The storming of the Capitol on January 6 by Trump supporters has been compared to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Sen. Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden has noted that not even during the Civil War “did insurrectionists breach the Capitol.” It’s October now, and the New York Times editorial board is still telling us that January 6 was “worse than it looked,” which isn’t hard to believe going by new surveillance camera video released in September by a judge’s order.
Jan. 6 Was Worse Than It Looked https://t.co/K5bUtV1st8
— Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) October 2, 2021
The editorial board, fortunately, didn’t bring up that Capitol Police officer who was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher, a fiction the paper finally corrected in mid-February. But it does have a wish list of things it would like changed to be sure democracy is never threatened again. The editorial board writes:
However horrifying the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol appeared in the moment, we know now that it was far worse.
The country was hours away from a full-blown constitutional crisis — not primarily because of the violence and mayhem inflicted by hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters but because of the actions of Mr. Trump himself.
The threats to a free and fair presidential election don’t come from Congress alone. Since Jan. 6, Republican-led state legislatures have been clambering over one another to pass new laws making it easier to reject their own voters’ will, and removing or neutralizing those officials who could stand in the way of a naked power grab — like Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, did when he resisted Mr. Trump’s personal plea to “find” just enough extra votes to flip the outcome there.
Democrats should push through these reforms now, and eliminate the filibuster if that’s the only way to do so. If they hesitate, they should recall that a majority of the Republican caucus in the House — 139 members — along with eight senators, continued to object to the certification of electoral votes even after the mob stormed the Capitol.
First, we see how the board managed to work the elimination of the filibuster in there, and second, there’s video of 11 Democratic members of the House objecting to the certification of President Trump’s electoral votes, but we don’t recall any uproar there.
It really wasn’t.
— Jack Kentner (@Jack_Kentner) October 2, 2021
I would argue the response has been much worse than the act but such is life
— Sam Sawyer (@SamSawyer14) October 2, 2021
Bad take after bad take.
— Nakadai.王∞/21M🔱🦁🛡️🏯📿 (@Nakadai_mon) October 2, 2021
Still milking it.
— Robert F. Gruler Esq. (@RobertGrulerEsq) October 2, 2021
The CHAZ was far worse the Jan. 6 yet for some political reason it isn’t continually brought back up.
— Tom. (@AtomeckTom) October 2, 2021
Three people were shot to death in Seattle’s police-free “autonomous zone” before Mayor Jenny Durkin finally had to call in the bulldozers.
Ah, the newspaper of record.
— One of those deaf-moots (@DeafMoot) October 2, 2021
— AnthonyIsBack ☘️ (@Anthonyisback33) October 2, 2021
He really broke you.
— Lee Sheldon (@LeeSheldon26) October 2, 2021
Yes, it was just like Olympus Has Fallen.
— chadwellheathkeith (@keithbryant57) October 2, 2021
The amount of people that have said this is similar to 9/11 scare me
— Schubes (@Schubes5) October 2, 2021
You need this to be true.
— Justin (@supertrucker) October 2, 2021
— dogface312 (@dogface312) October 2, 2021
Terrifying. We came so close to losing it all that day
— panda (@munchinbamboo) October 2, 2021
Didn't look too bad from here. Did someone knock over the Margarita machine or something?
— Cicero_78 (@cicer0_78) October 2, 2021
You could probably write some better articles if they released all the video footage.
— Smith (@brainsgobooma) October 2, 2021
We’re going to need special care facilities for old people who still have TDS in 30 years aren’t we?
— Moskito Byte (@MoskitoByte1) October 2, 2021
— Misfit_Love (@_misfit_love) October 2, 2021
All of the insurrection charges prove how close we came to losing the entire country in the blink of an eye.
— Drain Bamage🍥 (@IsDrainBamaged) October 2, 2021
Why didn’t FBI informants do anything to stop this thing you say is worse than it appeared?
— Frankoamericano (@franko_american) October 2, 2021
How many Proud Boys were FBI informants?
Every day I wake up in a cold sweat, bed soaked with piss, literally shaking, knowing they got away with it. Never stop Sam, you're doing God's work
— spokensublimely (@spokensublimely) October 2, 2021
It was so bad I need to emphasize it was worse than it looked.
— Golgo13 (@TogoRodrigues) October 2, 2021
— Neanderthal Thinker (@ccarr1025) October 2, 2021
The editorial board reminds us that Trump “insisted over and over” that Georgia’s election was rife with “large-scale voter fraud,” and yet large-scale voter suppression was one reason Democrats in Congress objected to the certification of Trump’s electoral votes. We’ll have to check back issues of the Times to see how they reported on that threat to democracy.
Judge orders federal prosecutors to release new collection of Capitol surveillance videos from January 6 https://t.co/ce2mh7thE7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 23, 2021