Capitol Assault A More Sinister Attack Than First Appeared

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(AP) — The full extent of the assault on the U.S. Capitol is coming into sharper focus, with scenes of violence so vast they are difficult to grasp.

Countless smartphone videos have been emerging from the scene, and more lawmakers are recounting the chaos that was around them. Altogether they reveal the sinister nature of the assault. And they point to the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctums of Congress and hunt down leaders — Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi among them.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts says what he witnessed was a display of “home-grown fascism that was out of control.”


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