What McCarthy is doing is again reducing the Capitol violence to the individual level. Yes, there have been times when people have acted badly in the broad context of politics or the Capitol and, yes, this is something which needs to be uprooted or prevented. But that activity is specifically targeted by the “445 arrests in conjunction with the events of January 6,” McCarthy’s news release touts. What remains unaddressed is the way in which those individual actions were encouraged in the first place, particularly but not exclusively by Trump. This, too, needs to be uprooted and, to the extent possible, prevented in the future.