Links from a failed (so far) revolution

First off, I have to say that when I heard Trump in the impeachment video last week, it was the first time I’d heard his whining, malevolent voice since last year. I haven’t missed it.

Turns out a lot of the Sedition Day attackers had severe financial problems. And some of them were very dangerous: “In a text message, Mr. Caldwell suggested finding a boat that “could handle a Potomac crossing” and could carry a “Quick Response Team” with “heavy weapons” to militia members already at the Capitol.”

Trump’s lawyers and allies say impeaching him after he’s out of office is unconstitutional. But they also claimed impeaching him in office was unconstitutional. Go figure.

Contrary to Republican claims, Trump did not react with horror to the terrorist attack — he was pleased. Why wouldn’t he be? As the NYT shows, it was the logical outcome of two months refusing to accept he lost. And large numbers of prominent Republicans, from Gingrich to McConnell, were down with that. Despite which, Trump supporter Jonathan Turley insists Congress can’t possibly have grounds to impeach Trump. Newt Gingrich, who cheerfully impeached Clinton, dismisses the very idea of the trial as a “tragic, pathetic joke.” Sen. Rick Scott thinks it’s a waste of time, but assures us the assault on the Capital was Very Bad — despite which, he voted to overturn the election after the attack.

Under fire from his party, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says the Jan. 6 insurrection was a put-up job by Trump’s enemies. Then he tried to walk it back with the press: “I have many flaws. Being passionate coupled with an occasional lapse in restraint of tongue are at least two of them. I regret the words I chose, and I apologize for my insensitive comments.” But the issue isn’t whether he controls his emotions, it’s claiming a total bullshit theory is true.

“Put up job” is, however, the standard lie that sedition supporters are going with.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy begged Trump to call off the rioters. The ass-hat former president’s response was that Vanilla Isis just cares sooo much about the election!

“Donald Trump’s entire adult life consists of nothing but an endless series of mulligans for his endless series of fuckups, including many brazenly criminal ones. Indeed Trump’s life is the ultimate monument to upper class white male privilege, which is why his supporters love him so much. ”

As I mentioned in a previous post, some QAnonites think Trump will be inaugurated as president March 6. Trump’s out to make bank off the suckers. He’s also briskly shifting money from his campaign to his businesses. Cynically, I suspect Ali Alexander of the Stop the Steal campaign is keeping an eye on the bottom line when he vows the fight will not end.

Right-wing extremists are now pushing for Georgia secession.

Marjorie Taylor “Greene is the proof-of-concept for a vision of politics where public servants can live in their own cartoon universe so long as enough constituents are willing to live there, too.”

“I know it would be politically suicidal for Republicans who don’t want the GOP to be what it is now to stand up to Greene (or Trump) — but Republicans regularly demand courage of others.

Florida plans to crack down on protests. Will it be even-handed? I’m sure it will be as even-handed as their efforts to restrict voting. In Arizona one lawmaker wants to give the legislature the right to reject election results they don’t like.

Pro Publica says given the previous reaction to right-wing extremists, it’s not surprising the Sedition Day attackers thought they’d be free of consequences. One of which turns out to be turning on each other and wondering who’s going to snitch on whom?

 

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