The use of National Guard units in June during the nationwide demonstrations following George Floyd’s death was "fundamentally exceptional and different from the way civilians and the military have ordinarily worked together," says Professor Emeritus William Banks.
Those who spoke with various media outlets about yesterday's violence at the U.S. Capitol include Professor Emeritus William C. Banks who said the fiasco was a "lawless threat" to the country's democratic institutions.
University Professor Sean O'Keefe says that while the nomination of may have surprised more than a few people, Austin "may well prove to be exactly the right person for this tough job at this time in our nation’s history." Read O'Keefe's full commentary, "Lloyd Austin can lead — as a civilian," published in The Hill.
"Senators who are willing to vote with the other side will certainly find themselves getting a lot of attention and likely very favorable treatment of any issues that disproportionately affect their states," Assistant Professor of Political Science Steven White told The 74. He also spoke to La Tercera about the runoff election in Georgia.
"To keep things in perspective, there have been 330 COVID deaths in the county over the whole year so far," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "There are still far more deaths annually from heart disease and cancer," she adds. But, "If these numbers are similar for 2020," Monnat says, “COVID will be the third-leading cause of death in the county this year."