Thursday, January 14, 2021

Republicans who don't denounce MAGAs and Trump prove radical Islam, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Castro are right about America

How about the Dems who refused to condemn BLM and Antifa when the burned, looted and murdered.

Sloan Bashinsky
I'm not a Dem or Antifa, I condemn all looting and burning and murdering, but when it's egged on by the President of the United States in the U.S. Capitol, and people like you don't condemn him, then, that causes me to feel you are all for it.

You need to read a transcript of the speech. I did not say you were a Dem nor Antifa. Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, nor Harris ever condemned what happened over the summer, They are total hypocrites. Our justice system once again will be seen for what it is. Unequal justice.

Sloan Bashinsky
I watched and heard Trump himself speak to the mob on TV. I later watched him on TV say there was nothing wrong with that he told the mob, many people agreed with him, which I'm sure they did. Mobsters one and all, and you are defending them, so what am I to think other than you are one of them.

Robert, stop acting like subtext, context, and plausible deniability aren't a thing. Trump made veiled threats all fall. He referred to tough guys taking action and warned there would be violence if there wasn't a recount. Of course he didn't come out and say "go do illegal shit" out loud with cameras rolling. but the reaction every one of his insinuations provoked on Twitter, Facebook, and Parler show that his message was heard. then he went on to tell them he loved them after they flew the flag of secession in the Capitol for the first time in US history. You say the Dems didn't condemn the violence of the summer's protests to your satisfaction, but the violence was routinely condemned, on a weekly basis, while people tried to create a space for the protest of an unarmed black man being killed by police- as opposed to some rich spoiled fuck whose biggest grievance was that he was being voted out of office.

That was Left staged Sloan. You know it.

Sloan Bashinsky
What I saw on TV was Trump and hordes of his people he had egged on. That aside, with God as your witness and your judge, do you bet your life and your soul that the riot at and inside the Capitol was left-staged? And, with God as your witness and your judge, do you bet your life and your soul that Joe Biden won because the election was rigged?

Lee Ann
I believe Sloan, that Trump's words caused these people to riot. Some REPUBLICANS BACK A DEAD HIRSE.

Lee Ann
Horse, but hearse works too.

Sloan Bashinsky
Lee Ann. As Corey above laid it out, Trump primed his loyal radical hordes for months to insurrection if he lost. Then, he was allowed to get on TV and tell them to do it, and he was going with them, but, of course, he didn’t go with them. Now, his hordes say it was leftist plants who rioted. I’m gonna keep asking Trumpers the as God is their witness and judge, Do they bet their life and their soul?
They remind me of the German hordes heiling Adolph Hitler. On Facebook they are white, and in the news photos of them gathering at rallies, marches and riots, they are white, and that speaks volumes.
It also speaks volumes that only 10 House Republicans voted yesterday to impeach Trump for citing insurrection, which he flat out did. I figure maybe half of the House Republicans who did not vote to impeach are in lockstep with Trump and his storm troopers, and the rest voted not to impeach because they feared lethal retaliation.

That article from the Wall Street Journal in your blog was frightening. I could live to be two hundred years old and never understand why anyone in their right mind can support #45 after 4 years of promoting hatred culminating in his inciting that horrible riot. I guess the key is they believe his lies. So very, very sad.

Sloan Bashinsky
Sad? Republicans who don't denounce MAGAs and Trump are causing radical Islam, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Castro, etc. to leap for joy! They have proven America is a very dangerous, insane nation. They have proven radical Islam, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Castro are right about America. That the Republican secular Bible, the Wall Street Journal, laid that all bare is a cosmic indictment.

Wall Street Journal 

Lawmakers were seconds away from confrontation with Capitol mob

The rampage was a rare and deadly assault by American citizens on the halls of Congress, leaving two killed, three others dead and widespread damage. 

By Ted Mann, Dustin Volz, Lindsay Wise and Chad Day 

Updated Jan. 12, 2021 5:24 pm ET 

With rioters ransacking the Capitol, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered in the visitors’ gallery overlooking the House chamber. He watched colleagues below rush to exit the floor, heard the reverberation of a single shot from somewhere close and waited his turn to evacuate.

A trio of Capitol Police officers with guns drawn then led Mr. Himes and about two dozen colleagues—the last lawmakers in the chamber—across the long gallery, maneuvering through narrow rows of seats and over brass handrails. The officers were agitated and shouting at one another, he said, because they didn’t know which of the doors leading to the hallway to pick.

“They had no idea which door didn’t have a mob behind it,” he said.

The mob’s rampage last Wednesday was a rare and deadly assault by American citizens on the halls of Congress, leaving two killed, three others dead and widespread damage. The toll could have been much worse.

In the hour after they breached the building, the rioters—some carrying nooses, bats, pipes, chemical irritants and zip ties that can be used to handcuff people—were feet or seconds away from the lawmakers they sought to confront, hoping to stop them from ratifying the election of Democrat Joe Biden and keep President Trump in power.

The mob flooded into ornate, high-ceilinged halls normally populated by tourists. Some headed down a labyrinth of narrow corridors and marble staircases in the 228-year-old building. Congressional staff members and some lawmakers hid under tables in offices barricaded with furniture as rioters tried to break in.

Three Capitol Police officers have since been suspended—one seen taking selfies with rioters and another accused of directing them—and as many as 17 are under investigation.

Still, near entrances to both chambers, some outnumbered Capitol Police officers tried to slow down the mob to buy vital minutes as lawmakers inside fled.

On the Senate side, a lone officer ran up a stairway pursued by rioters, according to video posted online by a HuffPost reporter. At the top of the stairs, along a short corridor, a main entrance to the Senate stood unguarded. The officer shoved the lead rioter in the chest, an apparent bid to get his attention, then led the crowd in another direction. Senate staff scrambled to seal the doors to protect the lawmakers and others inside.

“We were very close to actually having members of Congress killed,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Had that whole thing been breached there would have been people in really bad shape.”

After the mob broke into the Capitol just before 2 p.m., they fanned out. Some yelled about tracking down lawmakers, chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” or “Where’s Nancy?” according to video footage. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was presiding over the House while Vice President Mike Pence was in the Senate.

About 2:15 p.m., Mrs. Pelosi handed the gavel to Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) so he could stand in as presiding officer after security personnel whisked her and other members of House leadership away. At the time, it felt like a minor disturbance, Mr. McGovern said. He noticed Mrs. Pelosi had left her cellphone and assumed that meant she would be right back.

Less than 20 minutes later, a member of Mrs. Pelosi’s staff told Mr. McGovern to adjourn the session. Capitol Police instructed him to tell the roughly 100 lawmakers, staff and press present to take out gas masks from under their chairs. Tear gas had been deployed in the Rotunda. Shouts echoed through the building. “Verify every door is locked!” someone yelled.

Mr. McGovern could hear banging on the doors. Still, he assumed only a few intruders had made it into the building and that the situation was under control. “Maybe it’s three or four people in the hallway making a lot of racket,” he recalled thinking.

Then Mr. McGovern, one of the last lawmakers to evacuate the House floor, stepped into the hallway of the Speaker’s Lobby, a narrow passage with several doors to the floor of the House.

Down the corridor, roughly 10 yards away, more than a dozen rioters on the other side of a set of wooden and glass doors hammered on the glass and screamed. A pile of overturned furniture reinforced the doors from the inside and, Mr. McGovern said, several police officers in the lobby had their guns drawn.

On the other side of the doors, a line of three officers without helmets, shields or other protective equipment faced the mob, video footage from the scene has shown. A rioter in a bomber hat punched on the window panes in the door between the shoulders of the officers, who didn’t physically engage with the growing crowd.

“I looked at these people pounding on the glass with their bare fists, cracking it, even with their bare hands,” Mr. McGovern said. “I just saw such hate in their eyes as I’m looking at them and they’re looking at me.”

Mr. McGovern and about a dozen others escaped out another door. Before he did, he said somebody in the House Sergeant at Arms office, which oversees security, assured him in person that those remaining in the gallery—the last in the House chamber—would be taken care of. “They said everybody’s being evacuated, there’s a plan,” Mr. McGovern said.

If so, it wasn’t obvious to those with Mr. Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut, in the gallery. The group, including some reporters, had been watching the proceedings from above because House leaders had limited the number of lawmakers on the floor due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Now, they were crouching down in between the seats. A group of rioters tried to ram through an entrance into the House floor below. Meanwhile, the crowd at the doorway to the Speaker’s Lobby banged on the glass and urged the three officers to step aside, according to multiple videos from the scene.

“We backed you guys in the summer,” shouted a man in a red Trump cap, an apparent reference to protests set off by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May. “When the whole country hated you, we had your back.” 

As the face-off continued, a four-person unit of police officers in tactical gear, armed with rifles and wearing helmets, slowly climbed the stairs. As they appeared behind the rioters, at around 2:43 p.m., one of the officers standing in front of the barricaded door said to his colleagues, “They’re ready to roll.” The three officers moved aside.

For the next 30 seconds or so, the crowd banged on the door and smashed the glass with a helmet and stick, according to video footage. Seconds later, one in the mob—an Air Force veteran from California named Ashli Babbitt—attempted to jump through the shattered glass and was shot by a Capitol Police officer from inside the doorway, according to the footage.

From their perch one floor up, Mr. Himes and his colleagues heard the gunshot that killed Ms. Babbitt, though it was muffled. He said at first he couldn’t tell if it was gunfire or the firing of a tear-gas round.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Calif.)—who in 1978 was shot investigating a cult whose members’ mass suicide became known as the Jonestown massacre—said she heard the gunshot as she lay with her cheek on the cold marble floor, taking shelter behind seats in the gallery’s second row.

“There was almost a sense of resignation that overcame me because I was crouched down not on the first level, where there was a wall of sorts, but on the second level where the only thing between me and a gunman was the back of a chair, so some fabric and some wood. And I realized that this could in fact be the end,” Ms. Speier said in remarks Monday to the Commonwealth Club of California.

When officers arrived, they escorted the group to the far end of the gallery. Had they picked the wrong door to exit, Mr. Himes said, “it was possible in that moment that they might find a mob, and then there’s a possibility that somebody gets shot, or a member gets thrown off the gallery.”

Instead they found rioters face down on the ground, subdued by the police.

Dozens of lawmakers and staff already had fled the House chamber, joined by earlier groups fleeing from the visitors’ and press galleries. That created a bottleneck as they crowded into a single stone stairwell, said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D., N.Y.).

Mr. Maloney estimates that the House was evacuated 30 to 60 seconds before it would have been overrun. “Had that one exit not been open,” he said, “we would have been trapped on the House floor.”

Moving down the stone stairway, with the sound of rioters growing louder, staffers and police urged the lawmakers, some in their 70s, to move faster. Some grabbed wooden posts holding hand sanitizer dispensers to defend themselves if they encountered the mob. Mr. Maloney urged Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), whose face was well-known from his role as lead prosecutor in Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial last year, to move to the head of the line to lessen the chance of being spotted. Mr. Schiff declined to do so.

From the breach of the building, an hour or so passed before all the lawmakers in both chambers had been evacuated to secure locations. Police backed by reinforcements took another hour to push the intruders from the building, though they continued to face off with rioters until dusk.

Mr. Himes said he was shocked by the security failure. 

“I’ve been hanging around this building for 12 years,” said Mr. Himes, who was first elected in 2008, “and I’ve always assumed there’s a big red button that gets pushed, and everything is sealed and nobody gets anywhere. And that turns out not to be true.”

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