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Do you believe that Donald Trump intended to incite an insurrection?

That's the question I'd like to see polled. I think that the "yes" answer needs to be quite high — at least above 50% — for the impeachment trial to make sense.But the question has 2 words in it that I think most people could not define accurately. Maybe the pollsters could insert a definition. Something like this:1. An insurrection is "a violent uprising against an authority or government." Do you believe what happened at the Capitol on January 6th was an insurrection? 2. "To incite" is to "enc...
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Polls, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, the Trump resistance

Rand Paul versus George Stephanopoulos. A great confrontation, and I do not agree with the title on this video, that Rand Paul "melts down."

  Here's the transcript.   STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Paul, let me begin with a threshold question for you. This election was not stolen, do you accept that fact?  SENATOR RAND PAUL, (R-KY): Well, what I would say is that the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur, we never had any presentation in court where we actually looked at the evidence. Most of the cases were thrown out for lack of standing, which is a procedural way of not actually hearing the question. There were s...
Tags: Voting, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Rand Paul, Department Of Justice, Republican, Biden, George Stephanopoulos, Justice Department, Trump, George, PAUL R KY, PAUL

"If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don't tell the truth."

Said Rand Paul on Fox News last night, quoted in "Power Up: Unity in Washington will be harder than Biden makes it sound" (WaPo)("Some Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) even trashed Biden's speech itself, which was widely-lauded for its appeals for Americans to set aside their political differences and work together for a better country").  If I had a little more time at the moment, I'd go through the speech line by line and look for every phrase that can be interpreted as saying that...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, America, Rand Paul, Fox News, Republic, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, PAUL R KY, PAUL, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Civility Bullshit

"For weeks, QAnon followers had been promoting 20 January as a day of reckoning, when prominent Democrats and other elite 'Satanic paedophiles' would be arrested and executed..."

"... on the orders of President Trump. But, as Mr Biden took his oath and no arrests were made, some in the QAnon community had an uncomfortable meeting with reality.... 'This is a very difficult day for all of us,' said one influencer whose Twitter account with 200,000 followers was recently suspended. 'Today's inauguration makes no sense to the Christian patriots and we thought "the plan" was the way we would take this country back.'... Some said they were waiting for 'Q,' who has been largely...
Tags: Law, Bbc, Biden, Conspiracies, Trump, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

"MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan argues that we should think of Trump’s followers as if they were al-Qaeda members, who move freely among us because they are white..."

".... The comparison fails even though the mob in the Capitol included at least a few honest-to-goodness, unambiguous terrorists, who came there with the express purpose of violently scaring the hell out of politicians in an effort to change policy...  I once thought resistance to the hysterical style was hopeless.... We overdose on serotonin, or some equally enchanting neurotransmitter, and experience an addict’s bliss at the hysterical scenes that pass before our eyes, whether they make us hap...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Atlantic, Terrorism, Al Qaeda, Biden, Msnbc, Boredom, Bin Laden, Trump, Capitol, Mehdi Hasan, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Analogies, Impeachment

"I’m not getting a very strong 'sans-culottes sacking the Tuileries' vibe here."

I’m not getting a very strong “sans-culottes sacking the Tuileries” vibe here.— Edward Suarez (@EdwardMSuarez) January 19, 2021 Historical reference: "Insurrection of 10 August 1792." Graphic depiction for comparison purposes: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, France, History, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Edward Suarez

Please watch the entire Luke Mogelson video of the Capitol riot.

Luke Mogelson wrote "Among the Insurrectionists/The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power. A chronicle of an attack foretold" (The New Yorker), which I linked to, here, on the 15th. I had many complicated feelings watching that video, so I'm inviting you to begin the conversation. I am more averse to disorder and efforts to occupy territory than most people, but very...
Tags: Law, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Order And Chaos, Luke Mogelson, the Trump resistance

"But for the armored vehicles, extra barricades and rooftop surveillance teams, Sunday was just another dreary winter day on Madison’s Capitol Square."

"Dog walkers and joggers passed through the area. A man in black workout clothes did squats. Three men sought to share the 'good news' of Jesus Christ with passersby, one of the men’s voices echoing throughout the quiet square. 'Jesus died for all your sins,' he shouted. 'If you’re a sinner, you’re lost.' Adding to the sense of normalcy: the absence of an armed insurrection." The Wisconsin State Journal reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Jesus, Madison, Jesus Christ, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Capitol Square, the Trump resistance

"On Jan. 3, three days before the attack on the Capitol, Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right organization known as the Proud Boys, shared a cryptic post..."

"... on the messaging app Telegram: 'What if we invade it?' The message was sent to his more than 7,000 followers on the app, with the first reply reading 'January 6th is D day in America.'... [Messages on Parler, Telegram and Gab] show the group repeatedly invoking President Trump’s rhetoric in the weeks leading to the Jan. 6 protest.... On Parler, where the group’s official account had more than 340,000 followers before the platform went offline last week, Mr. Tarrio said on Dec. 29 that the ...
Tags: Law, America, Wall Street Journal, Long Island, Trump, Chris Wallace, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Mr Trump, Proud Boys, Tarrio, Enrique Tarrio, the Trump resistance, Proud Boys Seizing Trump, Parler Telegram, Washington Helped Lead Capitol Attack Far

"If you took the fact out that he is the president of the United States and look at the conduct of the call, it tracks the communication you might see in any drug case or organized crime case. It’s full of threatening undertone and strong-arm tactics."

Said Michael J. Moore, the former United States attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, quoted in "Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry/The Fulton County district attorney is weighing an inquiry into possible election interference and is said to be considering hiring an outside counsel" (NYT). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Voting, Law, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Ann Althouse, Criminalization Of Politics, Middle District of Georgia, Michael J Moore, the Trump resistance, Trump Inquiry The Fulton County

"There was an eerie sense of inexorability, the throngs of Trump supporters advancing up the long lawn as if pulled by a current."

"Everyone seemed to understand what was about to happen. The past nine weeks had been steadily building toward this moment. On November 7th, mere hours after Biden’s win was projected, I attended a protest at the Pennsylvania state capitol, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of Trump supporters, including heavily armed militia members, vowed to revolt. When I asked a man with an assault rifle—a 'combat-skills instructor' for a militia called the Pennsylvania Three Percent—how likely he considered the prosp...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Pennsylvania, Biden, Trump, Capitol, Ulysses S Grant, Ann Althouse, Proud Boys, Luke Mogelson, Joe Biggs, the Trump resistance, Harrisburg Hundreds of Trump, Militant pro Trump

"Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege... saying in a court filing that rioters intended 'to capture and assassinate elected officials.'..."

"The detention memo, written by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, goes into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into [Jacob] Chansley, revealing that he left a note for Pence warning that 'it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.' 'Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,' prosecutors wrote.... 'When questioned as...
Tags: Law, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Earth, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, Arizona, Evidence, Justice Department, Mike Pence, Capitol, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

"Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There was absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so...."

"The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump, accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term. The President’s immediate action also deserves congressional action, which is why I think a fact finding commission and a censure resolution woul...
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Biden, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Antifa, what Trump did to the GOP, the Trump resistance

Trump got his message out on Twitter.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021 Transcript here. Excerpts:  I want to be very clear, I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America Great Again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against eve...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, America, Free Speech, Trump, US Secret Service, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, the Trump resistance

"QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start."

WaPo headline.  Subhed: "The online conspiracy theory, which depicts Trump as a messianic warrior battling ‘deep state’ Satanists, has helped fuel a real-world militant extremism that could haunt the Biden era." Oddly, that makes QAnon sound like the leader of the movement — QAnon, not Trump. But the impeachers portray Trump as leading an insurrection. Is Trump the evil mastermind, or more of a dupe, standing in the middle of things, thinking he's a fine leader and surprised by the violent t...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Washington, Biden, Conspiracies, Trump, Capitol, Sidney Powell, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Parler, Lin Wood, the Trump resistance

"This was not a protest, this was a well-organized insurrection against our country that was organized by Donald Trump."

Said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, Chair of the House Rules Committee, opening the debate this morning on the Article of Impeachment, quoted in "The House begins debating impeachment charge against Trump." (NYT). McGovern asserted that he looked into some people's eyes and "saw evil." I'm seeing the live vote embedded at the Times, and it is strictly along party lines... ... even though the text of the article says "Republicans were fracturing over the vote." And:Sena...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Putin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Evil, House, Mitch McConnell, Times, Evidence, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, McGovern, House Rules Committee, Jim McGovern

"President Trump on Tuesday showed no contrition or regret for instigating the mob that stormed the Capitol and threatened the lives of members of Congress..."

"... and his vice president, saying that his remarks to a rally beforehand were 'totally appropriate'” and that the effort by Congress to impeach and convict him was 'causing tremendous anger.' Answering questions from reporters... the president sidestepped questions about his culpability.... 'People thought what I said was totally appropriate,' Mr. Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, en route to Alamo, Texas, where he was set to visit the border wall.... 'If you look at what other peop...
Tags: Law, Congress, Portland, Seattle, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Alamo Texas, the Trump resistance

"Which comes closer to your point of view: democracy in the United States is alive and well or democracy in the United States is under threat?"

"Do you think that extremism is a big problem in the United States, or don't you think so?... Do you think that - the Republican members of Congress who tried to stop the formal certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election were undermining democracy or protecting democracy?... Do you think that - the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were undermining democracy or protecting democracy?... Do you think that President Trump should resign as president,...
Tags: Crime, Law, Congress, Democracy, Joe Biden, United States, Polls, Trump, Quinnipiac, U S Capitol, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

"Pseudocoup. Can be pronounced like Sudoku if wordplay demands it."

"An attempt to overthrow the government that, due to both poor planning and execution, fails in an incredibly underwhelming fashion."  Urban Dictionary. Entry dated January 9, 2021. Declared "Word of the Day" on January 13th. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse, Coinages, Urban Dictionary, the Trump resistance

"We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year."

Write Guy Rosen, VP Integrity, and Monika Bickert, VP Global Policy Management of Facebook, setting off my bullshit detector. Last year was 12 days ago. I'll keep going. I want to read the original document, not the NBC News summary — "Facebook bans all 'stop the steal' content" — that I can see is getting lots of links.  I don't believe Facebook would ban everything with the 3-word phrase. That would include all sorts of people who are just talking about what is the biggest news story going. ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Washington, Wikipedia, Censorship, Nbc News, US, Joe Biden, United States, Dc, Donald Trump, Rosen, Monika Bickert, Ann Althouse, Bickert, Guy Rosen

The downfall-of-Trump conspiracy theories will go on for 100 years. They will never end in my lifetime. I have accepted this reality.

Americans love our great conspiracy subjects. The JFK assassination.... Area 51... We were talking about that last night, and I happened to say, "Truthers. Remember Truthers. What were the Truthers?"  I had to stop and think which conspiracy subject had the people called "Truthers." I remembered: 9/11. Now, 2 hours before sunrise, I'm seeing the headline "Some members of Congress fear the Capitol mob attack was an inside job" (Axios). Oh no. It's like the 9/11 Truther theory: inside job! ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Censorship, Fbi, House, Ohio, Jfk, 9/11, Conspiracies, Capitol Police, Trump, Democratic, Capitol, Ryan, Tim Ryan

"Hours after it went offline on Monday, the social media start-up Parler filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Amazon of violating antitrust law..."

"... and asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent the tech giant from blocking access to cloud computing services. Amazon told Parler over the weekend that it would shut off service because 'a steady increase in violent content' on the site showed that the company did not have a reliable process to prevent it from violating Amazon’s terms of service. Amazon said it would ensure Parler’s data was preserved so that it could migrate to a new hosting provider. Millions of people turned ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Antitrust, Free Speech, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Parler, lawsuits I hope will succeed, the Trump resistance

The fork as a weapon.

In the previous post, discussing a WaPo article about various characters in the January 6th incident at the U.S. Capitol, we encountered a man named Pete Harding, who "said that the only weapon he carried was a dinner fork, which he put in his pocket." He said — humorously, I think — "Fortunately, I didn’t have to wield the kitchen fork menacingly." So I want to look into the topic of the fork as a weapon. When I was a college student and went through a phase of thinking I might take a course ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Things, Capitol, Harding, WaPo, U S Capitol, Hitchcock, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Pete Harding

"House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump for inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol last week, vowing to press the charge..."

"... as Republicans blocked a separate move to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to strip him of power under the 25th Amendment.... Democratic leaders were confident it would pass, and pressured Republican lawmakers to vote with them to beseech the vice president, who is said to be opposed to using the powers outlined in the Constitution, to do so. It was a remarkable threat. If Mr. Pence does not intervene 'within 24 hours' after passage and the president does not resign, House leader...
Tags: Law, United States, House, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, Pence, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Impeachment, Democratic Party in Trumpland, the Trump resistance

If the "Capitol mob" was "a raging collection of grievances and disillusionment" as The Washington Post says...

... in its headline, here, then doesn't that mean it wasn't an "insurrection" or much of a plan at all, just a coming together of disparate elements? Let's look at the long article. I'm reading it for the first time and making excerpts and comments as I go. I'm doing this without an agenda, just wanting to figure out what the hell happened and what it means. Those who made their way to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday hail from at least 36 states, along with the District of Columbia ...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Canada, Grammar, Salem, Graham, District Of Columbia, Capitol Police, Trump, Mike Pence, Don, Capitol, Guthrie

"I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy..."

My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nazis, Capitol, Schwarzenegger, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

The many voices of Paul McCartney.

May I recommend this highly detailed episode of "The Beatles Naked" podcast? I'm not yet half way through, but I'm so impressed with the analysis. There's so much of it! With the music played, so you can judge for yourself. I was interested, for example, in the discussion of the emotional effect of any slightly out-of-tune singing. Is it "soulful"? And has our experience of it changed over the years as present-day music is electronically tuned to perfection?And is it the case that there is a son...
Tags: Law, Bono, Wikipedia, Paul Mccartney, Charles Manson, Marilyn Manson, Beatles, Kurt Cobain, Trump, PAUL, Charlie, Manson, U S Capitol, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

If Trump knew there was a plan to storm the Capitol building, then his speech to the crowd was an incitement, even though he never told the crowd to commit any act of violence.

2 days ago, I read Trump's speech looking for any language that could support the claim that he incited the crowd to storm the Capitol. I wrote a post listing the 7 most violence-inducing statements. They're about fighting and showing strength and never giving up, but they're all consistent with an idea of having a big, traditional street protest — with lots of people marching and displaying their passion for the cause through big numbers, determined-looking faces, and lots words on signs and in...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Fbi, Evidence, Trump, Capitol, capital Police, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Bob Boyd, US Capitol Police, Proud Boys, the Trump resistance, Putsch

"For many congressional staff members and Capitol workers, in particular people of color, the damage wrought on Wednesday was visceral."

"It will be a long time before they feel safe again at work, they say, knowing that a building once thought to be among the most secure in Washington could be breached by a mob carrying, among other things, a Confederate flag and displaying anti-Semitic iconography.... The Capitol Police have come under fire for seeming, at times, to offer little resistance to the pro-Trump mob. While some experts defended their actions as prioritizing the protection of lawmakers over the securing of the buildin...
Tags: John Lewis, Law, Washington, Police, Black, Capitol Police, Trump, Lewis, Capitol, Steny Hoyer, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Congress One Black

"Pickles has a comfortable relationship with nihilism.... 'I grew up in the punk-rock scene,' he said. 'And Trump was like punk rock. It’s, like, anti-establishment.'"

"He attended the University of Florida, where he was an English major and a liberal. 'I’ve taken basket weaving and read about the Black prison experience,' he said, with a snicker. (In his shop, Fat Enzo’s, murals of Mark Twain and Hunter S. Thompson share wall space with Huey Long.) He explained that after his father died, in 2015, he sought out new male camaraderie. The Proud Boys filled a vacuum. He claims to have joined not because they are a hate group (as designated by the Southern Povert...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, University of Florida, Mark Twain, Donald Trump, New Yorker, Thompson, Trump, Hunter, Jane Mayer, Capitol, Scalia, Southern Poverty Law Center, Enzo, Hodges

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