Donald Trump’s weaponised lies blew up in his face

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Donald Trump’s weaponised lies blew up in his face

Last week’s mayhem at the US Capitol was the culmination of years of winking at violence

Simon Schama

There was a moment amid Wednesday’s mayhem in the US Capitol of revelatory confusion on the part of the invaders. Once through the smashed windows, it was unclear what was next on their agenda.

Back in 1783, when 400 mutinying American soldiers broke into the Confederation Congress to demand back pay, they made sure to hold the terrified members hostage until statesman Alexander Hamilton persuaded them to lower their muskets.

This time, the horde wandered around like wide-eyed tourists; pausing to take a selfie, hoot fatuous lies from the Senate president’s chair and steal the speaker’s gavel from her office. As they tramped through the halls, they roared “U-S-A, U-S-A”, while one of their number waved a Confederate battle flag. No wonder the statue of President Ulysses S Grant, who won the civil war for the Union, looked perplexed...

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