What we witnessed yesterday at the U.S. Capitol was an assault on our democracy. There’s really no other way to say it.

And the tragedy of it all is that our president helped to incite it.

The images on TV and social media of pro-Trump supporters breaking through police barricades to intimidate and disrupt Congress’ counting of the Electoral College votes came after two months of unsubstantiated claims that the presidential election was somehow rigged.

They broke windows, assaulted Capitol police and pushed their way onto the Senate floor and into some offices. Lawmakers were evacuated, some given gas masks, and one person was shot and killed.

Chaos turned into an armed standoff. Explosive devices were found, and police from Maryland and Virginia were called in, as were National Guard units. A 6 p.m. curfew was issued by the D.C. mayor.

If these were acts committed by foreign agents, we’d likely be at war today. Think about that for a moment. Years from now, this will be remembered as one of the darkest days in American history.

But these were American extremists doing the damage, fueled by a false narrative spun by the president himself that he has been cheated out of another term. Despite dozens of court cases that he’s lost and a growing concession from members of his own party, the president has failed to uphold the most basic tenet of our democracy — the peaceful transition of power.

Just hours before the assault on the Capitol, the president said he would never concede and would continue the fight. He then urged his supporters to march to the Capitol to “cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,” followed by “because you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength, you have to be strong.”

This is where the words of a leader matter — because some of his supporters took that fight far too seriously.

Earlier in the day, before the assault, none other than Sen. Mitch McConnell, a staunch supporter of the president, told Congress to reject the claims of a stolen election. Though he first supported legal efforts — something the Trump campaign had every right to try — McConnell pointed out that dozens of court cases across multiple states were rejected by Democrat and Republican judges alike.

In essence, it was time to move on. Time for that peaceful transition of power.

“We will either hasten down a poisonous path where only the winners of elections actually accept the results, or show we can still muster the patriotic courage that our forebearers showed not only in victory but in defeat,” McConnell said.

In contrast, a few hours later, when we needed calm the most, the president released a recorded message that began with his repeated false claims that the election was stolen. Only then did he tell his supporters to go home, to respect the police.

It was President-elect Joe Biden, saying the uprising bordered on sedition, who offered a contrasting message. He reminded us that “the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are.”

For the sake of this nation, we hope he’s right. In two weeks, Biden will be president, and he’ll have an enormous task in trying to unite this country.

What happened in D.C. yesterday won’t make that easy. What happened yesterday is a scar on our nation that will take a long time to heal.

(62) comments

phydeaux994

None of what’s left of the BTT(BullyTagTeam) ever presents a positive defense of Donald John Trump. They just say we’re criticizing him unfairly. But they never say how or why it’s unfair. Baffling.

NewMarketParent

I have now realized that this was a failed coup attempt by 45 to retain power. I never thought I would see this in the US.

sevenstones1000

It turns out you can impeach a president even when he is out of office. If convicted, it means he would not be able to run for Federal office again. This must be done.

gary4books

I wrote BLM.

sevenstones1000

Did they write back?

gary4books

I had a comment and BLM was corrected. So I wrote this as correction and It is way away from the mistake. Sigh! But your question is really funny. Thanks!

gunslinger1123

Outside of the American flags it looked remarkably like an Antifa operation. It wouldn't be at all surprising that Antifa agents provocateurs infiltrated the demonstration and instigated the events following the rally itself in an effort to undermine the effort...and enough of the rally attendees fell for it. I'm not saying that's what happened...just that it wouldn't be surprising.

Piedmontgardener

I know. It's hard to think when your news feed consists of Hannity, Ingraham and Carlson. Must have been hard to see your insurrectionist Senators fold up like a cheap suit last night when they reconvened. So much for your "Patriots for Trump".

NewMarketParent

I'm surprised that they didn't walk outside and greet their liberators. Instead, the Repubs that stoked the flames ran out like everyone else.

gary4books

I find it interesting that many refused to believe HIM protest were infiltrated by violent elements to discredit them and now say this happened to Trump. We saw his people go from the White House to the Capitol. It ought to surprise to see a magic trick like that in plain sight. Not much of an excuse.

public-redux

gunslinger, Let me see if I have this straight. The patriots who tried to stop the election from being stolen from Trump were led by Antifa agents? Okaaaay.

anInterestedPerson

Yes, thousands of Black people miraculously transformed themselves into white people. Yep, that's what they did /s

gary4books

We saw them at the White House and saw them march a few blocks to the Capitol. How did the agents get in the mob? If they were always there. is Trump the leader of antifa? I never knew that.

elmerchismo1

Oh please...

threecents

GS, It must be fun to be able to ignore your eyes and ears and just rewrite reality. Some people call that schizophrenia.

C.D.Reid

Gee, so much hatred and condemnation by the left wingers today. Where were you all last summer and fall when the blm'ers and Antifa were destroying the major cities, barricading off their illegal CHOP zones, breaking into and trashing Federal courthouses, etc.? Hmmm??? Once again, your hypocrisy shines through, and oh so BRIGHTLY!

shiftless88

Again I will ask you, CD; do you have links to others breaking into the Capitol while congress was in session? You recognize the difference, don't you?

C.D.Reid

No shift, of course I don't, and apparently the difference means more to you than it does to me. But that's not the point I was making and you know that full well. You're just trying to make up for months of your own Joe Biden style silence on the events of last year.

bosco

"People do what they do"....Nancy Pelosi.

shiftless88

If you do not understand the difference between an attack on government and spray painting a federal building then I feel sorry for you. The Capitol, like the White House, the Pentagon and the Supreme Court, are buildings that represent our government. Our democracy. That was what was attacked. And it was attacked to thwart democracy. That isn't even close to what happened this summer.

C.D.Reid

As I said shift, you're just trying to make up for months of your own Joe Biden style silence on the events of last year. And I'll stand by that.

threecents

Yes people do what they do. It is what it is. And so on. Enough already. Stop.

bosco

"People do what they do"....Nancy Pelosi

threecents

Bosco does what he does.

DickD

God has a special place for liars, cheaters and violence. It's called H $$##.

gary4books

Pioffle, CD. Just piffle.

C.D.Reid

So, Gary, do you think that the incident at the Capitol involving Trump supporters justifies all the rioting, looting, burning, killings and other damage done over the last seven months of last year by the members of the radical Left? Just looking for a simple "Yes," or "No."

threecents

CD, many of us get upset when truth is denied or minimized. False comparison also tick a lot of us off.

sevenstones1000

Trump must be removed or the next Republican president will do worse.

He must not be allowed to get away with it.

C.D.Reid

You're just gonna have to wait another 13 days. Like it or not. [lol]

Piedmontgardener

At least your anti-constitutionalist, pro-Trump stance is easily noted, CD. It's people like you that made me leave the Republican Party. Enjoy your white nationalist party. Just like South Africa, really.

C.D.Reid

I'm only laughing at all you people who are either so naive, or stupid, to think that Trump will be removed from office 13 days from the end of his term, that's all Piedmont. Oh, and I'm sure the Republican Party doesn't miss you one bit. So you enjoy the socialist society that your party is leading this country into. Just like Venezuela, Cuba, etc., really.

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

I will worry about socialism the second after you learn what it actually means rather than the boogeyman red scare definition you were spoon-fed by Faux News.

Also, I hope you don't shop at Costco because the things you call socialism are really just the public trying to use its money effectively and collectively to lower prices for us all.

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C.D.Reid

Hey Doctor Fed Up Greggy, is that your I.Q., or the number of friends you had before your dog left you? [lol][lol][lol]

DickD

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Dwasserba

"If these were acts committed by foreign agents, we’d likely be at war today." YEAH But the insurgents are proud. So.many.stupid.people

matts853

Both the quality and quantity of this stupidity is highly disturbing.

Greg F

Now here's a not-so-bright WV representative, just being sworn in goes and participates in the break-in at the capitol. This sort of nutcase should be removed from office immediately and forbidden to ever hold any office of public trust again. https://wvmetronews.com/2021/01/06/w-va-delegate-just-sworn-in-among-the-rioters-storming-u-s-capitol/

Piedmontgardener

I guess we learned that propaganda can kill people in real time and damage a republic to the point of no return. Lies upon lies finally combusted and here we are. I doubt I'll vote for a Republican candidate in my lifetime ever again. And that's after voting for them in the majority of Presidential elections since my first.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]piedmont As an Independent, I have to say, I watch and choose and OH BOY would Dems have to mess up bad now to lose my vote.

matts853

I hope the FNP reconsiders the relevancy of 2 members of their Board of Contributors: Rick Blatchford and David Staveley. Their consistent and unwavering support of this president demonstrated a severe lack of good judgement and critical thinking skills. They proved themselves to be poor judges of President Trump’s character which reflected heavily in their kitschy views. I’m not advocating for censorship, and it’s healthy to have opposing points of view. But when the facts are clearly not on the side of their opinions and their views mirror that of the alternate reality that too many Trump supporters live in, then you have to ask yourself if it’s responsible to publish their columns. On the level, we need to draw a more distinct line between free speech and propaganda. Their columns simultaneously dumbed down and raised the temperature of political discourse in this country that has become toxic to the point of armed conflict and death in the halls of Congress. There has to be rational and objective people capable of being at least semi-serious in contributing columns to this paper that you can find to replace them.

Yesterday should be a wake up call to stop the spread of disinformation and inflammatory rhetoric based upon clear lies. The same goes for articles on climate change that are routinely published in the FNP. Science, and indeed reality, directly contradicts the opinions of all who still dent this existential threat we all face.

Greg F

I second that. Also, how about some better articles on science issues and cut down on the religion section that seems to be such a prevalent feature. Seems they only want one religion there vs the current millions practiced and even the major ones of those. SCIENCE needs its own section and leave the deniers and whack-jobs to go troll on Fox and Friends and Newsmax.

NewMarketParent

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Dwasserba

"a severe lack of good judgment and critical thinking skills" is hard to disagree with but I bet they find a way.

PurplePickles aka L&M

I, 2nd this post....are you listening FNP???? Buy out their contracts whatever it takes, just stop publishing their lunacy and all the other lunatic right wing propaganda you publish...you as the press have a responsibility to print the truth and only the TRUTH and prevent what happened yesterday from EVER happening again.

C.D.Reid

Ummm, PurplePickles aka Snowflake, it's their paper, they can publish anything they want to. Don't like it? START UP YOUR OWN DAMNED PAPER!!! [lol][lol][lol]

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

And I am a consumer or do you only believe in free market (as with most things you claim to believe in) when its convenient?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

We must be patient with Butch...our comments when they fly over his head, have caused his cognitive comprehension skills to be compromised ... .....

C.D.Reid

Typical, two of the three stooges can't refute an accurate, logical statement so they deflect. Again. Ah yes, deflection; the tool of the fool who knows he has no argument.

NewMarketParent

@matts853

We will probably get an article from Blatchford tomorrow either claiming that it really wasn't that bad or the completely disingenuous false-equivalency BS. Faux News is still preparing their talking points for all of their parrots.

threecents

I think Rick will start his column by condemning the rioters, then falsely suggest the whole thing was started by Liberal Agents, and conclude with false comparisons to BLM and Antifa.

MRS M

Matt, thanks for raising the issue. Staveley and Blatchford give a voice to the local Confederacy of Dunces, who prior to Trump, Facebook and FoxStateTV, hid in the shadows of sensible, intelligent and truthful discourse due to their embarassment and cowardice. Republican "followers" of Trump such as Staveley and Blatchford have become enablers of what America saw on Wednesday, albeit in it's extreme. Their writings attract and enable a marginal group of readers who formerly knew that their "ideas" weren't acceptable or in-step with a changing American society that most are aiming for in the 21st Century; trapped in 1950's America, where firehosing, police dogs and beating citizens ruled the day. This was, and still is, a frightened citizenry opposed to socialism, communism, and immigrants, until they go to cash their Social Security checks, use their medicare benefits, or need laborers and pickers for cheap labor.

Staveley and Blatchford are intellectually dishonest, because they will never allow themselves to drop their narrow dogmatic leanings to honestly address the visible wrath that Trump has released on America, and on their Republican Party. Blatchford and Staveley write and act just as the Republican Congress has for the last 4 years............in cowardice and ignorance, looking the other way and giving a pass to the outrageous actions of Trump and their Party while enjoying their relative "power of the pen". It's a shame the FNP won't replace them with Republican or conservative voices rooted in the reality of their Party in 2021, who have the courage and heart to discuss how the formerly Grand Old Party can possibly go forward in 2021.

veritas

Cancel Culture Alert! Guess we all better get used to it. Ol matty853 and his fello stormtroopers will be keeping an eye on us, policing the FNP editorial pages and on-line response rooms to make sure the uncleansed masses comport with the Woke-defined dictates of what is and what is not permitted to be said or written. How 'bout giving the rest of us poor schlubs your cell number and email so we can run stuff by you in advance?

matts853

The stormtroopers were inside the Capitol on Wednesday, veritas, looking to lynch Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence. You may believe Groupthink on Planet Trump is harmless, but it’s only fun and games until the brainwashed mob finally attacks and kills. They’re already planning for another hit. So sure, let’s let people continue perpetuating the myth and see it where it leads. On second thought, I’d rather see us pump the breaks on propaganda and intellectual dishonesty so we can see more clearly.

MRS M

Thanks Matt. Save me the effort of lifting a finger to respond to yet another upside-down, confused Republican loser like veritas. After experiencing the tragedy of Wednesday, and listening to those still defending the indefensible for 2 days...lets hope all of them recede back under their rocks until another dangerous freak like Trump encourages them to come back out with a promise to build a wall (which Mexico's payin' for!) and return their sorry lives to the place of white supremacy they so richly deserve. The Confederacy of (dangerous) Dunces.

C.D.Reid

So instead you lifted a finger to respond to yet another upside-down, confused Democrap loser like Matt853. [lol]

MRS M

Thanks again Matt. Save me the effort of lifting a finger to respond to yet another upside-down, confused, deplorable Republican loser like veritas or little CD, still tryin' to keep alive their big,bogus, Antifa-driven Trumpian (wet) dream. (Thanks for being laughable, at least, cd.)

threecents

Veri, You missed it, but all we want is to help you become a productive member of society instead of what you are now.

Brookhawk

It's a scar on our nation that should never heal. We should be reminded constantly that it can happen again if we are not wise with our votes and our dedication to the constitution. Trump needs to be locked up, and Congressmen like Andy Harris who voted to support him and the countless lies and disruption he has caused claiming he was cheated should be expelled for sedition and failure to uphold their oath to the constitution.

Greg F

See this article...this WV rep should be locked up as he JUST SWORE AN OATH and then participated in sedition. Removal from office is not enough. https://wvmetronews.com/2021/01/06/w-va-delegate-just-sworn-in-among-the-rioters-storming-u-s-capitol/

Dwasserba

Heard there was a fist-bump with someone who should have interacted differently. Time to update the resumé.

DickD

Trump caused this, he should be the first one locked up.

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