UAlbany Experts Discuss the U.S. Capitol Attack
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2021) – Yesterday marked two weeks since the United States Capitol was overrun by a violent mob of President Donald Trump supporters in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Since then, experts around the country have offered different perspectives on this attack to our democracy – including several at the University at Albany.
Here’s a round-up of the UAlbany experts in the news:
- Sam Jackson of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity spoke about the rise of right-wing extremism with a number of national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Talking Points Memo, Deseret News and KGW – TV.
- Julie Novkov of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offered insight to News Channel 10 – WTEN on the definitions of terms such as sedition, coup and insurrection. She also spoke with News Channel 13 – WNYT about the constitutionality of electoral vote objections.
- Robert Griffin, dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, offered insight to the Times Union on evidence that the U.S. Capitol attack was planned in advance. He was also featured on WAMC’s roundtable panel to discuss the attack.
- Erica Fretwell of the Department of History shared an opinion article in Al Jazeera that explores the history of white mob violence.
- Tim Weaver of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy spoke with the Times Union about the long-term impacts for elected Republicans who support Donald Trump.
- Victor Asal of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offered his initial reaction to the U.S. Capitol attack on News Channel 10 – WTEN.
- Jim Steiner of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy published an opinion article in Homeland Security Today that offers the security lessons learned from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a blueprint for securing the U.S. Capitol moving forward.
- Carl Bon Tempo of the Department of History offered a historical perspective to News Channel 10 – WTEN on President Trump’s second impeachment.