I’ve been watching the news closely for weeks, and I still can’t figure out exactly what the insurrectionists were up to.  Did Trump just unleash the whirlwind with nothing but a love of chaos?  Or did he actually have a plan?

The rioters erected a gallows near the Capitol.  There were many cries of “Hang Mike Pence.”  Was that actually the main goal?  If they had actually killed Pence, I’m sure the Congress would have found a way to continue the electoral vote counting presided over by the Senate President Pro Tem.  There was no way the electoral votes were going to be returned to the states.  WTF was Trump thinking?

My own belief is that Trump actually wanted the mob to murder Pence, vaguely believing that that would somehow prevent Biden from being certified as the winner of the election.

In that case, Trump is guilty of incitement to murder and maybe attempted murder.

I’m glad to see the cable TV discussion start to shift to Trump’s criminal liability.

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  1. I asked myself the same question: What did the rioters and Trump hope to accomplish? The electoral votes would have been eventually counted regardless. unless Congress was totally vanquished. Trump was really stupid if he thought the death of Pence or even Pelosi would ultimately change anything. A real coup would have had to involve the military to succeed, and top generals had already promised to abide by the Constitution.

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