People who were shocked by what happened on January 6th, 2021 must have been in a coma for the past five years. Every single thing about Donald Trump’s two campaigns and his presidency foreshadowed this. It was close to inevitable that in the last days of his presidency Donald Trump would try to burn everything down and that he would weaponize his Nazi supporters and incite them to do a coup in his name. The fact that Capitol Police seemed utterly incapable of preparing for hundreds of terrorists to break into the Capitol was the only “shocking” part, but just barely. As we’ve seen in many American cities, cops love putting on their armor and SWAT gear to start sh-t at peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, but they’ll let armed white nationalists swarm state and federal buildings with little more than a glance.
Yesterday, dumbf–k MAGA terrorists raided the Capitol and stopped the Senate’s certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Donald Trump and many Republicans – including Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz – had actively invited and incited white nationalist terrorists to start sh-t. The GOP practically hosted the Nazi rally full of butthurt sore losers in front of the Capitol Building. Little surprise when those same people, successfully agitated by Trump himself, decided to, you know, terrorize.
Shots were fired, two IEDs was found inside the Capitol, four people died, police were swarmed and many officers seemed to give up almost instantly (sus). VP Mike Pence, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Pro Temp Chuck Grassley and VP-Elect Kamala Harris were all taken to (separate?) undisclosed locations. Senators, staffers, journalists and House representatives found themselves diving for cover or locked down in offices or various parts of the building. This happened across most of the afternoon and early evening. DC Mayor Bowser was trying to get the Pentagon to authorize the immediate use of the National Guard, but they gave her the runaround. Mayor Bowser ended up asking Maryland and Virginia’s governors for help, and both Gov. Larry Hogan and Gov. Ralph Northam sent National Guard and state troopers to DC. We’ll discuss Donald Trump’s words and actions in a separate post.
By 7 pm, the Capitol was retaken (words I am shocked to be writing) and the business of the day was conducted into the wee hours of the morning. We’ll have more on what happened throughout the day.
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