Actually Tom Sullivan, he makes really a good point –
“Armed far-right mobs met little law enforcement resistance when they repeatedly attacked state capitols,” begins ProPublica’s Jan. 19 report. The lessons those mobs took away was that the U.S. Capitol would be a soft target:
In a year in which state governments around the country have become flashpoints for conservative anger about the coronavirus lockdown and Trump’s electoral defeat, it was right-wing activists — some of them armed, nearly all of them white — who forced their way into state capitols in Idaho, Michigan and Oregon. Each instance was an opportunity for local and national law enforcement officials to school themselves in ways to prevent angry mobs from threatening the nation’s lawmakers.
But it was Trump supporters who did the learning. That it was possible — even easy — to breach the seats of government to intimidate lawmakers. That police would not meet them with the same level of force they deployed against Black Lives Matter protesters. That they could find sympathizers on the inside who might help them.
And they learned that criminal charges, as well as efforts to make the buildings more secure, were unlikely to follow their incursions. In the three cases, police made only a handful of arrests.
It’s a narrower cast of what we’ve been saying all along: if you don’t punish the miscreants they learn that they can get away with something, anything, everything. It’s not that I have any hope for Impeachment 2…
Armed gangs learned that legislative buildings are soft targets, acted on that knowledge, and came close to creating a bloodbath. What will they learn if Trump faces no sanction for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection?