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The Roundtable: The Meaning & Legacy of 1/6

In a political culture defined by profound cynicism and extreme polarization, can bedrock patriotism illuminate a way forward?

What will the findings of the Mar-a-Lago raid mean for Trump's future? A panel of experts joined Roundtable to analyze the incident's legal and political implications. 

In this segment, they discuss democracy, patriotism, insurrection, and the ideology underlying the January 6 riots at the Capital.

Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter argues that the Capitol riots risk further undermining faith in our oldest institutions and laws as enshrined in the Constitution. 

"I think the cynicism about America has gone too far on the far right and the far left," he says. 

"I am with President Obama, who was just shocked to see Donald Trump elected, but then who made it very clear that we were moving forward as a country, two steps forward, one step backwards. This was our step backwards. Now we need to take those two steps forward."

Painter adds that prosecuting the insurrectionists is crucial to protecting the legitimacy of our institutions and by extension the country's future.

"We do live in an imperfect representative democracy, but a great democracy that we must protect," he says." 

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"We must protect the Constitution. That includes making sure that insurrectionists who have attacked our Constitution, as they did in 1861 and in 2021, never, ever hold public office."

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, Hollywood Progressive

BIll Blum, Founder and Editor In Chief, Blum's Law

Richard Painter, Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer