History will record Wednesday's assault on our democracy as one of the US's darkest, most shameful episodes. Mob rule was the ambition of the marauding, counterfeit American patriots who laid siege to the Capitol on a false premise: that Donald Trump had won an election he so clearly lost.
For months, President Trump convinced his supporters that he could not lose. That if he did, the election was somehow rigged. And when he did, that widespread fraud in key states had tipped the election in Joe Biden's direction.
None of this was true, yet tens of thousands of supporters arrived in downtown Washington Wednesday morning to hear the president spread more falsehoods, erroneously claiming Vice President Mike Pence could flout the constitution and deliver four more years to Mr. Trump.
All of these fabrications, stirred with seething anger and ill-prepared security forces, yielded explosive and deadly consequences. Ultimately, our constitutional guardrails held on January 6, 2020, but at a frightening cost.
This week, Major Garrett looks back at that reprehensible day and how those in and around the Capitol experienced it.