Never before have American rioters stormed their own seat of government in what is nothing short of a coup attempt.
The last time the Capitol was breached was in 1954 by Puerto Rican terrorists who shoot up the House and killed two. The time before and the only other time was in 1814 during the War of 1812 when British troops, after defeating American forces at the Battle of Bladensburg, marched into the District of Columbia and burned the Capitol and the White House.
One thinks of the French Revolution and the mob storming the Bastile and the violent anarchy that followed. These traitors stormed into the Senate chambers and at this point one person was fatally shot.
Pictures of rioters (please don't say protestors) showed punks occupying the Senate dais and the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It is a direct attack on democracy, the worst kind that we have seen in the past year. While far-left rioters in Portland and elsewhere did attack federal facilities, nothing is as historic and unprecedented than what we are seeing this afternoon. Even the take-over of the Wisconsin state capital by organized labor and others does not rise to today outrageous actions.
It took three hours before there was a show of force by police, an inexcusable delay. Where was President Donald Trump? He tweeted something about the need for calm and peace. After the Whiner-in-Chief spent more than a hour raging that encouraged the craziest to assault the Capitol and our form of government.
President-elect Joe Biden correctly called the action an "insurrection." He called on Trump to go on national television to calm the situation. Too late, Trump finally issued a video in which he repeated his "stolen election" rhetoric and urging his supporters to come home peacefully. He turned himself into a laughing stock by repeating his claim that he won the election by a "landslide." His self-pity can only remind everyone of Stacy Abrams claiming that she won the governorship of George.
Conservatives correctly condemned the violence from antifa and liberals correctly pointed out that most of the protesters were peaceful. The same might be said about the thousands of Trump supporters who came to Washington.
It does no use for the Republican National Committee to issue a reminder that Democrats failed to condemn the left-wing violence. Or point out that numerous Republican leaders have condemned in the strongest terms the invasion of the Capitol.