They smashed windows, hung nooses, brawled with cops, and desecrated the U.S. Capitol.
The sickening images from Wednesday that ricocheted around the world announcing a pathetic new chapter in American history, featured thousands of Trump voters. The rioters were acting out on delusional claims of the November election having been stolen from Trump, even though his lawyers failed more than 60 times to prove that in court.
The lawless, violent Trump mob rampaged inside the Capitol, drew gunfire from police, and destroyed offices of Democratic members. News consumers might have been surprised by what unfolded on Wednesday, because while the political press has feasted on Trump Voter stories over the last five years, constantly meeting up with white, Midwestern loyalists in diners, virtually none of that gentle coverage ever hinted at a radical, racist, conspiratorial dark side.