A mob of the MAGA persuasion,
Conducted a Capitol invasion,
Though possibly armed,
They parted unharmed,
And that’s how you know they’re Caucasians.
We've been warning DWT readers about North Carolina Nazi, now-freshman, Madison Cawthorn since he came on our radar a year ago. A compulsive liar on a Trumpian scale, Cawthorn urged a crowd of insurrectionists to threaten members of Congress. He didn't say kill or kidnap, just "threaten." The exact quote: "The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans, hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard. But my friends, when I look out into this crowd, I can confidently say, this crowd has the voice of lions. There is a new Republican Party on the rise that will represent this country, that will go and fight in Washington D.C." And earlier: "Call your congressman and feel free, you can lightly threaten them and say, you know what, if you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you, everybody’s coming after you."
And, also like Trump, Mad Cawthorn now eschews any and all responsibility for the deaths and destruction that happened last week, even willing to throw his own supporters under the bus: "I don’t feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol... It was despicable. They are thugs.”
Yes, they are-- and so are members of Congress like Cawthorn (R-NC), Lauren Boebert (Q-CO)-- who was directing blood-thirsty rioters to congressional offices (particularly to Pelosi's and Clyburn's)-- Mo Brooks (R-AL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Gym Jordan (R-OH), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA). They should all be expelled, charged with sedition and insurrection, tried and executed or imprisoned.
In this morning's Washington Post, Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky reported that "A day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit internal warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and 'war,' according to an internal document reviewed by the Washington Post that contradicts a senior official’s declaration the bureau had no intelligence indicating anyone at last week’s pro-Trump protest planned to do harm. A situational information report approved for release the day before the U.S. Capitol riot painted a dire portrait of dangerous plans, including individuals sharing a map of the complex’s tunnels, and possible rally points for would-be conspirators to meet up in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and South Carolina and head in groups to Washington."
The self-styled "patriots," were angry about the inconvenience of COVID lockdowns, as well as Trump losing the election. The FBI office in Norfolk reported that "An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating 'Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.'"
Today, newly released Data For Progress polling shows that 64% of Americans see last Wednesday's Trumpist insurrection as a threat to democracy, while 28% disagreed that it was (40% of Republicans disagreed). Americans assigned blame to various political figures:
Republicans in Congress, specifically Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley- 51%
Democrats in Congress- 37%
Antifa- 47% (including 68% of Republicans)
The survey also asked if people support getting rid of Trump in various ways:
25th Amendment- 52%
Removal by the Senate- 52%
When it comes to the congressional Republicans who stoked the violence, 47% favor them resigning (as opposed to 44% who oppose that idea).
New York Times reporters James Dobbins and Annie Karni wrote earlier today that Señor Trumpanzee "showed no contrition or regret for instigating the mob that stormed the Capitol and threatened the lives of members of Congress and his vice president, saying that his remarks to a rally beforehand were 'totally appropriate' and that the effort by Congress to impeach and convict him was 'causing tremendous anger.'"
“People thought what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, en route to Alamo, Texas, where he was set to visit the border wall. Instead, Trump claimed that racial justice protests over the summer were “the real problem.”
“If you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was a real problem,” he said.
Trump’s defiance came despite near universal condemnation of his role in stoking the assault on the Capitol, including from within his own administration and some of his closest allies on Capitol Hill.
Meanwhile, members of Congress have been warned by Capitol security officials that thousands of neo-fascist Trump supporters plan to storm the Capitol and the Supreme Court before the inauguration. After the briefing, conservative Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb told CNN's New Day that "They have published rules of engagement, meaning when you shoot and when you don't. So this is an organized group that has a plan. They are committed to doing what they're doing because I think in their minds, you know, they are patriots and they're talking about 1776 and so this is now a contest of wills... We are not negotiating with or reasoning with these people. They have to be prosecuted. They have to be stopped. And unfortunately, that includes the president, which is why he needs to be impeached and removed from office."