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A Trump flag left behind by his supporters outside the Capitol, Washington A Trump flag left behind by his supporters following the riot at the Capitol, Washington, Jan. 6, 2021 (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).

The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Vision of Iraq, or Syria. It Was Trump’s America

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021

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When President Donald Trump’s radical supporters stormed the Capitol building last week, attacking police and rampaging through the halls of Congress, hunting for lawmakers, many American news networks were quick to make breathless comparisons to somewhere else. This wasn’t Washington, they intimated; it was more like a scene out of Baghdad, or Beirut. Van Jones, the former Obama administration official who is now a CNN talking head, even declared that “where we’re headed looks more like Syria than the United States of America.” ...

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