MINOT — The Jan. 6 riot a year ago was a turning point for me.
The violence filled my screens, and I found myself overwhelmed. At one point I muted everything and sat at my desk, with no sound other than the rhythmic mechanical gasping of the oxygen machine I still needed at the time after my late-2020 bout with COVID-19, and felt rage.
There were 138 members of law enforcement who were injured during the riot which was perpetrated, ironically enough, by mobs waving pro-cop “thin blue line” flags .
Within seven months of assault on the Capitol, four of the responding officers had committed suicide .
But in Trump world, the real tragedy was how the rioters were being treated.