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Opinion: We should have seen the Capitol riot coming

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Gaby Goldstein and David Daley write that months of escalating threats and violence at our state capitols should have served as notice of what was coming during last week's Washington riot.

For the past year, state lawmakers have been at the frontlines of pandemic response and in the crosshairs of militia members who disagree with public health mandates and restrictions.

At least a dozen GOP state lawmakers are reported to have attended the pro-Trump rally that fired up the crowd ahead of the riot, and a Republican member of the West Virginia Republican House of Delegates who recorded himself storming the US Capitol is facing a criminal charge.

In Oregon last month, where the state Capitol has been closed to the public, a Republican lawmaker, who said that legislative proceedings should be open to everyone, allegedly held open a side entrance to allow a gathered mob inside.

Perhaps the original dress rehearsal for the Washington assault, however, occurred in Michigan last May, when an armed mob pushed its way into the state Capitol to protest a pandemic stay-at-home order issued by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

And Trump's supporters both inside and outside our statehouses remain steadfast, as new reports indicate plans for additional state capitol attacks on January 17 and the FBI has issued a bulletin warning of upcoming armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols.

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