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Chaos At The Capitol: What A Day Of Insurrection Means For America

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Yesterday, a mob descended on the United States Capitol. The world witnessed the consequences of rhetoric that subverts the truth and incites violence. We discuss what yesterday’s chaos means for our democracy.

Guests

Matt Fuller, congressional reporter for the Huffington Post. (@MEPFuller)

Jennifer Horn, co-founder of the Lincoln Project. Former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party from 2013 to 2017. Last month, she announced her departure from the Republican Party. She is now a registered independent. (@NHJennifer)

Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale. Permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Author of several books, including “Our Malady” and “The Road to Unfreedom.” (@TimothyDSnyder)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, Democratic representative for California’s 36th Congressional District. Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (@RepRaulRuizMD)

Kwame Rose, social activist, artist and organizer in Baltimore. (@kwamerose)

From The Reading List

Huffington Post: “After Day Of Chaos, Congress Certifies Joe Biden As The Election Winner” — “Hours after rioters violently stormed the Capitol and put the building into lockdown, lawmakers returned to the House chamber and certified Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. in the early hours of Thursday morning as the winner of the Electoral College and the next president of the United States.”

Associated Press: “A moment in America, unimaginable but perhaps inevitable” — “To see it unspool — to watch the jumbled images ricochet, live, across the world’s endless screens — was, as an American, a struggle to believe your eyes. But there it was, in the capital city of the United States in early January 2021: a real-time breaking and entering the likes of which the republic has never seen.”

Politico: “‘He screwed the country’: Trump loyalty disintegrates” — “It was, for many of President Donald Trump’s own allies, the final straw.”

Reuters: “Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. capitol” — “Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc on Wednesday temporarily locked the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the U.S. presidential elections amid riots in the capital.”

Washington Post: “Trump issued a call to arms. Then he urged his followers ‘to remember this day forever!’” — ”

NPR: “Congress Rejects Objection To Arizona Votes, Takes Up Pennsylvania Objection” — “Members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday voted to reject objections to President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory in the state of Arizona, hours after violent insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, forcing party leadership to evacuate the scene while rioters overtook the complex.”

CBS News: “4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol” — “Four people died during violent pro-Trump protests at the U.S. Capitol, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday night. One woman was shot inside the Capitol, and three others died after suffering ‘medical emergencies,’ police said.”

USA Today: “Texas lawsuit was the last straw. I’m leaving the Republican Party: Former NH GOP chair” — “My mother spent a lifetime trying to teach me to stand for what is right. ‘You do the right thing because it is the right thing,’ she would tell me, ‘no matter how hard it might be. You will be better and stronger for having done so.'”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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