WTF Happened

January 7, 2021

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Great write-up, and pretty believable theory, of what happened at the Capitol


A key observation, toward the end, that sums it up and is a little terrifying:

I think it’s more likely that the White House, meaning most people who were behind the rally and incitement, really did not envisage a breach of the Capitol, even as they absolutely did seek to orchestrate the crowd outside and the legislators inside to the point where the election could be subverted….Events like this always have people who are absolutely willing to take things far beyond what even most people in their own movement would be comfortable with. The contingencies of how things actually play out shape whether we retrospectively assess them as fringe or vanguard.