18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
They’re shooting into the chamber.
Aaron C. Davis @byaaroncdavis
BREAKING: A source tells me The Defense Department has just denied a request by DC officials to deploy the National Guard to the US Capitol.
tj usiyan @griotspeak
Just to be completely clear today, pointed questions like "Where is the teargas?" or "Why don't we see more choke slams?" are not demands for police brutality. They are rhetorical questions meant to highlight the fact that police *do* know how to avoid police brutality.
This was the capitol’s security when there were black protestors on the streets.
So many Lone Wolves.
Cornsoup conissour @rezdreams
Breaking news: National Guard has a tickle war with MAGA terrorists in the capital building. They are considering upgrading to a pillow fight to push them back. More at 5
Police Brutality Tracker Bot @CopsRBad
Police officers are taking selfies with the domestic terrorists.
This is the opus of American systemic racism in smart phone form.
The scenes from the Capitol are utterly horrifying. Solidarity with those in [Flag of United States icon] on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.
A source close to the White House who is in touch with some of the rioters at the Capitol said it's the goal of those involved to stay inside the Capitol through the night.
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
"I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office.
I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion."
Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement in response to large groups of armed Trump adherents who have violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building as members of Congress meet to count the electoral votes:
“Armed violent protestors who support the baseless claim by outgoing president Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost have stormed the U.S. Capitol today, attacking police officers and first responders, because Trump refused to accept defeat in a free and fair election. Throughout this whole disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, adding fuel to the distrust that has enflamed violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such. The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit. Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.
“This is not the vision of America that manufacturers believe in and work so hard to defend. Across America today, millions of manufacturing workers are helping our nation fight the deadly pandemic that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives. We are trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives. But none of that will matter if our leaders refuse to fend off this attack on America and our democracy—because our very system of government, which underpins our very way of life, will crumble.”
Yeah, I like watching cspan because I don't like people telling me how I should think about things
a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide
1/5 will instigate
1/5 will bandwagon
1/5 will both-sides
1/5 will keep their heads down
1/5 will fight for what's right
Sergeant at Arms says the Capitol building is secure.
The room breaks out into applause.
I’m thankful to be safe, but it’s actually unfathomable to me that Capitol Police were this unprepared.
We knew there were going to be mass protests. We knew some people would try to storm the building. There have apparently only been 13 arrests. How did this happen?
I won’t share the video, but I just saw the Proud Boys reenacting George Floyd’s murder on the Lincoln Memorial.
I hope all of them die. I mean that truly.
“I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement,” he said in a statement.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of... the principal officers of the executive departments... 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.
Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be.
I call it a coup attempt because, though I assume it will not prevent the Biden presidency, it certainly intended to, and is part of a campaign to delegitimize and thereby weaken the incoming administration. It was a long time coming, building up for years with white rage, especially white male rage fueled by everyone from Trump himself to the National Rifle Association, Fox News and the various rightwing pundits, the Republican party, the various faces of white supremacy, and the far-right groups such as the Proud Boys. It is a rage against the fact that other people might be equal under the law, that women and people of color might also govern as power begins to be distributed more equally, the same rage that attempted to delegitimize a black president with birtherism and obstruction. It is a rage against equality.
Congressional leaders are in the undisclosed location and focusing on the 25th Amendment to get @realDonaldTrump out of office!
I just asked Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) about this:
“The idea of taking the time to try to impeach him, the idea of trying to expel members of the House of Senate for their efforts to protect the President and continue this fiction ... I just think we need to turn the page."
going to become a criminal and when i’m inevitably caught i’ll just say that now is not the time for accountability and we should simply turn the page on my attempt to poison gotham’s water supply
i don’t even need these people to have courage i need them to have a sense of self-preservation
a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation
Ed O'Keefe @edokeefe
JUST IN: “This is not news we deliver lightly,” @margbrennan says as she reports: Trump Cabinet secretaries are discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump. Nothing formal yet presented to VP Pence.
“I’m talking about actual members of the Cabinet,” she says
When the rioters chanted “Whose capitol? Our capitol?” they were staking a claim to a fundamental truth in America: that the direction of violence has always flowed from white to Black and all the shades in between.
White supremacy has been the continuous thread weaving through the history of democracy in the U.S. (and Canada) from its founding to the present. It’s ever present and its proponents — whether overt or sheathed in politeness — know it is theirs to evoke.
And still there is that tone of surprise among media commentators. “This is not America” “This is not how we function” “This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic.” That last statement from former president George W. Bush, the man who butchered Iraq in the name of democracy.
The violence of white innocence continually excels itself — and exhausts the rest of us.
Why are people behaving like nothing happened and like their own colleagues — not just Donald Trump — had no role in inciting it? “My colleagues, it’s time to move on,” says Pelosi. This JUST HAPPENED. Not just within the day, within the past six hours!
"This is what you've gotten, guys," Romney was heard yelling as "mayhem unfolded in the Senate chamber, apparently addressing his colleagues who were leading the charge to press Mr. Trump's false claims of a stolen election," The New York Times reports.
A few quick thoughts:
1) This was a coordinated, nationwide effort (see the break-ins & protests at various state houses ).
2) This was a massive recruiting success for fascists in the US. They don't see themselves as defeated. This was to them a charivari, a rehearsal. 1/
3) The international dimension of the rise of the fascists was on display with all the international flags being flown in the protests. 2/
And most alarmingly,
4) The police stood aside, let them in, didn't arrest but a dozen people. They helped them by inaction. Next time they will help with coordinated action.
Good night. /fin
...now we gather due to a selfish man's injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the united states. Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.
Fairly or not, they will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in american history. That will be their legacy. I salute senator lankford, loeffler, braun, and daines and i'm sure others who, in the light of the day's outrage, have withdrawn their objection. For any who remain insistent on an audit in order to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen, i'd offer this perspective -- no congressional audit is ever going to convince these voters, particularly when the president will continue to say that the election was stolen. The best way we could show respect for the voters who were upset is by telling them the truth.
That's the burden, that's the duty of leadership. The truth is that president-elect biden won the election, president trump lost. I have had that experience myself. It's no fun. Scores of courts, the president's own attorneys general, state election officials, both republican and democrat, have reached that unequivocal decision. And in light of today's sad circumstances, i ask my colleagues, do we weigh our own political fortunes more heavily than we weigh the strength of our republic, the strength of our democracy, and the cause of freedom? What's the weight of personal acclaim compared to the weight of conscience?
Leader mcconnell said that the vote today is the most important in his 36 years of public service. Think of that. Authorizing two wars, voting in two impeachments. He said that not because the vote reveals something about the election, it's because this vote reveals something about us. I urge my colleagues to move forward with completing the electoral count, to refrain from further objections, and to unanimously affirm the legitimacy of the presidential election.
This was a massive recruiting success for fascists in the US. They don't see themselves as defeated. This was to them a charivari, a rehearsal.
I joked above about an exorcism, but maybe some protesters could go in front of the White House and make theater out of the ritual, chanting: the power of Christ compels thee.
Portrait — Elected to the 25th Congress (1837–1839), Jonathan Cilley of Maine served less than one year in Congress before being killed in a duel with a fellow Member.
On this date, Jonathan Cilley of Maine was killed by Representative William Graves of Kentucky in a duel on the outskirts of D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Graves approached Cilley with a letter at the behest of a newspaper editor, James Webb, who was incensed about a bribery accusation Cilley had made on the House Floor. Cilley refused to accept the letter; Graves interpreted the refusal as a direct insult to his character and challenged Cilley to a duel. In an ironic twist, neither man had any known grievance with the other prior to the incident.
With two other Members of the House present, Henry Wise of Virginia and Delegate George Jones of Wisconsin (the dueling seconds for both men), the duel went beyond the customary two rounds, resulting in Cilley’s death in the third round. After the ensuing House investigation, Graves, along with Wise and Jones, were recommended for censure after Cilley’s death. Although the House refused to impose the censure recommendation it offered a bill to “prohibit the giving or accepting within the District of Columbia, of a challenge to fight a duel, and for the punishment thereof.” On February 27, 1838, the House Chamber hosted a funeral, attended by the President Martin Van Buren and other statesmen, to honor Cilley.
Contrary to popular belief, the “nuclear football” which always accompanies a President does not contain a button but instead has the equipment and the decision-making papers that Trump would use to authenticate his orders and launch a strike.
“The President by himself cannot press a button and cause missiles to fly. He can only give an authenticated order which others would follow and then missiles would fly,” Dr. Peter Feaver, a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, told congressional lawmakers last year....
There is a black book listing a menu of strike options; a three-by-five-inch card with authentication codes for the President to confirm his identity; a list of secure bunkers where the President can be sheltered; and instructions for using the Emergency Broadcast System.
Congresswoman Scanlon previously served as national pro bono counsel at a major US law firm, where she directed and supervised over 600 lawyers in 15 offices in providing more than 50,000 hours of pro bono legal services annually
I mean, Pence was a politician before this, he knows more about how it works than Trump knows who washes his socks.
Hawley, Cruz, et al are actively hoping to court nazis who would storm the nation's capitol because you can both lie to them about whatever fits your narrative and they will apparently defend your lies in the face of literally overwhelming objective truth
Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and neo-nazi loser Baked Alaska both live-streamed from Pelosi's office after storming the capitol. Neither have been arrested.
...an E-4B national airborne command post aircraft sortied out of nearby Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. These aircraft are essential tools when it comes to continuity of government and in assuring the resiliency of the nuclear deterrent. We do not know if the E-4B's mission is related to what is ongoing in nearby Washington, D.C., but they are supposed to launch under certain circumstances from their forward operating location at Andrews. They famously did so during the events of 9/11, for instance.
E-4 NAOC - NIGHT 76 off of Andrews
AFB #potn pic.twitter.com/mg8NE5sxkt
Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) January 6, 2021
It's Trump's party, and his voters want him.
Yeah, it's really a cult of personality for the Trump followers.