One year after the Capitol riot, experts warn more political extremism and violence could be on the horizon in 2022

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington.

The country marked the first anniversary of the deadly January 6 attack earlier this month.
But experts said the root causes of the Capitol riot have yet to be addressed in the year since. 
“I want to be real with people — we have hard days to go,” Eric Ward, an extremism expert, said. 

As the first anniversary of the deadly January 6 Capitol attack arrived earlier this month, the country reflected on the landmark event and its rippling repercussions in the year since.

One expert on extremism told Insider that historians will likely look back on the siege — which saw a mob of thousands of Trump supporters storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results — as the beginning of an American insurrectionist period, marked by civil unrest and a continuing rise in right-wing extremism.

Another suggested January 6 will be remembered as a crossroads for the future of American democracy.

But one thing has become clear to both experts in the last year — the political unrest is ongoing.

“I think what historians will understand most is that the insurrection on January 6 did not end on January 6,” Eric Ward, executive director of Western States Center and a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Insider.

And experts’ outlook on the ongoing fallout of the siege is not necessarily a positive one.

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“I want to be real with people — we have hard days to go,” Ward said. 

Increasing partisanship since the attack has made it difficult to condemn extremism

Since January 6, 2021, authorities have been working to apprehend and punish perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorism incident. The federal government has

Source:: Businessinsider

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