The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol lacked the gravitas of the storming of the Winter Palace, that much is certain. Incited by U.S. President Donald Trump at a nearby rally, where he encouraged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol, the mob did succeed in interrupting a joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote in favor of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. But lawmakers carried out their constitutional duty, completing the counting of the Electoral College votes on Thursday and ensuring Biden’s inauguration will take place on Jan. 20.
The insurrectionists were nowhere near as disciplined as Lenin’s Bolshevik cadres of armed revolutionary soldiers and sailors. Most were paunchy, middle-aged, red-hatted “weekend warriors” who were as interested in getting a good selfie from the Capitol Rotunda as they were with overthrowing the U.S. government and establishing Trump as an unelected dictator. It was, as one commentator put it, a “Beer Belly Putsch.”