This is my update for Thursday, January Seventh.
What a crazy day yesterday, right? And I’m not obviously not talking about how Jon Ossoff defeated David Perdue yesterday, giving Democrats control of the Senate or about Joe Biden’s victory being cemented in Congress in the wee hours of this morning this morning.
All of this news being overshadowed by the absolute chaos that ensued yesterday when a bunch of idiot rioters decided to storm the Capitol — I mean, how the heck does that happen, what a disgrace to the police force there, what an absolute disgrace, I mean look at this, look at this, the police just walking side-by-side, doing nothing, not forming a line, what an absolute disgrace — so as you know these idiots decided to storm the Capitol while members of Congress were debating the objections put forth by Ted Cruz and the gang to the presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
And among these idiots was fur and horn man, there were a bunch of guys with MAGA hats and beards, and speaking of guys with beards, there was this guy, who was unremarkable in most respects, but I do want to clarify that that is not me, and then there is this, shouldn’t there be a law against this, this is a treasonous flag in the United States Capitol, and by the way I think it’s ridiculous that so many people have some kind of romanticized notion of the Confederacy, I mean it was a treasonous, unrecognized, racist, breakaway state that lasted four freaking years and had its butt handed to it in the Civil War, I mean, it was a complete failure, morally, politically, militarily, why people would want to be associated with it is frankly beyond me, it’d be like if I proudly wore this Dodgers shirt around if the Dodgers were complete losers, and they were also all dead, which they’re not on both counts, by the way, because if you haven’t heard, they actually won the World Series this past October.
Anyway, I’ve put the names of the one-hundred and forty-seven Republican members of Congress who voted to sustain one or both objections to challenge the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Kevin McCarthy, by the way, top House Republican, suggested last night that it may have been left-wing rioters who stormed the Capitol. These individuals are doing their party no favors, just as Donald Trump has done his party no favors since November Third.
If you’re a Republican out there, you should be hating Donald Trump more than the Democrats do right now. Matter of fact, Donald Trump is the best thing that has happened to the Democratic party in the past two months.
Donald Trump has single-handedly not only divided the Republican party between Trump loyalists and those who are over Trump but left the Republican party bereft of hardly any power at the federal level.
He has questioned the election process in Georgia, he has threatened the Secretary of State, saying it’s a risk to him if he didn’t give Trump more votes, and let’s not forget who’s the guy who put Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators in the position of having to take a position on two thousand dollar stimulus checks, and I’m not saying that’s a bad idea, it’s just an incredibly stupid idea if you had any concern whatsoever for Republicans retaining the Senate.
Whatever legacy conservatives think Trump could have left is sure to be obliterated by Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer — and not through mere executive order as Trump played president, but through legislation.
And I have a sneaking suspicion that even hardcore Senate Republicans in an attempt to save their own skin the next election, will do whatever it takes to distance themselves from Donald Trump and may be more willing to embrace Democratic-introduced legislation for the sake of positioning and posturing.
Donald Trump does not care about the Republican Party, he could care less, all he cares about is himself. And these images and these videos of protesters in the Capitol yesterday, the woman shot by police, the three others who lost their lives in as-of-right-now unspecified “medical emergencies”, that’s on him, that’s on him because he made relentless claims of voter fraud which incited this mob and even as the mob was breaching the Capitol, breaking down its doors, even as Republican officials begged Trump to issue a stern statement condemning the violence, Trump dragged his feet over using the National Guard to take control of the situation and issued this weak A.F. statement mildly urging people to go home, trying to make some attempt at backpeddling, while still maintaining claims of voter fraud.
This statement is weak. Of course he has to urge people to go home, obviously, but the meat of this thing is that yeah, we still won the election, which is their motivation for storming the Capitol in the first place.
Trump’s former attorney general Bill Barr this morning said that Trump’s conduct as a violent mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol was a betrayal of his office and supporters and that orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.
Several White House staffers have resigned since yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, who was previously White House press secretary, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, Special Envoy to Ireland Mick Mulvaney, who was previously Trump’s chief of staff, others have resigned as well.
Look, the only sure legacy Trump leaves is crippling the Republican party at least for the next two years and possibly more.
What a disastrous way to end a disastrous presidency. And yes, this morning lawmakers are calling for the invocation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove Trump from office, including Chuck Schumer, yes, Chuck Schumer said, “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 Twenty-Fifth Amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
Frankly, I think that if Republicans want to distance themselves from Donald Trump, which they absolutely should do right now, in this moment, if they want a future for their party, they might want to think about going along with that idea.
And one Republican in Congress, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, did in fact this morning call for Trump to be removed from office. As you know, Twitter blocked Trump’s account yesterday, and this morning Zuckerberg said that he will be blocked from Facebook and Instagram for at least the next two weeks until Biden takes office, speaking of which this morning as you know at three forty-five A.M. Eastern Time, Congress confirmed Biden’s Electoral College victory, the last step in the election process before the inauguration, and yes, Trump has acknowledged this, or at least is said to have acknowledged this, I don’t know if he actually is behind his statement, but in a statement put out on twitter this morning by his deputy chief of staff Trump apparently acknowledged that Joe Biden will become President of the United States on January Twentieth, the brief statement reads: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.
I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.
While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Really, Trump? Orderly transition? That ship has sailed, buddy, and that’s on you.