Riot or Insurrection?

The left, by calling January 6th an "insurrection," have unwittingly removed all riots from their portfolio. Those riots worked well for them in the Trump presidency, and surely another Republican will get into the White House, and the Left will again want to stage a riot, but now they can't; it would be an insurrection.

Poor political planning, I'd have to say.

Surely they will try to change the word, but having burned "insurrection" into the public conscious, that's what it will always be from now on.

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
— Mark Twain
In Albert Bigelow Paine (ed.), Mark Twain's Notebook (1935, 1971), Chap. 31, 344, (1898 entry).