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The Daily BeastOct 18, 2021
HBO Exposes the Violent Chaos of Trump's Jan. 6 Rioters in ‘Four Hours at the Capitol'
Getty/HBOFor those eager to revisit one of the darkest days in American history, Four Hours at the Capitol provides a first-hand account of the insurrection carried out by then-President Donald Trump's delusional acolytes on Jan. 6, 2021. Culled from numerous up-close-and-personal video sources, and narrated by congressmen, journalists, and traitorous Proud Boys and "activists" who participated in the attack, it's a time capsule that's short on context—and condemnation of the numerous figures responsible for inciting the mêlée—but long on harrowing and damning footage of the disgraceful assault.

Director Jamie Roberts' feature-length HBO documentary (Oct. 20) features no prologue covering the 2020 presidential election that concluded with Donald Trump decisively losing to Joe Biden, or Trump's subsequent promulgation of the "Big Lie" which stated that he'd been cheated out of a second term due to "election fraud" that innumerable legislatures and courts—many overseen by Republicans—confirmed did not exist. Nor does it cover both the efforts of congressional Republicans to back Trump's "Stop the Steal" conspiracy theory by refusing to certify the election's results, and national right-wing media's endless coverage of this fictional miscarriage of justice. The result is a narrowly focused work that, by eschewing the bigger picture, feels like only half the story, concerned far more with experi

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