Screams and gunfire shattered the usual quiet of the Capitol. Four pistol-packing terrorists in a visitors’ balcony sprayed bullets onto the floor of the House of Representatives below, wounding five congressmen. It was Mar. 1, 1954, and the terrorists were militants in favor of independence for Puerto Rico. They were captured and given long prison sentences, and the congressmen went back to their jobs on Capitol Hill after recovering from their wounds.
The halls of Congress were again breached by terrorists on Jan. 6 when a MAGA mob of Donald Trump supporters invaded the historic old Capitol Building in a right-wing political putsch to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The rioters ransacked congressional offices, damaged property in what is called “the people’s house” and clashed with outnumbered police inside and outside the Capitol. At the end of the hours-long melee, five people lay dead, including a Capitol policeman who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher and a Trump supporter who was shot by a cop when she attempted to forcibly enter a restricted area of the building where Congress members had met to certify the results of the November election. What should have been a routine political procedure was transformed into a dark and deadly day for this nation by President Trump, his political allies and his cultish base of hardcore slash-and-burn supporters who would sacrifice America’s ideals on the altar of their deity, “The Donald.”
Today is Jan. 20—inauguration day in Washington—and authorities there and across this nation have been on high alert for more armed extremist actions in the nation’s capital and in all 50 states as Trump’s presidency comes to its inevitable and ignominious end. Trump has become more unhinged and dangerous by the day as his time in the White House runs out. The once-cocky “Commander-in-Tweet” spent his last days in office as a lame duck with clipped wings—angry, bitter and without Twitter. He remained a danger to this republic until he finally left office because, to the last, Trump showed what playwright Edward Albee meant when he said, “A drowning man takes down those nearest.”
After the Capitol Hill incursion, invasion and insurrection of Jan. 6, some Trump apologists quickly made the predictable conspiratorial claim that the riot was really the work of leftist “antifa” activists and not Trump supporters. Such an attempt to deny and deflect the blame for the violent behavior of Trump’s troops flies in the face of the conservative mantras of taking personal responsibility and respecting this country’s laws and Constitution. The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was an act of domestic terrorism by a mob of Americans who bought into the Trump team’s myth of a stolen election. Weeks before the MAGA mob invaded the Capitol, Trump himself urged his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 for an event that he said “will be wild.” Trump’s “wild” event was a chilling look at fascism on the march in America.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger likened the Trump terrorists to the Nazis of his native Austria and said that the attack on Capitol Hill was reminiscent of the infamous Kristallnacht, when Nazis shattered windows at Jewish stores, homes and synagogues during “the night of broken glass.” Indeed, right-wing domestic terrorists have long been a threat to America, and white supremacist groups actively try to infiltrate and recruit police and military personnel. Such right-wing extremist groups were emboldened by Trump, and they are now embittered by his loss.
Trump won the White House with overwhelming support from evangelical Christians who ignored and excused his lack of Christian virtues. Such evangelicals and millions of other Americans who pledged allegiance to Trump never saw that the Trump regime’s four years in office underlined the Biblical admonition that “they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”
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