Editorial: Trump trial shows full severity of insurrection

Staff Editorial

Everyone should be aware of the deadly insurrection that took place at the Capitol Jan. 6, when a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the building in protest of the election.

But the full breadth of that shameful event is coming more into focus with the videos presented as part of Trump’s second impeachment trial Wednesday.

Security video and audio from law enforcement painted a frantic picture as the angry crowd descended on the Capitol and the undermanned police force tried to keep them out of the building.

A clip from inside the building showed an officer redirecting Mitt Romney down a hallway away from the mob.

Vice President Mike Pence was seen hiding in an office just 100 feet from the rioters and the staff of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hid behind closed doors as people swarmed through their offices.

We at The Daily Eastern News hope that people truly realize how serious the events on Jan. 6 were.

If just one or two things had gone differently, it is not farfetched to think that some lawmakers could have been injured or killed.

Instead of resulting in a small number of deaths, the insurrection could have turned into an unfathomable tragedy inside the Capitol of our country.

The entire incident was bad enough as is, and Wednesday we learned just how lucky we are that it was not worse.