Using the Cline Center’s Coup D’état Project definitions, we classify the storming of the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 as an attempted coup d’état: an organized, illegal attempt to intervene in the presidential transition by displacing the power of the Congress to certify the election.
Business leaders like JP Morgan and Irénée du Pont were accused of plotting to install a fascist dictator. If the plotters had been held accountable in the 1930s, the forces behind the 6 January coup attempt might never have flourished now.
How close did the United States come to a presidential coup d’état on January 6, 2021? This is among the questions Bob Woodward and Robert Costa ask in their new book. It's a question the nation needs to ponder, as well.