By Caitlin Dickson, Yahoo News
The past 72 hours have been a rollercoaster of emotions for Trump supporters — especially the millions who have bought into the web of online conspiracies that fall under the umbrella of QAnon.
Ever since a violent mob, including some with ties to the cultlike Q movement, invaded the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election, Q believers have been trying to reconcile what did — and didn’t — happen in Washington this week with their own conspiracy-ridden world view.
By Pete Williams and Erik Ortiz and Alex Moe, NBC 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.
By Victoria Albert, Audrey McNamar, CBS News
Jake Angeli, who was photographed on Wednesday standing shirtless inside the Senate chamber, wearing a horned hat with a painted face, was taken into custody Saturday, according to the Department of Justice.
“Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
“It is alleged that Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants,” it said. “This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade.”
By Jessica DeLeon, Miami Herald
Florida resident Adam Christian Johnson, the man captured in viral photo carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern from House chambers during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, has been arrested.
Johnson, 36, was arrested by Federal Marshals and booked into the Pinellas County jail shortly after 9 p.m. Friday.
He has been charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a federal complaint. A warrant was issued on Friday and Johnson was charged in federal court in D.C. on Saturday.
By Gustaf Kilander, Yahoo News!
At least six Republican state legislators took part in events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol. West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans posted a video of himself entering the building but later deleted it, The New York Times reported.
Tennessee state lawmaker Terri Lynn Weaver told the Tennessean that she was “in the thick of it” during the rally before the storming of the Capitol. She said there was “Just a whole heck of a lot of patriots here”. She later tweeted a picture of the mob at the base of the Capitol, saying: “Epic and historic day gathering with fellow Patriots from all over the nation DC.”
By Ronan Farrow, New Yorker
As insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol this week, a few figures stood out. One man, clad in a combat helmet, body armor, and other tactical gear, was among the group that made it to the inner reaches of the building. Carrying zip-tie handcuffs, he was captured in photographs and videos on the Senate floor and with a group that descended on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite. In a video shot by ITV News, he is seen standing against a wall adjacent to Pelosi’s office, his face covered by a bandana. At another point, he appears to exit the suite, face exposed, pushing his way through the crowds of demonstrators.
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.
–Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney is confronted by an absolute lunatic Trump cultist while waiting to get on a plain in an airport
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.
Hans Hermann Hoppe is interviewed by Thomas Jacob, Mises Institute
Thomas Jacob: Professor Hoppe, you are known as a critic of the state and of political centralization. Doesn’t the coronavirus prove that central states and central government regulations are necessary?
Hans-Hermann Hoppe: On the contrary.
Of course, the various central states and international organizations, such as the EU or the World Health Organization (WHO), have tried to use the covid-19 pandemic to their own advantage, i.e., to expand their power over their respective subjects, to try out how far one can go with ordering other people around in the face of an initially vague and then systematically dramatized danger of a global epidemic. And the extent to which this has succeeded, up to and including a general house arrest, is frightening.
Contra Weinstein’s fear of a retreating America giving rise to Russian and Chinese hegemony, Peter Zeihan is skeptical of the future prospects of Russia and China. He regards Russia as a dying civilization with an aging, sickly population for whom two world wars and the Soviet experience sealed their fate. He thinks China’s thousands of years of instability will continue. Instead, Zeihan predicts the powers that will replace US unipolar hegemony will be France, Turkey, Argentina, and Japan, along with more regional conflicts and failed states as US retreat leaves a power vacuum open. Zeihan’s scenario is essentially a return to the 19th century, which will create new opportunities for anarchists.
One thing Weinstein argues in this is that the fractiousness of the US would make it harder for the US to project overseas power. I would argue that’s a good thing, obviously, as I think multipolarity is preferable to unipolarity (i.e. less concentrated power, particularly on the global scale, is better than more concentrated power). But Weinstein fears this will embolden Russia and China whom, as a good liberal, he regards as more regressive than US hegemony (and they obviously are by modern Western standards). However, one of the main things that separates me from the conventional left is that I do not regard “Progress Uber Alles” to be the primary value. Avoiding concentrated power is the primary political value (at least most of the time and in most circumstances).
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.