But there's been no condemnation of the pro-Trump gathering at the Colorado State Capitol around the same time, and for good reason. The main thing the rally accomplished was proving that the Donald's Denver-area pod people aren't the worst of the worst after all — just a noisy but ultimately pathetic group that couldn't manage a coup d'état even if they could spell it.
Granted, this conclusion is based on a bar that's been lowered to approximately the central point of the Earth's core. Months ago, a large gathering at Bandimere Speedway in Jefferson County, where Trumpy minions bellyached about how wearing facial coverings impinged on their freedom, seemed like a big deal. Such a conclusion suddenly seems as quaint as a lace tablecloth.
I headed for the Capitol at mid-afternoon on the 6th, and as I drove north on Lincoln, traffic ground to a near-halt thanks to a phalanx of preferred Trumpkin vehicles — giant gas-guzzling trucks festooned with banners and flags pledging fealty to their orange-hued hero.
Under other circumstances, this brand of aggression might have flared into violence. But the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the rioting in Washington undoubtedly put a damper on the get-together. Over the course of the afternoon, as it became clear that the D.C. spectacle had deteriorated into a historic moment of national shame, the energy began to wane, causing Colorado participants to begin drifting away.
The local law enforcement tally by day's end was negligible: a reported three arrests, for disturbing the peace, possessing a taser and fighting, respectively. No one was shot, no one was killed, and no one's mind was changed. Move along. Nothing to see here — particularly now that Joe Biden has been officially certified as the next president and Trump has grudgingly pledged to allow an orderly transition to take place (whatever the hell he means by that).
Could the violence and stupidity in the nation's capital inspire the Mile High City contingent to bring more pain the next time around? Certainly. But on this day, anyhow, Denver's most incensed Trump fans looked like pussycats compared to their peers across the country — and it'd be great if they stayed that way.