On the Morning of January 6, Führer Donald Trump spoke to thousands of his upset and angry supporters in Washington, DC in front of the White House before the Congress was to schedule to accept the electoral college vote as mandated by the United States Constitution and electing Joe Biden President.
As usual, Trump’s speech was inflammatory and full of lies. Trump told the crowd that the election had been “rigged” by “radical democrats” and the “fake news media” and he said in part:
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. … Our country has had enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
Not at all surprising, Trump stoked his followers to take action and head to capitol hill to protest and said:
“And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. … And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
“You’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down this nation.”
Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.”
STORMING THE CAPITOL
Soon after Trump spoke, his supporters believing all Trumps lies that the election was rigged, when it was not, went to the United States Capitol to protest. The Congress had already begun the process of counting and certifying the electoral college vote. A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building, where one person was shot and later died.
Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they engaged with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs. About 90 minutes later the domestic terrorists got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were locked. Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes. Some of the terrorists had even started to chant “HANG MIKE PENCE, HANG MIKE PENCE”.
The protesters first breached exterior security barriers, and video footage showed the domestic terrorists gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. A number of Trump terrorists climbed up the side of the Capitol building to gain access. Windows were broken to gain access. Protesters roamed the interior of the building and went to the House Chamber and congressional offices and did property damage. In the end, 6 people died, one domestic terrorist shot and killed by capitol police with one capitol police officer succumbing to his injuries.
Within 7 hours after protestors took over the Capitol building and after they were evacuated from the building, the Congress returned to work and about 4:30 am in the morning on January 7, President Joe Biden was elected the new President of the United Sates. The final electoral college vote was Joe Biden 306 electoral votes, Donald Trump 232 electoral votes.
ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT
On Monday, January 11, a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection after the January 6 Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol was introduced into the House of Representatives. The one count article of impeachment accuses Trump of “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States ” while Congress was counting the Electoral College votes. The article states that Mr. Trump “willfully made statements that encouraged, and foreseeably resulted in imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”
Democrats control the House of Representatives so the impeachment resolution quickly moved to the floor. A simple majority of members in the House of Representatives is required for impeachment. On Wednesday, January on 23, Führer Donald Trump became the first President of the United States to be impeached twice on a vote of 232 voting YES to impeach (222 Dems and 10 Reps) to 197 Reps voting NO with 4 Reps not voting.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will forward the article of impeachment to the United States Senate. As a result of Senate rules, the Senate will have to delay a trial and a vote until after January 20 when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris will become President of the Senate, but it will be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts who will preside over the impeachment trial.
REPUBLICAN FÜHRER SUPPORTERS SAY WHY BOTHER IMPEACHING AND CONVICTING
On January 10, U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, a staunch supporter and defender of all that is Trump, appeared on “Sunday Mornings Futures with Maria Bartiromo” to explain his thoughts on the possible second impeachment of President Donald Trump and said:
“First of all, what happened … is a tragedy. Everyone knows that it is wrong as wrong could be, but I hope the Democrats don’t go down this road [of impeachement]. We don’t know if they’re if they’re going to, let’s hope that they do not do that. … Now the Democrats are going to try to remove the president from office just seven days before he said to leave anyway. I do not see how that unifies the country.”
On January 9, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on President-elect Joe Biden to immediately contact Democratic congressional leaders and “the Squad,” requesting they cease any discussion of President Donald Trump being impeached for a second time in the aftermath of the Capitol assault. Graham appeared on Fox News Friday night and urged Biden to “pick up the phone” and tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats not to impeach Trump. Graham said he “hated it to end this way” and touted Trump’s “helpful” speech Thursday following the deadly riot.
On January 10, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to “talk about ridiculous things like ‘Let’s impeach a president’” with just days left in office.
On January 11, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. told Fox “Special Report”:
“I think this [impeachment] is so ill-advised [while] Joe Biden [is] coming in, trying to heal the country, trying to be the president of all the people when we are so divided and fighting again. … Let the judicial system do its job. We are country to roll along, that’s the bedrock of who we are. Let that take its place. Let the investigations go on and evidence come forth and then we will go forth from there.”
TRUMP’S HISTORY OF INCITING VIOLENCE AND SEDITION
It is downright disgusting that any United State Senator would even remotely consider opposing conviction of Donald Trump. It is clear that Trump is the first fascist ever elected President of the United States. Trump has placed himself above the law and his own country. Führer Trump has no respect for our constitution nor our free elections. Simply put, no one stole the election, the election was not rigged and over 60 Courts of law threw out lawsuits proclaiming in no uncertain terms that there was no evidence of election fraud.
The fact that there are mere days left in the Trump Presidency is irrelevant to the fact that he has committed an impeachable offense. What justifies his conviction is not just what happened on January 6, but what he has done from the very beginning. Trump is not about to stop once he leaves office.
For the last 5 years, there is no doubt that President Trump has promoted hostility, mistrust and violence towards the press as well as his critics with his words and conduct. Trump promoted violence, hostility and mistrust when he first ran for President and he is doing it again to hold on to power now that he has lost the election to Joe Biden.
What happened on January 6 in our nation’s capital was disgusting and abhorrent and what Trump said and did should come as absolutely no one’s surprise to anyone. A review of Führer Trump’s history of inciting violence is in order.
On January 23, 2016, Donald Trump said at a rally in Sioux Center that his supporters are so loyal that he would not lose backers even if he were to shoot someone in the middle of downtown Manhattan, New Yorke City and said:
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? … It’s, like, incredible.”
On February 21, 2016, Trump told a crowd of his supporters in Cedar Rapids that he would pay their legal fees if they engaged in violence against protesters and said:
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell out of them … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”
On March 9, 2016, as a protester was being escorted out of a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the protester was sucker-punched by another attendee and Trump said nothing when it was brought to his attention.
At a Las Vegas campaign rally in March, 2016 Trump said security guards were too gentle with a protester and said “He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing. … I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
In yet another campaign rally in March, 2016 in Warren, Michigan, Trump said of a protester “Get him out. …Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”
In July 2017 during a speech to police officials, Trump encourage law enforcement officials to be more violent in handling arrested offenders when he said:
“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just seen them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice … When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head you know, the way you put their hand over [their head],” Trump continued, mimicking the motion. “Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head. … You can take the hand away, OK?’”
During a rally in Montana ahead of the 2018 midterms, Trump praised Republican Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter while running for his congressional seat in 2017 and said “any guy who can do a body slam, he is my type!”
PIPE BOMBS SENT TO TRUMP CRITICS BY TRUMP SUPPORTER
In October, 2018, 14 pipe bombs were sent to Democrats who were outspoken critics of president Trump and people who he has vilified at his political rallies and on TWITTER.
The New York Times reported that on October 26, 2018 Federal authorities made an arrest in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken Democratic critics of President Trump. The suspect was identified as Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Florida. Sayoc is a registered Republican, he has a lengthy criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991. Sayoc’s criminal record includes felony theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as being arrested and accused of threatening to use a bomb.
Pipe bombs were sent to the home addresses of:
Former President Barack Obama
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John O. Brennan
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros
Actor Robert Di Nero
A pipe bomb was also delivered to the offices of CNN in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
During his arrest, Sayvoc’s white van was also seized as evidence. The van’s windows were plastered with a thick collage of pro-Trump stickers. Photos of the van showed that one of the stickers depicted President Trump standing in front of flames and the American flag. Another was of Hillary Clinton’s face in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. A third said: “CNN SUCKS.”
Photos and video emerged of Sayvoc attending a February, 2017 Trump Rally in Melbourne, Florida. He was holding a placard reading “CNN SUCKS”. Social media posts maintained by Cesar Sayoc Jr., contain conspiratorial memes promoting President Trump and mocking, criticizing and threatening virtually every prominent Democrat he sent a pipe bomb.
One post involving former Attorney General Eric Holder appointed by President Obama said “See you real soon. Tick Tock”.
In a September TWEET to former Vice President Joe Biden he wrote: “Hug your beloved son, Niece, wife family real close every time U walk out your home.”
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, after a briefing with FBI, DOJ, Homeland Security and Secret Service and during a subsequent White House function, President Trump had this to say about the “pipe bomber”:
“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority. … The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. And I wanted to tell you that, in these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message, that that acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the very a day after CNN and Democrats were the targets of the pipe bombs, Trump in a TWEET blamed the media for much of the “anger” in society by saying:
“A very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”
TRUMP CALLS HIS FOLLOWERS TO ARMS
The rise of vigilantism throughout the country began to rise quickly as Trump contributed to the toxicity. There is no doubt that President Trump promotes hostility, mistrust and violence and he thrives on it and enjoys it. Trump is incapable of understanding the anger and the frustration African Americans feel about the violence they have endured at the hands of law enforcement for so many years. He promoted violence when running for President, he does it at his rally’s and he did it again after the killing of George Floyd.
Trump began his campaign of promoting civil disobedience during the pandemic by tweeting on April 17, 2020 “LIBERATE VIRGINIA and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”, “LIBERATE MINNISOTA!” There is nothing that would satisfy Trump supporters more than to blow up our democracy and simply watch as Trump enjoys while watching the country burn to the ground.
On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted amid unrest in Minneapolis that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. Trump’s tweet was flagged by Twitter as violating rules against glorifying violence. The tweet was the same language used by a Miami police chief in 1967 who believed that violent protests should be met with deadly force. About 13 hours after Trumps Tweet, he took to Twitter again and to claim that he wasn’t suggesting the shooting of rioters. Instead, he said he was referring to gun violence that has been spurred by the unrest.
Soon after his telephone conference call with the country’s governors, President Trump declared himself “your president of law and order.” He went on to say:
“… If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. … I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights … . “
Trump said he would call out and mobilize “thousands and thousands” of soldiers to keep the peace.
When Trump says “I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights”, many of his supporters no doubt took it to mean as call for vigilantism.
With what Trump said on January 6, 2020, and what the crowed did was a call for sedition.
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
Trump has repeatedly used harsh rhetoric targeting journalists and political opponents during campaign rallies creating and inflaming an extremely tense and divisive political environment of hostility, mistrust and violence. Trump refuses to take any responsibility for promoting hostility and mistrust, and at times violence, in this county and against his critics and American citizens.
Trumps strongest and closest allies and supporters need to come to their senses and the realization that Trump is a traitor to his own country, to them, to all of us and to our democracy. Attempting to set aside the vote of the American people was an attempt to undermine our very democracy. It was a coup d’é·tat that failed.
The same goes for the clown car full of the Republican House and Senate members who initially sought to seek to set aside the 2020 victory of Joe Biden by voting not to certify the electoral college vote. Their conduct likewise is nothing less than in insurrection or rebellion against the United States and our democratic form of government. Information is now being reported that at least 3 Republican members of congress actually coordinated and gave information to those who made siege to the capitol. They too should be removed from office.
What happened in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, and the images of what happened are indeed another “day of infamy”, such as Pearl Harbor, that will no doubt be remembered for decades to come. Pearl Harbor was an attack on our country by a foreign enemy that started World War II.
What is shameful and disgusting is that what unfolded on January 6 was an attack on our country, our very democracy, by an elected President of the United States who lost his election for a second term and then attempted a COUP D’É·TAT of his successor who won not only the electoral college vote but the popular vote. Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric endangered members of his own party in the house and senate who coward when the riot occurred, yet this fascist still has much of their support. Reports are that Republican lawmakers are still fearful of Trump even to the point of being fearful for their lives.
Fascist Trump needs to be immediately convicted of the charge of sedition by the United State Senate. If he is not convicted, he will continue to have a strangle hold over the Republican Party and be a threat to our democracy. Trump will likely continue to promote insurrection and perhaps the overthrow of our government and run again for President again in 2024. Once convicted by the senate, Fuhrer Trump will lose his lifetime pension of $200,000, his $1 Million in yearly travel expenses. More importantly, with a conviction he will be barred from ever running for President and for any office again in the United States.
No President in the history of the United States has ever incited insurgency against this country by his supporters as Trump has done. The United States Senate needs to use a firehose to give our democracy an enema and rid our democracy and our body politic for good of Der Führer Donald Trump.