Port: Jan. 6 anniversary is a time for the GOP to reflect


FILE PHOTO: An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump riot in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

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.

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