Jan. 6 rioters who’d misplaced items called Capitol to see if they could get them back




As crews cleaned the US Capitol on January 7, 2021, the phone lines in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office began to ring.

Rioters were calling “asking whether there was a lost and found because they forgot their phone there, or they left their purse or what have you,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told Insider on Friday in a Q&A.


“The officers quickly got on the phone and said, yeah, just give us your name, your address, your social, you know, and we’ll tie up those loose ends,” Raskin said. “But what’s so fascinating to me about that there really were people who felt as if they had been summoned to Washington by the president.”

Sure, come on down! Come collect your pipe bombs, too. They didn’t go off, but the egg timer looks like it’s still in pretty good shape. Have an incredible edible egg and rally the troops at the local Hobby Lobby. The next coup will go so much more smoothly, believe me.

Of course, as Raskin noted, many of the rioters thought it was just fine to be in the Capitol because their snake-oil suzerain Donald Trump had invited them there. 

“And when they were told that they were trespassing and invading the Capitol, they said the president invited them to be there,” Rep. Raskin told Insider. “They didn’t have any kind of subtle understanding of the separation of powers. They just thought that the number one person in the U.S. government had invited them to be there, and therefore they had a right.”

Well, to be fair, Trump never understood the separation of powers either. Still doesn’t. But he can point to a picture of an elephant and his uncle was smart, so naturally he’s the only person in the country qualified to be president. 

“It underscores the central role that Donald Trump played in [the insurrection],” Raskin added. “But it does create a problem for assigning guilt at different levels of conduct.”

Well, there’s a lot of guilt to go around. Unfortunately, the guilty parties aren’t inclined to accept any responsibility. Particularly not the guilty party, who was probably calling around the White House at the same time on Jan. 7—to see if Eric had been trapped in the laundry hamper.

But, yeah, it’s stunning to see exactly how much white privilege has warped these lawbreakers’ minds. Even after the horrific and tragic events of Jan. 6, they still thought what they’d done was no big deal. After all, their reality-show president had invited them to the party. Come on, man! Cut them some slack and give them their North Face fleece back.

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