Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo debriefs on Capitol Hill insurrection
The day following the Capitol Hill insurrection, people questioned what could be the aftermath of the unprecedented event. One day the United States Capitol was filled with mobs of President Donald Trump supporters storming Capitol Hill protesting the results of the presidential election, the next day, a sense of calmness. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle took to calling out the president—some citing he should be removed from office immediately.
Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with CBS 2 Chicago, where he explained the difference between a coup or insurrection and what the world witness happen in the U.S. Capitol.
“Certainly, it wasn’t just a protest, and I think a coup may be used as a metaphor because it doesn’t seem like the rioters had intentions of personally overtaking the government,” said Dr. Caliendo. “Insurrection is the correct term to use; this is rooted in and reflective of a white supremist mindset and it was a direct extension of what we saw of the unrest this summer.”