Washington, D.C., wasn’t designed for an insurrection

On Wednesday, thousands of people stormed the Capitol at the urging of Donald Trump. Some were armed with gas masks, bullet proof vests, and guns ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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On Wednesday, thousands of people stormed the Capitol at the urging of Donald Trump. Some were armed with gas masks, bullet proof vests, and weapons. Others just held signs.

Shockingly, the crowd got in.

As Congress momentarily retreated, most of us wondered, how could this possibly have happened? Isn’t the Capitol designed to stop a small mob? 

In fact, the federal grounds of Washington D.C. have been designed over the last 200 years to live two, completely dichotomous lives: to be as welcoming to the public as they are secure for our politicians. I spoke to the former federal building czar who worked under both the Clinton administration and the Obama administration to unpack what went wrong and why. His answer? Read my story here.

Mark Wilson
 
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