Incitement to Riot.
What Trump Told Supporters Before Mob Stormed Capitol.
“When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.” – Donald J. Trump, Alleged President.
Whipping up anger against Republicans who were not going along with his plan for subverting the election, like Vice President Mike Pence, Trump told the crowd that “different rules” now applied. At the most obvious level, the president was arguing that what he wanted Pence to do — reject the state-certified Electoral College results — would be legitimate, but the notion of “very different rules” applying carried broader overtones of extraordinary permission as well.
“RINO” is a term of abuse used by highly partisan Republicans against more moderate colleagues they deem to be “Republicans in Name Only.” Trump insinuated that Republican officials, including Pence, would endanger themselves by accepting Biden’s win. “I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so, because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election. … And I actually — I just spoke to Mike. I said: ‘Mike, that doesn’t take courage. What takes courage is to do nothing. That takes courage.’” “I also want to thank our most courageous members of the U.S. Senate, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Josh Hawley. … Senators have stepped up. We want to thank them. I actually think, though, it takes, again, more courage not to step up, and I think a lot of those people are going to find that out. And you better start looking at your leadership, because your leadership has led you down the tubes.”
Trump twice told the crowd that Republicans who did not go along with his effort to overturn the election — Pence as well as senators like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, who did not join in the performative objections led by Hawley and Cruz — were actually the ones being courageous. In context, the president’s implication is that they were putting themselves at risk because it would be safer to go along with what he wanted. During the ensuing riot, the mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence.” Trump suggested that he wanted his supporters to stop the certification of Biden’s electoral win, not just protest it. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. 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. And to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal. … “You will have an illegitimate president. That is what you will have, and we can’t let that happen. These are the facts that you won’t hear from the fake news media. It’s all part of the suppression effort. They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to talk about it. … “We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
Two months after he lost the election, Trump repeatedly told his followers that they could still stop Biden from becoming president if they “fight like hell,” a formulation that suggested they act and change things, not merely raise their voices. As he dispatched his supporters into what became deadly chaos, Trump falsely told them that he would come, too. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. … We are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote, but we are going to try — give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try — going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
As he sicced his supporters on Congress, Trump assured them that he would personally accompany them to the Capitol. In fact, as several of his followers and police officers were injured or dying in the ensuing chaos, the president watched the violence play out on television from the safety of the White House.
Four people died as a result of Trump’s blatant incitement, his betrayal of our Constitution, the nauseating attempted coup, which like all things Trump meddles in; failed. His infantile tantrum, both by words and actions and even inaction led to the deaths of four citizens, including a Capitol Police Officer. By whipping his cult of MAGA disciples into a frothy rage against a Democratic process that has been followed, whether we like the results or not, for centuries.
Donald Trump lost. He’s a loser. Now staring down the barrel of a second Impeachment, having lost both the 2016 and 2020 election’s popular vote and having used Russian interference and financial assistance and a barrage of deceptive, racist, xenophobic and bigoted propaganda to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton and being totally and utterly decimated without it (maybe even with it) in 2020 by the voice of the American people, this sick, deranged and psychotic malignant narcissist, an individual with a 3rd grade vocabulary and 7 year old’s maturity has decided to wage war on anyone and anything he perceives to be his enemy.
But, he will fail and lose that war too and on January 21st, the war will come to him. In the form of myriad criminal and civil suits, from sexual assault and tax fraud and embezzlement to obstruction of justice and probably even misdemeanor drug charges. And, then there are the inevitable wrongful death suits thanks to his incompetent and sadistic handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic. His entire criminal enterprise that is the Trump family, who are tethered to him will ultimately sink to the bottom with him.
But Trump and his Jim Jones, Jonestown, cultists won’t go away overnight, despite his constant fleecing of their every nickel penny and dime. Are they too stupid to realize they’re being flat-out robbed or are they so indoctrinated that they truly are willing to empty their bank accounts, lose their jobs and homes for a man who would throw to any wolfpack, under any bus or in front of any bullet, all for the sake of preserving himself and most importantly, his brand?