On January 6th, pro-Trump protestors rushed Capitol Hill. This protest certainly ranked among the largest single-day demonstrations in American history. Protestors from across the United States were in attendance, connecting through internet chatrooms, message boards, and social media. In an openly illiberal move, the Trumpist contingent demanded the reversal of presidential election results. The protestors were loosely motivated by a cultic admiration of Donald Trump and underlying (perhaps unknowing) resentment from decades of declining White living standards. Despite their patchwork ambitions and contrasting goals, the protestors’ raw energy could be distilled to a righteous anger against a malicious political establishment. The protestors rallied around a distorted perception of Trump as a vehicle for anti-establishment interests, despite the president’s innumerable betrayals. Regardless of factual circumstances, one aspect is strikingly clear: the Capitol Hill Uprising emerged from a highly energized, untamed mass of dissatisfied, motivated, and mostly White Americans.
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