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David Corn: Donald Trump Is Now a Terrorist Leader


Donald Trump Is Now a Terrorist Leader
The attack on the Capitol is the culmination of Trumpism, and the GOP owns this.
David Corn
Washington, DC, Bureau ChiefBio | Follow


Trump owned this terrorism. He has whipped up his cultish followers with lies and conspiracy theories. At a rally on Wednesday morning, Trump told his supporters that the 2020 election was a grave crime and that Republicans and Democrats on the Hill were about to destroy American democracy by accepting the results. (During that event, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and chief coup-stirrer, called for “trial by combat.”) Trump directed his frenzied supporters toward the Capitol, where they breached police lines and took over the building. They shut down Congress. They terrorized lawmakers and staff, they fought with security forces, they broke American democracy.

This is all Trump’s doing. He has encouraged violence among his supporters since the 2016 campaign. At his rallies, he encouraged followers to assault protesters and provoked violent threats against journalists. During the Black Lives Matter protests, he threatened to shoot looters. When asked during a campaign debate if he condemned the Proud Boys, violent pro-Trump shock troops, he told them to “stand back and stand by.” Wink, wink. As my colleague Mark Follman has reported, Trump has long played footsie with far-right radicals. Elizabeth Neumann, a former Department of Homeland Security official who focused on counterterrorism and threat prevention, contended in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump has been fomenting violence: “Language from campaign materials and Trump’s extemporaneous speeches at rallies have been used as justification for acts of violence.” His “inconsistent and muddied” criticism of violence and white supremacists, she pointed out, exacerbated the problem: “Extremists thrive on this mixed messaging, interpreting it as coded support.”

By depicting his electoral loss as a theft and profound threat to the nation, Trump signaled to his followers, especially the extremists, that now was a desperate time requiring desperate measures. With such talk, he has become the instigator of one of the most significant terrorist actions in modern American history.

But Trump is not the sole author of this horrific assault on the US government and the citizenry. He has been enabled and supported for years by the Republican Party, Fox News, and other right-wing media, and the conservative movement, even as he fueled hatred and division and his corruptions were repeatedly exposed. They excused his aiding and abetting of a foreign adversary’s attack on the United States. They turned a blind eye to the brazen abuse of power that led to his impeachment. They cheered him, as he downplayed a pandemic, ignored public health guidance, and allowed tens of thousands of Americans to perish in preventable deaths. They remained silent as Trump repeatedly demonstrated he had no respect for democratic norms or the basic norms of decency. They remained silent as he presented tens of thousands of lies and false statements to the American public. Instead, they protected him, they hailed him as their leader.


It is easy to declare this day a dark one. But what is truly sad is that it is not at all surprising. Trump has always looked to harness hate. He has always relished recklessness. He has always demonstrated that his only devotion is to his own interests. He has always revealed that he holds no allegiance to democratic values. Yet despite all of that, he was fully embraced by the entire GOP and the conservative world. (At the rally preceding the attack on the Capitol, Donald Trump Jr. proclaimed, “It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party.” And he was right.) This was more than a deal with a devil. It was an abject surrender to a man of malice. To a bully. To a would-be tyrant. To a president who has become a force of terrorism.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 7, 2021, 07:16 AM (21 replies)

Rick Wilson: The 'Oh Fuck' Moment Is Finally Here for Trump's Enablers


The ‘Oh Fuck’ Moment Is Finally Here for Trump’s Enablers
His mob wasn’t there to find evidence of fraud, or force legislators to listen to their grievances; they were there for the lulz. They were there because Trump had sent them.
Rick Wilson, Editor-at-Large
Published Jan. 07, 2021 5:05AM ET

Donald Trump's violent insurrectionist forces stormed the U.S. Capitol yesterday and, even after five long years of Trump’s increasingly obvious combination of evil and insanity, the disgust America felt at seeing his MAGA mayhem crew ransack the Capitol like redneck Visigoths was unexpectedly powerful.

As an anthropologist of the shittiest human being on the planet, a scholar of all Trump’s pathologies, a plumber in the vast deeps of his fuckwit necromancy, I should be past shock, but even I was appalled by not only the order to march on the Capitol spitting from his blubbery lips but by the organized teams of rioters who then invaded the House and Senate.


The dark, spreading cancer at the center of this crisis is Donald Trump. Like all cancers, he's determined, persistent, and remorseless when it comes to destroying his host. There is no other analogy that truly fits this moment. The chaos and attention he craves is playing out on the streets with violent results.

Suddenly, Washington looks less like the shining city on the hill, the seat of the world's longest-running and most prosperous representative democracy, and more like a Third World capital in flames. And Trump’s base, mindless and grunting their “but muh fraud” mantra, did what a dictator’s mob does: pointed at a target, they let their sick momentum carry them where it will.

We must be clear about who these people are, what they want, and the necessity of stopping them.

These are not patriots; they’re anarchists. They're insurrectionists, not conservatives. They are shock troops from America's Saddam. Organized in a thousand Facebook groups and with a million bad ideas transmitted to their brains from Fox, OAN, Newsmax, and QAnon, we’re fortunate as a nation in only one respect—they’re not very good at revolution.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 7, 2021, 07:08 AM (69 replies)

Gaetz Booed On House Floor


Gaetz Booed On House Floor
January 7, 2021 at 6:27 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was booed on the House floor on Wednesday night when he said “some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters — they were masquerading as Trump supporters,” CBS News reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 7, 2021, 06:52 AM (9 replies)

The Day Trump Broke the GOP


The Day Trump Broke the GOP
January 7, 2021 at 6:38 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Republicans started the day losing the Senate. They ended it with President Donald Trump’s supporters losing their minds,” Politico reports.

“Jan. 6, 2021 might have been remembered for an intraparty battle over whether to certify Joe Biden’s election win or who to blame for the Georgia defeats. But instead it will go down as the day that broke the Republican Party as we know it and began the GOP’s ultimate reckoning with Trumpism.”

“It literally took a riot of Trump supporters in the Capitol for many Republicans to finally confront the defeated president — a moment of bedlam that put those GOP lawmakers’ own lives at risk. After his supporters stormed into the Capitol, vandalized the building and fought with police officers, several typically strong allies turned on Trump.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 7, 2021, 06:49 AM (3 replies)

Nicholas Kristof: Trump Incites Rioters

Trump Incites Rioters
The president may use the language of patriotism, but these are the actions of Benedict Arnold.
By Nicholas Kristof
Opinion Columnist
Jan. 6, 2021

“If the Democratic Party wants to stand with anarchists, agitators, rioters, looters and flag burners, that is up to them. But I as your president will not be part of it. The Republican Party will remain the voice of the patriotic heroes who keep America safe.”

— Donald Trump, Aug. 28, 2020

Wednesday was a horrifying and shameful moment in American history. I’ve covered attempted coups in many countries around the world, and now I’m finally covering one in the United States.

Trump and his enablers talk a good game about patriotism. They denounced President Barack Obama for sometimes not wearing a flag lapel pin. They criticized Colin Kaepernick for protesting police brutality by taking a knee rather than standing during the national anthem — and then Trump incited a mob on Wednesday to invade the United States Capitol. The rioters encountered a minimal police response, not the kind that Black Lives Matter protesters received.

Many of those pro-Trump rioters probably dispute the idea of white privilege. But the fact that they were allowed to overrun the police and invade the Senate and House chambers was evidence of that privilege.

“We are witnessing absolute banana republic crap in the United States Capitol right now,” Mike Gallagher, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, tweeted, adding an appeal to Trump: “You need to call this off.”

What the pro-Trump rioters attacked was not only a building but also the Constitution, the electoral system, our democratic process. They humiliated the United States before the world and left America’s enemies chortling. They will be remembered as Benedict Arnolds.

“Our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we have seen in modern times,” President-Elect Joe Biden said. He described it as “an assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself.”


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 06:10 PM (0 replies)

Powerless to change result, Pence braces for Trump's fury

Powerless to change result, Pence braces for Trump's fury
By Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins, CNN
Updated 10:49 AM ET, Wed January 6, 2021

(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence enters the US Capitol on Wednesday for a date with history.
He has told President Donald Trump, the boss he's served obsequiously for four years, that he cannot submit to demands he overthrow the results of the election.

Trump, consumed with conspiracies and unsound legal advice, hasn't listened. He now appears ready to unleash his rage on a man who has thus far successfully avoided that fate.

It's an excruciating position for Trump's loyal lieutenant, who has his own political ambitions that, for now, appear to run opposite to his constitutional responsibilities. Even advisers closely aligned with Trump describe the coming assault against Pence as despicable.

Pence is due to arrive on Capitol Hill at 1 p.m. ET to preside over the joint session of Congress that will formalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump. As president of the Senate, his role is purely ceremonial: he will open envelopes, present them to "tellers" and announce the winner at the end.
It's a duty he's tried, unsuccessfully, to explain to Trump over several meetings stretching hours, beginning in the middle of last month. During a final huddle in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Pence again made clear that his powers do not allow him to block certification of Biden's win.

But Trump either heard something different or decided to ignore what Pence said. He released a statement late in the evening saying he and his vice president were in "total agreement" that he has the power to decertify votes.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 12:02 PM (15 replies)

Rude Pundit: Trump's Madness Has Made Fools of Everyone Who Thought He'd Give Up on...


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Trump's Madness Has Made Fools of Everyone Who Thought He'd Give Up on Overturning the Election


At his boring-ass, frantic, desperate rally in Dalton, Georgia (motto: "We're a decent piss break between Chattanooga and Atlanta" yesterday, Trump continued on his Abrams animus, ranting, "Stacey Abrams. What’s with this Stacey Abrams? Your governor and your secretary of state, they’re petrified of Stacey Abrams. What’s that all about?" After saying of Raffensperger that Abrams "took him to the cleaners," Trump finally said what he fucking well meant: "The Dominion voting machines employed in Fulton County. That’s the home of Stacey."

And there it is. See, it's not just that Trump got beaten in Georgia. It's that one of the people who is most responsible for him getting beaten is a woman. A black woman. A black woman and the votes in a majority non-white county. That fucking galls the shit out of him. And he can't get his fellow white Republicans to go along with teaching that uppity black woman a lesson. His appeal to Raffensperger is racist and sexist, and that's the kind of shit that's worked for years for this motherfucker.

I could go on about tons of shit in the phone call and in the rally speech. I could talk about Trump's mobster mentality of cajoling Raffensperger and Germany by saying "you know that" the fraud is real. I could explain the bugfuck insanity of the exchange where Raffensperger said, "Mr. President, the problem you have with social media, they — people can say anything" and Trump really responded, "Oh, this isn’t social media. This is Trump media. It’s not social media. It’s really not; it’s not social media. I don’t care about social media. I couldn’t care less." I could dive into how Trump threatened and begged and appealed to Raffensperger's Republican loyalty. What Trump didn't realize is that he finally met some officials who didn't want to owe anything to him. Yeah, they may still be Republican motherfuckers, but they are motherfuckers who decided not to piss off the entire, huge work force that counted the ballots and ran the election. That shit matters, too.

Instead, as we await the outcome of the Georgia Senate races (after which I'm sure I'll update this), as we await the ratification of the Electoral College vote and the last official declaration that Joe Biden is the president-elect, I'll just say that none of what Trump is doing is the least bit surprising. Of course, it was always going to end with him trying to blow the joint up. It's what he's always done. He defiles everything by making sure that his name is attached to it forever, like his terrible buildings and, now, the presidency. We will have so much work erasing that stain.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 10:20 AM (1 replies)

Georgia Revolution Is a 'Fuck You' Aimed Right at Trump


Georgia Revolution Is a ‘Fuck You’ Aimed Right at Trump
On an unbelievably heartening night for America, Georgia put an end to the pathetic career of Kelly Loeffler and ushered in a bright new era.
Michael Tomasky, Special Correspondent
Updated Jan. 06, 2021 7:56AM ET / Published Jan. 06, 2021 7:16AM ET


It was a staggeringly amazing night. Georgia has elected a Black man and in all likelihood a Jewish man to the United States Senate. Both of them liberal. Georgia. It’s astonishing. And the historical debt paid, especially in Raphael Warnock’s win: The pastor at Martin Luther King’s church is going to be a United States senator.


This is one of those rare situations in life where it’s impossible to know what to be happiest about.

Maybe about Trump. Picture him fuming over this, confused, pacing, picking up the phone, screaming at whoever, throwing stuff at Hogan Gidley; just think of the dark torment that has clouded his brain, which must physically hurt. He’ll rationalize it away as cheating, of course, but he’ll do that for the precise reason that he’ll know deep down that this was a fuck you aimed right at him.

So that is good. But then, every 30 seconds or so, my brain starts ringing with: “Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell…”

Because this is a repudiation of him, too. There is a price to his oily arrogance, his sneering abuse of democracy, to block a Supreme Court nominee in March of one presidential election year and jam one through in September of the next. You can’t sit on bill after bill after bill designed to help people, from minimum wage to infrastructure. You can’t deny people $2,000 in a COVID relief bill and restore the three-martini lunch. People will say enough.


The Trump rage machine will heat up again today. If you’re not nervous about these next two weeks, you’re asleep. But at least now there’s light ahead. Or, as Warnock’s famous predecessor in that famous pulpit put it: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 08:23 AM (2 replies)

Trump's Final Insult


Trump’s Final Insult
January 6, 2021 at 7:56 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Kevin Williamson in the National Review:

“I have on many occasions criticized the abuse of the word coup in our politics, but that is what this is: an attempted coup d’état under color of law. It would be entirely appropriate today to impeach Trump a second time and remove him from office before his term ends.”

“No one who has participated in this poisonous buffoonery should ever hold office again. There was a time when there was a plausible if sometimes self-serving rationale for working for the Trump administration — that the president is a clueless poseur surrounded by crackpots and frauds, and that he desperately needs good counsel from responsible adults. But the Trump administration is not currently under the guiding influence of any such responsible adults — and there simply is no defending what it is up to. This cannot be excused or explained away.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 6, 2021, 08:14 AM (2 replies)

Trump supporters' last-ditch downtown DC election protests got off to a bleak start

Trump supporters’ last-ditch downtown DC election protests got off to a bleak start
They began with a speaker encouraging people to spread Covid-19. Really.
By Aaron Rupar@atrupar Jan 5, 2021, 7:10pm EST

President Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden — and his most fervent supporters are on the same page.

As part of Trump’s last-ditch effort to overturn Biden’s victory, he and his supporters (in and out of Congress) have been hyping Congress’s expected certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory Wednesday as the final opportunity to “stop the steal.” Trump fans planned a slate of protests near the Capitol building in Washington, DC, starting with rallies on Tuesday. Yet another will take place on Wednesday, at which Trump himself says he will speak.

And they’re not off to a great start.

Trump fans began gathering on Tuesday in Freedom Plaza and outside the Capitol, where recently pardoned Trump ally Roger Stone spoke. At the Freedom Plaza event, a variety of fringe far-right speakers alternately profanely denounced antifa, said George Soros “owns” Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, described the coronavirus as “fake” — and, in one especially shocking moment, even encouraged rally attendees, who gathered mostly without masks despite the coronavirus pandemic, to hug each other.

“It’s a mass-spreader event!” said podcast host Clay Clark.



Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:49 PM (13 replies)
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