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Yes, the January 6 Riot Was Truly an Insurrection

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Some people dispute the use of the word "insurrection" regarding the January 6 Capitol riots. That attack was a small part of a much larger plot to keep Trump in office after losing the 2020 election.

Trump Knew He Lost the Election

According to many sources within Trump's administration, Trump had been told that he lost the election and that there was no voter fraud.

Trump’s attorney general William Barr disputed his claims of voter fraud. Trump subsequently fired Barr and appointed a temporary attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, who would support his false claims about fraud.

The governor of Georgia and election officials in that state, all of whom were Republicans, told Trump that there was no election fraud, and that Biden did, in fact, win the state of Georgia and that the claims Trump was making were false. Nevertheless, Trump pressured them repeatedly to overturn the election results and “find” enough votes for him to win the state.

Steve Bannon bragged about Trump's plan to overturn the election long before it happened.

Steve Bannon bragged about Trump's plan to overturn the election long before it happened.

Planned Long Before Election Day

According to a recorded statement from Trump advisor Steve Bannon weeks before the election, Trump planned to declare victory on election night before the votes were fully counted. Ultimately, Trump did exactly that. On election night, when the early results had him ahead, Trump declared victory and demanded that the counting of votes stop immediately.

Electoral College

Electoral College

Sending Fake Electors to the Electoral College

Long before the 2020 election, Trump planned to have fake electors sent to the Electoral College. The plan by Trump and his aids focused on 7 swing states, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Most of those states had Republican governors. Even after the election results were counted, re-counted, audited and certified by Republican election officials, Trump still held to his claim of election fraud and wanted the states to send a slate of fake electors to the Electoral College.

Trump and his cohorts continued with their fake electors plan even after the White House Counsel told them it was illegal.

The plan to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election by creating slates of electors pledged to Donald Trump in states he had lost was expansive, long-running and often confusing. The plan is explained in this New York Times article.

Stopping the Certification

Even after the Electoral College made Biden’s win official, Trump—along with some in his campaign, his administration, and some Republicans in Congress—came up with a plan to prevent the certification of the election and force the House of Representatives, to decide the election.

Trump then pressured Republicans in Congress and his own vice president to refuse to certify the valid election results.

Stock photo of the Trump rioters at the US Capitol.

Stock photo of the Trump rioters at the US Capitol.

Riot Was Only One Part of the Attempted Insurrection

The January 6 rally and march on the Capitol were specifically planned in advance as part of the effort to pressure Congress to throw out the election results and keep Trump in power.

During the rally, Trump worked the crowd into a frenzy by repeating a series of lies:

  • Trump ballots were thrown out and thousands (or millions) of fraudulent Biden ballots were added in.
  • There were boxes of ballots being dumped in rivers.
  • There were “massive dumps” of Biden votes added in the middle of the night.
  • Poll watchers were not allowed to watch.
  • The post office had backdated Biden mail-in ballots so they could be counted illegally.
  • Dominion voting machines switched votes from Trump to Biden.

Trump has never offered evidence to support any of these claims and they have since been largely disproved. Nevertheless, he told the crowd that the election was stolen and that if they didn’t fight like hell, they wouldn’t have a country anymore.

Some January 6 rioters chanted "hang Mike Pence" because Donald Trump said Pence didn't have the courage to stop the certification.

Some January 6 rioters chanted "hang Mike Pence" because Donald Trump said Pence didn't have the courage to stop the certification.

Inciting the Angry Crowd To March on the Capitol

After all the angry rhetoric and wildly false claims made by Trump and other speakers, it isn’t surprising that out of the estimated 80,000 people at the rallies, several thousand became violent when marching on the Capitol.

Many of those who stormed the Capitol said they did so because they believed President Trump wanted them to. It doesn't matter how many of them planned to break into the Capitol and how many were just caught up in the moment. What matters is that it was part of a planned effort by Trump and his associates to overturn the election.

Even after the march on the Capitol turned violent, Trump sent out a tweet attacking Mike Pence saying that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution." This inspired more violent chants of "Hang Mike Pence!" by the rioters who had already begun ransacking the Capitol.

It Was an Insurrection

The definition of an insurrection is a violent uprising against an authority or government. In this case, that violence was intended to prevent the winner of the election from becoming president.

What happened on January 6 is the textbook definition of an insurrection. There is no better word to describe what happened that day and Donald Trump and his associates should be held accountable.

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