Insurrection: America and Trump Three Years Later

Andy Ostroy
3 min readJan 6, 2024

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the January 6th, 2021 deadly insurrection at our nation’s Capitol. And I am more outraged, more disgusted and more disappointed today than I was then.

Let’s start with one simple fact: there would be no J6 without Donald Trump. He is the visionary, the chief architect and prime instigator of the most vile, violent attack on America’s 248-year-old democracy.

Yet three years later, Trump is, shockingly, despite two impeachments, four criminal indictments and 91 felony counts. more popular, more powerful and has a much tighter grip on the Republican Party than he did then. He’s the GOP’s presumptive nominee, leading his opponents by 20–50 points, and who boldly promises dictatorship day-one.

With his Big Lies, Trump has succeeded in revising history. A new Washington Post/University of Maryland poll shows that one quarter of Americans, in particular 34% of Republicans and 30% of independents, now believe it was the FBI which incited the riot. First it was Antifa. And Democrats posing as Trump supporters. And DC cops.

But let’s be clear: it was Trump supporters. Angry, violent, brainwashed Trump supporters. Period. End of fucking story. And they weren’t, as Trump calls them, “loving”. They weren’t “tourists”. They were brutal animals. Who beat the shit out of cops. Who pissed and shit all over the place. Who destroyed and stole property. And those imprisoned for it aren’t, as Trump calls them, “hostages”. They’re convicts. Criminals. And they’re exactly where they should be.

Trump is a disease. A political cancer. And Republicans on January 6, 2021 had a long-awaited off-ramp. And it appeared they were finally going to take it. Lindsey Graham, Kevin McCarthy and other prominent Republicans appeared to throw in the towel on their Mob Boss.

But their disgust was incredibly short lived. Three years later Graham remains one of Trump’s most vomitous apologists and most loyal capos, and McCarthy’s political career was destroyed by the corrupt, treasonous sociopath whose ‘ring’ he kissed two weeks after the riot and whose ass he kissed for the next three years.

And now a major Supreme Court legal battle looms over whether Trump can and should be barred from…



Andy Ostroy

Director, producer, podcaster, writer, resistor, non-profit-supporter of women filmmakers