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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:11 PM

"My wife and I attended the 'Stop the Steal' Trump Insurrection on Wednesday (as observers)"

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Terry Bouton
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My wife and I attended the “Stop the Steal” Trump Insurrection on Wednesday (as observers, NOT participants) and there are FIVE big take-aways from what we witnessed and heard outside the Capitol that I'd like to share. (We took all the pictures below). 1/22

1) This insurrection wasn’t just redneck white supremacists and QAnon kooks. The people participating in, espousing, or cheering the violence cut across the different factions of the Republican Party and those factions were working in unison. 2/22

Preppy looking "country club Republicans," well-dressed social conservatives, and white Evangelicals in Jesus caps were standing shoulder to shoulder with QAnon cultists, Second Amendment cosplay commandos, and doughy, hardcore white nationalists. 3/22

We eavesdropped on conversations for hours and no one expressed the slightest concern about the large number of white supremacists and para-military spewing violent rhetoric. Even the man in the “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt wasn’t beyond the pale. They were all “patriots." 4/22

I'm sure there were Republicans there who were horrified by what was happening. But the most common emotions we witnessed by nearly everyone were jubilation at the take over and anger at Democrats, Mike Pence, non-Trump supporting Republicans, and the Capitol Police. 5/22

2) There is no doubt the Capitol was left purposefully understaffed as far as law enforcement and there was no federal effort to provide support even as things turned very dark. This contrasts sharply with all of other major protests we have attended. 6/22

A lot has been made of the contrast to the overwhelming police presence at Black Lives Matters protests in the fall, and this is certainly true. But there was also A LOT more federal law enforcement presence at every single previous protest we have attended in DC. 7/22

Most of these protests involved tens of thousands of mostly white, middle-aged people (meaning race wasn’t the only reason for the disparate police presence). Even the March for Science had far more police for a non-partisan event featuring “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” 8/22

By contrast, there was a tiny federal police presence at “Stop the Steal” despite weeks of promises of violence spread on social media by well-known far-right radicals, many of whom had long histories of inciting violence. 9/22

When we arrived, the only forces present were the clearly overwhelmed Capitol Police. The only reinforcements that arrived were other Capitol Police. There were a handful of DC Metro police, but they had accompanied the ambulances to take away the injured. 10/22

The only other federal law enforcement presence was an FBI Swat team of about eight officers who arrived to provide cover for the Capitol Fire and EMTs there to extract Ashli Babbitt, the QAnon radical who was shot inside the Capitol Building. 11/22

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I am convinced that if Congress doesn’t act to do something about this quickly, these people are going to keep going and the unrest and violence will get more widespread and more uncontrollable. This is a crisis. It’s real. It’s happening. It must be taken seriously. 22/22


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This is a chilling recount from someone there as an observer and not a participant. Please read the whole thread on Twitter if you can.

With what they are talking about there is only one way to ensure President Biden and VP Harris are safe from now into the foreseeable future.

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SoFlaBro Jan 2021 OP
SoFlaBro Jan 2021 #1
captain queeg Jan 2021 #2
SoFlaBro Jan 2021 #3
dubyadiprecession Jan 2021 #4
SoFlaBro Jan 2021 #6
dubyadiprecession Jan 2021 #7
SoFlaBro Jan 2021 #8
dubyadiprecession Jan 2021 #9
True Dough Jan 2021 #5

Response to SoFlaBro (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:13 PM

1. From the same Twitter thread:

5) These people are serious and they are going to keep escalating the violence until they are stopped by the force of law. There were many, many people there who were excited by the violence and proud and excited about the prospect of more violence. 19/22



I do NOT have a good feeling about Inauguration Day aside from the transition of power.

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Response to SoFlaBro (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:13 PM

2. Second amendment cosplay commandos. I'm going to remember that one.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:19 PM

3. This was such a startling replay from an observer at ground zero for this insurrection.

The response to this will have to be substantial and VERY firm.

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Response to SoFlaBro (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:19 PM

4. I don't care how diverse looking they looked.

If they want to break laws, there should be plenty of pepper spray and zip tie cuffs for all.

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Response to dubyadiprecession (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:22 PM

6. They want to normalize executions and rebellion. The National Guard will have their hands full.

n/t

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Response to SoFlaBro (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:38 PM

7. They are all talk.

If a few of them want to be violent domestic terrorists, we also have plenty of grave space next to Osama Bin Laden.

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Response to dubyadiprecession (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:41 PM

8. I fear it is going to take a raking from a chain gun mounted on an Apache over the terrorists' crowd

To get their minds right.

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Response to SoFlaBro (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:00 PM

9. We have all had to take bad election results where we felt our candidate should have won.

Most of us have learned to live with it. Emphasis on “living with it” instead of “dying for it”.
Trump isn’t worth anyone losing their lives.
Someone needs to tell them that.

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Response to SoFlaBro (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:21 PM

5. A fair bit of repetition in that recounting

This passage, for example:

"Preppy looking "country club Republicans," well-dressed social conservatives, and white Evangelicals in Jesus caps were standing shoulder to shoulder with QAnon cultists, Second Amendment cosplay commandos, and doughy, hardcore white nationalists."


Not a significant representation of the Black, Latino or Asian American communities. Almost exclusively white. Not a good look.

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