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New report reveals some of Trump's closest aides think he's become 'mentally unreachable'

January 7, 2021 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

President Donald Trump’s aides have simply stopped trying to communicate with him, including during Wednesday’s deadly insurrection, and are “avoiding him like the plague.”

“Some stalwart aides and confidants — after years of enduring the crazy and trying to modulate the chaos — have given up trying to communicate with him, considering him mentally unreachable,” according to Axios.

The outgoing President’s “closest friends and paid White House officials — many of the Trumpiest Trumpers we know — are avoiding him like the plague,” the access journalism site’s Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan report.

Business Insider adds that on “Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said that Trump’s aides were trying to get him to issue a strong statement against the violence but that he was ‘ignoring these entreaties.’”

She “also described a Trump advisor as saying that people close to Trump were ‘certain the president wanted this and is enjoying it.’”

Four people died during the violent insurrection, including one woman inside the Capitol Building who reportedly was shot in the neck by Capitol Police.

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Source: ALTERNET

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Military leaders spark backlash with vague statement on Capitol attack: 'Stop the doubletalk Trump-speak'

January 7, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

The United States’ top military commander in Africa has issued a statement in response to the chaos that ensued on Capitol Hill during Congress’ Electoral College vote confirmation.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend and Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher released a joint statement regarding the disturbing series of events that transpired.

“Some of you may be concerned about the events that we saw unfold back home in the U.S. Capitol yesterday,” the statement read. “But we want to share these thoughts with you: America has withstood much greater and graver challenges in the past, our Constitution remains our bedrock, and our system of government is strong, resilient, and will prevail. U.S. Africa Command remains focused on our mission to protect and advance American’s security and interests in Africa.”

The statement continued, “The American people expect, and need, us to stay steady and keep clear eyes on our duty and we will. The Command Senior Enlisted Leader and I remain proud in the phalanx alongside all of you.”

Although their statement was meant to calm the American public, many are still concerned about military officials even having to make such a statement. Twitter users weighed in with their perspective of the entire ordeal as they expressed frustration with the military. To many users, it seemed as if the military generals were downplaying what occurred. Some also expressed concern about Trump supporters wreaking havoc like this again in the very near future.

Others also disagreed with the generals’ assessment of what happened and how law enforcement handled the situation. One Twitter user said, “I saw an institutional failure yesterday. What did you do to stop it? Nothing? Then what meaning does this statement have?”

Another user wrote, “Trump is leading an active insurrection against the United States and the armed forces, unsurprisingly, will do nothing. Trump has insulted our Generals at every turn, but the rank …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Mitch McConnell warned of a looming 'death spiral' before all hell broke loose on Capitol Hill

January 7, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Before the mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke during a joint session of Congress preparing to count the votes of the Electoral College. The Kentucky Republican made it abundantly clear that he accepted former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect and had no desire to join the Republicans who announced their plans to contest Biden’s Electoral College victory.

In what now seems a prescient warning of the imminent chaos, the leader — who has faced extensive criticism for enabling the president’s dangerous tenure — predicted a “death spiral” if the country continued down the Trump path.

McConnell, during his speech on the Senate floor, told members of Congress, “The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”

Biden won 306 electoral votes in November, and he defeated Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote. And McConnell noted, “This election, actually, was not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000 and 2004 were all closer than this one. The Electoral College margin is almost identical to what it was in 2016.”

The Senate majority leader added, “If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost.”

McConnell told Congress, “Nothing before us proves illegality of the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt was incited without any evidence. The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role.”

McConnell has been an aggressive and forceful partisan as Senate majority leader. But on Wednesday, he told Democrats and fellow Republicans, “Self-government requires a shared commitment to the truth and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system. We cannot continue …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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How Republican lawmakers reportedly endangered their own colleagues during the Capitol siege

January 7, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

When a violent mob of far-right extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, members of Congress naturally feared for their safety and were taken to a secure location. Punchbowl News reports that according to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, “at least 50″ House Republicans put their colleagues at risk in that location by refusing to wear masks.

The House lawmaker told Punchbowl that “a severe COVID outbreak” is “coming” because of those House Republicans — who were “asked repeatedly” to wear masks inside the secure location but refused. According to Punchbowl’s source, “Older Dem members pleaded, and they wouldn’t do it.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper, after seeing Punchbowl’s report, bluntly tweeted:

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Trump lawyer suddenly repudiates the president — says he was used to 'perpetrate a crime'

January 7, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

In Philadelphia, one of the cities where President Donald Trump’s legal team has been making baseless and debunked claims of widespread voter fraud, Trump campaign attorney Jerome Marcus has asked to withdraw from one of the campaign’s Pennsylvania-related election lawsuits.

Marcus made that request following the violence that occurred on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where a violent mob of far-right Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building hoping to prevent the counting of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Although a joint session of Congress was delayed and members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives feared for their safety, it resumed on Wednesday evening — and the Electoral College results were affirmed by Congress. Biden’s inauguration is set for January 20.

Bloomberg News reporter Erik Larson previously reported the motion.

On Thursday in Philadelphia, Marcus told U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond his client “used the lawyer’s services to perpetrate a crime and the client insists on taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant and with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement.”

Larson quotes Marcus as saying, “I believe that the filing of that and other cases was used by President Trump yesterday to incite people to violence. I refer specifically to his urging people to come to Washington for a ‘wild’ protest.”

Marcus has been representing Trump’s campaign in a lawsuit against city election officials in Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold that played a key role in Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican, received death threats after Pennsylvania was called for Biden in November.

“The campaign lost its emergency motion for an injunction,” Larson notes, “but the case wasn’t dismissed and didn’t go to trial. It remains active, seeking a court finding that election officials violated the law.”

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Source: ALTERNET

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A History of Attacks at the US Capitol

January 7, 2021 in History

By Becky Little

Over its 200-year history, the nation’s legislative seat has withstood fire, brawls, break-ins and shootings.

In its over . In 1858, a fistfight between about 30 congressmen broke out in the House of Representatives at 2:00 a.m. when a southerner grabbed a northerner by the throat. In 1860, pro-slavery congressmen threatened an anti-slavery congressmen with pistols and canes while he spoke against slavery on the House floor.

READ MORE: Violence in Congress Before the Civil War: From Canings and Stabbings to Murder

When Abraham Lincoln won the presidency in 1860, southern states responded by seceding and waging war on the Union. Southern congressmen who had once worked in the Capitol began fighting against the Union it stood for—though during the Civil War, the Confederate Army never captured D.C.

Shootings and Bombings at the Capitol

US Capitol police officers salute the caskets of Special Agent John Gibson (L-front) and Officer Jacob Chestnut as they lie in state in the Rotunda at the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 1998. Gibson and Chestnut were killed on July 24 when Russell E. Weston Jr. opened fire inside the building after running through metal detectors at the door.

In addition to duels and physical fights between congressmen, non-members of Congress have fired weapons or planted bombs on the Capitol grounds. In 1954, four Puerto Rican Americans fired guns in the House of Representatives, injuring five congressmen. The attackers said they acted to demand independence for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. (Puerto Ricans have U.S. citizenship but can’t vote for president and have no voting representatives in Congress.) The injured congressmen survived, and the four shooters received prison sentences. President Jimmy Carter commuted one of their sentences in 1977, and granted clemency to the other three in 1979.

On March 1, 1971, a bomb exploded in the Capitol building. While the explosion did not injure anyone, it caused some $300,000 in damage. A group calling itself the Weather Underground claimed to be behind the bombing and said it was in protest of the ongoing U.S.-supported bombing of Laos.

Thirteen years later, on November 7, 1983, a bomb tore through the second floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol. The device detonated late in the evening and no one was harmed, but it caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. A group calling itself the …read more

Source: HISTORY