UMass Dartmouth Professor on the January 6 Committee

I don’t think I will ever forget the images I viewed on television on January 6, 2021.

The attack on the U.S, Capitol building by alleged die-hard supporters of then-President Donald Trump sought to halt Congress from certifying electoral votes submitted to Congress by the states.

When the mob attacked and eventually gained entrance to the Capitol, the certification process was halted and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, along with the Vice President of the United States, were lead to a secure and safe location.

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Five people died either during or after the attack and 138 police officers were injured, some very seriously. The attackers made threats to hang Vice President Mike Pence, and harm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.

Hours later, after the attack ended and the mob left the building, members of Congress returned to their work, certifying the election of Joseph Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president.

So far, more than 800 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the attack.

Now, a congressional committee is attempting to determine what happened that day, and why.

This week on Townsquare Sunday, UMass Dartmouth Professor Ken Manning discussed the work of the Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol, and what the early hearings have turned up so far.

Prof. Manning has watched the hearings and has some strong feelings.

“It’s very clear now that there was a coordinated, multi-faceted plan by the Trump Administration, with key support from allies, to effectively negate the election outcome in 2020,” he said.

He also said what happened on January 6, 2021, and the days and weeks leading up to it, was worse than Watergate.

The complete interview with UMass Dartmouth Political Science Department head Ken Manning can be heard here:

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