Many if not most Americans were shocked by the violence and disregard for authority displayed by those who attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6.

These "domestic terrorists" vandalized the Capitol, assaulted Capitol police officers, and threatened to hang the vice president and kill members of Congress.

When the siege was over, five people had died, including a police officer, and dozens more were injured.

Why did this happen? Who is to blame? What will it mean for the new administration that is about to take office?

Like many of us, UMass Dartmouth Political Science Professor Ken Manning watched the carnage unfold on television and on the internet. He joins Townsquare Sunday with observations about the riot and its aftermath. Professor Manning's interview can be heard here:

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