What the Siege of Capitol Hill Teaches Us About Violence, Power, and American Exceptionalism

Tear gas pours out of Capitol Hill on January 6th, 2021. (Wikimedia Commons)

If you’re white and have guns, you can actually storm the US Capitol, and quite easily too

Trump supporters posing in the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill (Via Twitter)

The far right aren’t kidding

A group of Proud Boys walks through Washington, DC, on January 6th (Wikimedia Commons)

Unfortunately, violence and force sometimes work

Trump supporters smashing windows at the Capitol building (Screenshot via ABC News)

American exceptionalism is truly dead

Pro-Trump protestors stretch out on the National Mall in Washington, DC on January 6th. (Wikimedia Commons)

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