence to occur in the United States. Boy, was I naïve.
Jan. 6 was an insurrection led by Trump. The dictionary definition of insurrection is: a violent uprising against an authority or government.
Even the committee calls it an insurrection. They referred Trump and others for possible prosecution under U.S. Code for “assisting and providing aid and comfort to an insurrection.” And remember, the House impeached him for inciting an insurrection.
People who stormed the Capitol are quoted as saying they were there because Trump called them there. He did so the prior December via a tweet. That is the only reason they were there. They were prepared for violence with arsenals of weapons.
If you don’t believe Jan. 6, 2021, was an insurrection, this is a must read. If you believe you know enough, you don’t. Read this. For our democracy to continue, we must know the truth and ensure others understand it.
This book/report is a great step to better comprehending what led up to that day, the lengths to which people in the federal government and others were willing to go to deny the rightful transfer of leadership to the fairly elected Joe Biden.
I understand justice often moves slowly. But knowing Trump and so many others who were part of this insurrection are walking around free is scary. What are they plotting now? Listen to Trump. He’s been telling us his plans. Don’t dismiss him. We did that before and look where we are. He must be stopped.