A self-described "hardcore leftist" was arrested Friday for allegedly issuing a call to arms online to recruit like-minded individuals to join him in violently confronting pro-Trump supporters expected to gather at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee on Sunday, just days before the presidential inauguration.
The congressional endeavor of certifying the Presidential winner in the Electoral College is typically a banal ritual. Only this year – following weeks of mounting emotions, filed lawsuits to overturn the results and insistence from President Trump and his supporters that the election was stolen – it became a jaw-dropping event pockmarked by thousands storming the Capitol building, shots ringing out, tear gas deployed, and lives lost. So what happened? How did should a showdown come to be?