Research says the criminal insurrectionist Trump is responsible for all of it

According to a report published by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was the “direct result of a months-long effort rooted in disinformation” that was promoted and fueled by the criminal insurrectionist Donald Trump.

The group has put together a comprehensive timeline that shows how the movement (or cult) was “coordinated by some of his most fervent, conspiratorial supporters; and incorporating a wide range of supporting groups.”

The research article, published at Just Security, uses material posted “in plain sight” on online platforms which were designed to convince people of falsehoods about the 2020 elections. The disinformation campaign centered around Trump’s the “Stop the Steal” movement, which hosted a rally on Jan. 6 that preceded the violence at the Capitol.

“The Stop the Steal movement included groups across a spectrum of radicalization: hyperpartisan pro-Trump activists and media outlets; the neo-fascist Proud Boys, a group with chapters committed to racism and the promotion of street violence; unlawful militias from around the country with a high degree of command and control, including the so-called Three Percenters movement; adherents to the collective delusion of QAnon; individuals identifying with the Boogaloo Bois, a loosely organized anti-government group that has called for a second civil war; and ideological fellow travelers of the far-right, who wanted to witness something they believed would be spectacular,” the report states.

According to the report, the binding ingredients that brought these groups together was conspiracy theories about the 2020 election coupled with cult-like support for Trump.

Read the full report over at Just Security.

Putting Trump on trial isn’t enough, the other republican traitors must face justice too

Trump’s responsibility for the vicious January 6 insurrection is unmistakable.
The Senate must convict Donald Trump… and disqualify him from ever holding federal office again.
Trump perpetrated a “grievous betrayal of his oath of office” when he “incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol” while Congress was convening on January 6 to count the electoral votes confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump “summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue.” “As it stormed the Capitol, the mob yelled out ‘Trump Sent Us,’ ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ and ‘Traitor Traitor Traitor,”

We will all remember January 6, 2021—and Trump’s singular responsibility for that tragedy. It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc.

Instead of immediately telling his supporters who were overrunning the Capitol to stand down and condemning their attack, Trump was “delighted” and publicly told the insurrectionists that they were “special” and “loved.”

All these Senate Republican/Russian enablers must stand trial for aiding and abetting Trump in all of his seditious and insurrectionist actions

Barrasso, John (R-WY)
Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
Boozman, John (R-AR)
Braun, Mike (R-IN) 
Burr, Richard (R-NC)
Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)   
Cassidy, Bill (R-LA)
Cornyn, John (R-TX)
Cotton, Tom (R-AR)
Cramer, Kevin (R-ND)
Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
Cruz, Ted (R-TX)
Daines, Steve (R-MT)
Ernst, Joni (R-IA)
Fischer, Deb (R-NE)
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
Hagerty, Bill (R-TN)
Hawley, Josh (R-MO)
Hoeven, John (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith, Cindy (R-MS)
Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)
Johnson, Ron (R-WI)
Kennedy, John (R-LA)
Lankford, James (R-OK)
Lee, Mike (R-UT)
Lummis, Cynthia M. (R-WY)
Marshall, Roger, M.D. (R-KS)
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
Paul, Rand (R-KY)
Portman, Rob (R-OH)
Rounds, Mike (R-SD)
Rubio, Marco (R-FL)
Scott, Rick (R-FL)
Scott, Tim (R-SC)
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)
Sullivan, Dan (R-AK)
Thune, John (R-SD)
Tillis, Thom (R-NC)
Toomey, Patrick J. (R-PA)
Tuberville, Tommy (R-AL)
Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS)
Young, Todd (R-IN)

Are you worried yet?

This shit spreads as fast as the new COVID-19 variants

Here are just some of today’s Crazy Trump-cult Republican Party positions:

Supporting the false QAnon claims that hold there is a global pedophile cabal involving top U.S. political figures.

The false “Frazzledrip” claim about Clinton and a top aide, Huma Abedin, supposedly engaging in a satanic ritual involving the murder and mutilation of a child.

Promoting that the 2018 massacre of students in Parkland, Fla., was a “false flag” and calling a student gun-control activist who attended the school “little Hitler”

Claiming the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. was a “STAGGED SHOOTING”

Baselessly claiming Pelosi cited the need for monthly school shootings to pass gun legislation.

Suggesting another mass shooting, in Las Vegas, was part of a plot to abolish the Second Amendment.

Saying the 2018 midterms, in which Democrats won the House, represented “an Islamic invasion of our government.”

Comparing Black Lives Matter activists to neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

Claiming George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, collaborated with Nazis.

5G has caused Covid-19 pandemic

It’s no surprise that 45 of these same Crazy ass Republicans claim that holding Trump accountable for inciting the insurrection at the nation’s capital is unconstitutional

Congress should file Articles of Impeachment’ against Trump immediately

Because of the unprecedented breach of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of terrorists supported by Trump, Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate because of the real threat he poses to our country!

The Trump insurrection forced a halt to congressional deliberations over challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Senators were being evacuated. Some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. Many Members of Congress were sent running for their lives in the United States capital, this was truly devastating and totally shocking.

This is far from the first time calls for impeachment have been raised during the Trump presidency. Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives earlier in his term, but was later Republicans in the Senate fail to convict him. 

Only a simple majority vote is required to impeach someone in the House, but a two-thirds majority Senate vote is required to convict. A second impeachment is far from guaranteed, with Trump’s term ending in just 14 days. Regardless, calls for impeachment came Wednesday from lawmakers, public figures, and major media op-eds. 

The riots at the US Capitol shocked many in the US and around the world, but for some, the violent scenes in Washington are simply the natural culmination of Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and repeated stoking of division in the US.

The descent by thousands of Trump supporters on the Capitol – minutes after Trump specifically asked them to march towards it – might be the clearest evidence yet of Trump’s responsibility for Wednesday’s debacle.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has released a statement saying Donald Trump should be removed from office after his actions yesterday, as a mob stormed the Capitol.

“What happened at the US Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer said in a statement.

“The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the vice-president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the vice-president and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach (Trump).”

A Republican congressman, Adam Kinzinger, also called for invoking the 25th amendment today, and some progressive lawmakers, including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said Trump should be impeached.

The Republican Confederacy

To quote Mississippi’s William Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Senators from states that were part of the Confederacy, or territory where slaveholding was legal, provide the ballast for Cruz’s demands. At least one senator each from Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas is on board.

Apparently, Trump’s defeat at the hands of Joe Biden, formerly vice-president to the first black man in the White House, and Kamala Harris, a black woman, is too much for too many to bear. Said differently, to these Republicans the right to vote is only for some of the people, some of the time – those people being this president’s supporters.

Trump’s equivocation over Charlottesville, his debate shoutout to the Proud Boys and his worship of dead Confederate generals are of the same piece. The vestiges of an older and crueler social order are to be maintained, at all costs.

Likewise, the reluctance of Trump appointees to the federal judiciary to affirm the validity of Brown v Board of Education, the supreme court ruling that said school segregation was unconstitutional, is a feature not a bug.

As for the Declaration of Independence’s pronouncement that “All men are created equal”, and the constitution’s guaranty of equal protection under law, they are inconveniences to be discarded when confronted by dislocating demographics.

“Stand back and stand by,” indeed.

Since the civil war, there has always been a southern party, frequently echoing strains of the old, slave-owning south. Practically, that has meant hostility towards civil rights coupled with wariness towards modernity.

To be sure, southern did not automatically equal neo-Confederate, but the distinction could easily get lost. And to be sure, the Democrats were initially the party of the south. During debate over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republicans gave Lyndon Johnson the votes he needed. Not anymore.

Cruz and Josh Hawley, the Missouri senator who kicked off the attempt to deny the electoral college result, are the products of places like Harvard, Stanford and Yale. John C Calhoun, the seventh vice-president, argued in favor of slavery and the right of states to secede. He went to Yale too. Joseph Goebbels had a doctorate from Heidelberg. An elite degree does not confer wisdom automatically. For the record, Cruz also clerked for a supreme court chief justice, William Rehnquist. Hawley did so for John Roberts.

A disputed election, a constitutional crisis, polarization … welcome to 1876

On Sunday, as the new Congress was being sworn in, a recording emerged of Trump unsuccessfully browbeating Georgia’s secretary of state into finding “11,780 votes, which is one more than we have”. From the sound of things, Trump’s fear of prosecutors and creditors, waiting for him to leave the White House, takes precedence over electoral integrity.

Back in May, after Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, predicted 240,000 deaths from Covid, and as armed protests to public health measures grew, an administration insider conveyed that Trump’s America was becoming a “bit” like the “late” Weimar Republic. Eight months later, the death toll is past 350,000 and climbing unabated.

Come nightfall on 6 January, the party of Abraham Lincoln will be no more. Instead, the specters of Jim Crow and autocracy will flicker.
Traitors Trump, Cruz, and Hawley can take a collective bow.

Edited from Lloyd Green opinion in The Guardian

“There are two parties now, traitors and patriots.”

Ulysses Grant wrote in 1861: “There are two parties now, traitors and patriots.” We think that holds true today as well!

On CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper led off his Sunday morning show by ripping into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the dozen Republican senators who are planning on trying to derail the certification of the 2020 presidential election for refusing to either appear or issue a statement explaining themselves. Calling the group of lawmakers, the “sedition caucus,” Tapper was unsparing in his criticism as his producer showed their pictures behind him.
“On Saturday, 11 Republican senators said they would vote against counting electoral votes in Congress next week calling for, quote, ‘an emergency ten-day audit of emergency returns’ despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” Tapper began. “The group is following the lead of Senator Josh Hawley who says he will formally object to Biden’s decisive win despite zero credible evidence that would justify such a move — zero.”

“Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has slammed Hawley and others of the sedition caucus saying, ‘adults don’t point a loaded gun at the legitimate government,'”
“Mitt Romney said on Saturday “I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world.'”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday encouraged his critics to “calm down” and “relax” about the plan to monkey wrench President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 victory by officially objecting to Electoral College votes on January 6th in hopes of installing Trump as Dictator.

During an interview on Fox News Cruz was asked about the “pressure” he is getting from members of both parties who oppose his plan to object to Biden’s win and install Trump as President. She noted that some of colleagues have said that the Cruz plan borders on sedition.

Cruz whines that “multiple Democrats” had called for him to be “arrested and tried for the crimes of sedition and treason.” Well that’s exactly what should happen to all 12 senators of the sedition caucus and all 140 members of the House version of the sedition caucus.

Source Raw Story

A list of Trump’s treasonous anti-US actions

Here is an incomplete list of his treasonous anti-US actions:

Trump has mounted — and maintains — a vicious attack on the legitimacy of American democracy and the integrity of its elections. That has topped Putin’s anti-American wish list beyond his wildest imagination.

On Trump’s watch, Russia has launched possibly the most damaging cyber-attack in American history, an act of war that might prove lasting enough in its damage to supplant #1 above.

Trump seriously degraded America’s NATO alliances — arguably Putin’s top international priority — by feuding with the organization over dues and petty differences and weakening its resolve to treat Russia as a threat.

Trump handed Putin undeserved international legitimacy at a Helsinki summit by publicly siding with him over the unanimous U.S. intelligence community with regard to his denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf.

Trump held foreign aid to Ukraine hostage — aid it needed to defend itself against Russia — as part of a failed extortion scheme to muddy Joe Biden.

Trump failed to raise a whimper of protest when it was revealed the Russia had placed bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Trump pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, isolating the nation from the world community and creating a void for Russia and others to fill.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Trump pulled U.S. troops from Syria, a major strategic victory for Putin and his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That was beyond item 7 in value to Russia, which swiftly filled the void left by the U.S.

Trump weakened the European Union — as he did with NATO — by supporting Brexit and sending Steve Bannon to Europe to support anti-government movements.

Trump supported Putin with silence over the poisoning of Russian Alexei Navalny with the same nerve agent used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018. Trump stayed silent for as long as possible on that one as well.

Trump shared highly classified intelligence information about ISIS with two top Russian officials in an infamous Oval Office meeting.

Trump has met repeatedly in person and by phone with Putin without allowing independent notetaking and documentation customarily included in meetings with foreign leaders.

Trump lifted sanctions from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally, over 2016 election interference, prompting bipartisan outrage from the U.S. Senate.

Trump defended Putin’s 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea, which had caused Russia to be kicked out of the Group of Eight (G8). Trump has led a one-man effort to bring Russia back into the G8 with no concessions. (Europeans are calling it G6 + 1 as long as Trump is around.)

Trump’s continual support for dictators across the globe has aided the ascent — with his support — of pro-Putin autocrats in Europe.

Trump has consistently resisted the implementation (and reduced the size) of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing various Russian misdeeds.

The Trump administration last year pressured the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to delete part of a report concluding that Russia was aiming to help Donald Trump win reelection in 2020.

Trump even went out of his way at a Cabinet meeting to laud Russia’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan in which U.S.-backed Afghan militants had fought the Russians.

Raw Story

Putin’s bitch till the end

Donald Trump finally commented on the suspected Russian hack of the U.S. government — and of course found a way to blame China and fold the attack into his election defeat conspiracy theories.

At least six government departments were hacked in an attack the even Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed was “pretty clearly” the work of Russian intelligence operatives, but Trump as always cast blame away from the Kremlin in his first public comments on the breach six days after it was first reported.

The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” Trump tweeted. “I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”

Trump then suggested the hack may have been carried out against his own election campaign, although no evidence of this has been reported by the media or been included in any of the legal challenges filed by his attorneys.

There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA,” Trump tweeted, tagging director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe and Pompeo.

Raw Story

“It makes them just as cowardly as the Republicans”…..Nancy are you listening?

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace explained on Thursday why she does not understand the refusal by Congressional Democrats to pursue the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Wallace, who has lately referred to herself as a non-practicing Republican, was a top GOP strategist prior to her career in journalism.

“If impeachment were politically popular, I promise you the attack on Democrats would be that they were pursuing it because it was politically expedient,” Wallace explained. “If she believes that crimes were committed and that Mueller unearthed them in the second volume of the obstruction report, I don’t understand why the fact that impeachment is polarizing is some sort of — it makes them just as cowardly as the Republicans.”

“Absolutely,” replied Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude. “To my mind, it’s an abdication of their Constitutional responsibility.”

“It is incumbent on the Democratic Party — the party that runs the House, the House of the people — to be the standard bearer of the Constitution, our democracy,” he argued. “Plus as a performative contradiction, you can’t tell me, on the one hand, you’re passing legislation knowing it’s going to die in [Mitch] McConnell’s Senate and tell me, on the other hand, we shouldn’t impeach because it’s going to die in the Senate.”

“You think we’re Boo Boo the Fool, when, in fact, what it is at the end of the day you lack courage. If you lack courage in this dark time, our democracy is in peril,” Glaude added.

“I am not saying that I’ve decided impeachment is the right thing to do. But there are some statements in politics, if X then Y,” Wallace explained. “If X is I believe he committed crimes — and that’s what Robert Mueller’s obstruction volume shows — then Y is I’m going to hold him accountable because I’m Congress and that’s my job.”

“I don’t see any gray there. I don’t understand why the Democrats are helping the White House fuzz it up,” she added.

from MSNBC and Raw Story

You may not want to admit it but, Putin is winning, biggly

The happy ventriloquist and his “low IQ” dummy

Vladimir Putin and Russia’s goal is to destabilize the American system of government. Russian effort to sabotage the 2016 US presidential election was a big success and represent the most recent example of Moscow’s longstanding goal to undermine the US-led democratic order. Trump, with his wrecking ball style and tendency to destroy societal norms, became their most useful tool. (a stupidly perfect one, in fact)

Now Trump has publicly said his attorney general should shut down Special Council Mueller’s investigation into Russian sabotage.

Tensions between Trump and the media have boiled over at a couple Trump rallies and the White House has doubled down on its emerging campaign to tag the media not just as “fake news” but the “enemy of the American people.”

Now large swaths of the country have decided that Trump is guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice and also decided he is completely beholden to the Russians and that the Putin must have kompromat on Trump.

Whatever Trump’s motivations, we have a narcissistic moron in power, who is quite happy to destabilize our system of American government and seems honored to do it.

The next step seems to be that if the Republicans lose the house, to claim it’s rigged and to not concede defeat set up yet another constitutional crisis and confrontations in the streets. (Valdys gotta love that)

Remember Trump and Putin are set up to make vast sums of money no matter what happens.