On January 6, 2021, I remember watching television coverage of the storming of the U.S. Capitol building and saying to myself, is this really happening?

Angry protesters were fighting hand-to-hand with Capitol Police officers, destroying property, and breaking into the Capitol, a symbol of America. There were people who died and many who were injured.

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Some members of the mob shouted about killing members of Congress, and some even talked about hanging the Vice President of the United States. All of this happened on a day when Congress was scheduled to carry out one of its basic Constitutional duties, certifying the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Professor Ken Manning, head of the Political Science department at UMass Dartmouth, joined me this week on Townsquare Sunday to discuss the events of one year ago. Manning pulls no punches: yes, it was an insurrection, and all the people responsible should be held accountable.

Manning believes, based on evidence uncovered by a House Committee investigating what happened on January 6, 2021, the planning of the insurrection went all the way into the White House. Prof. Manning also had harsh criticism for those Republican members of Congress who are now trying to put a different "spin" on what happened.

Ken Manning's Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

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