Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 19
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Was unaware of this happening last night :
‘Field of Flags' on National Mall Represents Americans Unable to Attend Inauguration
That's actually really cool! Thanks for sharing.
So this seems like it has been under-reported so far, but our Park Police were also overwhelmed by rioters on the 6th as well.
I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg since white supremacist groups have been actively infiltrating the military for years and years for training and access to weapons.
Here you go, I came across it a minute ago.
The summary is that two were removed due to inappropriate comments via text message, and the other ten were removed due to personal history. There’s no description of what about those histories prompted this.
Texas man at Capitol riot allegedly threatened to kill his kids if they turned him in
Building on the update from last week on the suspicion that the attack on January 6th was an inside job, possibly including some members of Congress, two Democratic Representatives has now accused GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert specifically of giving Capitol tours to a large group the day before the riots.
She was also the person who was livetweeting the Speaker's whereabouts during the attack.
Yup, I discussed that in my original update linked from the 13th.
Before being sworn in she has also declared that she will carry her gun in and around the Capitol.
Then following the terrorist attack on the 6th Beobert set off the new metal detectors that were set up in the Capitol and refused to let Capitol Police search her handbag.
She has also been temporarily suspended from Twitter for posting election misinfo and encouraging violence, she has a long history of associating with militia groups, and her comms director has already resigned. Oh and of course she is a strong Qanon conspiracy theorists whacko.
Beobert should be expelled from Congress, along with her other Qanon supporting cohorts.
To refresh my own memory, I looked up the requirements to expel a member of Congress. Which is pretty simple as it turns out:
What's the likelihood of this actually happening, and does it have any permanent consequences or is it mostly a procedural thing?
Unclear. The linked page has descriptions of the few (16) times that Congress has actually done it. 10 at one time because the Civil War happened. The most recent one was in 1906 for essentially flagrantly asking for money to legislature on a company's behalf.
During senate confirmation hearing of Avril Haines , nominee for Director of National Intelligence , in response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein question about domestic terrorism, Haines confirms international connections to white nationalist.
Live hearing Link
Good afternoon, followers of frivolous election litigation. There's a last-minute entry in the competition for dumbest pre-inauguration lawsuit - a totally loony effort to apparently leave the entire USA without a government.
Link to the lawsuit in question (54 page pdf)
Boils down to "the entire election violated the 2002 Help America Vote Act, therefore the entire election needs a do-over".
Somehow Mark Zuckerberg is named as a defendant, along with the usual suspects (Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell). Also...every member of Congress and the state governors of multiple states.
A huge portion of the lawsuit is simply copy-pasted from Ballotpedia's summary of what states changed in response to voting under covid conditions
That is the most epic Mulligan I have ever seen in my life.
As stated in Law and Crime
Kevin McCarthy warning Republican lawmakers to not call out other legislators (Republican or Democrat) for fear of inciting violence against them
This is a breathtaking collage of character (or, more specifically, a lack thereof). It really shows how low Trump has dropped the bar for Presidential behavior.
It's also a good indicator of how he drives talking points through sheer repetition alone. Say something enough times, with conviction and the implicit authority of power, and people will undoubtedly believe you.
Daniel Dale: Reflections on four weird years fact checking every word from Donald Trump
Riley June Williams arrested: Allegedly stole Pelosi’s laptop, planned to sell it to Russia
cc: @spit-evil-olive-tips, since you posted the initial report yesterday
Biden's public schedule for inauguration day, via Daniel Dale on Twitter. I have to admit, I found it rather calming to read this. It almost looks ... normal.
House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard
Buzzfeed listicle, but: 82 Stupid Things From The Trump Era You Probably Forgot About
Would it be a faux pas if I admitted that the simple childishness of all of this made me feel a little better about where we are right now?
Georgia lawyer said he kicked in Pelosi's door, she could've been 'torn into little pieces'
Can the 20th thread be posted earlier? This thread pops up at noon where I live at -3 (or 9 AM UTC), but Biden's inauguration is at noon at -5 (or 7AM UTC), a full 2 hours before the megathread.
You did the math backwards. Noon in UTC-5 is 17:00 UTC (add 5, don't subtract 5), and this thread is posted every day at 15:00 UTC.
Oh, whoops. Given the tweet boredop posted says Biden's public activities begin at 8:45 EST (so 13:45 UTC), it might be worth doing it anyway, even if just for a few hours for people to say what they are all feeling.
Yeah, syncing it better with the inauguration is probably a good idea. Would you mind tweaking it a bit, @Deimos?