A divided country remembers the January 6th Capitol attack, one year later

Capitol Building on January 6th 2021 [shutterstock]
Capitol Building on January 6th 2021 [shutterstock]
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One year ago, today. In what was a shock to nearly all Americans, a mob of thousands marched upon the US Capitol building, egged on by a speech from the then-President, eventually turning violent as they sought a goal of stopping the certification of then President Elect; Joe Biden, as the nation's new commander-in-chief.

The events of the day devolved from a Pro-Trump protest on the Ellipses of the National Mall, to harried clashes with law enforcement, and then to destruction, looting, the beating of Capitol Police officers, death threats, and vandalizing the halls of Congress.

US Senators and members of the House of Representatives were trapped inside the building, many fearing for their lives, some tearful, many in hiding, some resorting to prayer - eventually many were whisked off to undisclosed locations.

At the time, President Elect Biden called for peace, and Biden was among many in Washington calling for Trump to condemn the actions of the rioters.

But President Trump did little to quell the violence, instead repeating his baseless claims of a 'fraudulent and stolen election'.

It wasn't until that evening; that Trump called for a 'peaceful transition of power'.

When all was said and done, 4 people died that day. One more, a Capitol Police Officer, died the following day, and in the days and months after the attack 4 more police officers involved in the battle died by suicide.

Since the events of January 6th, more than 700 arrests of people who were at the Capitol have taken place across the country, including more than three dozen Ohioans. Charges range from assaulting a police officer, to destruction of government property.

It's no surprise that a good number of the attackers have been linked to extremist groups.

For the first half of the program today, we'll look back at the events of January 6th, 2021. what's transpired since that day, and what's still to come.

I'll speak with Malachy Browne, from The New York Times, who is co-director of "Day of Rage" an Oscar nominated documentary short about January 6th, and Professor of Political Science David Cohen, from The University of Akron.

Later in the hour, I'll have a conversation with the head of the Anti-Defamation League about January 6th, and the rise of extremism.

 

Guests: 

- David Cohen, Professor of Political Science; Director, Applied Politics Program; Fellow, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron

- Malachy Browne, co-director, “Day of Rage” from The New York Times

- Jonathan Greenblatt, President and CEO, Anti-Defamation League

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