Trump responsible for violence

Violent supporters of President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as Congress holds a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win on Nov. 3. Win McNamee/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

The following editorial was published by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday:

LOS ANGELES (Tribune News Service) — Farce edged toward insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as a mob thousands strong — egged on by President Donald Trump — breached barriers and forced their way into the halls of Congress, sending members and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing to safety and halting the process that would certify Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

At what point does this get called an attempted coup?

It has often been said that if the United States were to succumb, it would be because of an attack from within, not an assault by terrorists or by a foreign adversary. And indeed, democracy is under actual, physical assault, in the Capitol, by Americans inflamed by the president of the United States, because he rejected the decisions made by voters, states and courts.

This display of distrust in American institutions is far beyond what Osama bin Laden or Vladimir Putin could have hoped for. This was their goal: to destabilize and delegitimize.

Earlier, Trump appeared at a rally of his supporters outside the White House and repeated his baseless allegations that he had been cheated out of a second term, urged attendees to march to the Capitol and even said he would join them (he did not).

The ensuing scenes were surreal. Flag-waving, chanting and cursing throngs overwhelmed security barriers and police in riot gear — injuring a number of them — and packed onto the Capitol verandas while other Trump supporters strolled through Statuary Hall and the Rotunda.

Many made it into the legislative chambers themselves, reportedly by breaking through locked glass doors at one point, with reports of gunfire and warnings by police to House members to don gas masks. Tear gas swirled through the House side of the Capitol, and the building was placed on lockdown.

At least one person was shot and critically wounded in the confrontation.

With members of Congress advised to shelter in place and consider ducking under their desks should marauders enter their offices, Trump finally tweeted a lame admonition to his followers: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Then a half hour later: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

Nothing about storming the Capitol. Nothing about forcing Congress into recess. No demands for retreat by the forces he himself had urged to descend on Washington to protest the certification of the Electoral College votes.

(Trump eventually — after the National Guard was called out and after a public statement by Biden condemning the mob attack — posted a video repeating his lies about the election but also urged his supporters to “go home, and go home in peace.”)

Much has been said about Trump breaking norms as a politician and as a president. But this goes far beyond challenging the status quo or “draining the swamp.” The sitting president of the United States, in an effort to undo the will of the American electorate, is complicit in the storming of the U.S. Capitol to halt the peaceful transfer of power.

This is the predictable outcome of the grotesque charade being played not just by Trump but by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Josh Hawley, R-Mo.; and others who have aligned with Trump’s blatantly false assertions of voting fraud.

Attacking democratic institutions attacks democracy itself, and what the nation witnessed Wednesday in Washington is the power of the mob to destabilize even the most stable of democracies.

The responsibility for this day of unconscionable attacks by Americans on the heart of our elective system belongs to Trump. But his enablers have much to answer for as well, and much to regret.

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Come on KR, not according to the NY Post:

But I know facts and logic can be confusing to those of the left persuasion.


I know facts and logic can be confusing to those of the left persuasion.

My side is not the side of birthers and QAnon and people desperately grasping at whatever manufactured evidence they can find to prove Trump won.

There may have been a few antifa members. That does not absolve Trump or anyone else. If you think it does maybe you should worry about your logical capability. Can you tell me of any antifa having been arrested because there are plenty of legit MAGA types that have been? I believe there are like a half dozen state Republican elected officials identified or arrested. Pretty sure they’re not antifa.

If it helps you sleep go ahead and believe everyone there was antifa and Soros was leading them.


You start naming off antifa people that have been charged or arrested and I’ll start naming MAGAs. I’ll even go first.

Richard Barnett, of Gravette, Ark., was photographed sitting with his boots up on a desk in the office of Pelosi’ (D-Calif.) — an image that quickly became emblematic of the chaotic storming of the complex by a pro-Trump mob. Barnett, who has defended white nationalism on Facebook, identified himself as the intruder in Pelosi’s office to the New York Times.


Also charged with unlawful entry was Hawaii Proud Boys founder and unsuccessful state house candidate Nicholas Robert Ochs

And this guy:

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans (R) was charged with unlawfully entering restricted grounds after allegedly live-streaming a video of himself during the breaking on his Facebook page.

Those are all WaPo.

You really don’t have to worry. Being loyal soldiers of Donald Trump they didn’t wear masks and their pictures are being spread all over social media. I’m pretty confident that nearly everyone who broke in will be apprehended. Back the blue, right?

Although now that I mention it these Trump folks didn’t seem to follow that credo.


I feel like Columbo. One more thing just occurred to me.

Did theNYPost or Redstate or whoever say that the antifa infiltrators were part of the mob that went into the Capitol? I don’t believe they did say that. Or did they just convince the poor dumb MAGAs to do it so they’d get in trouble?

So, antifa is so smart they convinced the MAGAs to break federal laws and trash Trump’s legacy and etc. Or is it that MAGAs are just really dumb?


Take a look at the photos of Washington, D.C. last June. Spare me your ravage...


I don’t remember the capital being stormed and vandalized by barbarians last June. Maybe provide more details.

BTW, it’s hard to overlook the fact that you’re trying really hard to say yesterday was no big deal. So, if this becomes a normal occurrence after elections it’s just part of the democratic process from now on? I mean along with presidents crying fraudulent election and refusing to concede.


Not one “capital” was stormed last June. Correct. Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis are not the states capital. They were however, stormed and vandalized. I do remember the Capitol being taken over during the Kavanaugh hearings though. The hypocrisy of the left is truly immeasurable.


Not one “capital” was stormed last June. Correct. Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis are not the states capital. They were however, stormed and vandalized. I do remember the Capitol being taken over during the Kavanaugh hearings though. The hypocrisy of the left is truly immeasurable.

First, allow me to apologize for misspelling capital. I’ll never live down the shame.

Second, Trump instigated this riot. No Democrat instigated the couple of protesters during the Kavanaugh hearings. Also, those protesters didn’t go there to vandalize the building or thwart democracy. Also, Trump expressed his love for the protesters who vandalized the “Capitol.” Does that seem odd to you?

Third, almost all protesters of Black deaths at the hands of police were there to do just that. The ones who were breaking the law were denounced by those on the right and left. No one on the left wants vandals associated with the movement. Which leads to the question of why you’re struggling so hard to excuse the actions of some of Trump’s supporters on Wednesday?


I swear you guys would have no defense of Trump if it wasn’t for whataboutism and false equivalence.


Just one more. Holmes, would you like me to point out any misspellings you make? I’d be more than happy to.


This is not what a “peaceful transfer of power” is supposed to look like.


At what point does this get called an attempted coup?

You could’ve called it that when 13 senators and over 100 reps signed onto whatever anti-Constitutional lunacy they attempting yesterday. But ask Elise and she’ll probably claim it was just some kind of performance art.

Apologies to Barry Goldwater but the new GOP motto seems to be, “Extremism in the defense of Trump is no vice.”

Also, just wanted to mention that many over Trump’s supporters were not so much “backing the blue” yesterday. But then, I suppose loyalty to Dear Leader overrides respect for law enforcement.


Words have consequences... GOPers...rebuild your party... what happened to the party of Lincoln and Reagan. Pipe bombs?? Molotov Cocktails? Seriously.... thank God Pence.. McConnel.. separated themselves from POTUS...focus on building the GOP back to what it was...


Pipe bomb was found at GOP headquarters..


And you can make that mean anything you want it to mean, right?


I there a point here Holmes.... is it that hard for you and POTUS to condemn what happened at the capitol?


The barbarians were not antifa dressed in MAGA hats. These were 100% Trumpers. It’s not like there’s not pictures of large numbers of them. They will be prosecuted unless Trump gives them all pre-emptive pardons on his way out.

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