The Jan. 6 insurrection never stopped

Why the Republican assault on democracy has only accelerated

The Capitol riot.
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"The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity." — W. B. Yeats

The Capitol putsch on Jan. 6 was the most serious attack on American democracy since 1861. An armed mob stormed the seat of the national legislature, with the backing of sitting President Donald Trump, and attempted to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden — the dictionary definition of an autogolpe. Members of Congress and Vice President Pence narrowly escaped with their lives.

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