The right words are actually very difficult to come by to describe how I felt the evening of January 6.
The images, that are now burned into my memory, were unbelievable.
It didn’t seem like something of this nature was even a possibility.
I’ve been to the Capitol a number of times and really cannot fathom how the rioters breached the building in the first place.
It will be a monumental task but I hope they catch and hold every one of those rioters responsible for what they did.
That’s why we have the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA and some 14 other intelligence gathering agencies in the USA.
It doesn’t appear they did a very good job of monitoring the possibility of what could unfold January 6 to fortify the Capitol Police Force to keep the building and its occupants safe.
Then came the infamous “pep talk” from their leader telling them to make their way down to the Capitol and fight.
That they did.
Protesters fought through police barricades, stormed the building and entered lawmakers’ chambers.
The Electoral College certification process was stopped and Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress were evacuated.
One civilian was shot dead and four others including a Capitol Policeman died as a result of the melee.
A second Capitol Police officer is reported to have taken his own life after he responded to the riot.
It’s really very difficult to wrap your head around the entire ordeal.
Seeing those hooligans in the halls of Congress would have made my blood boil but I was too stunned seeing what was on the television screen.
I really didn’t realize the impact of the events had on me until I saw night TV shots of the Capitol and monuments during a time out in the Tampa Bay versus Washington Wild Card football game.
I wanted to hide my face from looking at those beautiful images that are now tarnished.
January 6 was a very dark day for America.