As far as we know, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell was not at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, but the ghosts of the insurrection still haunt him. The Capitol doesn’t feel the same as it did before … now it feels like visiting a historic battlefield. O’Donnell is not alone; as VICE reported on the six-month anniversary of the riots, journalists were still coming to terms with the trauma they’d experienced. “I’m still not sleeping like I used to, even to this day,” said PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Freelance reporter Matt Laslo choked up as he revealed that he “used to call the Capitol my girlfriend,” but now he didn’t even want to be there.

More than two years later, the trauma lives on.

That vase the insurgents knocked over was cleaned up by a congressman who then donated the suit he was wearing on January 6 to the Smithsonian.


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