Why There Won’t Be Another January 6th-Like Insurrection

Andy Ostroy
5 min readJun 7, 2021

Call me an eternal optimist. Call me naive. Or even delusional. But I believe there will not be another violent insurrection of the size and scale as what we witnessed at the nation’s Capitol this past January 6th. For many reasons.

To begin with, and most significantly, there’s a new Sheriff in town. President Joe Biden is not Donald Trump. He’s an honest, smart, confident, emotionally-secure, mature patriotic leader who loves and respects the Constitution, the rule of law and our cherished democracy. He also has a committed team under him just as in love with democracy as he is.

Contrast that to Trump, who in the years, months, weeks and days leading up to the Capitol attack not only incessantly regurgitated the “stolen election” Big Lie which fueled the frustration and anger of the insurrectionists, he sat by idly for hours as one of America’s most sacred institutions was breached, desecrated and held hostage while MAGA mobs threatened to assassinate his vice-president Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other elected officials.

Not only only did Trump do absolutely nothing to stop the attack, he hid in the White House (after promising his cultists just before the uprising that he’d be marching with them down Pennsylvania Avenue) and cravenly watched it unravel live on TV…giving his Id-controlled microdick the biggest hard-on of its miserable little life.

Trump refused to call up the National Guard. He ignored the desperate pleas of advisors and staff. He essentially told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to fuck off during a frantic call to the Oval Office as a barricaded McCarthy feared for his life. After several hours Trump finally and reluctantly released a video urging protestors to go home, but not before repeating the Big Lie and telling them “we love you”.

Another big difference between January 6th and now is that the angry MAGA mob has been neutered. They’ve lost Dear Leader. Their ‘friend’ in the White House. Their fellow white supremacist. Their protector. They’re no longer the ‘insiders’.

Think of it this way: Imagine there’s a bank next door to a police station. Your buddy is the police chief. He tells you for years that the banking system is rigged against you. That banks…

Andy Ostroy

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