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Social scientist on failed pro-Trump coup: 'People are mistaking ridiculous with not serious'

January 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Lauren Floyd

If anyone is still asking if it’s fair to classify Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol as an attempted coup, the short answer is yes. But Atlantic magazine contributor Zeynep Tufekci, who has lived through four coups in Turkey, told NPR the public needs to focus less on how to classify what happened and start paying attention to just how close rioters came to achieving their goal.

President Donald Trump called for his supporters to march to the Capitol to block Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen,” he said at a Save America rally Wednesday in Washington D.C. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about.”

Trump incited a mob that stormed the legislature, where the election was being certified, Tufekci told NPR. “So that is absolutely some sort of coup attempt,” she said. Tufekci said that moments of the insurrection Wednesday felt “intimately familiar” and that she’s been describing Trump’s actions since the election as attempts at a coup.

She said as an academic, she can appreciate Americans debating the best technical term to classify Trump’s attempt to overthrow election results.”You know there is some value in the precision there, but that shouldn’t overshadow what was coming our way, as I was writing, what is being attempted” she said. “The president of the United States was attempting to steal the election by falsely asserting that he won it and trying to mobilize all the extralegal forces he could muster from his office to try to get them to overturn the election in his favor.”

By Merriam-Webster’s definition, a coup, short for coup d’état, is defined as “a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics especially: the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.”

“I think people are mistaking ridiculous with not serious,” Tufekci said. Protesters looked ridiculous, angry mobs of people punctuated with those wearing horns and flag capes, “but it’s not unserious,” Tufekci said. After the mob disrupted the certification process, the majority of the GOP caucus, 138 of 211 Republican representatives, voted to overthrow the results of the Pennsylvania election, “even the Pennsylvania representative who was just elected with …read more

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AOC cuts to the point: 'We came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday'

January 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Marissa Higgins

After an incredibly chaotic, exhausting, and, frankly, terrifying week, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on ABC’s This Week and talked to host George Stephanopoulos about what we all know is true: “Every minute” that Donald Trump sits in office “represents a clear and present danger.” As many on social media have pointed out, if Trump can’t even be trusted with a Twitter account, how can he be trusted to run the country, hold nuclear codes, or guide us through a global pandemic?

Still, some people are frustrated at the notion of removing Trump so close to the end of his term, wondering, Well, what’s the point? There’s symbolism, of course, in impeaching Trump for a second time. But there are also real, tangible benefits to removing Trump from office that can affect the country in both the short and long-term. Let’s check out how Ocasio-Cortez breaks them down in the clips below.

“Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as President of the United State,” Ocasio-Cortez told Stephanopoulos. “Every minute and every that he is in office represents a clear and present danger not just to the United States Congress but to the country. But in addition to removal, we’re also talking about completely barring the president—or rather, Donald Trump—from running for office ever again. And in addition to that, the potential ability to prevent pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for.”

Here’s that clip.

Stephanopolous asked Ocasio-Cortez about the concerns of some that having an impeachment trial could slow down getting Biden’s agenda underway, including, for example, passing coronavirus relief and confirmations. Ocasio-Cortez argued that the “safety” of the president, Congress, and the “security of our country takes precedence over the timing of nominations” and potential “confirmations.”

Stephanopoulos referenced a letter sent on behalf of a number of Republicans who implored President-elect Biden to forego impeachment for the sake of “unity,” arguing that it is “unnecessary” and “inflammatory.” …read more

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Los Angeles telling ambulance drivers 'not to transport' patients likely to die as pandemic worsens

January 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Mark Sumner

With an even more contagious strain of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, the U.K. has announced a third round of lockdowns that involve some of the strictest measures taken so far. The national lockdown and stay-at-home order has tight restrictions on who is allowed to leave home to work, and what other activities can take place outside the home. All schools are to remain closed or online, except for schools set up to handle the children of critical workers.

The new, rapidly spreading strain added just under 59,000 new cases in the U.K. on Monday, which is more than double where that nation was a month ago. However, it’s still only a fraction of the new cases still appearing each day in the United States where the new restrictions include … nothing at all. With Donald Trump focused 100% on holding onto power by spreading lies about election fraud, there have been no new federal guidelines, no public announcements from the coronavirus task force, and no sign that anything is being done to address the obvious shortcomings of the vaccine distribution system. Meanwhile, American schools are attempting to reopen following the surge, on surge, on surge holidays, and finding they have a problem—so many teachers are sick classes can’t be held.

And in Los Angeles, ambulance drivers are being forced to engage in triage, leaving those with little chance to die at home.

As The Atlantic reports, for many school districts the question of reopening schools in person is no longer a question. Because there is no one available to staff the classrooms. The shortage isn’t happening because unions are adding rules designed to enhance teacher safety, or because teachers are staging any kind of protest against working during the pandemic. It’s happening because there are simply too many teachers who are either sick, or are in quarantine. And school districts are finding that COVID-19 spreads more quickly than they are able to find replacements.

But the decisions that school districts are making seem almost simple next to the burden now being placed on ambulance drivers in Los Angeles. With hospitals there so full that patients are being treated in the gift shops, the bar for being admitted to the ICU and to ordinary patient rooms has been raised higher and higher. Many patients who would have been admitted …read more

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West Virginia lawmaker who stormed Capitol with MAGAs resigns

January 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Aldous Pennyfarthing

Derrick Evans, the suuuper-genius who filmed himself participating in a violent insurrection, has resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates.

MetroNews:

“I hereby resign as a member of the House of Delegates, effective immediately,” Evans said in a one-page letter submitted to Gov. Jim Justice and the House.

The House released another statement from Evans expressing regret.

“I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians,” Evans stated.

“I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state. And more importantly, I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.’”

Evans’ intrusion into the Capitol was among the dumber crimes ever committed by anyone, much less a duly elected legislator. After breaching the Capitol, Evans, who was livestreaming on Facebook, shouted, “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

I’ve never seen white privilege and stupidity so expertly confected into a colossal, life-altering mistake. (Oh, wait, that’s not true. There was that whole “electing Donald Trump president” thing.)

Maybe while he’s languishing in prison—if and when that day comes—Evans can get some criming tips from his fellow inmates. I assume tip No. 1 would be “don’t scream your own name while committing crimes in federal buildings.” No. 2, and very close behind, would be “if you insist on recording your crimes, maybe wait to see how the video turns out before you post it on Facebook.”

Evans was arrested yesterday and now faces federal charges related to the uprising.

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Jim Jordan seeks 'unity' after trying to overturn election: Impeachment is 'not healthy for the nation'

January 10, 2021 in Blogs

By David Edwards

After trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting a riot is “not healthy for the nation.”

Jordan, who had officially objected to the results of the Electoral College, repeatedly insisted during a Fox News interview that now is the time to unify the country.

“What happened [with the riot] Wednesday is wrong, it’s as wrong as wrong can be,” Jordan said. “But I hope the Democrats don’t go down this road [with impeachment], we don’t know they’re going to. Let’s hope that they do not do that.”

“Now the Democrats are going to try to remove the president from office just seven days before he’s set to leave anyway,” he continued. “I do not see how that unifies the country.”

Jordan pleaded with President-elect Joe Biden to give a speech defending Trump.

“Let’s bring the country together and move forward, and return to being this America, the greatest nation ever,” he remarked. “That’s where we need to focus.”

“For the good of the country, I think it makes sense for Vice President Biden to do that,” the Ohio Republican said. “I think [impeachment has] real constitutional problems but most importantly, it’s not healthy for the nation.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.


Jim Jordan: Impeachment is ‘not healthy for the nation’

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