Monday, October 18, 2021
Four Hours at the Capitol provides a first-hand account of the insurrection carried out by then-President Donald Trump's delusional acolytes on Jan. 6, 2021. Culled from numerous up-close-and-personal video sources, and narrated by congressmen, journalists, and traitorous Proud Boys and "activists" who participated in the attack, it's a time capsule that's short on context"and condemnation of the numerous figures responsible for inciting the mle"but long on harrowing and damning footage of the disgraceful assault. The film begins at 10:35 am, with wheelchair-bound Proud Boy Eddie Block videotaping himself and his white-nationalist buddies as they attend Trump's speech (during which the president tells his followers, "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore"), and then take his advice and head to the Capitol.
By providing them with a platform, Four Hours at the Capitol allows its pro-riot voices to damn themselves. Moreover, it puts the lie to Trumpers' purported "Back the Blue"-branded love of the police, given that thousands of insurrectionists spent the day viciously attacking men and women who had sworn to protect and serve. Clips of screaming-mad traitors crashing through gates, wielding baseball bats, hockey sticks, and other makeshift weapons to assault police officers, and using the mass of their mob weight to try to overwhelm DC Metro Police forces all underscore the war zone-like environment that soon developed. Trump's claims that there was "zero threat," and that his minions had a great relationship with Capitol guards, are definitively disproven by Roberts' expertly-assembled, chronologically-arranged material. Most affecting of all is a late sequence about the mob's abduction of D.C. Metro Police officer Mike Fanone, which blends his present-day recollections of the incident"culminating with him being tased by the mob as they scream, "I got one!""with corroborating video evidence. Fanone's description of this free-for-all as "medieval" is an apt one, as Four Hours at the Capitol focuses heavily on the efforts of law enforcement (led by courageous commanders like Ramey Kyle) to hold their ground and not let their marauding adversaries have their way.
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