One longtime Capitol Hill reporter opted for early retirement shortly after living through the riot. This isn’t all new: The Trump years exacerbated tensions between the parties, and between lawmakers and reporters. Some who used to have relatively friendly rapport with the media have largely stopped talking to reporters. Gaetz lied the night of the riot that it was left-wing antifa radicals, not pro-Trump militants, who’d stormed the Capitol. Wasson said he felt more scared going back into the Capitol for the inauguration than he had on January 6.