It didn’t take lengthy after the MAGA-hat-wearing, Accomplice-flag toting rioters had been shooed out of the Senate Chamber for his or her suit-wearing counterparts with congressional pins to take their place and resume the conspiracy-fueled push to overthrow American democracy.
When Congress reconvened slightly after 8 p.m., eight Republican senators held robust within the siege on democracy. Similar goes for practically 140 Republican members of the Home of Representatives. They had been justified, they mentioned. It was within the Structure. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of many ring leaders of the trouble, stared straight on the digicam as he preached about how “violence isn’t warranted” and that the Senate flooring is the one applicable discussion board to attempt to overturn the outcomes of a presidential election, and that he’ll proceed to take action. He later advised CNN’s Manu Raju that he didn’t “suppose urging individuals to return to the Capitol was a good suggestion” and that “duty of violent legal acts is with violent criminals.”
That is bullshit. The duty doesn’t simply lie with the “violent criminals.” It lies with Trump, who has been egging them on for 4 years and whom Hawley was attempting to guard along with his feedback to Raju. It additionally lies with Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and all the different Republicans who’ve legitimized the president and his delusions to his supporters. They don’t get to have it each methods. They don’t get to cheer on an unruly mob they’ve spent the previous few weeks lathering up by supporting Trump’s false claims, after which condemn it for taking these claims to coronary heart.
Sen. @HawleyMO raised his fist to Trump supporters at present earlier than the mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaking in, resulting in gunfire, with 1 individual killed & members of the US Congress hiding beneath seats afraid for his or her lives as armed officers guard the doorways at gunpoint pic.twitter.com/s8nkFKW8F5
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 7, 2021
The duty additionally lies with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and the opposite representatives who supported overturning the election — earlier than altering their minds after Wednesday’s rebel led them to appreciate that doing so may carry political penalties. Lankford, who was within the technique of arguing in favor of contesting the certification of Arizona’s electoral votes when the mob of Trump supporters first breached the Capitol, was the primary to talk when the Senate reconvened. “Rioters and thugs don’t run the Capitol,” he mentioned in conceding that Joe Biden could be licensed the winner of the election. “We’re the US of America.”
This concept, that we’re America and we’re higher than this, was a theme of the post-insurrection addresses by the Republicans who helped the president encourage that very rebel. However a part of America being America — perhaps the most important a part of it! — is its adherence to the democratic course of. Although Lankford and others back-peddled, over half of the Republicans elected to Congress are nonetheless actively attempting to subvert this course of, largely by a bad-faith quotation of a 150-year-old “precedent” that has little to do with what that is all about: placating a delusional, power-mad president who needs to remain in workplace regardless of shedding his bid for reelection by a large margin.
If America is “higher” than an unruly mob storming the Capitol on the behest of the president these senators have supported regardless of 4 years of intentionally turning the nation towards itself, then it’s additionally higher than the dual anti-democratic scheme the mob’s companions in Congress try to tug off to attain political factors with Trump’s base. The 2 efforts are one and the identical, and any rebukes of this violence from the senators contesting the certification of the election ought to ring as hole as their consciences. It’s too late. Individuals are useless. There may be blood on all of their fingers. The members of Congress who’ve enabled Trump for 4 years are simply as complicit as Trump himself, and simply as complicit — if no more so — because the president’s supporters who took the Capitol by power on Wednesday.
Most of the rebukes aren’t even actual rebukes. Trump even mentioned he “loves” the mob whereas suggesting the rebel was justified. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tried to protect Trump supporters from duty by mendacity that the violence was the results of left-wing extremists. “A few of the individuals who breached the Capitol at present weren’t Trump supporters,” Gaetz mentioned in defending his resolution to proceed to object to the election outcomes. “They had been masquerading as Trump supporters and in reality had been members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”
“I don’t know if the studies are true,” he mentioned earlier than referencing his supply for the declare, which has since been simply debunked.
Any such disinformation is a part of what led to this second. Trump and his henchmen in Congress like Gaetz have been spewing it order to divide the nation for 4 years now. What occurred on Wednesday was a predictable results of demonizing the media, casting those that don’t share the identical views as enemies of America, and repeatedly winking and nodding towards the thought of inciting violence. When Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)’s lawsuit to overturn the election was dismissed earlier this week, he described it as “a name to go to the streets and be violent.” Minutes earlier than Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol to take the nation again on Wednesday, his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, advised them to have interaction in “trial by fight.”
Gaetz, Gohmert, Giuliani, and the opposite Republicans are dismissing what occurred on Wednesday and persevering with their effort to overturn the election as a result of they know they will merely lie about no matter displays poorly on them, like individuals dying. They know they will blame liberal “thugs” and that sufficient individuals will imagine them. Gohmert known as for “no violence” days after saying suggesting it was warranted. Giuliani mentioned “violence is rejected, condemned and counter productive” hours after doing the identical. Each echoed Gaetz’s baseless declare that their political opponents had been one way or the other accountable. “Antifa involvement isn’t any excuse,” Giuliani mentioned. “It contradicts our values.”
This, too, is a delusion. These are American values. That is what America is exactly this as a result of that is exactly what is occurring in America proper now. It’s not that sophisticated. It’s what Trump has needed all alongside. It’s what his lackeys in Congress have enabled. It’s what his supporters in MAGA hats carried out to a horrifying diploma on Wednesday.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that Trump’s aides imagine he was “happy” as he watched all of it unfold on TV.