I’m not saying that I like the use of tear gas, but after being tear gassed with no warning because someone 50 yards away from me threw a firecracker over a fence I literally am confused as to how the masses of people occupying the steps outside were not tear gassed before the could force their way in.
And then they used tear gas inside the rotunda because they wouldn’t use it on people who were charging the Capitol Building but not yet inside… but once the rubicon was crossed, why wasn’t gas used on the people outside the building? Why only inside?
I’m not trying to be selfish or make this all about me, but my perspective, being showered with gas for several weeks, makes me unable to maintain my old rationale.
Now I have to admit that the way Portland protesters were targeted is nothing less than premeditated evil. I always thought it was wrong. I always thought it was fucked up. But the fact that they won’t use the same tactics against actual, violent coup participants tells me just how evil they think it is to use those crowd control weapons, and shows how much malice they had towards Portland protesters given that they were willing to use those same weapons (which now they consider too evil to use) nearly continuously for hours, and repeatedly for weeks.
This is … a shocking admission of how much they hate people on the left and how much they wish to do us harm.
I just found out that about 4 months ago the DOJ advised BLM protesters should be charged with sedition (ETA @1:26pm PST: in certain circumstances – not all BLM protesters). This is an incredibly serious crime. IIRC it can carry a sentence as long as life in prison (I’ll check on that later, it might be only 20 years). People on the left who brought first aid supplies to marches and protests that later had participants engage in fairly minor property destruction were charged with riot, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years.
All this for BLM protesters and other left-wingers. What will be the response now to these coup participants? They seem not even to be arresting any of them. The executive branch appears to have embraced a double standard so outrageous it constitutes nothing less than a complete embrace of lawlessness.
I’m sorry, CNN, but calling Trump “the man who is responsible for all of this” is a cop out.
You wouldn’t be able to get elected president as a man who denies reality if CNN and other major networks hadn’t acted as if lies had equal standing with the truth for two or three decades now.
You gave lies equal standing, so we got someone as President who told lies more attractive than the truth. That would NEVER have been possible without your decades of malfeasance.
This mob is the instrument. Trump is the immediate cause. But you, CNN, are for damn sure a major contributing cause. Announcing Trump’s responsibility for “all of this” leaves no room for you to have any responsibility … and if you don’t take some, then we’re just going to get another fucking Trump you self-serving assholes.
SHOCKING. In the middle of this riot the cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. They wan’t us to believe anything other than ACAB and then they do this?
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
Biden just called this insurrection. Trump, it is widely being reported, has refused to condemn the rioters & demand they leave. It’s amazing that Biden must publicly call on Trump to simply clear the Capitol of rioters. What is Trump competent to do?
Need a better source on Trump’s refusal to act? I’m not a Haberman fan, but read these two tweets of hers:
Nearly every denunciation of the violence from the president or his daughter or the president’s lawyer has included language giving members of the rioting mob a permission structure. Ivanka Trump called them “patriots,” Giuliani tells them they’re on the right side of history.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021
Per people close to the White House, several official and unofficial aides are trying – without success – to get the president to issue a stronger statement. He simply won't do it. He's been furious at Pence for refusing to do something he doesn't have power to do and that's that
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021
1:19 pm Pacific time CNN first uses the word “terrorists” in their reporting. They don’t explicitly call the coup participants terrorists, but they said something like, “You know what we call people who commit violence for political ends? We call them terrorists.” (Again, wording is approximate.) It was the anchor, who (I think) is Anderson Cooper, but I could be wrong about that. They’re not showing the faces of the anchors and I don’t memorize their voices, but Cooper does have a fairly distinctive voice and I have watched him before. I could be confused & conflating my memories of Cooper & someone else, but right now I really think it was Cooper who first used the word.
WHOOPS. They just showed his face, and it’s not Anderson Cooper. It looks like Jake Tapper to me.
Anderson Cooper (really it was Cooper this time!) just called the rioters “treasonous”. 1:32 pm. It’s the first time I’ve heard anyone say as much, although there’s been some other language that has come close earlier. (One commentator suggested that people might maybe possibly be charged with sedition.)
I doubt that what they did could be considered treason (from a legal perspective). But it’s important that descriptors like “seditious” and “treasonous” be used as they apply at least colloquially.
Now CNN is asking, “Where are the arrests?” I’ve been wondering the same thing. 1:35pm. (I don’t recognize the person who is speaking.)
Same person speaking again at 1:42… I’m wondering if this might be Claire McCaskill. Anyway, it’s someone wearing a white jacket over a dark (probably navy blue) shirt who has straight, medium-length hair of a dark blonde/light brown.
Let’s just quote The Root:
This is straight-up sedition. There are no ways about it. Many on Twitter couldn’t help but note that just this summer Black Lives Matter protesters were tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed so President Trump could take a photo op at a church. It’s just interesting that the same energy wasn’t there for a horde of white folks literally trying to reject democracy.
The Root then embedded some tweets which I will also embed:
I imagine a massive group of black people with rifles storming the Capitol going basically the same way. for sure
— Diallo Riddle (@diallo) January 6, 2021
If it’s not necessary for police to use teargas against the fascists storming the Capitol right now, it’s not necessary in any circumstance.
— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) January 6, 2021
Black people can’t even sleep in bed safely at night without getting shot and killed by police. But when white nationalists attempt a coup, suddenly cops can’t even find their handcuffs. https://t.co/01Luv6s9bV
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 6, 2021
There’s a lot more over at The Root. Go read them too!
The AP site was down temporarily (I assume they were swamped with traffic), but it’s back up & I found the text of the story about charging BLM protesters with sedition. Take a look here. Money quote:
The sedition statute doesn’t require proof of a plot to overthrow the government, the memo read. It instead could be used when a defendant tries to oppose the government’s authority by force.
Attorney General William Barr has been pushing his U.S. attorneys to bring federal charges in protest-related violence whenever they can, keeping a grip on cases even if a defendant could be tried instead in state court. Federal convictions often result in longer prison sentences; sedition alone could lead to up to 20 years behind bars.
The memo cited as a hypothetical example “a group has conspired to take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force,” but the real thing took place in Portland, Oregon, during clashes that erupted night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators.
It clearly applies to todays actions.
Here you go: perfect symbolism. The insurrectionists removed the American flag from the Capitol, replacing it with a #Trump flag. So much for "Make America First" and "patriotism…"https://t.co/ZihsAj9GbA
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) January 6, 2021
Trump’s message about all this is deranged. There’s no other word for it. He showers these seditionists with love:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Evan at Wonkette is reporting this:
5:11: Lots of tear gas and flash grenades at the Capitol right now.
You’ll know they’re serious when they start throwing Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupons to the Cracker Barrel.
Oh, Evan. You sweet summer child. This is nothing. Portland was worse in single waves. Then, of course, the waves were repeated.
They are going to mount a vicious assault – not because they wanted to, but because they’ve been embarrassed on national television. As soon as the 6pm curfew hits, they’re going to go in with weapons blazing & then you’ll see something. Not before. The smoke grenades that have hit so far were all in one area that was easy to flee from. Having the fire tear gas into the line of retreat & then march forward fully masked with their sticks and pepper spray and MORE gas is just going to be the opening gambit come 6pm.
It’s already bad. It’s going to get much, much worse.
From a couple hours ago, probably between noon & 12:30pm PST:
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building pic.twitter.com/2twyZAD6wJ
— BNO News (@BNONews) January 6, 2021
As you can see, the rioters are deliberately attacking cops.