While he hadn’t been a big fan of Donald Trump during his four-year term, the riot that helped incite the U.S. Capitol that day convinced the Wyoming Republican to speak louder.
Which makes Cheney’s reflections that day even more intriguing and powerful as he tries to explain what changed and why. Cheney spoke at length with the Casper Star-Tribune earlier this week, with a moment of that day really outstanding for her. Here’s Cheney:
“One of the most troubling moments of this time of day was when one of my classmates on the other side of the hallway was sitting in front of me and looked at her phone and said,‘ Liz, there’s a Confederate flag at the roundabout. . And that moment was really, you realize it never happened during the Civil War. “
This image, a symbol of the division of the United States over the issue of slavery, severely undermines the idea raised by former President Donald Trump and his allies about who was revolting and why. Recall that Trump said this in a video posted hours after the riots began at the Capitol, addressing the riot police directly:
“There was never a moment like this when something happened so they could take it away from us all, me, you, our country. It was a fraudulent choice, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You are very special. You have seen what happens. You see the way others are treated so bad and so bad. “
“We love you.” “You’re very special.”
(It is worth noting here that more than 400 people have been charged by the Justice Department for their roles in the Jan. 6 riot. And that more than 100 police officers were injured. And that five people died.)
Attempts to rewrite that day have only increased since January 6th.
There was Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde (R), who described Jan. 6 as a “normal sightseeing tour.” And Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) insisted there was no “violence” in the Capitol Senate that day. And the minority leader in the house, Kevin McCarthy, who took part in a phone call loaded with explanations with Trump while riot police attacked the Capitol building, said recently of this call:
“From what I talked to President Trump, I was the first person to contact him when the riots were going on. He didn’t see it. What ended the call was saying, he was telling me he would put something in. to make sure he stopped it. And that he did, he posted a video later. “
The memory of that day from Cheney should shock Trump and the rest of his Republican allies of their stupor about what really happened on January 6th. It was an armed insurgency organized by people who had been convinced – by Trump – that the 2020 election had somehow been stolen from him (and them). The people who beat up police officers were not “very special.” The people singing “Hang Mike Pence” did not intend a peaceful protest. And the person carrying a Confederate flag in the heart of the United States Capitol was not a patriot.