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Don’t Call It an ‘Insurrection’

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A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump sprays smoke during a "Stop the Steal" protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

It may be too late to alter the designation, but politicos and pundits make a major mistake when they refer to the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot as an “insurrection.”

That title for a brutal, nihilistic spasm of disorganized and violence gives the event far more dignity and gravity than it deserves. The use of such language only encourages would-be, actual “insurrectionists” to believe that acts of wanton and meaningless destruction possess some grand historic significance…. READ THE FULL COLUMN AT NEWSWEEK.COM.

 

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