"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.
I watched all of what happened yesterday unfold. I was streaming CSpan, watching first the President's feeding frenzy and then the joint session. Naturally, as terrorists started tearing down barricades and climbing scaffolding I switched between various news agencies.
Watching those people desecrate, break, mock, and loot... I was naturally angry. Mostly at the hypocrisy of the act. BLM and civil rights demonstrations were treated with both harsher language and harsher police tactics than what unfolded yesterday. But I was mostly disappointed. Like, terrible, overwhelming disappointment. To be brainwashed so thoroughly into 1) Thinking your privileged life (Many of these people flew in or bused in to do this, they would be claiming any number of conspiracies if the same was true for BLM protestors) was one of victimhood and strife and 2) Into being brainwashed to the point that these people couldn't see through the miasma of nonsensical crap and lies. A lady called into C-Span crying as those walls came tumbling down for her. She cried over the airways in one of their call-in segments over what was unfolding at the Capitol. "I voted for him, I voted for him" she forced out between sobs. The culmination of all of reality finally crashing through the walls of falsehood with the realization of what was unfolding before all of our eyes.
What was further disappointing about all of what has happened is that there are still people out there still playing by this Fascistic playbook. Even now you've got people on Social Media playing damage control. False claims of "AnTiFa infiltrated peaceful protests!" and "ThE pReSiDeNt CaLLeD fOr PeAcE!!!1111" and "Twitter is muzzling the President" and generally continuing to feed the "you're the real victim" narrative that caused the terrorist acts.
Even MORE disappointing are the JTFs of the world claiming things like, and I'm paraphrasing, "BLM burned down buildings, a "leftist" shot a congressman, etc this is on you!" and you've got Darrell/Former T.Paine over on his blog piping up after two months still trying to push some Marxist Boogieman is the real thing we should all be scared about.
I just... if this was President Obama fanning these flames and goading his even more massive base into this sort of action, the JTFs and Darrells' heads would collectively explode at the UnAmericanism of it.
Instead we get this. Denial. Deflection. Pointing fingers.
America First? America is great? God Bless America? I just wonder why they hate America and their fellow Americans so, so, so very much to continue and perpetuate this batshit crazy delusion.
So. Very. Upsetting.
This is how Trump is making America great again. The term "MAGAts" has become too generous. They are Trump's Traitors.
I see Darrell has chugged the koolade, as expected.
I also expect my comments to be deleted.
My recent comment to Darrell:
Brother, if you can't see the cult, you're in it.
We tire of the radical Right's victim card, commie card, deflections, projections and false accusations.
And the horrible lies. Trump lost. As you told us four years ago, get over it.
Trump's lies have brought this horror upon us. This is an attack on our democracy and sacred right to vote. You want to CANCEL millions of legal American votes. THAT is tyranny. Pure tyranny.
Those lies and far Right extremism are tearing our country apart.
We now know for certain how many Americans would have reacted under Hitler. The commie card and the victim card were his specialties.
And spare us the religious self-righteousness.
"Gott Mit Uns" was embossed on the belt buckles of Hitler's Wehrmacht.
Dave, Trump was wrong to give encouragement and a wink and a nod to the protestors and delaying any attempt to rein them back. He was complicit. Sadly this ego maniacal narcissist tarnished the myriad of good things he has done for our country with this latest escapade. The storming of the capitol was wrong and I strongly denounce the thugs that did it.
That said, it was a "mostly peaceful protest" where the only ones killed were some of the protesters via police. There were actually hundreds of dollars of damage done there. Why it was three or four hours before congress could resume certifying the corrupt Biden family "big guy" crime boss. It took that long for police to escort most of these thugs out of the capitol and back to their hotel rooms.
I wish this same kind of outrage was voiced by the left when their protesters burned down our cities, looted businesses, attacked police, and barricaded them inside their stations as they tried to burn them down. Hypocrisy and Leftism are synonymous evidently.
At least I am consistent in condemning this thuggish behavior.
As for the Left, please spare me your selective outrage.
I'm relieved you can admit that "ego maniacal narcissist" Trump encouraged the riot.
I hope you agree what he did was intolerable and proves he is the worst president ever. It led to several deaths.
I don't think you aware of the harm they did. There was significantly more damage than "hundreds of dollars" would fix. We've yet to learn the extent of the vandalism.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was killed by that mob, you know. Stop the dishonest mockery with the “peaceful protest” bit, please. That dishonors that man who died protecting our capitol.
And just look at the shameful image they presented to our allies and adversaries alike. BLM protests could never have done such damage to our national pride and reputation.
And please, for the love of God, stop saying those who disagree with you politically never condemned the criminal arsonists and vandals of last Summer.
Like the Trump Mob, they were criminals, not protesters, the second they broke the law.
I suppose it suits the rage on the Right to demonize others and say we condone such behavior. If you cared to look, you'd see near universal condemnation of all that criminal behavior.
Your accusation of “selective outrage” is false and demonizing.
I hope you reject the lies and admit Trump lost by 7 million popular votes, including mine. When Trump’s Republican toadies want to cancel my vote, they become my personal enemies, as well as enemies of democracy. Do you think it is “leftist” of me to say that? Or is it my patriotic American reaction?
This is how we the people voted:
Popular Voter: 81,264,673 (51.3%)
Electoral Votes- 232
Popular Voter: 74,210,838 (46.9%)
This is certified bi-partisan agreement at the state and now federal level. Nobody "stole the election".
Maybe you are not aware of how dishonest Trump is. Trusting Trump’s wild conspiracies over everyone else is a cult mentality.
Now it is a dangerous cult mentality. McConnell finally admitted to the separate set of facts and separate reality that divide us.
It is healthy to disagree on opinions, but facts are facts. Trump is a liar, and he lost fair and square.
I'm happy you can understand this.
More disturbing facts are emerging. This is what we suspected all along.
Current DC police officers just went on the record as saying that off-duty police officers and members of the military were a part of the mob that stormed the Capitol - and even flashed their badges and ID's to partake in the process.
As the old expression goes, "Cops and the Klan go hand-in-hand".
We now have Trump's deeply dangerous "Coup Klux Klan" in law enforcement and the military to contend with.
This crisis is far from over.
"That said, it was a "mostly peaceful protest" where the only ones killed were some of the protesters via police."
That sound you heard just now? Was my eyes rolling remembering "conservative" hot takes on the BLM and police brutality protests.
It really is a freaking game with you guys.
They want to comfort themselves in the delusion of false equivalence, equating protesting racist police brutality with terrorizing and sacking the capitol to "take the country back".
Same thing, amirite?
Evidently law enforcement chose which group to brutalize more. Sounds about white.
No, equivalency would be not condemning the violence by most of the Right wing leaders. It would be mitigating it as reporters in the field talk about the "mostly peaceful protesters" while buildings burn in the background. It would be calling for the defunding of the capitol police. It would be donating money to bail the thugs out of jail, or better yet demanding that there be zero bail to be released.
Good God. Just quit, would you all please! The right-wing thugs that did this are wrong and deserve to be in jail, just like your sainted BLM and Antifa thugs were wrong and deserve the same. (Many of them for arson, assault, and attempted murder.)
How about that for being inclusive? ;)
We know you can't let it go. The "others" have to be the worse than your side.
BLM protesters were "mostly peaceful protesters". Fact.
Were there over half as many buildings burned as there were protesters at the worst of them?
Would far Right media dishonestly represent those reporting the truth by superimposing images of burning buildings behind them?
Compare to 100% of the Trump Traitors who stormed the capitol ARE CRIMINALS.
Your side "wins" the terrorism category. This has been true since OK City and other Wal-Mart mass shootings and church massacres.
Spin all you want, but it's intellectually dishonest to equate the level of criminality.
About 93% of racial justice protests in the US have been peaceful, an extensive study reports:
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