"What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States." The truth was spoken by Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator with a conscience during the impeachment trial.
January 6, 2021 will live in infamy. Like the burning ships at Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the falling towers on 9-11, we have the searing images of Trump's America.
The stunning pictures for this page in history will show Trump's mob committing open insurrection at the Capitol Building.
This Insurrection Day, Trump and the Republican radical Right brought their war on American democracy to its inevitable endgame. The brainwashed herd mentality of the Trump Cult was activated into a raging mob mentality.
The president’s invitation to insurrection went out on twitter: “Be there, will be wild!”The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal! “
One of Trump’s loyal patriots responded, “I’m thinking it will be literal war on that day. Where we’ll storm offices and physically remove and even kill all the D.C. traitors and reclaim the country.”
How could anyone have predicted what would happen?
What possible harm could be inspired by Toadie Rudy suggesting, “Let's have trial by combat” at the rally?
The BIG Protest Rally speech concluded with marching orders. "We're going to walk down Pennsylvania Ave ... and we're going to try and give our Republicans -- the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help -- we're to try and give them kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country...so let’s walk down Pennsylvania Ave.”
So they walked down Pennsylvania Ave.
Well, not including their brave leader, of course.
The objective of their mission was the US Capital Building, to give the “weak Republicans the pride and boldness that they need to take back our country”.
In their indoctrinated cult delusions, this was a righteous crusade for freedom and justice for Trump. He was cheated out of power and glory by a stolen election. He was cheated by “far left radical democrats” and “weak Republicans”.
And they were all his fellow victims. Because he TOLD them so.
Onward they marched down Pennsylvania Ave to Capitol Hill.
Security for the constitutional certification of election results was a small fraction of what was deemed suitable for a BLM protest. Trump’s “patriots”, easily swarmed past the capitol police.
I mean, it’s not like there was a large angry mob in the neighborhood that could somehow be a problem.
Barricades were torn down, and the mob stormed the entrances.
As mayhem brewed outside, treachery brewed inside.
In the House chamber, a dozen Republican Senators and other House Republican insurrectionists moved to silence the voice of the American people and overturn a fair and open election.
Their objection over the Arizona votes required the Senate to return to their chamber to debate the objection.
It was time for Mitch McConnell’s speech on the “most important” vote of his career. It was beautiful. Too bad about the late timing thing.
“We’re debating a step that has never been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overturn a presidential election...
Self-government, my colleagues, requires a shared commitment to the truth, and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system.
We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with a separate set of facts and separate reality, with nothing in common except our hostility towards each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share.
...The United States Senate has a higher calling than an endless spiral of partisan vengeance.
It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise the voters and overrule courts and the states in this extraordinarily thin basis.”
Finally I agree with him. How long until he forgets that part about “a separate set of facts and separate reality”?
And when did he care about, "shared commitment to the truth, and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system"?
Bygones, I'm sure.
Only about half the insurrectionist Senators dropped their objections.
Of course Moscow Mitch had to blame Democrats for being just as bad. He wanted to show he was more decent than they were, what with all their non-seditious and constitutional efforts to hold Trump accountable. You know, as in “attacking the president’s legitimacy”.
Meanwhile windows were smashed and Trump’s Traitors streamed into the Capitol. Some capitol police tried to delay the mob, as another posed for a selfie with a criminal rioter.
The fascist insurrectionists were headed for the Senate Chamber. It was time to evacuate.
The Trump Mob surged through the Capitol, vandalizing and breaking into offices.
Some of them proved their depth of stupidity matched their hate and ignorance. After breaking into the office of the Speaker of the House, one posted pictures of his crime on social media. And he wasn't the only "law and order patriot" to do that.
Then the coup went from bloodless to bloody. Someone was shot and killed at the United States Capitol.
Trump’s America has ended the long tradition of peaceful transition of power. He sent a horde of domestic terrorists into the heart of our democracy.
Enough. It was time to consider the REAL victims.
The compassionate and loving Leader of the insurrection consoled his mob with a pre-recorded televised message.
"I know you're in pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen. It was a landslide. But you have to go home now...we love you, you're very special."
And good little goose-steppers obediently stand back and stand by. Well, mostly. Curfews are for BLM and their anti-police brutality and anti-racism protests.
Have we finally settled the debate on "Worst US President Ever"?
During the maelstrom of madness that was raging through our nation’s Capitol Building, public servants honorably served our country. It was during the scramble to evacuate the Senate Chamber.
The Electoral College ballots were rescued from the Senate floor by real patriots. In denying Trump’s insurrectionists their prize, two women scored a very real, and symbolic, victory for American democracy over American fascism.
It's time for the rest of us to do what we can to stand with them.
The MAGAt "Beer Belly Putsch" will fail, but it tells us it isn’t just words and threats anymore. The country needs to see this open coup condemned and shut down, with consequences suffered, top to bottom.
The world watches, horrified along with the rest of us. Trumpism and the radical Right MUST be rejected and repudiated.
The election will stand and justice must be done.