How to wipe a cocky grin off a Trumpkin’s face

Aww, poor Florida Man (Adam Christian Johnson). After fleeing Washington DC, it looks like he figured he’d shave to avoid recognition…only it didn’t work.

Now the regret and rationalizations are setting in as the FBI tracks these traitors down and arrests them. Actually, the rationalizing started early.

Asked why they were storming the Capitol, one woman became angry, saying they weren’t storming, and that that was a “media narrative.” They were just making their voices heard, she said. Then she continued climbing over a wall.

They hold the presidency, the senate, and the supreme court, and they still think their voices aren’t heard. I’m personally a bit tired of constantly having to hear these shrieking assholes.


  1. kome says

    The conservative mind, folks! So completely detached from reality that they deny the reality they are creating as they are creating it.

  2. JoeBuddha says

    They’ve been LARPing this QAnon or whichever fantasy for so long they have literally forgotten there is a real world out there with real people who do real people things that have nothing to do with their narrative. Sucks to be them when reality blindsides them.

  3. raven says

    It’s now becoming clear that this attack on the Capitol was far more violent and far more dangerous than we thought. Some of these people were seriously looking for people to take hostage and/or kill.
    The main targets were VP Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, anyone with a D after their name, and the press. Here is one the police are looking for.

    FBI looking for man in Senate with zip ties, tactical gear; experts call him a rioter ‘hunting for people’
    Sarah Macaraeg, Memphis Commercial Appeal
    Fri, January 8, 2021, 7:15 PM PST

    Holding five pairs of zip-tie handcuffs, a man in head-to-toe paramilitary gear coursed through the upper level of the U.S. Senate Chamber Wednesday, captured by a Getty photographer as a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the nation’s Capitol.

    The man was not with security, who’d recently evacuated U.S. Senators and Vice President Mike Pence from the floor below. Experts say he was among the rioters who disrupted U.S. Congress’s certification of Trump’s election loss with violence, resulting in five fatalities to date.

    As for the man with the Tennessee patch photographed walking through the Senate Chamber: “He’s hunting for people,” Nance said.

    More specifically, they were looking for VP Pence and/or high profile Democratic politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Shumer.This is one of the zip tie guys. He also had pepper spray and a taser.
    There were at least three of these. They’ve already arrested one.
    He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.

  4. raven says

    A heavily armed man In Washington DC threatening to ‮llik‬ Nancy Pelosi.
    Another prolifer I’m sure.

    NYTimes 1/09/2021

    Man With Assault Rifle Charged With Threatening Pelosi, Officials Say
    The Department of Justice said on Friday that Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. was one of 13 people who had been charged in federal court after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

    A man sent a text message threatening the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, saying he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” federal officials said.

  5. says

    There was almost a week of communication between the trump admin and the pentagon – it appears to be an attempt to reduce the security during the insurrection. The whole thing was planned. Badly, but planned.

  6. raven says

    Do any of these domestic terrorists and wannabe murderers really have anything to worry about?
    I’m almost sure Trump will pardon them.
    Why not, he has nothing to lose at this point.
    He has already pardoned people for less and worse than attacking the US Capital.

    It may even be legal.
    Blanket pardons before any legal proceedings have been done before.

    Gerald Ford preemptively pardoned Richard Nixon.
    Bush I pardoned a whole lot of Reagan people.

    Proclamation 4483, also known as the Granting Pardon for Violations of the Selective Service Act, was a presidential proclamation issued by Jimmy Carter in 1977.

    Proclamation 4483 – › wiki › Proclamation_4483

  7. mikey says

    Even more sneaky-clever than shaving- Florida Man removed the address numbers off of his house, so they couldn’t find him!

  8. whywhywhy says

    @8. Did he put the numbers on another house in order to go completely incognito? (The numbers have microchips.)

  9. acroyear says

    It was a file photo, not the current mugshot. He already had a criminal record for marijuana use in Florida.

    The Pelosi Desk guy as well – the mug shot that went with that one was from a prior arrest.

    So yeah, put these two with all the others that hate the police unless the cops are beating up black people.

  10. microraptor says

    Raven @4:

    It’s now becoming clear that this attack on the Capitol was far more violent and far more dangerous than we thought.

    Who is this “we” you speak of? I thought that the attacks we’d already seen on state governments in the last two months (the attempts to kidnap Michigan’s governor and break into the Oregon governor’s mansion, just to name two ) would have left no doubt as to the level of violence that they were attempting.

  11. says

    They really thought they would win…

    I’m almost sure Trump will pardon them.

    Can you pardon people who have not been convicted?

  12. says

    Holding five pairs of zip-tie handcuffs, a man in head-to-toe paramilitary gear coursed through the upper level of the U.S. Senate Chamber

    He says he found them, and – being concerned with litter, like any good citizen – picked them up. He was there to help. Honest!!!

    The guy’s a retired Air Force officer, who is now lying like a complete chickenshit, as officers and gentlemen do when their nuts are in a vise.

  13. raven says

    Who is this “we” you speak of?

    It’s a whole lot of people.
    .1. Start with the US Capitol Hill police who were totally unprepared, underequiped, and quickly overrrun by the mob.
    .2. The US Department of Defense/National Guard who weren’t prepared very well either, and came too late to do much. My reading says who came as reinforcements when the mob was in the Capitol hunting for Democrats and Vice Presidents was the Washington DC police.
    .3. The alphabet so called “intelligence agencies” such as DHS/FBI NSA, CIA DI etc.. They had no idea that a violent mob was on their way.
    In this case, all they had to do is read Facebook, Parler, Stormfront, and a few other websites.
    These terrorists were doing their plotting on the internet in public.
    .4. Most of the GOP elected officials, many of whom were hiding with the Democrats while a mob roamed the building, looking for them.

    We spend $750 billion a year on National Defense.
    And, they couldn’t stop a few thousand rioters from getting into the US Capitol building with weapons, hunting for elected officials.

  14. raven says

    Can you pardon people who have not been convicted?

    It’s been done before.
    Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon before he was charged with anything.
    Trump has already pardoned people who were not yet convicted.
    Carter issued a blanket pardon for Vietnam war era draft resisters.

    I would hope not, but hope has been on a losing streak lately.
    Trump can always just try it and see how it works out.

    I’ll add here, that all of these many dozens of people the FBI is searching for are already counting on Trump to…pardon them. They are well aware of the presidential power of the pardon.

  15. robro says

    About pardons: Can Trump pardon people for violating DC’s criminal code? Presidents can’t pardon people for state crimes, but DC circumstances are different.

  16. says

    I doubt Trump will pardon anyone involved in the Capitol attack. There’s no real benefit for him to do so, and frankly he’s probably too busy trying to figure out how to cover his own ass.

  17. raven says

    About pardons: Can Trump pardon people for violating DC’s criminal code? Presidents can’t pardon people for state crimes, but DC circumstances are different.

    Good question.

    I tried looking it up on Google and didn’t get very far.
    AFAICT, all the courts in Washington DC are Federal.
    Which means even Trespassing or Curfew violations might be subject to a presidential pardon.

  18. Owlmirror says

    A recent Financial Times opinion argues that at least some Presidential pardons could constitute prosecutable obstruction of justice offenses.

    I’m not sure if pardoning insurrectionists would count as such, or if the political will exists to bring charges even if it did, but there it is.

  19. whheydt says

    As regards planning for the insurrection at the Capitol…

    When my father was a civilian employee of the US Navy, he used to say that his one hope for the US was that the Russian Naval Supply system was worse than ours. Likewise, Trump’s planning for a coup was, shall we say, less than competent. Let’s all hope his plans to stay in office continue that way.

  20. dstatton says

    Who takes selfies while committing a crime? Who brags on social media about committing a crime? People who think they will not, cannot, suffer consequences. Blacks don’t do this, not because they are generally smarter than these dimbfucks (although they are), but because they will quickly suffer the consequences.

  21. Frederic Bourgault-Christie says

    One of the ziptie guys has had some creepy public infatuation with Tomi Lahren. I would be concerned if I were her.

  22. davidc1 says

    One of the snatch snatchers tweets has surfaced from last July last year .In it he says anyone damaging Federal buildings
    will be prosecuted under the Statues and Monuments Act ,minimum ten years in prison .
    He ends with a warning ,Don’t do it .

  23. unclefrogy says

    as i do the math the asshole has only 11 days in which he can exercise the pardon power of POTUS. the Inauguration that power of office and all the other powers of office will transfer to Joe Bidden.
    I think the FBI and all the rest of the relevant law enforcement agencies are also well aware of that basic fact. There is no need to rush these things. law enforcement is well versed in the kinds of operations in which they do the investigations and identification of all the suspects locate them all and at a time of their choosing gather them all up in a couple of days and seize all the evidence.
    I would think that the first step has already begun, some have been arrested and more are identified I have no doubt, if they show up on Jan 20 in Washington they will be apprehended. We will see how it unfolds, congress and courts are not finished with this yet and have only just started.
    if the asshole does try issuing a blanket pardon it would truly tie him to the insurrection in a way that would be very hard to deny and would probably backfire as well
    uncle frogy

  24. davidc1 says

    “The pardon power of POTUS”. Time for one of those corrections to the constitution you amuricans are so fond of.

  25. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Laurence Tribe, Harvard constitutional law professor, has been on MSNBC lately talking about the President’s pardon power. While broad, it isn’t absolute. For example, if the President is bribed to give a pardon it probably won’t stand if scrutinized. Tribe doesn’t think the President can pardon himself as it leads to a can of worms where the President cannot be held accountable, which the constitution expects. I suspect trying to pardon those attempting a coup de etat to keep the President in power might not survive review. But IANAL.

  26. blf says

    Giliell@13, “Can you pardon people who have not been convicted?” Famous example: Tricky Dicky. Pardoning Nixon was about the first thing President Ford did after Nixon resigned. Nixon was never impeached, and (in part due to the pardon) never tried (nor convicted); albeit he was eventually disbarred.

    As far as I am aware, the current speculation is Trump (trying to) pardon himself (an untested legal hypothesis). An alternative I’ve seen floated is similar to Tricky Dicky: Trump resigns and “president” Pence pardons him. Ford said he never did a deal with Nixon; whether or not that is true, it does seem far more likely Trump would claim Pence did a deal him (whether or not it is true, and whether or not Pence does pardon Trump — remember, Trump lies). However, from what I recall reading, most sane observers don’t see Trump resigning (deal or no deal) because, at the least, of his pathological hatred of being seen as a loser.

    As far as I know, in the States, accepting a pardon is considered (legally?) to be an admission of guilt (whether or not there has been a conviction). “Guilty!” is another thing it’s hard to see Trump agreeing to, albeit he would of course lie about it.

    (Apologies if parts or all of this is a repeat of other replies…)

  27. PaulBC says

    They were just making their voices heard, she said. Then she continued climbing over a wall.

    She might have learned something in kindergarten like we see with our eyes not our fingers. If you want your voice heard, you can shout, or metaphorically speaking write an essay. Vandalizing the seat of representative democracy is not “making your voice heard.” It’s usurping the voice of other citizens.

  28. birgerjohansson says

    There is beautiful footage on Youtube of Lindsey Graham doing the walk if shame through the DC airport while the MAGA crowd- who are taking the same plane- are chanting “traitor” at him.
    There is actually a Karen walking parallel to him just outside the circle of bodyguards yelling at him the whole time.
    Lindsay Graham first dismissed Trump in harsh terms, once he was nominated Graham became an obseqious ass-kisser for four and a half years.
    When Beer Judge was getting confirmed for the supreme court, Graham made a big deal of condemning the lack of civility of his critics.
    Now that he wants to distance himself from Trump the monster he helped create is turning on him.
    Mmmm…I love the smell of napalm torching the hypocrites in the morning.
    Imagine being trapped inside a plane with that crowd for an hour.

  29. fishy says

    I’m personally a bit tired of constantly having to hear these shrieking assholes.

    It’s a wonder they can shriek at all with their heads so very far up their own asses.

  30. Ichthyic says

    Whatever else you may think about him, at least he took a stand…

    Hey, I laughed.

  31. Marissa van Eck says

    Recent and ongoing coverage of this on the FtB Discord makes it clear these people were specifically targeting women, black, and other PoC legislators. They seemed to know where certain peoples’ offices were and were making beelines right for them. Armed, of course. Some with zipties, i.e., with the intention of taking a hostage or worse.

    And the more we find out about this, the more it looks not only like a deliberate coup attempt, but like the capitol police were complicit, and I don’t just mean taking selfies with the terrorists. This is possibly the worst act of domestic violence that has ever taken place on our soil in the last 100 years in every metric aside from actual deaths (McVeigh has that one sewn up). And it was allowed, encouraged, and provoked by the powers that be and law enforcement.

    This is chilling. I’m sitting here shaking, feeling the deathly freezing howling wind of narrowly-averted timelines in which this went much, much, much worse.

    And the worst thing is, not only will the worst that happens to these terrorists be a couple of token slap-on-the-wrist sentences, the Biden admin will do with Trump what Ford did with Nixon. As if that didn’t set the wrong precedent already, Biden and his lot of spineless corporate toadies will make a big show of “reconciliation” and “healing” and “moving on” and let these terrorists and their insane traitorous administration off the hook.

    All that means, of course, is that they’ll do it again in 2022 and 2024, and will keep doing it until they succeed, and next time they’ll have the entire system sewn up and have competent fascists running the operation.

    No nation can survive this. We are going to die as a country in less than 4 years.

  32. raven says

    It is looking more and more likely that there was a lot of planning for this attack.
    Where was the Department of Homeland Security/FBI? Nowhere.
    And oh yeah, DHS has a budget of $52 billion to do…not a whole lot.

    It turns out that this year Trump shut down the DHS threat assessment groups.
    Read it yourself below.

    Months ahead of Capitol riot, DHS threat assessment group was gutted: Officials
    Sat, January 9, 2021, 4:18 PM PST· abcnews.

    In the months leading up to Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration gutted a key federal agency responsible for funneling intelligence and threat assessments to law enforcement partners across the country, two federal officials with direct knowledge told ABC News.

    As a result, officials said, the information vacuum left behind may have deprived law enforcement in Washington, D.C., of a key avenue for actionable warnings that could have helped officers prepare for the inbound threat posed by right-wing extremists who gathered on the National Mall on Wednesday.

    “Prior to Jan. 6, there were mountains of pre-existing intelligence that should have been collected, analyzed and disseminated to the federal, state and local authorities,” one of the officials told ABC News.

    One of the officials said that by Monday night, for example, Department of Homeland Security intelligence leaders had received field reports detailing that people known to law enforcement were heading to the Capitol, and that they were heading there in many cases with weapons and ropes.

    MORE: Investigators combing through massive US Capitol crime scene in wake of pro-Trump riot

    “Several officials were aware of this intelligence and also assessed violence was likely,” said one official.

    However, “no specific plans were put in place ahead of time as it would have been done in the past,” he said.

    Had the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis been operating at full capacity over the previous months, the officials said, U.S. Capitol Police would have had a clearer picture of the “specific and credible” threats of violence posed by groups planning to attend Wednesday’s rally.

    Those threats foreshadowed an unprecedented breach of the Capitol complex on Wednesday, and culminated in the loss of five lives, including a Capitol Police officer deployed to help protect members of Congress as they gathered to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College triumph.

  33. John Morales says

    raven quotes:

    “… and culminated in the loss of five lives …”

    Six, now. One of the cops involved has since killed himself.

    (Howard Liebengood, 51)

  34. unclefrogy says

    @34 that is possible but I am not so sure that the incoming administration will just sweep it under the rug and get on with the current problems like back in the Nixon era.
    The situation is different it is not another republican taking over regardless what our tame priest (or his mouth pieces) may say.
    This was not a small operation to get information and lying to congress, this has been a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people by overturning a legal election, and an resurrection to over through the duly elected government of the United States with added bonus of death and destruction and I doubt we have seen the last of it either.
    it is serious that is true and things could go badly but it is not over yet the backlash looks substantial, one thing at a time just like every day.
    uncle frogy

  35. says

    They identified Auschwitz tshirt guy. A nasty-ass multiple felon from Virginia. Not sure if cops have picked him up.

    Meanwhile, news is that FBI notified DC and others about intelligence regarding planned violence. So they didn’t exactly do nothing, but they did join the plotters who were carefully sitting on their hands.

  36. specialffrog says

    This whole thing also makes the new acting defence secretary cutting off the Biden administration’s briefings a few weeks ago look even more suspicious.