Insurrectionists carried concealed pistols, allegedly stockpiled weapons nearby, and called for overthrowing the US government.
This attempted political cover-up has hinged on another specific claim: that no one who stormed the Capitol brought guns.
Evidence of numerous firearms among January 6 perpetrators shows those claims to be false. A Mother Jones investigation drawing on public video footage, congressional testimony, and documents from more than a dozen federal criminal cases reveals that various Trump supporters descended on DC that day armed for battle with guns and other potentially lethal weapons. At least three people arrested in connection with the insurrection are facing charges for carrying firearms on Capitol grounds. At least eight others carried knives or tasers at the Capitol, including two defendants who allegedly committed assaults with tasers, according to FBI and court documents. Multiple others arrested downtown and in the vicinity of the Capitol had rifles, pistols, explosive materials, and large supplies of ammunition. And communications among numerous January 6 suspects detailed in court documents indicate that many of their fellow insurrectionists were armed with guns.
Source: Trump Extremists Brought Numerous Guns on January 6, Evidence Shows – Mother Jones
Meanwhile, thousands languish in jails across America for the possession of weed which is legal in 18 states
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was sentenced Monday to more than five months in prison for burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a church in Washington, D.C., and for carrying two high-capacity firearm magazines when he was arrested weeks later, the Department of Justice said. Tarrio pled guilty to one count of destruction of property and one count of attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device in July. Tarrio said Monday that there was “no excuse” for his actions, adding that he made “a grave mistake” that day. “I’d like to profusely apologize,” he said, adding, “What I did was wrong.”
Source: Proud Boys leader sentenced to 5 months in prison on weapons and vandalism charges – CBS News
Making sure the coup never ends but keeps rolling on is probably Trump’s best chance to avoid going to jail for crimes ranging from rape to bank fraud, sedition and treason. Running for office gives him both some political and legal immunities and access to more cash, so he’s going to persist and amp up the volume of his efforts. But Trump’s neofascist coup is no longer limited to himself and his fellow DC insiders. State after state is being taken over from the ground up by Trump supporters who want to end multiracial democracy in America and turns us back into a white-supremacist ethnostate. From Oregon to Florida and all across states in between, local school boards are being seized by anti-American supporters of the former reality TV star. The world watches with horror and our actual president, Joe Biden, finds himself, along with Democrats in Congress, frustrated at every turn by Trump’s loyalists and a few Democratic senators who are taking money from the same billionaires who fund the GOP and empower Trump. Meanwhile, the coup rolls on.
Source: Trump’s Shadow Cabinet is Part of his Ongoing Coup | The Smirking Chimp
That’s what happens when you go to bat for a notoriously cheap, friendless, crappy businessman.
Source: Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Close to Broke—and Donald Trump Isn’t Taking His Calls – Mother Jones
I was acting as Trump and his minions do: free to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, with no basis in observable fact.
Source: I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible.
The Cape Cod Times reported that this woman was a well-respected teacher and an active member of her community. She spent the past several weeks of her life in a coma and on a ventilator. She refused to get vaccinated, contracting the virus while visiting family in maskless South Dakota.
Source: Anti-vaxxer Trump Supporter Dies From COVID | Crooks and Liars
It was a big week for former president Trump, who on Saturday held his first rally since January 6, which ended with the deadly riot at the US Capitol. And it was a big week for his loyalists, many of whom appear to be attempting to distance themselves from their former leader.
Source: A Parade of Trump Loyalists Are Having Second Thoughts – Mother Jones
Michael Flynn made some news this Memorial Day weekend. Not in a good way for a retired lieutenant general. Appearing at a “For God & Country” conference in Dallas that was associated with the nutty QAnon movement, Flynn was asked “why what happened in [Myanmar] can’t happen here.” The questioner, who called himself a “simple Marine,” was referring to the brutal military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government there in early February and and installed a junta that has killed over 800 people and detained thousands—and he was citing the Burmese coup as a positive example. People in the pro-Trump, Big Lie-embracing crowd cheered to show their desire for similar action in the United States. Flynn replied, “No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”
Source: QAnon Conference Organizer Won’t Answer Questions About Whether Michael Flynn Was Paid – Mother Jones
Former White House adviser Stephen Miller said on Sunday that he is suing the Biden administration to prevent Black people from having an unfair advantage over other races.
Source: Stephen Miller Is Suing Joe Biden On Behalf Of White People | Crooks and Liars
Let me just underline that. One of our foremost epidemiologists, a man whose talents we desperately need during a pandemic, has been receiving death threats and his daughters have been harassed to the point of needing protection.
It is Americans on the far right and Trump supporters who have made these threats on the lives of innocents. Fauci has also been viciously attacked at Fox News, the Leni Riefenstahl of American Fascism.
So it turns out that a desire to murder innocents and savagery and anti-science fundamentalism are not absent from America, either.
ISIL thugs also issued death threats to a scientist, targeting Dr. Khaled al-Asaad, who headed the scientific mission at the fabled city of Palmyra in Syria’s eastern desert. It had a rich heritage of Near Eastern paganism and was then taken and ruled by Rome for centuries. The city is one of the world’s most precious archeological sites. Queen Zenobia launched her wideranging but ultimately unsuccessful bid to take the Near East from Rome from there in 270 A.D., for a brief moment ruling from Alexandria to Ankara.
via American ISIS? Trumpies Threaten life of Scientists like Dr. Fauci, just as ISIS Killed Archeologist Dr. Al-Asaad
Republicans that have spoken with Trump in recent days describe him as depressed and “down in the dumps.” “People around him think his heart’s not in it,” a Republican close to the White House said. Torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base, Trump has complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out. According to the Republican, Trump called Tucker Carlson late last week and said, “what do I do? What do I do?”
Source: New Report Explains Why Trump Is Facing ‘Not Just Defeat but Humiliation’ in November | The Smirking Chimp
An article published on Pew’s website this week explains: “Roughly seven in ten white evangelical Protestants, 72%, say they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 16-22. That is a 6 percentage point drop from 78% recorded in April, in line with the 5-point drop during that period among U.S. adults overall. The share of white evangelicals who say they ‘very strongly’ approve of Trump’s performance is now at 59%, down 8 points from 67% in April.”
via ‘Such an Appalling Human Being’: Ex-trump Voters Reveal Why They Finally Soured on the President | The Smirking Chimp
Empty seats and Social Distancing at Trump’s 1 Million are coming rally, (ODT)
via After Weeks Of Anticipation, Trump Rally Crowd Underwhelms | HuffPost Australia
Nearly 200 appearances by vigilantes and far-right extremists have been counted at protests over the past few weeks.
via Armed Vigilantes Receive Warm Police Reception Amid Protests
This Alt-Right Trumpster ERIC STRIKER is in fear of becoming the New Black. In fact he suggests he already is the American victim of racism (ODT)
“The new normal of institutional racial tyranny in America is that any dispute between a white or a black, regardless of the circumstances, means the black will receive extra special treatment from the police while the white will be subject to draconian measures.”
The United States of South Africa, by Eric Striker – The Unz Review
Who is Eric Striker
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trumpism is a form of fascism, of course, but at its core is a whiny rebellion against the achievements of human and civil rights since the 1960s. Do the new norms after the Civil Rights Movement stop people from saying in public that African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians and women are inferior? Then by God, Trump and Bob Mercer and Breitbart and Fox would go out of their way to put all those groups down.
via Trumpism was Always the Tyrannical Tantrum of a Stubborn 5-Year-Old, but Now it will Kill People; Lots of People
These are the fans Trump claims he’s entertaining on his daily TV show for Trumpsters and others (ODT)
The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival.
In some US states, golf, guns and ganja have been ruled essential, raising eyebrows and – in the case of guns – a good deal of ire.
Coronavirus: What’s essential around the world? France has pastry, wine, while in US it’s golf, guns and ganja
He’s Your President America- Quid Pro Quo Threat
President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the news media for accurately reporting his remarks about New York officials being nice to him as a prerequisite for getting help with the coronavirus pandemic.
During a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, Trump attacked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who earlier in the day sharply criticized the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
“It’s a two-way street,” Trump said of helping out New York during the crisis. “They have to treat us well, too.”
via Trump rages on Twitter after he’s busted saying New York must ‘treat us well’ to get pandemic help – Raw Story
The decision came shortly before Trump addressed the nation about the rapidly spiraling coronavirus, which has resulted in the infection of more than 1,200 people so far within the United States. The president said he was banning noncitizens from traveling to the U.S. from Europe for 30 days in an attempt to stave off more infections, but he failed to speak about the availability of testing across the country amid reports that not enough kits are available and that some hospitals are running out of supplies.
via Trump Cancels Travel To Nevada And Colorado This Week Amid Coronavirus Spread | HuffPost Australia
Trumpsters are Lower than a snake’s belly actively plotting the withholding of medicines from those they regard their scapegoats, enemies or simply unwanted by them (ODT)
via Hawkish Group Targets Medicine Sales to Iran Amid Coronavirus Crisis
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified, referring to the presidential lawyer and former New York City mayor, who had been conducting a back-channel effort in Ukraine on Trump’s behalf.
via William Taylor’s Big Impeachment Reveal – The Atlantic