Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 13
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So more reports are coming out by Democratic members of Congress and it is increasingly looking this this was an inside job of some sort where the MAGA terrorists were given intelligence ahead of time, as well as assistance on the day of the attack.
Now if we want an idea about who some of these seditious members of Congress may be, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Mary Miller, and Madison Cawthorne seem like good starting points.
Rep. Boebert on the morning of the attack tweeted “Today is 1776” and also live-tweeted Speaker Pelosi’s location during the attack.
Rep. Green has been dubbed Congress’ Qanon lady and has made a number of threats towards “socialist” congresswomen and a ton of racist remarks.
Rep. Miller positively quoted Hitler’s Mein Kampf last week.
And Rep. Cawthorne visted Hitler’s vacation house, posted it to Instagram calling him “the Fuhrer”, and said it was on his bucket list.
While the GOP has long been a party of racists and white supremacists, they are just completely mask off now.
The more we learn about this, the more I feel like we dodged a massive bullet with this coup attempt. It's like if the reichstag fire was put out by the sprinklers and the Nazis lost the next week's elections.
I’m still worried it’s the “Beer Hall Putsch” phase, and we’re in for a whole lot more.
Well, in defense of my analogy, if the Nazis had been voted out, they would have still been around. The problems we face are the same ones the Weimar Republic would in that hypothetical, and it's these: how can we purge our government and society of authoritarian politics without losing a world war and being occupied by foreign powers interested in the same? How can we do it without building structures that can be turned against us by future authroitarians? How can we go about this without ourselves falling victim to authoritarianism?
Not questions with easy answers, and I've not seen good trends in that direction. The media are prepared to dick ride what are essentially Bush-era republicans just because they oppose the farcical authoritarianism of Trump, even when the path of development from the former to the latter is basically a straight line. If the Republican party is rehabilitated in the popular consciousness along those lines, then yeah, we'll be back here in a decade or two at most. The only semi-realistic path forward I see is building a democratic coalition as strong as the New Dealers, that reduces the republican party into cultural and electoral irrelevance for a good generation or two, a position they occupied for much of the 20th century. But uh, yeah, indicators aren't looking good there either.
I really hope that this series of events is enough to start kicking out vast numbers of representatives and people start getting serious about election reform.
Until we have more information -- this seems potentially misleading. I'm sure there were more than a few new members of congress showing their family/friends around the building. Has Sherill expanded on what she saw exactly and why she is jumping to this conclusion?
Rep. Sherrill has not made any further public statements on this claim, nor has she identified specific lawmakers. Here is the quote from her FB live video:
Link to video here - https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2316754338448152&ref=watch_permalink
Given the Congresswoman is a former US Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, i'm inclined to take her allegations seriously, particularly in light of the actions of several GOP representatives on the day of the attack and their efforts in organizing the event that led to the riot.
Update on this from Rep. Mikie Sherill. She has signed a letter along with 30 other members of Congress to request an investigation from the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, Acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and US Capitol Police into the suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Jan. 5, 2021 - the day before the attacks on the Capitol.
You can view the full letter on her Twitter page here - https://twitter.com/RepSherrill/status/1349439821060702215.
This seems to have a lot more evidence in favor of the fact that there was in fact insiders within Congress coordinating intelligence for the atttack.
Thanks for the update on this. I thought this was a good take on the whole thing by this representative. If true, they should drop the hammer. But lots of steps in between that to confirm.
I’m wondering how you distinguish a “reconnaissance tour” from any other tour of the Capitol? I guess we will have to wait for details. But it seems pretty clear that there is a lot of fear on Capitol Hill about who else is cooperating with the insurrection.
WaPo: TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN
NPR: A majority of the House have voted to impeach Donald John Trump for the second time
Ten Republicans have joined with all Democrats who've yet voted. Voting continues, but the outcome is certain.
And Speaker Pelosi has just announced the vote.
GOP lawmakers dodge metal detectors added after Capitol riots
Pelosi has announced that when the House returns to session on January 21, they will vote on a new rule that will fine reps who refuse to follow the screening protocols. The first offense will be $5000 and the second $10,000, deducted directly from their salary (so they can't just refuse to pay).
That's wildly suspicious.
I would hate to be treated like an inner-city kid going to Highschool too
Back in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that Amazon warehouse employees, waiting half an hour in a security screening line to make sure they didn't steal anything as they left, didn't need to be paid for that time.
I have absolutely zero sympathy for these crybabies in Congress.
Everyone else going into a federal building (like a courthouse) or getting on a plane has to do this.
Metal detectors aren't limited to inner-city highschools, at least not in my experience. My suburban majority upper middle class high school w/ state champion sports teams and top 20 in academics had metal detectors and I graduated almost a decade ago. My "nephew's" (idk what you call my cousin's kid) school put them in a couple years back when they started active-shooter drills. Metal detectors are just high school now.
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You’re welcome :)
Probably the one thing I’m somewhat inclined to agree with GOP on, although not the flagrant tamper tantrums part.
Airbnb, HotelTonight cancel all Washington, DC, metro reservations ahead of inauguration
Here are some further pictures from Twitter.
Right now the national guard is actively displaying an overwhelming show of force. This is to discourage any further acts of violence. This is to ensure a peaceful transition of power, and it removes the possibility of more shenanigans.
I’m still worried about something like this happening, and escalating things into a firefight or an insurgency. I’m terrified we’re in a phase where anything we do, including nothing, will let things escalate further, or worse, that we’ve already passed the point of no return, but we just don’t know it yet.
The House is voting on whether to proceed with impeachment today, but Mitch McConnell will not consent to reconvening the Senate early, delaying the start of President Trump's likely impeachment trial until Jan. 19 at the earliest.
Telegram tries, and fails, to remove extremist content
My understanding is previously tiktok has been fallow ground for far right, what changed?
A Black officer faced down a mostly White mob at the Capitol. Meet Eugene Goodman.
On impeachment and Republican leadership:
Also thought this was interesting:
It will be interesting listening in on C-SPAN over the next week as the language they may use about Donald Trump will be a change from in the past. I wonder how far Dems will go.
Mike Masnick takes a brief look at the lawsuit Parler filed against Amazon in response to getting kicked off AWS: Parler's Laughably Bad Antitrust Lawsuit Against Amazon
Related: Amazon urges court to let it keep conservative app Parler offline
And some disturbing Parler user quotes Amazon including in the filing, from Gizmodo:
Amazon Court Filing Includes Chilling Death Threats Published on Parler
Kevin McCarthy Tells GOP to Stop Claiming Antifa Caused Riot, Says Trump 'Bears Responsibility'
Good thread by Jack Dorsey on why they banned trump.
That thread goes in a weird direction. I didn’t know he was such a Bitcoin fan and don’t understand Bluesky at all.