I don’t think that the every day American understands what actually happened here. I don’t think they’ve tried to put themselves in AOC’s shoes. Can you imagine knowing that there have been plans and threats to storm your place of work for months, all the while your employer not only actively works against protecting you, but also invites the behavior? Just down the road, you have components to the most powerful military in the world, and they were ordered to standby and do nothing.
How can anybody trust in that process in a meaningful way ever again? The only way is to have harsh and real consequences. The reality is none of these consequences have really been given yet… Sure we have seen charges and indictments, but it will be really telling to see how this actually plays out in court, and who receives prison sentences commiserate with the crimes. Examples need to be made of every participant, and even more so of every person who took a leadership or influential role in allowing this to happen, whether that be incitement, funding, encouragement, the whole 9 yards. We need accountability.