The Ellipse Putsch of 2021

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump scale the walls of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Already, people on Quora are asking „What will the American insurrection of 2021 be called?

In fact, the closest historic parallel I can think of was the Munich “Beer Hall Putsch” of November 8/9, 1923 (called “Bierkeller-Putsch” in German), when Adolf Hitler, together with former Quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff and other Kampfbund leaders in Munich, marched with two thousand Nazis from the Bürgerbräukeller in Haidhausen, where they had liberally tanked up on the local brew, about two miles to the Feldherrnhalle in the city center, but were confronted by armed police, resulting in the deaths of 16 Nazi Party members and four police officers.

Given that the storming of the Capitol began with Trump’s infamous rally on the Ellipse, a 52-acre (21 ha) park south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue , I think the “Ellipse Putsch” might be a good name.

PS: Hitler was sentenced to two years in jail for sedition, which he spent in Landsberg Prison writing „Mein Kampf„. Maybe we can expect Trump to produce a similar opus when he’s behind bars, soon hopefully. „My Steal“ would be a good title…

Full disclosure: I used to live across the street from where the Bürgerbräukeller once stood. After the War, it was razed to the ground and the Gasteig cultural center, home of the Munich Philharmonics, was build on top of the ruins.

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