Sarah K. Burris

Historian saw 'country club Republicans' with evangelicals and 'well-dressed conservatives' at Capitol riot

There is a presumption that the supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday were extremists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists and others in the far-right. But what one historian said he witnessed watching the riot unfold was "normal" Americans waging a civil war.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Terry Bouton said that he and his wife went to the event, not to participate but to observe. Among the things he saw, he called "country club Republicans" and "evangelicals in Jesus caps," not "QAnon kooks" who were cheering on the violence.

While there were undoubtedly extremists there with QAnon signs and shirts, Bouton argued that these aren't merely fringe members of the Republican Party, he explained, they were the Republican Party.

"We eavesdropped on conversations for hours and no one expressed the slightest concern about the large number of white supremacists and para-military spewing violent rhetoric," said Bouton. "Even the man in the 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt wasn't beyond the pale. They were all 'patriots.'"

He noted that he was certain there were Republicans there horrified by what was happening, and some of those have spoken out, but they were clearly the exception. Trump told the crowd he would march with them to the Capitol, and the groups set out to walk from the Trump speech site to the building.

"Nearly everyone were jubilation at the take over (sic) and anger at Democrats, Mike Pence, non-Trump supporting Republicans, and the Capitol Police," wrote Bouton.

Bouton's first book removed the idolization of Founding Fathers to show their efforts to quash democracy after the Revolutionary War.

Thus far 20 of the people identified at the Capitol have been arrested on federal charges. TMZ created a list of over 100 photos of people spotted at the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection.

Read his full thread for his other observations.

Stephen Colbert unleashes furious rebuke of Republicans and Fox News: 'Have you had enough?'

"A Late Show with Stephen Colbert" had a show planned for Wednesday night, but it ended up being a live show because the host spent the day glued to the coverage of the attempted war at the hands of President Donald Trump's supporters.

"I really want to do the show we're about to do and I also don't want to do the show we're about to do because Lord have mercy, there are some dark subjects that we talk about on the show occasionally, but I've really haven't been as upset as I am tonight," he said. "I'm sure you are, too."

His message was to Republicans, particularly those who spent the last several years kissing up to Trump.

"Hey, Republicans who supported this president, especially the ones in the joint session of Congress today, have you had enough?" he asked. After five years of coddling this president's fascist rhetoric, guess whose followers want to burn down the Reichstag? Because today, the U.S. Capitol was overrun for the first time since 1814, and a woman died. Who could have seen this coming? Everyone? Even dummies like me. This is the most shocking, most tragic, least-surprising thing I've ever seen."

He went on to tell Republicans that the GOP had been warned that creating the monster would tie them to its damage, but they ignored the warnings.

"For years now, people have been telling you cowards that if you let the president lie about our democracy over and over and then join him in that lie and say he's right when you know for a fact that he is not, there will be a terrible price to pay," Colbert continued.

"But you just never thought you'd have to pay it, too. I really do hope you're enjoying those tax cuts. And those judges, because those judges are really going to be working hard. They're going to be busy throwing these idiots in jail. And by 'idiots,' I include the Republicans who let this happen, like you Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), raising your stupid fist to the mob outside the Capitol. Look at that. It's like Black power but the opposite. There really should be a name for that."

Colbert explained that Hawley had to keep his fist clinched because if he didn't, people would see the blood on his hands.

"Speaking of which, how about you, Fox News?" Colbert turned next. "Do you think maybe years of peddling his conspiracy theories had anything to do with this? Oh, but come on, man. You know we have our opinion side and our news side. Come on, we're just trying to turn a coin for uncle Rupee, sell a few lubricated catheters. Like those lubricated catheters, you know where you can stick your excuses and you can skip the lubrication. It's the thousands of MAGA protesters who stormed the capitol building. It's a horrifying day that will go down in U.S. history, however much longer that is."

See his full monologue in the video below:

Hey, Republicans Who Supported This President: Are We Great Again Yet? - LIVE MONOLOGUE

Shocking video catches Capitol Police member taking selfies with insurrectionists

President Donald Trump's supporters seized the U.S. Capitol, stealing shields and batons and began breaking the windows and began shooting into the House chamber while scared U.S. Representatives and Senators hid under their chairs, some with gas masks on.

Meanwhile, at least one Capitol Police officer was taking selfies with those breaking into the building.

The man was wearing a hat and mask, but his green vest clearly said "Police," and on his sleeve, he had the insignia of the Capitol Police.

The moment was captured while someone was live-streaming the attack on the U.S. Capitol from Trump's rioters.

The DC National Guard was only deployed after being authorized by Trump, but previous requests were said to have been denied, so Virginia and Maryland sent some of their troops to aid the U.S. Capitol while it was under attack.

You can see the shocking video below:

Lawyer schools Josh Hawley on what will really happen when he objects to the electoral college vote

"Sore loser" Josh Hawley, Republican Missouri Senator, revealed Wednesday that he's going to be the one willing to try and stop the democratic election of President-elect Joe Biden when it comes times for the Electoral College to finalize the 2020 election. One attorney explained to those giddy over the possibility that President Donald Trump will still remain the president that it simply isn't going to happen.

Gabriel Malor, who sometimes writes for conservative sites like The Federalist, The Washington Examiner and National Review, walked through the rules on Twitter explaining how such a process actually works.

"Some Trump tryhards are telling each other that an objection immediately sets up the state delegations to vote instead of counting the electoral votes. That isn't true," he tweeted.

"First, for an objection to a state's electoral votes to even be considered, it must be (1) made in writing and (2) signed by at least one Senator and one Representative," he continued. "If those conditions are met, then the joint session of Congress is suspended, and the Senators leave the House chamber and go back to the Senate chamber. Each house then has not more than two hours to debate the objection and vote to accept or reject it."

According to the rules, both the House and Senate would have to vote to accept objections to the electoral votes. Given that the House is in Democratic hands, it's not happening any time soon.

Malor's assessment was backed up by former acting-Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who explained that courts have already decided on this and that Hawley is really just trying to raise money for his campaign.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger agreed, saying that it is all a ploy to make a name for himself so he can run for president. When it fails, he'll blame someone else.

Conservative Bill Kristol agreed that the system would stay intact, but longed for responsible leaders. He fell short of holding leaders responsible for such behavior, however.

Nashville bombing eyewitness describes terrifying scene with a computerized countdown and gunshots

An eye-witness to the Nashville bombing said that the recording on the RV wasn't what woke her up before the bomb went off, it was gunshots.

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Betsy Williams said that she and her husband, who live about a block from the blast site, heard what she said sounded like automatic weapon fire. Cooper said that there were reports that the gunfire could have been part of the recording warning people to leave the area, but Williams said that she couldn't hear the recording and it was the gunshots that woke her family up.

Willams said that she called 911 to report shots fired and estimated that it was between 8 and 10 shots that they heard. When they went outside they heard the recording that the bomb was going to go off and to evacuate the area. They got in their car and drove across the river for safety. After the 15 minutes had passed, and nothing happened, they called 911 again to ask what they should do. She said it was about 30 minutes after the countdown began that the bomb actually went off. She recalled that the countdown began about 5 or 10 minutes until 6:00 a.m. because she remembered the countdown being at 11 right at 6:00 a.m.

She explained that the voice on the announcement was a computerized woman's voice and that it was counting down the 15 minutes. She left at about the eight-minute mark.

See the interview with Williams below:

Nashville eye-witness

Trump is putting 'pathetically submissive' GOP in an impossible position — and they deserve it: NYT columnist

President Donald Trump's final legislative acts are to kill the Defense spending bill and threaten to veto the COVID-19 stimulus and omnibus spending bill passed Monday night by Congress and the Senate.

A Politico report called it the final loyalty test of the Republican Party, which Trump wants to see go on the record in supporting his fake 2020 election win.

The story prompted New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg remembered a poem that Trump likes to read occasionally at rallies. It ends with a snake saying, "you knew I was a snake when you took me in."

"You know, I can't imagine that any Republicans are actually surprised by this and if they are, you know, more shame on them," said Goldberg. "There has been nobody, nobody except maybe Ivanka Trump who is ennobled by connection with Donald Trump, right? He turns on everybody in the end. In the end, no matter how much slavish, degrading loyalty you show him, he always asks for you to go one step too far and kind of can't tolerate it when people say 'no' to him."

She continued: "So, yeah, he's putting Republicans in an impossible position but it's an impossible position that frankly they deserve to be in. And on this $2,000 stimulus, it will be really really, really interesting to see if that is a bridge too far for them. For some Republicans, sexual assault wasn't a bridge too far. Attempting a coup wasn't a bridge too far but it might well be that kind of demanding checks to struggling Americans is a line they can't cross."

MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin cited a Gallup poll revealing that Trump has lost about 8 percent of GOP support since the election. It's something that Goldberg said she anticipated would happen once he was out of power and lost his "sway" over the GOP.

"Part of the reason that Donald Trump has had such a hold over rank and file Republicans is he's been able to make all their dreams come true and he hasn't shown any kind of restraint in always taking the partisan path over the kind of the statesmen path," Goldberg explained.

When Trump is out of office and a "has-been" golfing at Mar-a-Lago, she said that she doesn't think he'll have the kind of "diehard cult" that he does now.

"There still will be QAnon," she said. "There still will be people convinced he's the rightfully deposed president of the United States but, you know, you also will have an incentive for other Republicans who think they should be the nominee in 2024 who have so far been kind of pathetically submissive. Chris Christie is only the first -- will start to have a real incentive to challenge him more."

See the discussion below:

Trump putting 'pathetically submissive' GOP in an impossible position — but they deserve it

Ex-US attorney unleashes on Trump for pardoning Blackwater war criminals — and demands further investigation

Some of the men pardoned by President Donald Trump Tuesday evening were involved in a horrific act against innocent civilians in Iraq during the war.

Former President George W. Bush took the U.S. into a war in Iraq based on false intelligence, saying that the country was developing nuclear weapons. Among the people who served in the war were paid mercenaries of the Defense Contract firm owned by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' brother Erik Prince.

Blackwater, which changed its name to Academi after a slew of scandals, hired men who opened fire on hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children. In one case, one of the men was told "ceasefire" multiple times but ignored it. He refused to stop shooting people until someone pulled their weapon on him and threatened to kill him.

The case in the Washington, D.C. federal court was part of a major case in the Justice Department where prosecutors brought Iraqis to the United States to testify against the men.

The men killed 17 total people, including one mother who was trying to escape with her infant child.

MSNBC host Ali Velshi said that it's clear if someone does something for Trump then they get something back.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner was furious, specifically mentioning those he knew in the Justice Department who fought to ensure the war criminals from Academi were put in jail.

"It seems like there is no line Donald Trump won't cross," Kirschner explained. "I will say, to this old prosecutor, it feels like what he just did was like an indiscriminate drive-by on the rule of law. I mean, he pardons people who are lying to the FBI. As part of the Russia probe. He pardons Republicans who were either steal from their donors, committing campaign finance violations or engaged in insider training."

What "galls" him the most, he said, was the war criminals because it hits home with him personally.

"The Blackwater/Academi pardons of these four Blackwater contractors who slaughtered innocent, unarmed, Iraqi men, women, and children," he continued. "That was prosecuted -- that case, three times, by my former office, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. The lead prosecuteor, a gentleman named Pat Martin is somebody I tried murder cases with. He poured his heart and soul into fighting for justice for those Iraqi victims. Ali, my office would bring the victims over from Iraq and their surviving family members of the 17 who were murdered over and over and over again for these three trials and I can tell you that those Iraqi citizens were equal parts heartened that the American criminal justice system cared about their victimization and shocked at all of the time, energy, and effort, we poured into holding those Blackwater/Academi killers accountable for what they did."

He closed by saying that it was his proudest achievement in his office while working as a U.S. attorney. He said it was important to "hold the men accountable for the way that they ravaged, murdered, victimized, those Iraqi citizens."

"Now Donald Trump has killed that justice we achieved in a very real sense," he lamented. "This is perhaps the single greatest affront to victims' rights I saw my 30 years as a prosecutor."

See the video below:

Trump pardoning war criminals deserves an investigation

New Alabama GOP senator implies he will challenge the Electoral College results on the Senate floor

After President Donald Trump lost so overwhelmingly at the ballot box, some members of Congress are ready to wage an internal government war to fight for him.

One such Republican is newly elected Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville. Speaking at a campaign rally in Georgia, Tuberville told supporters that because Trump lost it was time to act.

"Folks, we got to grab a hold and hold on. We have no choice. Listen to me now. We have no choice but to win this election. They're going to try to steal it. They're going to try to buy it. They're going to tdo everything they can to lie, cheat, and steal to win this election. Like they did in the presidential election. It's impossible. It is impossible what happened. But we're going to get that all corrected. I'm gonna tell you: don't give up on [President Trump]. Don't give up on him."

Outside the rally, Lauren Windsor asked Tuberville what he was going to do to "fix" what he said was wrong.

"We're going to fight hard," he said.

A staffer quickly tried to rush him away and keep him from answering any questions.

"Just wait," he told the staffer. "Just — well, you see what's coming. You've been reading about it in the House [of Representitives]. We're gonna have to, we're gonna have to do it in the Senate."

As Tuberville mentioned, the Senate hasn't taken up the idea the way the House has and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned his caucus not to go anywhere near the debate. Tuberville didn't seem to get the memo.

"I find it unfathomable that anyone would acquiesce to election theft and voter fraud because they lack the courage to take a difficult vote on the House or Senate floor," said Tuberville's colleague Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) in a Politico interview. "Last time I checked, that's why we were elected to Congress."

See the video of Tuberville in the video below:

Trump in denial: Report says he told aides he wouldn't leave the White House on Inauguration Day

An extensive CNN report Wednesday revealed that President Donald Trump has thought about staging a sit-in and refusing to leave the White House during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

In most presidencies, the handoff is part of a peaceful transfer of power where the outgoing president attends the day's festivities while a SWAT-team-like moving crew helps White House staff pack everything of the first families and brings in the incoming president's things, so it feels like home.

Trump, who continues to maintain he won the 2020 election, has told aides that he will not leave the White House on January 20.\

"In his moments of deepest denial," CNN reported, "Trump has told some advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, only to be walked down from that ledge."

While Trump may pretend he's going to stay in the White House, that wouldn't go well for him. As of noon on Inauguration Day, Secret Service would probably shoo the president out.

Kelly Loeffler asked Donald Trump’s supporters for money on Parler — and it massively backfired

Appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) attempted to raise money on the right-wing-friendly social media site Parler. It didn't go well.

Loeffler, like other Republican Senators, isn't doing anything about President Donald Trump's loss. As a senator, Loeffler could propose a bill giving confidence to Trump around the election and call for all Republicans to vote on it. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) could do the same, but he too is mum on the subject.

So, when Loeffler took to Parler asking for election help, it wasn't shocking that she was faced with a slew of attacks.

"I hope you lose you stuck up b*tch. Help Trump and then go away. But you cant (sic) even do that. Your (sic) bought and paid for," said one person.

"Your net worth is literally $500 MILLION dollars (sic). Quit begging for money and write your own check," said another.

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