The fencing and additional magnetometers that were put up at the U.S. Capitol after the attack on January 6th were put up because of bad actors on the far right. Our seat of government had to protect itself from certain segments of its own right-wing citizenry. That’s why it’s fitting that we sometimes hear the GOP called the insurrectionist party, the sedition caucus, or the QAnon party, amongst others. The threats within our country come from the right.
Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) are examples of bad actors on the far right. These legislators have more in common with insurgents who attacked the Capitol than they do with the average good citizen. These representatives sought to fundraise off their criticism of the security measures that were actually put into place to protect them, their colleagues, and other workers at the Capitol. Boebert even went so far as to make a fundraising ad that encouraged violence against Speaker Pelosi. It’s infuriating that we have these types in our government, types who care more about dismantling democracy than they do about strengthening it. They care more about fundraising off faux outrage and creating chaos than they do about good governance. Boebert and Greene aren’t alone in their disdain for our democracy, as this disdain is endemic amongst Republicans.
Underqualified, right-wing legislators like Boebert and Greene – and they exist in legislatures across the land – want us to live in a theocratic, gun-crazy country where fair elections can just be undone by the right if they don’t like the outcome. It’s unlikely that Boebert, Greene, and their swampy ilk actually care that the Capitol continues to be a target. Notably, some of the fencing erected after January 6th and so hated by Boebert and Greene had begun to come down when the Capitol was attacked yet again on April 2nd.