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

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.

“Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election,” Trump himself wrote in a September statement. “In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!”

The worst of it wasn’t what was happening in Washington, D.C., where conspiracy-addled Trump loyalists, nominally a part of the conservative movement I’ve supported for the entirety of my adult life,

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