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WNY experts weigh in on Capitol riots

Posted at 12:39 AM, Jan 07, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The images of Wednesday, January 6th, will not fade from the country’s collective memory anytime soon. Tension in the country reached a breaking point. From this day, there are questions. Some of them easier to answers than others.

From a security stand point, how was the Capitol able to be stormed?

“From what I've seen it was an early failure in the way they addressed what was happening, which kind of leads me to believe their whole planning process was faulty,” explained Steven MacMartin a Homeland Security professor at Medaille College.

What to call what happened in the Capitol? A riot, a revolution, domestic terrorism? It leaves a political scientist from the University at Buffalo without a good answer.

“I can't think of a corollary for this. And so, as somebody who kind of charts the political world on the basis of what's happened in the past, I honestly am at a loss in some respects,” said Jacob Neiheisel an associate professor of political science.

One big question, how did the state of the country get to this point?

“To the point where they feel like that this is something that is necessary or something that they should do. And you know, the simple answer there is, that they've been fed a lot of lines that aren't necessarily true about the electoral process and about the system,” said Neiheisel. “So there's certainly a lot of blame to place there, but I think that there are broader questions about what gets people to this point.”

January 6th, 2021. The usually uneventful process of counting electoral votes was anything but.