Democratic Rep. Ocasio-Cortez makes a key point about the January 6 insurrection (boldface mine):
“Pence was taken out of the Senate chamber something like 60 seconds before these terrorists, insurrectionists got into the Senate chamber,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a conversation with the journalist Maria Hinojosa, airing Friday on the weekly public radio show “Latino USA” and shared in advance with NBC News.
“Pence was the one person, arguably, that had one of the most important roles in making sure that procedurally the Electoral College counts went on as proceeded. Sixty seconds could have meant potentially the difference between what we have right now and a martial state,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This was an all-out attempted coup.”
“If 60 seconds went differently, if a different door was opened, if a chair wasn’t barricaded in a certain way, we could have a completely different reality right now,” she said. “We don’t want to acknowledge that that’s how close we got, but that is how close we got.”
If Officer Goodman hadn’t faked out some of the insurrectionists, they would have had a free run to the Senate chamber. It was that close. Despite the histrionics and denialism of the Sorelian left (not to mention the authoritarian right), we are better off for this attempt to stop the legitimate and lawful transfer of presidential authority and power having failed.
Yes, many of the insurrections were fools, incompetent ones. But doesn’t remove their intent. They wanted to stop the democratic transition of power–and they haven’t gone away. We sweep this under the rug at our peril.