Chaos in Washington D.C. as Protestors Storm Capitol

UPDATE #7: Via CNN and Getty Images:

 

 

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UPDATE #6: President Trump has repeatedly declined to say anything further that might defuse the situation.

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UPDATE #5: President Trump Tweets a very weak response after encouraging the protests earlier:


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UPDATE #4: Congressman Jason Crow (D-Aurora):

 

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UPDATE #3: U.S. House and Senate have adjourned as protests outside the Capitol intensify.

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UPDATE #2: Rep. Joe Neguse gets his first chance to shine in today’s climactic debate:

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UPDATE #1: We have our first objection. Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona objects to the votes in his own state. Senator Ted Cruz objects from the Senate side. The House and Senate now go back to their respective chambers to debate on the Arizona objection. We might be here until February.

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Here we go…

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  1. kwtree says:

    I almost like Mitch McConnell today. His impassioned speech upholding the rule of law is, IMHO, destined to be one for the history books. Of course, he’s a hypocrite with his newly discovered respect for the Constitution and law.

    Best quote: ”[Congress]  cannot become an electoral review board on steroids”. 

  2. Genghis says:

    Violent Trumpers are trying to storm the Capitol building. So much for "Back the Blue," eh?

    • DavidThi808 says:

      We truly are in a low level civil war. And it's not red vs. blue states, it's urban vs. rural; educated vs. uneducated; non-white vs. white. And it plays out in every state.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Anti-intellectualism has always had a strong following in American politics.  But, it’s had a tremendous run this millennium; stupid and uniformed and thuggish is now an aspirational goal, as well as a recruitment calling, for a huge swath . . . 

      • NOV GOP meltdown says:

        I would add that it is knowledge, and an embrace of the future vs. fear and suspicion, and a yearning for the past. 

      • ParkHill says:

        @DavidTH I strongly disagree.

        There is NO civil war. Urban vs Rural is not a conflict.

        The actual "war" is obviously about maintaining power, which has both physical and psychological aspects. With this framework, you can look for the instigators of war.

        Hint… Follow the money.

        (All "genocides" have money and power creating them.)

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            The remaining Koch brother, Sheldon Adelson, the Mercers, the Uhleins; they are among the far right wing billionaires funding the people behind today's attempted coup.

        • kickshot says:

          Political scientists and social sociologists are starting to call this 'status competition'. The people who fear losing their current status in society through economic or political competition are striking out.

          Up until recently the 'strike' was a mild prestige competition which included work to improve personally via education or professional achievement.

          Lately it has become a competition by dominance which might explain today's gun culture (because a gun is more than a symbol of freedom, it takes away freedom of speech via coercion).

          Suggestion: If Biden or his successors can restore economic security then the status competition by dominance will not be as necessary anymore.

    • Voyageur says:

      Perhaps it is time for a whiff of grapeshot to disperse the rabble!

    • Genghis says:

      Turns out the whole thing is an Antifa false flag operation. Just ask the patriots on Parler; they'll tell ya.

  3. Genghis says:

    Amy Klobuchar is beating Ted Cruz like a rented mule.

  4. unnamed says:

    I hope every last one of these miscreants goes to jail for a long time.  

    ANYBODY who has ever thrown in with 45 should NEVER be able to claim the mantle of "Law & Order" ever again.

    Nutlid, this means you!  You either support the will of the voters, or you support the terrorists that did this on Trump's say so.

     

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    Adam Kinzinger just accurately tweeted that

    This is a coup attempt

  6. kwtree says:

    Department of Defense has denied the National Guard permission to protect the Capitol. 

  7. itlduso says:

    1) Burn the Reichstag

    2) Declare martial law

    3) Cancel the Inauguration.

    Sound familiar?

  8. CDW says:

    Two questions: who are the dudes pointing their guns? and when are the authorities going to start arresting people?

    • kwtree says:

      Act as if it were Antifa or Black Lives Matter. Tear gas, rubber bullets, tanks, tear gas, overwhelming force, prisoner vans, mass arrests.

      Who am I kidding? If these weren’t white extremist terrorists, all that would have already happened.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      The dudes pointing their weapons from inside the chamber to the barricaded door are apparently part of the Capitol Police force … one source who tweeted like s/he knew something said it was upper echelon CP. 

  9. If Pence and the Cabinet had any integrity, they would invoke the 25th RIGHT NOW, since Trump is clearly unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office (which include the peaceful transition of power):

    Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

    But who am I kidding.

  10. itlduso says:

    Just saw a picture on TV of Jason Crow crouching in what must have been a chaotic and dangerous situation reminiscent of war time.  

  11. Duke Cox says:

    So….who had this one in the betting pool?

  12. The realist says:

    A woman who was shot during the invasion earlier today has died. MSNBC, hours ago, had close up video of her being rushed out on a stretcher, very bloody, CPR being performed. Do we know yet if that was a member of Congress, a staffer, a law enforcement officer, a traitor? 

    • kwtree says:

      She was a civilian, probably one of the rioters, as she was draped in a flag. There is video somewhere of her getting shot, possibly by her own side, possibly by Capitol police. I saw the report on news this pm, probably MSNBC.

      • kickshot says:

        I saw the same MSNBC video. The video linked from this description of the event is more complete (very bloody, violent and graphic) and seems to fit up to the end of the MSNBC video.

        She was a civilian.

        She was wrapped in a trump flag.

        After she falls, some guy appears on the same side of the door (does that make him a rioter) w/an assault-style rifle. None of the rioters surrounding the woman reacts to the guy either.

        The MSNBC video covered the time that led up to the shooting. the MSNBC video showed the shattering of windows that led into the House(?) Chambers with a helmet. Not sure if the photo of CPD officers w/guns drawn is the inside view of the shooting.

        Edit: Review of the MSNBC video shows the police escorting the stretcher used to transport the woman. The cops were dressed the same as in the video from buzzfeed, et al.

        2nd edit: Got another look at the door that was being guarded by CPD officers from the inside w/guns drawn. Those doors had a grid on the windows. The doors where the woman was shot did not.

  13. Bokonon 3 says:

    Here is what Boebert has been up to – she was cheering on the people that sacked the Capitol, and tweeting things like this –

    Today is 1776.

    — Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 6, 2021

    Great start to a legislative career – cheering on a violent assault on the legitimacy of the institution you just joined, and which you just swore to uphold.

     

  14. skeptical citizen says:

    Really don't want the 25th, because then Pence, in his final act of fealty, could pardon Trump.

    It makes me nauseous just to say that.

  15. Genghis says:

    Remember when every last protestor who set foot on the Capitol steps during the rapey alcoholic manbaby's confirmation hearing was arrested and hauled off? Yeah, those were the days.

    On the plus side, it took hours, but some of the liberal (lol) MSM finally stopped calling these violent insurrectionists "protestors" and started using the term "rioters."

    Took 160 some odd years, but violent racist loons waving confederate flags finally managed to invade the Capitol and shut down the U.S. Congress.

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