What we do now will determine whether violent mob will act again

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President Donald Trump called for his supporters to march to the Capitol to block Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen,” he said at a Save America rally Wednesday in Washington D.C. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about.”

Trump incited a mob that stormed the legislature, where the election was being certified, Tufekci told NPR. “So that is absolutely some sort of coup attempt,” she said. Tufekci said that moments of the insurrection Wednesday felt “intimately familiar” and that she’s been describing Trump’s actions since the election as attempts at a coup.

She said as an academic, she can appreciate Americans debating the best technical term to classify Trump’s attempt to overthrow election results.”You know there is some value in the precision there, but that shouldn’t overshadow what was coming our way, as I was writing, what is being attempted” she said. “The president of the United States was attempting to steal the election by falsely asserting that he won it and trying to mobilize all the extralegal forces he could muster from his office to try to get them to overturn the election in his favor.”

By Merriam-Webster’s definition, a coup, short for coup d’état, is defined as “a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics especially: the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.”

“I think people are mistaking ridiculous with not serious,” Tufekci said. Protesters looked ridiculous, angry mobs of people punctuated with those wearing horns and flag capes, “but it’s not unserious,” Tufekci said. After the mob disrupted the certification process, the majority of the GOP caucus, 138 of 211 Republican representatives, voted to overthrow the results of the Pennsylvania election, “even the Pennsylvania representative who was just elected with those votes,” Tufekci said.

“These are not normal hiccups of a transition,” she added. “These are attempts to steal an election.” Tufekci said there are a lot of ridiculous coup attempts around the world that fail “the first time or the second time, or the third time and then they succeed.” GOP legislators voting to throw out legitimate votes even after an attempted coup, “that should scare us,” Tufekci said.

Rioters crossed a line in storming the Capitol and so did 65% of Republican legislators who voted to throw out legitimate votes. “It’s how we react to that line being crossed that will determine whether they’ll try again,” Tufekci said. “And there’s no reason to assume the next time will be similarly ridiculous or incompetent because this time was very serious.”

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8 Comments on "What we do now will determine whether violent mob will act again"

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Abbath
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Abbath

Everyone who voted to overturn the election should serve a year minimum in a federal prison.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

10 YEARS!

John Johnson
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John Johnson

F U C K …t R U M P!!!

A still concerned citizen
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A still concerned citizen

Unless all Republicans repudiate and condemn Trump, the lies, and their members who support them, his mob will continue and certainly do worse. Remember, many of them believe that they were successful.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

They are already working on next time for this coup. They will be in Washington for inauguration. They will have National Guards this time. What we need to look at it is our structure to prevent someone being able to get power by causing turmoilin government and taking control. If trump wasn’t an idiot he would be our next president. This is also imperative as our tarnished image on the world stage is in tatters. We are the leader of the free world. We need to act like it.

Thomas
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Thomas

FBI do your job

William H. Murphy
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William H. Murphy

Let’s call it for what it is. Treason, pure and simple on behalf of Trump and some of the GOP. I’ve read some Reps feared for their lives and families if they didn’t vote against the certification of the election. Perhaps we can excuse them. The others are treasonous! If we aren’t vigilant it will happen again and may be successful as noted in this article. A dangerous door has been opened and entered, encouraged and led by President Trump. Even now many Republicans won’t stand up to him and vote to remove him from office immediately!!

Independent
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Independent

Fear is a powerful tool. However, of they cannot stand up to a treasonous president how will they stand up when russian solders land in Alaska. Senator of alaska would you like to make a comment. You like our senator collins are very wishy washy about how you will vote more than once.