As 18 U.S. Code Section 2331 provides, “domestic terrorism” involves “acts dangerous to human life” in violation of the law. Given that 140 police officers were injured, some seriously, we can say this element was fulfilled.
Secondly, these acts must have been intended to “influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.” The goal of the attack was to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said as much a week after the attack when he declared on the House floor that “the violent mob that descended upon this body” on Jan. 6 “acted to disrupt Congress’ constitutional responsibility.”
…some in the GOP believe that the “T-word” only applies when the attacker’s skin color is anything other than white. Take, for example, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who just last month called Black Lives Matter “the strongest terrorist threat in our county.” And in 2018, Greene wildly warned when two Muslims were elected to Congress — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — that it was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”