Twitter reacts to Mark Meadows turning over thousands of January 6th text messages to CNN
CNN on Monday obtained and published more than 2,000 text messages sent to and from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows following ex-President Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 election. Meadows voluntarily handed over the communications between himself, other White House officials, Republican Party operatives, members of the media, dozens of congressional lawmakers, and Trump's family.
The texts, which Meadows had first relinquished to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, were exchanged between Election Day 2020 and President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20th, 2021.
The overarching theme was desperation as Trump's allies schemed to nullify Biden's victory. Many of the messages centered around January 6th, the day that then-Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to oversee the certification of Biden's landslide triumph in the Electoral College. Pence ultimately refused to comply with Team Trump's plot to reject electors from states that Trump falsely believed that he had won.
On December 31st, for example, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), who continues to be a featured character in this ongoing saga, wrote to Meadows:
Good morning Mark, I'm here in DC. We have to get organized for the 6th. I would like to meet with Rudy Giuliani again. We didn't get to speak with him long. Also anyone who can help. We are getting a lot of members on board. And we need to lay out the best case for each state. I'll be over at CPI this afternoon.
On January 5th, the day before the Trump-led insurrection, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said:
On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all -- in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence. 'No legislative act,' wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78, 'contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.' 'The court in Hubbard v. Lowe reinforced this truth: 'That an unconstitutional statute is not a law at all is a proposition no longer open to discussion.' '226 F. 135, 137 (SDNY 1915), appeal dismissed, 242 U.S. 654 (1916). ' Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all.
On the day of the attack, Trump's panicked loyalists bombarded Meadows as the mob ransacked the Capitol. Below are a few examples.
Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people This isn't the way to solve anything.
She incorrectly proclaimed:
Mark we don't think these attackers are our people. We think they are Antifa. Dressed like Trump supporters
Ex-Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney:
Mark: he needs to stop this, now. Can I do anything to help?
Donald Trump Jr.:
He's got to condem this shit. Asap. The captiol police tweet is not enough.
This his one you go to the mattresses on. They will try to fuck his entire legacy on this if it gets worse.
Then-Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus:
TELL THEM TO GO HOME !!!
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller to Meadows and then-White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Director of Social Media Dan Scavino:
Call me crazy, but ideas for two tweets from POTUS: 1) Bad apples, likely ANTIFA or other crazed leftists, infiltrated today's peaceful protest over the fraudulent vote count. Violence is never acceptable! MAGA supporters embrace our police and the rule of law and should leave the Capitol now! 2) The fake news media who encouraged this summer's violent and radical riots are now trying to blame peaceful and innocent MAGA supporters for violent actions. This isn't who we are! Our people should head home and let the criminals suffer the consequences!
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas):
Cap Police told me last night they'd been warned that today there'd be a lot of Antifa dressed in red Trump shirts & hats & would likely get violent. Good that Trump denounces violence but could add & well demand justice for those who became violent & well get to the bottom of what group they're with.
Then-White House aide Jared Kushner to Meadows, Miller and Scavino:
Why don't we post on his Facebook page since he isn't locked out there...
On January 7th, Greene said:
Yesterday was a terrible day. We tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states. I'm sorry nothing worked. I don't think that President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol. It's not his fault. Antifa was mixed in the crowed and instigated it, and sadly people followed. But when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, I guess they think they have no other choice. Absolutely no excuse and I fully denounce all of it, but after shut downs all year and a stolen election, people are saying that they have no other choice. I defended Trump last night on Newsmax. He has been the greatest President. I will continue to defend him. And you if anyone attacks you. I hope you are ok. I feel badly for everyone.
She added on January 17th:
In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law. I don't know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!
Greene, meanwhile, told a court last week that she could not remember any of the details leading up to, on, or after the insurrection. She is facing a constitutional challenge to her eligibility to hold office over her participation in Trump's failed coup.
For users on Twitter, although the Meadows texts did not come as a surprise, many were nonetheless aghast that the right's plot to steal an election was conducted in this cavalier manner.
They were trying to steal the election and they did it in text messageshttps://twitter.com/hugolowell/status/1518629022485430273\u00a0\u2026— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1650906965
As they say, it\u2019s always the people you most suspect.— M.M. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@M.M. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1650905008
There is still much that is unknown, however.
Remember: Meadows turned over to the Jan. 6 committee what he wanted to turn over. It was a selective cooperation deal. Meanwhile, he\u2019s fighting tooth and nail to block an \u201coverly broad\u201d subpoena for his PERSONAL phone records.— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1650906889
Greene's "Marshall law" flub (martial law is the term) was also heavily ridiculed.
\u201cMarshall\u201d lawhttps://twitter.com/costareports/status/1518626451867713539\u00a0\u2026— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1650906919
"Marshall law"?\n\nI'm surprised she didn't call for a Marshall plan.— Professing Professor \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Professing Professor \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1650907157
I assume the misspelling of \u201cmartial\u201d is the point?? I jest.— Judith Frangos (@Judith Frangos) 1650904382
Will Perjury Taylor Greene be held accountable for lying to the court last week?— D Villella \u2744\ufe0f (@D Villella \u2744\ufe0f) 1650907576
The only Marshall Law that matters...pic.twitter.com/T7pNfjAaxC— Francis Grunder (@Francis Grunder) 1650909179
She was asked about this at her hearing last week and claimed she didn\u2019t remember.— And Still I Rise \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a (@And Still I Rise \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a) 1650906943
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