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“This is what Donald Trump has unleashed upon the United States,” writes our D.C. bureau chief David Corn, on a day that has left the nation reeling from a right-wing extremist siege of Congress. “An unprecedented act of domestic terrorism.”
The attack on the Capitol, Corn argues, is the culmination of Trumpism, and the GOP must own its grotesque results. This video connects the dots between Trump’s lethal acts of incitement across the past four years—reaching all the way back to his inauguration—and the crisis unleashed on Washington D.C. today. It shows how Trump has sown division and whipped up his cultish followers with lies, conspiracy theories, and an endless number of fake bogeymen in the form of Antifa, BLM, and even Republican election officials.
As recently as today, Trump told his supporters that the 2020 election was a grave crime and that Republicans and Democrats on the Hill were about to destroy American democracy by accepting the results. Trump directed his frenzied supporters toward the Capitol, where they breached police lines and took over the building. They shut down Congress. They terrorized lawmakers and staff, who cowered under desks and donned gas masks; they fought with security forces; they marauded and ransacked and looted; and they broke American democracy.
But make no mistake: This is all Trump’s doing.
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