The Attempted Coup

What’s going on, internet world?  Anything interesting happen in the last couple months since the election?  I’m sure it was quiet, right?

Right?

Oh, fuck.

So here’s the short, short version.  After everyone who is not trapped in the RWM Echo Chamber realized that Joe Biden beat the shit out of Donald Trump, good ole Adolf Twittler screamed about fraud, stolen elections, bad counting, and inciting violence.  MAGA challenged the results of Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia repeatedly.  After going 1-70 in like 71 court cases and losing each and every recount, Cult45 doubled down on the crazy, convincing themselves that there must be some massive conspiracy against them involving stolen ballots, shredded papers, chem trails, and whatever the fuck else they believe in.  I’m not completely sure, most of my MAGA Facebook friends went to Parler.  Good, fuck’em.

Well, last night was the Georgia Senate Run-off, and both Democrats won.  But that’s another story that ends with the Democrats controlling the Senate.

In the last few weeks, a bunch of MAGA-Lite politicians have tried to tap into the barely literate mob for their own purposes.  This includes about 70 House members and Senators Hawley from Missouri and Ted Cruz.  After today, their names need to go down in history with Benedict Arnold and Judas.  That’s how bad things went today.

I guess I should talk about what happened.  It was a two-front assault on Democracy.

On the civil front, a few dozen self-serving Republicans decided to drag out the certification process of the Electoral College’s vote.  This was after a last-ditch effort by them to have Mike Pence bypass the results and just anoint Trump the winner.  In what could best be described as the stupidest argument since my kid argued for cupcakes for breakfast since they’re shaped like muffins, Representatives like Goehmert argued that the Vice President doesn’t have to read the actual results as they were certified by the EC and laid out in the Constitution, but could just read what he felt like. Yeah, that fucking stupid.  Anyway, these ambitious dipshits decided that they would work together in both houses of Congress to delay the certification by lodging challenges to each state that Biden won in 2020 but Trump lost based off of even worse logic and disingenuous arguments.  They got to Arizona, when the shit show started.

Now on to the not-so-civil shit.

Down the street, Trump hosted the “Stop the Steal” rally, where he instructed about a thousand of his most crazy cult members.  The Snowflake-In-Chief had his feelings hurt when Pence said he wasn’t going to try to start a coup to maintain their positions.  So Trump told the crowd to march down to the Capitol and show them what you think.

Fast forward about an hour or two, and this group of maybe 1500 white nationalist terrorists breech the perimeter of the Capitol, break down the doors, and invade the building.  Shots were fired while the joint session of Congress was in session and the Capital Police (yes, different spellings because reasons) let the terrorists in.

Yes, they let them in.  Some even took selfies with the mob.

This mob trashed the building, stole shit, smashed windows, and attacked people.  Congresspeople and press were evacuated, and one member of Cult45 was shot and killed.  I don’t cry for terrorists.

This mob wrecked the Capitol with the main purpose of preventing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s win.  And wrecking shit.  And killing Libs.

One traitor was killed, and the FBI diffused at least two bombs.  A pipe bomb was dropped off at RNC HQ, and the DNC HQ was evacuated.

Everyone with even a semblance of a conscience called this what it was: an insurrection.  Trump praised them and called them patriots. 

This was an attempt at a coup.  

The National Guard wasn’t deployed until Pence returned to the White House.  Twitter suspended Trump’s account, there have been some immediate resignations in the White House including Melania’s Chief of Staff, some of the objections have been withdrawn, and that’s just for starters.  The talk for most of the day has been “Impeach and Remove” and “Invoke the 25th.”  The list of names calling for these actions is too long to list but includes all the heavy hitters in the Democratic Party and more than a few Republicans.  I’ve gone over how the 25th works in Hypotheticals, so no need to go over that.  As far as impeachment and conviction go, a resolution can be brought to the floor of the House right away (after the certification of the Electoral College business) and receive an Up or Down vote right away.  It would be nice to have the charges read into the record, but not completely necessary.  At that point the bill can be taken to the Senate where a trial should take place, but we saw how that worked last year.  At this point, 16 Republicans would need to join the 50 Democrats (after the Georgia senators are sworn in shortly) to vote to remove Trump from office and to bar him from ever holding office again.

There needs to be consequences.  Big fucking consequences.  Like, death penalty charges and 20 years to life sentences for members of the crowd and Trump dying alone in prison.  If not, then this shit will only get worse.

 

Thank you and… wait, what?

 

Just as I was about to sign off and enjoy some AEW, CBS News is reporting that the Cabinet and Pence are discussing invoking Article IV of the 25th Amendment, and it’s not so much a ‘should they’ conversation but a ‘how do we do it’ conversation.  That’s interesting.

 

Thank you and have a good one.

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