Wilson’s analysis of the future of the GOP seems likely enough.
As rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s efforts to send in state police and the National Guard were blocked by the federal government for a full 90 minutes. Now, Hogan – a Republican – is calling for President Trump to resign or be removed from office. Joining these calls is the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump Republican group formed in 2019. Its co-founder Rick Wilson calls the violence “sedition and insurrection,” and speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about what’s at stake.
It looks like the state is increasingly being delegitimized. At least this state, anyway. This outpouring of disrespect for political and legal authority is a wonderful sight to behold.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE – A group of supporters of President Trump confronted Senator Lindsey Graham at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. Police escorted Graham from the area.
By Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian
Family members and law enforcement have confirmed more details on the now five people who died in an attempted insurrection against the United States on Wednesday, including a Capitol police officer who died from his injuries.
The remaining four were among the supporters of Donald Trump who stormed the US Capitol, attempting to halt counts of electoral college ballots that would formally seal Joe Biden’s victory over the incumbent president.
“Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple,” Biden said in response to Thursday’s attack.
Details on the five people killed are below.
Michael Malice is pretty interesting in this, and an on-the-ground reporter describes the riot.
Keith, Emma & RJ
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The great Carey Wedler on the Beer Belly Putsch.
Dear America, really. Pick your partisan poison, say your political prayers.
As a consequence of Donald Trump’s supporters occupying the Capitol building in Washington, DC after a rally promoting his baseless claims of election fraud, the Republican Party is fracturing, setting the stage for the consolidation of a new bipartisan political center—albeit much further to the right than before. Yet this also paves the way for massive sections of Trump’s base to break away from representative democracy altogether, embracing an explicitly fascist alternative. The events of January 6 offer them martyrs and a revanchist narrative that will serve them for years to come, providing an internal mythos for recruitment and a justification whenever they need to use force.
The events of January 6 will discredit Trump supporters in the eyes of centrists and force some Republicans to shift their allegiances to the center, but they will also push the envelope regarding what is acceptable. This may help the far-right recruit locally countrywide and could normalize similar actions in the future.
But this is not the only danger ahead. In the name of a war against extremism, centrists are going to demand to expand the same machinery of state repression that the next Trump will inevitably use against us. This is essentially what happened in Weimar Germany, setting the stage for the rise of the Third Reich.
They’re not organized well-enough to “collapse.” To “collapse,” you need some kind of functionally organized infrastructure to start with.
Right-wing extremists forum tell-all from inside the radical Trump cults. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.
Former Kennedy girl turned Jacobin-wannabe wants to purge the Enrages. Who needs sports or movies when you’ve got this shit for entertainment? However, as politics in the US becomes more extreme and polarized,. calls for literal purges will be more common, which is why the state must always be kept at bay and safeguarded against.
Contra Krystal, I don’t consider the current “breaking point” to be “horrible.” I grew up in the United States when creeps like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan could get reelected with 49 of 50 states. That doesn’t mean I like Trump or Biden any more than Nixon or Reagan. In fact, both of them could have easily been Nixon Republicans in the 70s (and probably were in everything but name). But what I love is the fragmentation that is taking place and the parallel delegitimization of the state.
Increasingly, the Trump diehards resemble something more like Scientology than a political movement. I started noticing back in the 90s that there was a cultural undercurrent that was combining anti-establishment politics with conspiracies, religion, the occult, pseudo-science, science fiction, pseudo-history, mythology, crank economic and legal theories, crank medicine, (sometimes) racism, and all kinds of other general weirdness. This kind of stuff was normally considered to be “far-right” but it seemed to me at the time that it couldn’t really be categorized as any traditional ideology, and it also included some people with a leftist, libertarian, or minority background as well as the usual right-wing subcultures. It seems to have worked its way into the mainstream nowadays with QAnon and other comparable tendencies.
While I certainly don’t agree with the conventional Trumpism=fascism thesis, I agree that a serious demagogue who was actually competent could manipulate this for nefarious ends. On one hand, such radically anti-system attitudes are necessary, and attacks on the Capitol are just as legitimate from a revolutionary perspective as attacks on local police stations, but the direction they are taken in matters as well. What needs to happen is increasing fragmentation that prevents any one faction from gaining concentrated power, whether Trumpists, the far-left, or anyone else. We don’t want the insurrection of the urban lumpenproletariat to be usurped by the far-left and turned toward actual Jacobinism, Marxism, or Maoism, and we don’t want rebellions by the rural/suburban lumpenproletariat to be usurped by the far-right and turned toward actual fascism or right-wing authoritarianism.
By James Walker, Newsweek
Almost half of Republicans support the pro-Trump protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, putting them at odds with Democrats who largely oppose the actions of the demonstrators, a poll has found.
The survey released by YouGov on Thursday morning found that 45 percent of Republican voters backed the attack on the Capitol building, while 43 percent said they “strongly or somewhat” opposed the protesters’ behavior.
Six percent of Republicans were unsure while a further 6 percent said they were unaware of the events.
By comparison, an overwhelming majority of Democratic voters (96 percent) said they were strongly or somewhat opposed to the actions of pro-Trump protesters—actions that led to four deaths
and at least 52 arrests.
Only one in five independents told pollsters they backed the protests, while more than two-thirds (67 percent) said they were opposed.
Almost three-quarters of all voters (71 percent) either strongly or somewhat opposed the actions of demonstrators, with only a minority (21 percent) saying they supported the storming of the Capitol.
Asked whether they believed the breach of the building was a threat to democracy, 62 percent of all registered voters told YouGov it was. Thirty-two percent said it was not.
She has some fairly interesting stories about the inner-workings of Congress in this.
The analysis in this is fairly solid.
Some of these folks may want to rethink their aversion to masks.
By Pete Williams and Erik Ortiz and Alex Moe, Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON — A man photographed casually sitting with his foot on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the U.S. Capitol while a pro-Trump mob rampaged the halls of Congress was arrested Friday, law enforcement officials said.
Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, was taken into custody in his home state on federal charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property, according to a Department of Justice official. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas tells NBC News Barnett was arrested this morning and he’s being held in the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, awaiting his initial appearance.
Images, apparently of Barnett, were splashed across social media as the deadly mayhem unfolded in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, just as Democratic and Republican lawmakers convened to count the Electoral College votes. Members of Congress condemned the violence and rioting, which was preceded by a rally led by President Donald Trump who told his supporters to swarm the Capitol in defiance of the election results.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresspeople from both parties condemned the attack on the Capitol that occurred Wednesday, pointing out that they’re the only criminals allowed in the building.
Capitol police removed the unauthorized criminals from the Capitol Building, allowing the officially voted-in criminals to resume operations.
“We would like to remind Americans that we are the only looters allowed in here,” said Nancy Pelosi after order was restored to the House. “Remember, you must show your official congressperson identification to prove you’re an approved looter to get in here. Unauthorized looters will be removed from Capitol grounds.”
“Now, who wants to start some foreign wars?”
After the violent criminals and looters had left the building, Congress resumed voting on acts to inflate our currency, steal more money from Americans, and continue aggression against foreign countries for no reason.
Not quite the same as shooting yourself in your bunker.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to the temporary suspension of President Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and discuss what kind of precedent this might set.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss who President Trump might pardon in his last days in office, including himself.
My tentative inclination is to think the significance of January 6 is being overestimated by many folks. It seems that what really happened is that an incumbent President and his supporters were simply using a parliamentary maneuver, however cynically, to overturn the results of an election which they may or may not have seriously believed was stolen. Trump and the fringiest Republicans probably really believed this. Guys like Cruz and Hawley, probably not. While such maneuvers are unusual in US politics, they’re not by themselves illegal.
As for the invasion of Capitol Hill, what seems to have happened is a riot where protestors overpowered the police, who were only doing their jobs half-heartedly (which often happens in civil unrest, as incidents ranging from LA 1992 to Charlottesville 2017 indicate), and subsequently engaged in petty theft, vandalism, and ridiculous photo-ops.
Trump certainly seems to have changed his attitude within the space of 24 hours. What a difference a day makes. In all probability, some mysterious never-before-seen figure probably suddenly walked into the Oval Office and very quietly and casually remarked, “Mr. President, you’re old enough to remember November 22, 1963. What a day that was. We’re looking forward to your concession speech later today.” And then the mysterious figure turned and exited the room, never to be seen again.
By Thomas L. Knapp
Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He was supposedly set to flee Washington for Camp David, then supposedly canceled in favor of “hunkering down” at the White House.
Not to get all conspiracy-theoryish, but is there any particular reason to believe he’s still doing anything resembling running the show?