“Thursday Numbers” is normally published today, but due to the events in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, that column will not be published until next week.
Back in August, I wrote about the United States being close to a civil war. On Wednesday, it seemed for a while that it was starting.
It seemed to build up as Trump supporters held a rally in Washington, D.C., and as the speakers took the stage, the crowd seemed more agitated with each speech. They had Rudy Giuliani talk about “trial by combat” and Trump, Jr., threatening to primary Republicans who did not support his daddy. Most speakers talked about “fighting” for the election.
President Trump showed up and fanned the flames even more:
“And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,” Trump told the crowd. “And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.” (Source)
Then he went on, saying:
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved,” Trump said. “Our country has had enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
He further said: “You’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down this nation.”
And he added in a bit of irony: “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.” (Source)
Although he incited violence, Trump did not go to the Capitol. Maybe his bone spurs were acting up.
As the day went on, Trump supporters were flooding social media with posts saying that “Antifa” infiltrated the MAGA crowd and that’s the reason for the “violent insurrection” at the Capitol. This is bullshit. (Source) (Source)
Trump supporters should have the guts to stand up and show ownership. They have been dancing with Satan for four years; they might as well own it.
When I started seeing the attempted coup I was sad. As the day went by and I saw camera shots of places I remember visiting when I was in D.C., I started getting pissed. I can only imagine the fear that staffers felt and the fear their families felt while watching the news and hoping their loved ones were safe.
Our elected officials tried to cover their asses. U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale have sided with Trump over the years. They never had the guts to challenge Trump and allowed him to take our country down the toilet. They, along with Greg Gianforte, put their political party ahead of the country. You can tell they never had a job that required them to wear the U.S. Flag on their uniform – our country comes second or third to them.
The Billings Gazette Editorial Board went after the three stooges. Read the editorial HERE.
Early in the day, I tweeted, “Drop your objection @SteveDaines @RepRosendale – put country above party for once in your life.”
I heard that Daines did, but Rosendale did not.
One good thing is that President Donald Trump had his Twitter and Facebook accounts locked for violating rules. Here he is, two weeks from not mattering anymore and you lock him out now?
Axios is reporting that with 13 days left in President Trump’s term, confidants and Republican officials are considering drastic steps to stop him. These measures include censure, impeachment, or invoking the 25th Amendment — a move, long dismissed as a liberal fantasy, in which Vice President Pence would step in if Trump were found to be unable to perform his duties.
Trump is a madman. It’s been reported that some close aides think he is out of his mind. He has to be watched closely during the next two weeks.
I’m all for imposing the 25th Amendment:
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.
Are there any patriots in his cabinet that would do this?
## WEAR A MASK ##
Take Trump and his family out in a straitjacket. End the coup for good.
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At least Daines had the good sense to realize it’s only funny until someone gets their eye put out, and retired from that cynical game. If Rosendale did not, that’s disappointing. And if he did not, why would he also not protest Montana’s electoral votes? After all, we voted under the same sort of non-legislatively expanded access rules that supposedly outraged so many House members and will no doubt require immediate legislative remedies by Republican legislatures everywhere to better suppress Democratic votes in future elections.
It’s a tragedy that four people died in this protest that was a result of the delusions and lies of our insane president and the political games of these enablers who knew better.
Thank you for saying what must be said.
Larry – You’re welcome! Thanks, JmB