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One Year Later: Examining Trump’s Role in the Capitol Riot

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Then-president Donald Trump greets the crowd at the “Stop The Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) To say the president’s condemnable behavior triggered the riot is not the same as saying he intended or incited a riot.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n this January 6 anniversary, I most vividly remember the shock and fury of watching the Capitol riot unfold, the instant recognition of a blight on our history. It is America’s proud boast to have made the transition of power through peaceful, lawful means a norm for modern republics. One needn’t buy the Democrats’ politicized “insurrection” distortion to grasp that something precious is forever tarnished.

It’s not gone. The norm endures. The media-Democrat complex’s “insurrection” pap is designed to exaggerate a rare episode of politically motivated violence by the incoherent populist Right, the better to obscure the thrum of violence commited …

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