American Democracy Will Survive Trump’s Failed Insurrection

A police officer cleans up debris strewn across the floor of the Capitol Rotunda, in Washington, during the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2021 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
A police officer cleans up debris strewn across the floor of the Capitol Rotunda, in Washington, during the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2021 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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If the events in Washington, D.C., yesterday demonstrate one thing, it is this: Words have power. Donald Trump used them to incite a mob, and that mob then attacked the U.S. Capitol building to disrupt the congressional certification of the presidential election results taking place there. That incitement by Trump—and the speakers who preceded and followed him at a rally of his supporters earlier yesterday—was not even veiled. It followed months now of similar incitement, a concerted campaign of lies and fabulations that sought to replace the reality of Trump’s defeat with feverish fantasies of stolen victory. As those fantasies […]

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