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This Wednesday was awful.  I mean, it started out well.  We woke up to find out that we took the Senate.  But Trump lit a fire of rage onto a stack of kindling he has been building for years and it led to one of the most distressing days our country has ever faced.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was sick to my stomach watching it.

It is not like it was a total surprise.  They have been planning this for weeks and tweeting about it and Trump has been pushing them.

I don’t think any of us thought that the Capital would be that easily breached — that they could get in so easily and destroy so much.

So I am not trying to minimize how awful it was.  It was horrific and very distressing.

But, at the same time, please don’t forget — THEY FAILED.

Our democracy still stands.  The task they were working so hard to stop — Joe Biden being officially declared the winner by the congress — still happened.  It actually happened with LESS infighting from senators because of what they did.


The Capital can be cleaned.  It has been.  People can be arrested.  They are.  Those things can be fixed.

Trump wanted this act to consolidate his power but he lost.  Instead of consolidating it, he is losing it.  More and more people are turning on him.  He has less power than he did before Wednesday.

Democracy didn’t fail.  It won.

Even 80% or Republicans are disgusted with what happened.

When have 80% of Republicans been against *anything* Trump supported?

This isn’t pushing people towards their side.  It is pushing people towards us.  They won nothing.

So stop saying that we are a banana republic.  Stop saying that the republic is lost. Stop saying that democracy is dead.

Will that portion of the electorate go away? Nope.  They are still a problem.  A big one.  We still need to find ways to fight disinformation and hatred.  Is the threat over?  Nope.

But democracy didn’t die this week.  We are not a banana republic.

If anything, we are stronger than we were a few days ago.  WE WON

Wednesday was supposed to be the day that Trump’s coup gave him the White House and consolidated his power.  Instead, it was the day when the world turned against him.  We won the Senate and our democracy became stronger.

Those f*#kers are going to see justice — Trump edition

We are impeaching the f*#ker again.

Democratic momentum builds for potential fast-track impeachment next week

House Democrats are planning to introduce an impeachment resolution on Monday, a move that would allow Democrats to fast-track an impeachment vote next week, though Democrats have not committed yet to holding such a vote. The latest draft of the impeachment resolution, obtained by CNN, includes one article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection.”

Multiple Republicans are considering supporting impeachment, sources say

A growing number of Republicans want President Donald Trump to leave office before January 20, with some top lawmakers telling CNN they are considering supporting his impeachment.

Two Republican members of Congress who are former Trump allies told CNN they would support impeachment against the President over his role in Wednesday’s deadly attack on the US Capitol if the articles are reasonable. One member said, “I think you will have GOP members vote for impeachment.”
While the window is narrowing for an impeachment vote and trial before Trump’s term ends, one of the GOP lawmakers said the proceedings could be done quickly.

Here is my theory on this:  the senate can’t vote on this until Biden is president (McConnel outlined why yesterday — senate rules stuff).  So what they are doing is letting Trump know that if he doesn’t step down, he will be impeached and the Senate will convict.  That means he will lose his government travel money, secret service detail, giant pension, and the ability to run again.  Those things all mean something to him.  So if people can go to him and say “we don’t have the senate votes for you.  You can step down and keep all of that or you can stay in office and lose everything.”  At this point, I think the goal is to get him to step down by letting him know that it is HIS best option.

My two cents.

Trump’s desperate attempt to save his imploding presidency

There is also little doubt that Trump’s video message was a desperate attempt to salvage his fast-declining political position after a disastrous day filled with outrage about his conduct and growing concerns about whether he is psychologically fit for office.
“I think that video was done only because almost all his senior staff was about to resign, and impeachment is imminent,” a Trump adviser told CNN’s Jim Acosta. Several disgusted senior aides have already quit over his seditious behavior — including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Others are staying only to keep the country on the rails over the next two weeks.

Those f*#kers are going to see justice — Republicans edition

Major Josh Hawley donor calls for him to be censured by the U.S. Senate

A Joplin businessman who helped bankroll Sen. Josh Hawley’s first campaign denounced him on Thursday as a “political opportunist” who used “irresponsible, inflammatory, and dangerous tactics” to incite the rioting that took over the U.S. Capitol Building.

In a statement late Thursday, David Humphreys, president and CEO of Tamko Building Products, added his voice to a growing chorus of Republicans angry at Hawley for leading a challenge to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Humphreys called on the U.S. Senate to censure Hawley “for provoking yesterday’s riots in our nation’s capital.”

How Josh Hawley’s political ploy backfired massively

Josh Hawley looked like he had seen a ghost.

The 40-something Missouri Republican senator was clearly shaken and uncertain of himself Wednesday night as he spoke on the Senate floor — decrying the violence that had led to the seizure of the US Capitol by pro-Trump forces earlier in the day, even while still trying to defend his much-publicized plan to object to the Electoral College results in several states.
“Violence is not how you achieve change,” Hawley cautioned. “Violence is not how you achieve something better.”
Well, yes. But, maybe — just maybe — Hawley should have realized that BEFORE he decided to become the first senator to sign on to the objection to the Electoral College, ensuring that there would be both debate and votes on these objections.
“Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy,” said Romney. “They will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in American history. That will be their legacy.”

Editorial — If Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley had a conscience, he’d resign. He’ll have to be removed

If Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley had shown any evidence that there’s a conscience in there somewhere, underneath the ambition and the artifice and the uncommon combo of striving and laziness that he’s somehow made work for him, then we wouldn’t be where we are right now.

We wouldn’t, that is, be wondering what to say to a man who, having so disgraced his office, and our state, must either resign or be removed from the U.S. Senate.

Having led the parade to the edge of a cliff, Hawley pretends to be astonished by what happened next. And unlike those Republicans who sobered up after seeing the U.S. Capitol trashed, he continues to pretend that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump, who claimed widespread voter fraud even when he really did win, in 2016.

Editorial: Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany should resign or be expelled for siding with Trump against our republic

Members of Congress who supported this effort have been dubbed the Sedition Caucus for their role in inciting violence against our government in order to overturn the results of the presidential election that Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes.

Fitzgerald and Tiffany were the only members of the House of Representatives from Wisconsin who joined in an insurrection built upon a foundation of ignorance and lies.

Sen. Ron Johnson decided to vote against both baseless challenges to certified votes only after our nation’s Capitol was sacked as Congress gathered to perform its simple constitutional duty to recognize the Electoral College vote.

But Johnson had been shilling for Trump and this moment for days, adding kindling to the megalomaniac’s fire, so his last-minute switch does nothing to absolve his role in stoking this shameful day in American history.

 Editorial: Resign, Senator Cruz. Your lies cost lives.

those editorials are all from hometown papers of these traitors.  Even some papers that endorsed them are now calling for them to step down.

This is not going how they had hoped

Those f*#kers are going to see justice — Rioters

The Guy Photographed In Nancy Pelosi’s Office Is Among Those Who’ve Now Been Charged

A man with 11 Molotov cocktails at the ready and another who forced his way into the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put his feet up on a desk were among the arrests announced by federal officials Friday after the Capitol mob riot by Trump-supporting insurrectionists.

Richard Barnett, a Trump supporter who stormed the US Capitol and was pictured sitting at Pelosi’s desk, was also arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The 60-year-old is facing multiple federal charges for his role in a violent attack on the Capitol, including entering restricted grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property, Kohl said in a call with reporters.

“We’ll spare no resources to hold all of these people accountable, and it’s going to be something we continue to work on in the coming hours, days, and weeks,” said Kohl.

People at the US Capitol riot are being identified and losing their jobs

A man wearing his Maryland company’s ID is terminated

A Pennsylvania teacher is temporarily relieved of duty

A Texas lawyer no longer has his job

An ex Pennsylvania state rep resigns from his teaching position

Some of those who expressed support for the siege are also facing discipline

Republicans in disarray

data suggests that the party is split between people who put up with trump to achieve republican ends and people who put up with republicans to have trump.  This break up is not going to be good for their party.

Republicans Splinter Over Whether to Make a Full Break From Trump

resident Trump not only inspired a mob to storm the Capitol on Wednesday — he also brought the Republican Party close to a breaking point.

Having lost the presidency, the House and now the Senate on Mr. Trump’s watch, Republicans are so deeply divided that many are insisting that they must fully break from the president to rebound.

Republicans who spent years putting off a reckoning with Mr. Trump over his dangerous behavior are now confronting a disturbing prospect: that Wednesday’s episode of violence, incited by Mr. Trump’s remarks, could linger for decades as a stain on the party — much as the Watergate break-in and the Great Depression shadowed earlier generations of Republicans.

The gulf between Republican leaders and their grass-roots activists has never been wider since the start of the Trump era. And, as when the divisions first emerged after Mr. Trump denigrated Mexicans, Muslims and women, the party is not feuding over any sort of grand policy agenda. It’s simply a personal loyalty test.

the more moderate group is turning against trump as they see his power start to go

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls on President Trump to resign, questions her future as a Republican

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that Donald Trump should resign the presidency immediately and that if the Republican Party cannot separate itself from Trump, she isn’t certain she has a future with the party.

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski said during a 17-minute interview from her small Capitol office, steps away from the Senate chambers that were invaded by pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday.

Asked whether she intends to remain a Republican, Murkowski said that depends on the party itself.

“Well, you know, there’s a lot of people who actually thought that I did that in 2010, think that I became an independent. I didn’t have any reason to leave my party in 2010. I was a Republican who ran a write-in campaign and I was successful. But I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.

Meanwhile, the deplorable branch is turning against trump for not being trumpy enough….

The Pro-Trump Activists Who Helped Plan The Insurrection Feel Betrayed By The President

On the website that was the epicenter of plans for the violent insurrection at the US Capitol Wednesday, some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal followers, who had for months shamed, silenced, and banned anyone who criticized the president, grappled with a new feeling after the riot ended: betrayal.

The reversal, which moderators hinted was made under pressure from the site’s hosts, left some Trump loyalists in disbelief that they had done anything wrong: They were, they said, only following the president’s orders.

“I don’t understand the thinking,” said one popular post on the forum. “Trump told us to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. We listened to the president. They should be thanking us.”

“For weeks people were saying how ready they were to fight. The moment it happens everyone starts pearl clutching,” read another popular post.

For some, Trump’s video Thursday night, where he acknowledged for the first time that he had lost the election, only intensified the feelings.

“Wow, what an absolute punch in the gut,” one post with more than 100 upvotes said. “He says it’s going to be wild, and when it gets wild, he calls it a heinous attack and middle fingers his supporters that he told to be there. Unbelievable.”

Another user called on everyone to “flame” those who claimed the insurrection was carried out by left-wing protesters: “WE took the capitol building.”

“I just threw up in my mouth while watching this video,” one post, with more than 80 upvotes, read.

“I’m kind of in shock right now,” someone replied. “I feel so empty.”

‘Coward’: MAGA internet turns on Trump

After years of fidelity, Donald Trump’s most ardent online fans have finally turned on him.

All it took was for the president to acknowledge the reality of his loss a little over a day after they, the MAGA faithful, stormed the Capitol in a violent attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

“People were willing to die for this man and he just threw them all under the bus. That’s the only thing that’s shameful about the events of the past 36 hours,” Nick Fuentes, the host of the America First podcast and the unofficial leader of the white nationalist Groyper Army, angrily tweeted, shortly after Trump released a video Thursday night in which he conceded that Biden would be the next president and called for political reconciliation.

Cassandra Fairbanks, a prominent MAGA activist, tweeted: “[He] tells angry people to march to the capitol [and then] proceeds to throw his supporters under the bus.”

Jacob Wohl, the political dirty trickster known for failed plots to incriminate Trump critics, reposted her Tweet on his Parler page.

And when far-right stunt journalist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer posted Trump’s concession video on Parler — “It’s over,” Loomer bemoaned, “Life is about to become very hard for conservatives in America” — the people in her replies were aghast that she acknowledged Trump’s own words. “He DID NOT CONCEDE! ITS HIS NEW ADMINISTRATION that will be coming in,” one respondent wrote, a sentiment repeated ad nauseam down her feed.

The despondency among the MAGA faithful online represented perhaps the sharpest break the community has ever made with a president they’ve exalted.

Ohio GOP congressman says he’d support removing Trump

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said he would support Trump’s Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, saying the president “helped create the situation” that led to a violent mob storming the Capitol.

Republicans turn on Trump after Georgia loss

Fissures are forming as Republicans decide whether it’s useful to cling to Trump — even as he tries to subvert an election — or to distance themselves.

The immediate recrimination is emblematic of the complicated GOP dynamics that have emerged after Trump’s loss in the November election. Fissures are forming as Republicans decide whether it’s useful to cling to Trump — even as he tries to subvert an election — or to distance themselves. And if the Georgia races are any indication, it appears Republicans are willing to turn on Trump if he can’t reliably turn out the vote for candidates in the months and years ahead.

And the less violent branch of the far-right wants to separate themselves from the more violent branch AND from the moderates

FROM FOX NEWS Conservative media members erupt with anger over protesters storming Capitol: ‘This is domestic terrorism’

Conservative media members reacted with anger and disgust on Wednesday to scenes of violent protesters storming the U.S. Capitol building and halting Electoral College certification proceedings.

Commentary writer John Podhoretz wrote Trump bore responsibility for the violence at the Capitol and should be removed from office.

“This rally itself happened because Trump called for it,” he wrote. “The crowds gathered because Trump called for them. They moved to the Capitol down the Mall because Trump said they should. The breach of the Capitol is Trump’s fault. Some in the crowd have stormed the Congress.”

Dispatch editor Stephen Hayes also called for Trump to be impeached and removed from office.

Trump jumped the shark this week

‘He screwed the country’: Trump loyalty disintegrates

It was, for many of President Donald Trump’s own allies, the final straw.

A distressing scene for many Americans watching from home, the uprising at the Capitol followed two months of provocation from Trump — subversive rhetoric about America’s election, threats against GOP figures who didn’t agree, broadsides against his own vice president. And it followed four years of rabble-rousing by a president intent on keeping a grip on the GOP, resulting in a climactic moment on Wednesday that could come to define Trump’s political future and the direction of the Republican party after he leaves office.

“He screwed his supporters, he screwed the country and now he’s screwed himself,” said a 2016 Trump campaign official, predicting his former boss would cease to remain a popular figure in GOP politics after Wednesday.

For the first time in four years, Trump loyalty seemed to crack. Resignations started at the White House, while even some Republicans called on Trump to resign and other loyalists implored the president to stand down.

The Chaos Of Donald Trump Finally Has Top Republicans Turning Their Backs

POTUS fucked the party,” a top adviser to Trump’s reelection campaign said Wednesday.

The recriminations rang out loud Wednesday morning, after two losses in Georgia cost the party control of the Senate — thanks at least in part to Trump confusing and discouraging voters in the state with his repeated lies about election fraud. And the doubts were reinforced in the afternoon as rioters incited by the outgoing president stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of Electoral College results that rendered Trump a loser.

Did the Capitol Attack Break the President’s Spell?

There is at least some cause for a curdled sort of optimism. More than any other episode of Trump’s political career — more than the “Access Hollywood” tape or Charlottesville — the day’s desecration and mayhem threw the president’s malignancy into high relief. For years, many of us have waited for the “Have you no sense of decency?” moment when Trump’s demagogic powers would deflate like those of Senator Joseph McCarthy before him. The storming of Congress by a human 8chan thread in thrall to Trump’s delusions may have been it.

Since it happened, there have been once-unthinkable repudiations of the president. The National Association of Manufacturers, a major business group, called on Vice President Mike Pence to consider invoking the 25th Amendment. Trump’s former attorney general Bill Barr, who’d been one of Trump’s most craven defenders, accused the president of betraying his office by “orchestrating a mob.”

Several administration officials resigned, including Trump’s former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who’d been serving as special envoy to Northern Ireland

Trump’s authority is ebbing before our eyes.

This Is When the Fever Breaks

We are a flawed and humiliated nation, but when well led, we can be more self-sacrificial than we have any right to expect. I despised the sight of the Confederate flags being paraded through Capitol halls, but I loved everything Mitt Romney said and did on Wednesday. Romney showed what moral leadership looks like, and how just a few voices can shift a herd.

I’m among those who think this is an inflection point, a step back from madness. We’re a divided nation, but we don’t need to be a nation engulfed in lies, lawlessness and demagogic incitement.


Twenty-four hours after inciting a deadly riot on Capitol Hill, Donald Trump appeared to finally grasp the political peril and legal jeopardy sure to consume the waning days of his presidency and perhaps beyond. According to Republicans close to the White House, Trump posted the two-and-a-half-minute video Thursday night––during which he grudgingly acknowledged Joe Biden’s win for the first time––as an attempt to stave off prosecution or being removed from office via impeachment or the 25th Amendment. “He knows how bad things got. He knew he fucked up,” a 2020 campaign adviser told me. “This was the political Charlottesville,” a former West Wing official said.

Top Trump advisers discuss need to resist dangerous, unlawful orders

Some top remaining administration officials are preparing to resist any unlawful or dangerous orders in the closing days of Trump’s presidency, senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the sensitive conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: After Trump incited protesters to storm the Capitol on Wednesday, there’s a near universal view among top officials that he is unfit and unhinged, these sources said.

WSJ editorial calls for Trump to resign: ‘It is best for everyone’

The Wall Street Journal editorial board called for Trump to resign in the final two weeks of his presidency to spare the country another potential bitter, partisan impeachment fight.

Trump crossed a constitutional line into impeachable territory when he incited his supporters to besiege the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the editorial board wrote.

“When some in the crowd turned violent and occupied the Capitol, the President caviled and declined for far too long to call them off. When he did speak, he hedged his plea with election complaint,” the editorial stated. “This was an assault on the constitutional process of transferring power after an election. It was also an assault on the legislature from an executive sworn to uphold the laws of the United States.”

Three Republican governors call for Trump’s removal or resignation after Capitol riot

Three Republican governors who have established themselves as some of the most vocal critics of President Trump within his party called for his removal from office Thursday, citing the riots at the Capitol the previous day.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) was the first to issue the call Wednesday.

“Make no mistake, the President of the United States is responsible for this event. President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection that overturns the results of a free, fair and legal election,” Scott said in a tweet.

Former attorney general Barr says Trump’s conduct was ‘a betrayal of his office and supporters’

“Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable,” Barr said in a statement released through his former spokeswoman. “The president’s conduct yesterday was a betrayal of his office and supporters.”

Facebook will block Trump from posting at least for the remainder of his term

Facebook and Instagram are blocking President Donald Trump’s accounts “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday.


Not only did they deactivate his account but they chased him from account to account (the campaign account, the POTUS account) as he desperately tried to rage tweet at not being allowed to rage tweet. He got kicked off FIVE different twitter accounts last night!


Trump went ‘ballistic’ after being tossed off Twitter

President Donald Trump has many prized possessions. But few seemed to inspire as much personal joy as his Twitter feed. Trump routinely boasted of the social media bullhorn he possessed. He credited it with launching his political trajectory. And he used it as a tool to lacerate his foes.

On Friday night, he lost it. And, then, he lost his mind.

The president is “ballistic,” a senior administration official said after Twitter permanently took down his account

For Trump, the Twitter ban was yet another inglorious passage to the final chapter of his presidency. Over the past two days, he’s been admonished by his own aides, chastised by Republicans, and threatened once more with impeachment.

And more good news:

New delay in census process probably ends Trump’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment

President Trump is unlikely to be able to implement his plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted for a decade’s worth of congressional apportionment because the Census Bureau has projected it won’t be able to get state population totals to him before he leaves office.

Joe Biden is going to be President soon and we’ll have the House and Senate too!

What to expect from the new Congress

House Democrats plan to reintroduce nine of their most-favored bills during the 117th Congress

one of the first will be the For the People Act (H.R. 1) — a sweeping anti-corruption package that was a hallmark of the 2018 midterms.

They also hope to tackle the next eight bills, including legislation that would expand the Affordable Care Act, lower the cost of prescription drug prices, enhance background checks on firearms, and passing the Equality Act.

Another priority for House Democrats is drafting a new coronavirus relief package to address what they see as the shortfalls in the recently passed stimulus bill. Their biggest priority is increased aid for state and local governments.

They also plan to work closely with Biden on a bipartisan infrastructure deal

On the lighter side






Before we go, I want you to imagine something.

Imagine that we elect, to the office of president, a charismatic leader that draws people in.  A Democrat.  A guy that people feel passionate about.  He draws new people into the party — new voters who have never voted before.  Also some of the traditional democratic base loves him too.  Not all of us do though.  He is nontraditional and abrasive and some of us worry that he will turn people off or be unpredictable.  But we are excited about the liberal policy he will enact even if he seems a bit much.

He is a bit much.  He starts office with both the House and Senate in Democratic hands but he is a loose cannon and can’t get much done.  We lose the House in two years.  He loses his bid for reelection and we lose the Senate.  Four years later we have handed the Republicans the whole federal government

Worse yet, he makes a mess out of our party.  People who stuck with him are tainted with his errors.  And our party is divided just about down the middle.  About 40-50% of our voters say they care way more about him than the party. And now that he lost, he is going to take all those people with him.  He is already trashing the democratic party.  And leaders have to pick between making his voters happy or making the other half of our voters happy.

It is becoming increasingly clear that you can’t do both and the party is splitting.  There is serious talk about splintering off into different parties.  We are handing the Republicans a giant gift and all they have to do is accept it.

Well my friends, as I am sure you have guessed, that is exactly where we are, but in reverse — the Republican party embraced trump and they are paying the price for it.  Our hard work, and their hubris, have handed us an opportunity. It has been an awful four years and our challenges are still there, but brighter times are ahead.

No, things won’t be easy.  This week showed the lengths some on the far right will go to.  It showed the real damage from lies and hatred.

But we are in this together. There are more of us than there are of them.  And we are about to have control of the government. We can make it through this, together.

I am so proud and so lucky to be in this with you ❤️ ✊ ❤️

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