But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t dangerous.
The rally in Washington, DC, was part of a dangerous attempt to rewrite the history of that dark day in America.
This is incredibly dangerous — not only because these are distortions and lies but also because they diminish what little chance our elected leaders have to hold Trump and his enablers accountable.
To be sure, some Republicans, such as former President George W. Bush have pushed back. On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attack, Bush delivered a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, comparing domestic extremists to international ones. “They are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them,” he said.
As the midterm elections heat up, it is important that Americans are not fooled. The implications of the attack on Congress — which was directly connected to a presidentially-led effort to overturn the election — can’t be forgotten or excused.
Reckoning with January 6 must be a paramount issue on the ticket in 2022 as voters decide which party is best suited to control the House and Senate. The twisted stories about what happened must be continually challenged and the government must do more to ensure that accountability in our democracy won’t go by the wayside. The country needs a thorough, nonpartisan investigation to connect the campaign to delegitimize the 2020 election to the violence that unfolded on January 6.