I’ve said before the Capitol Hill invasion on January 6th was not an insurrection but a disruption of the Electoral College process. The Merriam-Webster definition of an insurrection is: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government. I prefer Wordnik’s def though: The act of rising against civil authority or governmental restraint; specifically, the armed resistance of a number of persons to the power of the state; incipient or limited rebellion.
Having said that, there is video evidence of Trump supporters rising up against Capitol police officers and beating them with weapons other than firearms. So Senator Johnson’s assertion that it can’t be an armed insurrection because there are no firearms is absurd. Plenty of insurrections have occurred around the world without firearms. He should stop watching the movie versions of rebellions.
Perhaps there were two intentions.
There was a successful mob effort to disrupt the Electoral College process. Senators fled a mob and the Capitol was invaded but there wasn’t a general denigration of the place where democracy is upheld every day. Yes, there was looting and making a mess of things but the physical destruction of the sanctum did not appear to be an unspoken goal of the mob.
The people outside the Capitol were largely peaceful protesters and there are tons of videos to substantiate that. But those who forced themselves inside the Capitol was a different and more violent mob.
So as we look at the general invasion, let’s also look at a core group of people with malicious intentions who were searching out Democrats, RINOs, and VP Pence. We should believe people who say they wish to harm us or others. They intended harm but were unsuccessful at accomplishing it. Thanks to the Capitol Police.
Is an unsuccessful insurrection simply a mob riot? Probably so, although it is odd to think of it that way. It likely comes down to intent. Was the intent of the mob to take over Capitol Hill and assert its authority over the government? Or was it to disrupt the process that was underway, the counting of ballots for the Electoral College?
And what about that core group with malicious intentions? We’ll never know how far they would have gone had they gotten their hands on their targets.
I speculated before that the overrun of the Capitol was cover for a more violent group of people. Extremists. Ones with malicious intentions. I’m still of the opinion that this was an orchestrated event, useful idiots stormed the Capitol and violent extremists forced their way into the building to harm their targets.
Perhaps the Congressional Commission will establish the truth of things.
We can only hope.