This week, politicians and pundits from @PramilaJayapal to Rachel Maddow had their history books out, comparing events like the Civil War and the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Capitol riot that occurred last week. Via @dot_notfeather8
Soldiers took up positions in the U.S. Capitol in a scene reminiscent of Civil War deployments.
America’s leading security agencies have warned that domestic terrorists emboldened by the “success” of the Capitol riots could now have their sights set on igniting a civil war.
One week after insurrection at US Capitol, National Guard members sleep under plaque dedicated to troops who were quartered in the Capitol in response to Pres. Lincoln's call for volunteers during the Civil War. 📷 Joshua Roberts/Reuters (left) / Architect of the Capitol (right)
According to House security, this is the first time troops have set up camp overnight in the U.S. Capitol since the Civil War in the 1860s.
Last week's attack on the Capitol was not a surprise. Right-wing media have been fearmongering about a civil war and calling for violence for years.
Update: Authorities in Michigan charged 13 men with a battery of terrorism and conspiracy charges, revealing what they said was a plot by an anti-government group to storm the State Capitol building, initiate a civil war and kidnap the governor.