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January 6 Was Not a Coup


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When several hundred extremists mobbed Capitol Hill on January 6, they engaged in a deplorably un-American act of criminality. It was an embarrassing day for the nation, and a dangerous one for the many innocent people and officials engulfed in the mayhem.

Here’s what January 6 wasn’t:

It wasn’t the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” Nor did it veer anywhere near the vicinity of being as dangerous as 9/11. Nor was it a “coup” or an “insurrection” — not in any way we commonly understand those words. It wasn’t a putsch. Nor did it, as the chairman of the January 6 committee, Representative Bennie Thompson, claimed, come “dangerously close to succeeding” in upending “American democracy.” That’s all a myth. It was a riot. Or, as Christopher Caldwell more forgivingly called it in the New York Times, perhaps “a political protest that got out of control.”

This article was originally published by National Review. Read the original article.

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