A year ago tomorrow, outgoing President Donald Trump gave an hour-long speech to a large crowd of his most ardent and agitated supporters, encouraging them to march down Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol and demand Congress “Stop the Steal” — the “steal” in this case being the Congressional ratification of an election he lost fair and square, and an integral part of the peaceful transition of power. What followed was a violent attempted coup of the United States, one in which an essentially all-white mob stormed the Capitol building, threatening the lives of countless workers and staffers in the building, elected representatives from every state in the union, and even the Vice President who ran alongside Trump on his losing ticket.
This grim day of white terror was brought about by months of President Trump egging his supporters on with baseless claims of a fraudulent election, all while his own party worked tirelessly to continue to erode voting rights across the country. But unfortunately, this trend of white right-wing violence in America far predates Trump.
To try and make sense of all this a year later, I spoke with my lifelong friend, fellow Flint native — and returning Rumble guest — Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan. A year ago, Rep. Kildee talked to me on Rumble in the immediate aftermath, after calling me from the Congressional floor during the insurrection — with gunshots and rioting in the background.
Today, Rep. Kildee & I talk about what has changed in the past year, what hasn’t, and what we can do to stop this from happening again. We also have a heart-to-heart talk about how that fateful day impacted both of us, and we discuss how right wing violence and voting rights are inseparable issues.
I'm so appreciative of all the kind words and just how many of you took the time to read my holiday Substack letter, Christmas Day, 1943, about my father’s experiences in World War II. It means the world to me that you took the time to read it. I have another piece coming later this week that I’m very excited to share with you as well.
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Music in the episode:
Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It“
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