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Oregonians respond to violent insurrection in the nation’s capitol

By Sage Van Wing (OPB), Samantha Matsumoto (OPB), Donald Orr (OPB) and Celina Tebor (Portland, OR)
Jan. 7, 2021 6:03 p.m. Updated: Jan. 9, 2021 7:32 p.m.

Broadcast: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Jose Luis Magana / AP

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Extremists emboldened by President Donald Trump flooded into the U.S. Capitol building yesterday in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the electoral college. We hear from members of Oregon’s congressional delegation, including Democratic representatives Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio, and Republican representative Cliff Bentz.

We also hear from hip hop journalist Mac Smiff, who has been participating in protests against police brutality in Portland, about how the police response to the insurrection in Washington, D.C. differed from the response to Portland protests. And journalist Leah Sottile talks about the connections between far-right extremism in the Pacific Northwest and the pro-Trump mob at the Capitol.

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