Capitol attack signals moment of real danger for US democracy

The assault on the seat of government by a mob encouraged by its own president is not only a disgrace for the US, but a warning of a moment of true peril

10th January, 2021
Capitol attack signals moment of real danger for US democracy
The mob, steeped in biblical fundamentalism, conspiracy theories and inverted patriotism, are the shock troops of Trump’s battalions of loyalists

The Trump era is ending in disgrace and degradation. Two weeks before he leaves the White House and enters the dustbin of history, a man manifestly unfit to be President of the United States incited a mob assault on the Capitol in Washington to subvert the very democracy he was elected to protect.

The events in Washington on Wednesday were outrageous, but they were not surprising. They were the final manifestation of the malignant demagoguery...

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