“Where’s the traitors?”

Just another day at an improvised insurrection, nothing to see here. Luke Mogelson:

“You are traitors to the country!” a man barked at the police through a megaphone plastered with stickers from “InfoWars,” the incendiary Web program hosted by the right-wing conspiracist Alex Jones. Behind the man stood Biggs, the Proud Boys leader. He wore a radio clipped onto the breast pocket of his plaid flannel shirt. Not far away, I spotted a “straight pride” flag.

There wasn’t nearly enough law enforcement to fend off the mob, which pelted the officers with cans and bottles. One man angrily invoked the pandemic lockdown: “Why can’t I work? Where’s my ‘pursuit of happiness’?” Many people were equipped with flak jackets, helmets, gas masks, and tactical apparel. Guns were prohibited for the protest, but a man in a cowboy hat, posing for a photograph, lifted his jacket to reveal a revolver tucked into his waistband. Other Trump supporters had Tasers, baseball bats, and truncheons. I saw one man holding a coiled noose.

“Hang Mike Pence!” people yelled.

The absurd meets the dangerous.

I followed an overweight man in a Roman-era costume—sandals, cape, armguards, dagger—away from the bleachers and onto an open terrace on the Capitol’s main level. People clambered through a shattered window. Video later showed that a Proud Boy had smashed it with a riot shield. A dozen police stood in a hallway softly lit by ornate chandeliers, mutely watching the rioters—many of them wearing Trump gear or carrying Trump flags—flood into the building. Their cries resonated through colonnaded rooms: “Where’s the traitors?” “Bring them out!” “Get these fucking cocksucking Commies out!”

Thanks to Capitol police, rioters couldn’t penetrate the West Terrace, where legislators had gathered. And here’s another story about a small Maryland town grappling with the realization that their police chief’s twenty-four-year-old son participated in the riot. Americans have a particular kind of crazy that no people will rival.

2 thoughts on ““Where’s the traitors?”

  1. postpunkmonk

    Americans have monetized right wing media sterno like talk radio and Fox News for several generations now. Roger Ailes can take much credit for seeing this future and building it. Thank goodness it took him some years to realize his dream, otherwise we’d be in even more dire straits than we are now.

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