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Shocking video catches Capitol Police member taking selfies with insurrectionists

January 6, 2021 in Blogs

By Raw Story

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.

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'Stop the tape!': CNBC's Shep Smith demands producers cut off Trump's dangerous video live on air

January 6, 2021 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick

CNBC host Shep Smith told his producers to stop playing a video clip of President Donald Trump live on air Wednesday, objecting to the fact that the president pushed his disinformation campaign to claim that the 2020 election was stolen.

Trump posted the video on Twitter Wednesday afternoon after a group of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress gathered to count the votes of the Electoral College. The rioters attacked police, broke through barriers, and occupied the federal building, blocking the ceremony and forcing the officials to go into lockdown. At least one person was reported to be shot. The insurrectionists had been stirred up by Trump’s false insistence that the election had been stolen and his delusional belief that somehow Congress could overturn the result during the counting. It was clear, however, that Congress would affirm Joe Biden’s win.

In the wake of the violence, some hoped Trump would speak out to calm the situation. But while Trump did tell the rioters to go home in the video, he spent more time stoking the false claims that the election was stolen, and told those who were supporting him in the assault on the Capitol that he loved them and that they were “special.” It seemed at least as likely to rile up his supporters more than calm them down.

“I know your pain, I know your hurt,” Trump said. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election. And everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now —”

“Stop! Stop the tape!” Smith said, as his producers cut off the video. “That is not true. And we are not airing it.”

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Trump faces calls for his immediate impeachment as his supporters launch insurrection on the U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Violence erupted in the U.S. capitol on Wednesday afternoon as far-right pro-Trump demonstrators — furious because Congress was meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory — clashed with police and stormed the Capitol Building. And Trump critics are saying that the president should be impeached for inciting violence.

He had encouraged the mobs to come to Washington D.C., and he continued to attack the electoral process after his supporters breached the Capitol’s defenses. At the president’s rally, his ally Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat.” Later, Trump sent a few tweets urging them to “Stay peaceful!” but he didn’t tell them to stand down or leave the federal buildings they had illegally infiltrated.

A shooting was reported, and a woman was carried away from the Capitol Building on a stretcher. Here’s what Trump critics have had to say on Twitter:

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'Call it off! It's over!': Republican lawmaker loses it at Trump as his supporters assault the Capitol

January 6, 2021 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick

Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin flew into a rage on Wednesday at the president and his supporters who tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. When violent demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol building, breaching its barriers, and shutting down the proceedings of Congress, Gallagher filmed a video while locked in his office calling on the president to stop the assault.

“Right now, I am sheltered in place, in my office, because we have protesters who have stormed the Capitol, clashing with Capitol Police, forcing their way into Statuary Hall,” he said. “The vice president of the United States was just rushed off the floor of the House by Secret Service. This is banana Republic crap that we’re watching happen right now!”

He continued: “And the objectors over the last two days have told me over there’s no problem with just having a debate. ‘We know we’re not going to succeed, so we’re just going to object, we’re going to have the debate, we’ll voice people’s concerns, and then we won’t actually overturn our entire system of representative government, so nothing bad will happen. And they’ll be no cost to this effort.’ This is the cost of this effort! This is the cost of countenancing an effort by Congress to overturn the election and telling thousands of people that there is a legitimate shot of overturning the election today. Even though you know that is not true!”

Then he turned his fury on the president.

“We have got to stop this!” he said. “Mr. President, you have got to stop this! You are the only person who can call this off! Call it off! The election is over! Call. It. Off. This is bigger than you, this is bigger than any member of Congress. It is about the United States of America, which is more important than any politician. Call it off! It’s over.”

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Woman in 'critical condition' after shooting on Capitol grounds as Trump supporters storm building

January 6, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Violent clashes erupted at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon as pro-Trump demonstrators clashed with police and stormed the building while Congress was preparing to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

CNN reports a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on Capitol grounds.

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When the Supreme Court Ruled a Vaccine Could Be Mandatory

January 6, 2021 in History

By Dave Roos

A 1905 decision backing a city-issued fine for refusing the small pox vaccination provided a powerful and controversial precedent for the flexing of government authority.

In 1901 a deadly smallpox epidemic tore through the Northeast, prompting the Boston and Cambridge boards of health to order the vaccination of all residents. But some refused to get the shot, claiming the vaccine order violated their personal liberties under the Constitution.

One of those holdouts, a Swedish-born pastor named Henning Jacobson, took his anti-vaccine crusade all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s top justices issued a landmark 1905 ruling that legitimized the government’s authority to “reasonably” infringe upon personal freedoms during a public health crisis by issuing a fine to those who refused vaccination.

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A Smallpox Panic and a $5 Fine

A certificate of “protection from smallpox” filled out by the United States Marine Hospital Service for John Donaldson, traveling aboard SS Chalmette to New Orleans, Havana, Cuba, July 18, 1902.

In 1901, the city of Boston registered 1,596 confirmed cases of smallpox, a highly contagious, fever-inducing illness infamous for causing a severe rash on the face and arms that often left survivors scarred for life. In Boston alone, 270 people died from smallpox during the extended 1901 to 1903 outbreak. That’s why public health officials in Boston and neighboring Cambridge issued their compulsory vaccination orders, hoping to reach the 90 percent vaccination rate required for herd immunity.

Jacobson, who served as the pastor of a Swedish Lutheran church in Cambridge, had been vaccinated against smallpox in Sweden when he was 6 years old, an experience that he later said caused him “great and extreme suffering.” So when Dr. E. Edwin Spencer, chairman of the Cambridge Board of Health, knocked on the Jacobsons’ door on March 15, 1902, the pastor refused vaccination for himself and his son.

A few months later, Cambridge was in a full-fledged smallpox “panic” with the city ordering the closure of all schools, public libraries and churches to stem the spread of the disease. Police officers accompanied health officials like Spencer, who went door to door vaccinating as many as 100 people a day.

But while the Cambridge vaccine order was compulsory, it wasn’t a “forced” vaccination. People like Jacobson who refused to get vaccinated faced a $5 fine, the equivalent of nearly $150 today. On …read more

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