In an interview with The Bangor Daily News, perennially worried/pearl-clutching/Trump-supporting Senator Susan Collins of Maine said her first thought was that the mostly white, pro-Trump mob that descended upon the Capitol were…. wait for it… “Iranians” attacking America.
Sen. James Lankford had just started speaking when, all of a sudden, the Capitol Police and staff from the Sergeant at Arms burst into the chamber and removed Vice President Mike Pence who was presiding. Shortly thereafter, the two Senate leaders were also rushed away.
My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol, but a police officer took over the podium and explained that violent demonstrators had breached the entire perimeter of the Capitol and were inside. Several of us pointed out that the doors to the press gallery were unlocked right above us. That tells you how overwhelmed and unprepared the Capitol Police were, although many, many of them were very courageous.
The nerve. Even when it’s a Republican mob at fault, Republican leaders still have to get in their racist, xenophobic jabs somehow.
Read her whole interview here. If you so choose.