The news media keeps saying that it was the most violent attack since the Civil War, but that is obviously false:
There were three previous acts of aggression, all perpetrated by leftist activists.The NY Times has now put together a 40-minute movie on How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol, mostly from publicly posted videos, and slick maps. I recommend it.
Democratic presidents have commuted the sentences of most of the individuals arrested and charged in relation to those attacks.
The attacks were the 1954 shooting of members of the House of Representatives by terrorists supporting the cause of Puerto Rican separation from the United States; a 1971 bombing by the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground; and another one 12 years later, by a group of Weathermen who identified themselves as the Armed Resistance Unit.
It shows the big majority of the demonstrators as peaceful Trump supporters who want the votes to be lawfully counted. They were trying to stop the election from being stolen.
There were no civilian guns. Only a couple of weapons were seen -- a baseball bat and a hockey stick. Maybe also some form of tear gas, as the police were also spraying the protesters.
The House chamber was not breached, and Congress operations were only briefly interrupted.
It shows someone punching thru a window with his bare fist. It shows an unidentified officer shooting and killing the unarmed Ashli Babbitt. (The officer is widely rumored to be a Secret Service agent.)
It shows members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, but does not mention that these organizations were controlled by FBI informants.
It does not show any politicians being in any danger at any time. It does not show any destruction, except breaking windows to get into the building.
For the most part, it was simply a matter of crowds of people advancing towards an undermanned police force, and the cops eventually backing off.
Many of these protesters have been jailed without bail. They are political prisoners.
Correction: The officer who killed Babbitt has been named by many sources as Michael Leroy Byrd, not a Secret Service agent.