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'I will never forgive them': Lawmakers, reporters and police remain traumatized by Capitol riots 100 days later
The U.S. Capitol insurrection was 100 days ago, and those who lived through the assault on democracy are still processing the trauma they experienced.
Lawmakers, staffers, police officers, reporters and Capitol employees recalled the fear and anger they felt as Donald Trump's supporters violently stormed into the building in an effort to overturn the former president's election loss, and they continue to struggle with the memories from that day.
"They destroyed things here, broke windows, you know, a mess, but things don't matter to me," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC's Frank Thorpe V. "But seeing the dramatic effect it had on my staff is something that will live with me forever, and for which I will never forgive them."
"They failed," she added. "They failed in stopping the certification of a president of the United States, and they did so because members had the courage to come back."
Capitol police officers lost one of their own that day, and two others took their own lives in the days that followed, but they want Americans to remember that they succeeded in protecting lawmakers and democracy.
"We didn't fail," said Officer Anthony Booth. "We protected every member of Congress, not one member of Congress was hurt with a scratch that day … We protected every staffer that was in here, everybody was accounted for, nobody was hurt. The only casualties we had were obviously officers, but at the end of the day, we did our job."
Many others remain angry about the attempt to subvert democracy, which was encouraged by Trump and some of his Republican congressional allies.
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Sunrise today at the Lincoln Memorial - marking 100 days since the attack on the US Capitol. We must never forget t… https://t.co/dAVQxvcZJd— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney)1618572380.0
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Politico reports that Proud Boy Christopher Worrell's attorney this week filed a brief arguing his client should be freed from pretrial detention after he came down with COVID-19.
Attorney Allen Orenberg argues that Worrell is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to his compromised immune system that has resulted from recent treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"Given the pandemic and acute danger to Mr. Worrell, his continued detention amounts to impermissible pretrial punishment," Orenberg wrote. "The Government's interest in securing his appearance at trial does not outweigh his liberty interest in remaining alive and free from harm."
However, Judge Beryl Howell, the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has questioned whether Worrell's risk from COVID-19 is as acute as he claims, as she noted that he attended the January 6th riots without wearing a mask at a time when the virus was spreading throughout the country like wildfire.
Secret Facebook pages for elite military members are full of QAnon conspiracies and calls to murder officials: report
Secret Facebook groups exclusively for special operations forces that were accessed by NBC News show members posting debunked claims about the 2020 election, racist rhetoric, and even QAnon conspiracy theories, NBC News reports.
One Facebook post in a forum shows a member of a special forces group complaining that several aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were part of a "Concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples government" to undermine former President Donald Trump, according to NBC News.
"In a just world, they would have already been taken out behind the court house and shot," a member commented.
"Trump was sabotaged once again!" a member of US Special Forces Team Room wrote Jan. 7 about the Capitol riot, adding that "trying to get to the bottom of the obvious election fraud now looks like it doesn't have a chance."
Former Army Ranger and Green Beret says that the story of "radicalization in special operations is a story that needs to be told."
"It has shocked and horrified me to see what's happened to these guys in the last five or six years," he said.
Extremism in the military has been a closely watched phenomenon, especially after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. But as NBC News points out, it's especially worrying to see such high levels of America's military being vulnerable to such corrosive ideologies.
According to former Green Beret Robert Wilson, members of these forums "are radicalizing themselves online, just like many of these lone-wolf ISIS terrorists did."
"It's a problem, and it's an internal threat to the United States," said Wilson, who was counterterrorism director on the National Security Council during the Obama and Trump administrations.
Read the full report over at NBC News.
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