January 6th was not an “insurrection”

On the left: Palmerfest 2009 at Ohio University; on the right: the riot at the Capitol on January 6th.

January 6th was not an “insurrection.” Nor was it a “coup” — or, if you prefer a more positive spin, an “uprising” led by Trump supporters. January 6th was a tantrum.

Just because it was a mass tantrum on the part of a mob doesn’t make it any less so. Anyone who thinks January 6 was an “insurrection” — a serious attempt to seize power — is unfamiliar with the phenomenon of mobs of privileged people…

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Ashley Herzog

Ashley Herzog

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