by Guy Millière
March 7, 2021 at 5:00 am
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Protesters had “stormed” the Capitol several times before: on March 1, 1954, by Puerto Rican Americans who fired guns and injured five congressmen; on March 1, 1971, by members of the radical Weather Underground who placed a bomb in the building; on November 7, 1983, by a group calling itself the Armed Resistance Unit, who also placed a bomb in the building; and on October 6, 2018, by people protesting the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Overlooking that, however, on January 7, President Joe Biden described the incident of the day before as a major and unprecedented “attack”:
“What we witnessed yesterday was not dissent. It was not disorder. It was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic, it’s that simple.”
The mainstream media spoke of an assault on the “citadel of democracy” and a sign that a “will to overthrow the republic” had taken shape. Trump’s supporters — as a whole — were described as dangerous people. Trump’s constitutional challenge to the result of the November 3 election had already been presented for weeks as an attempt to “overturn” the result of a perfectly irrefutable election and as a “Big Lie”. The mayhem, though vicious, was now being presented “as if the U.S. has become a war zone.”
On January 8, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, after asking President Trump to “immediately and willingly” leave office before President-elect Biden’s inauguration, launched what would be a second impeachment procedure against him. Insinuating that Trump was mentally unfit, she announced that she had spoken to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes”. Her request, which breached the chain of command, was reported as sedition. Nevertheless, on January 13, discarding all due process, the House of Representatives hastily voted on an article of impeachment accusing President Trump of “incitement to insurrection.”