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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the stock-up-on-popcorn! dept.

2021-01-07 14:44:44 UTC: UPDATE (See below the fold).

Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in Congress:

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College's votes for president and vice president.

The Capitol has been put on lockdown and the certification vote has been paused. Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building. House and Senate leadership is safe and in undisclosed locations, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Congress' counting of electoral votes is typically little more than an afterthought. But this joint session was expected to be a contentious affair that would last late into the evening and possibly on Thursday. Some Republicans are objecting to the count and delaying the inevitable certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Also at AlJazeera (In Pictures: Pro-trump mob storms US Capitol building) and c|net (Mob storms Capitol forcing halt of election vote count).

[2021-01-06 22:33:53 UTC; UPDATE] NOTE: This is a chaotic time.

The Electoral College votes are currently being confirmed and tallied. Runoff votes in Georgia are being tallied and the results may swing the balance of power in the US Senate. The Georgia secretary of state [has been] relocated from [State] Capitol for security reasons. Mitch McConnell goes off on Trump. Pro-Trump reporter gloats over access to fleeing Hill staffer's computer. And Trump hand-picks replacement for Atlanta's US attorney after surprise resignation.

Let's please try and keep the discussion civil.

Also, please be polite and share your popcorn!

[Updates Begin]:

(1) Fox News reports Biden's Electoral College victory certified -- hours after Capitol chaos:

The U.S. Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory -- after a day in Washington that was marred by pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.

Vice President Mike Pence, who had announced he would not overturn the will of voters, confirmed the Biden victory at 3:41 a.m. ET.

Lawmakers had returned to the chamber in an act of defiance, with some Republicans who initially vowed to challenge states' results due to voter fraud concerns announcing they'd instead vote to certify.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the breach of the Capitol a "failed insurrection," adding that those who "tried to disrupt our democracy" had not succeeded.

(2) President Trump "Responds" via Staffer's Twitter Account after His Account was Suspended:

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our...

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

...fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

(3) Facebook, Twitter lock Trump's account following video addressing Washington rioters:

  • Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday said they would lock the account of President Donald Trump after he continued to make false claims about the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday removed a video by President Donald Trump addressing Washington rioters.
  • Meanwhile, calls are mounting for Twitter and Facebook to suspend Trump's accounts.

(4) The Associated Press has called the results for the Georgia Senate elections: both Democratic candidates defeated their GOP opponents:

With projected victories in the twin races of Warnock and Ossoff, President-elect Joe Biden will have the narrowest majority in the Senate, with both parties holding 50-50 seats apiece, allowing the tie-breaking vote to be cast by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Also at The New York Times.


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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:08PM (29 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:08PM (#1095850)

    Lots of "Q" t-shirts, though. And wild insane looks in the eyes of the thugs violating democracy.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:16PM (26 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:16PM (#1095861)

    Anyone can buy a t-shirt, or a hat, or a flag. Stop thinking that what someone waves in your face actually shows what's in their heart.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by sjames on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:22PM (5 children)

      by sjames (2882) on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:22PM (#1095868) Journal

      I'm pretty sure at an event like this, anyone wearing a Q shirt is a true believer.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by slinches on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:49PM (4 children)

        by slinches (5049) on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:49PM (#1095901)

        The process of going through the objections to electors had just started. Why would Trump supporters want to stop that process? I would have thought they would want the country to hear the evidence and arguments from the Representatives and Senators who were planning to object.

        Maybe I'm applying too much logic to such an emotionally charged event, but it's not a good strategic move if they want to keep Trump in office.

        • (Score: 5, Touché) by barbara hudson on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:31PM

          by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:31PM (#1095956) Journal
          Because deep down they know Trump lost, but that knowledge hasn't made it to their pea sized dinosaur lizard forebrains yet? It's not they're even moderately intelligent, streamlining video of themselves breaking the law. If this whole mess isn't a terrorist event, what is?
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        • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:53PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:53PM (#1095974)

          Pence has already sold out, and made a deal with Pelosi. Trump supporters wanted to put a stop to that.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:03AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:03AM (#1096058)

            I'm pretty sure you are correct that is what is going through most of the protesters minds.

        • (Score: 2) by sjames on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:27AM

          by sjames (2882) on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:27AM (#1096126) Journal

          I don't think anyone outside of the GOP has ever accused the Q crazies of being rational or logical.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:23PM (11 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:23PM (#1095869)

      No. When someone waves a Nazi flag and shouts that minorities should be deported or put in camps I will 100% believe they are Nazi scum.

      Someone waves a Confederate flag and screams about election fraud at this point? Maybe they were halfway decent people at one point, but until they realize they are in the wrong and have been lied to repeatedly then they are seditious bastards trying to overthrow democracy. Believing easily disproven lies is their problem, if they make it everyone's problem things are gonna get ugly.

      • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:54PM (8 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @11:54PM (#1095975)

        Idiot. No Nazi flags were seen today. One or two Confederate flags maybe. You're full of shit, spreading Antifa's talking points.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:13AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:13AM (#1096003)

          It was a generalized statement genius, but I guarantee you there were more than a few sentient swastika tattoos running around. I'm sure plenty are just regular old republican idiots who believe every lie Trump tells them, but are otherwise decent Americans. Sadly I doubt you could ever muster up to say the same for any BLM protesters. "Antifa's talking points" lol go take a nap you're brain is obviously tired from all the gymnastics it had to do today.

        • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:20AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:20AM (#1096013)

          Both sides have to share the blame. There's a lot of good people - and some of them rapists too.

        • (Score: 3, Touché) by helel on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:57AM (3 children)

          by helel (2949) on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:57AM (#1096099)

          I know. Quoting Hitler [news.com.au] is completely different than waving a Swastika!

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:34PM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:34PM (#1096672)

            Hitler was the relative good guy in WW2, you ignorant slave.

        • (Score: 5, Touché) by helel on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:02AM (1 child)

          by helel (2949) on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:02AM (#1096264)

          Also only a fool would think that wearing a "Camp Auschwitz Staff [dailydot.com]" hoodie is a sign that the Trump supporters occupying the capital are nazis. He's probably wearing it ironically!

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          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:22AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:22AM (#1096274)

            He's probably wearing it ironically!

            This but unironically.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:31AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:31AM (#1096028)

        One guy believing easily disproven lies is their problem, 70+ million believing easily disproven lies...

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:42AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:42AM (#1096135)

          One guy believing easily disproven lies is their problem, 70+ million believing easily disproven lies...

          I know! I can't believe all the people who bought the lies around Jacob Blake's shooting too!

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:25PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:25PM (#1095870)

      Stop thinking that what someone waves in your face actually shows what's in their heart.

      Except when they are showing you what is in their hearts by disrupting a vote of the elected representatives of a free and democratic nation!

      Or are the traitors claiming it is all a "false-flag" operation?

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:25AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @12:25AM (#1096019)

        Did someone say "false flag"? Someone in Texas [rawstory.com]? (No, not Alex Jones, think, crazier, and more criminal.)

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:43AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:43AM (#1096288)

          If not, then it was about the most perfect own goal I've ever seen. Trump will be remembered in both the short term and long term for this single day.

      • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:28AM (1 child)

        by Thexalon (636) on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:28AM (#1096178)

        Cynthia Lummus (R-Wyoming) was insisting that she didn't know whether the attack on the Capitol was Trump supporters or Antifa ... referring to a crowd of people waving Trump flags and wearing Make America Great Again gear.

        So yes, some of the traitors are claiming it's really the Democrats.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:36PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:36PM (#1096674)

          did you not see the obvious agent provocateurs bouncing around like kids in a bouncy house gently bumping into the cops so they could get tackled and peacefully arrested played over and over again by the media whores. Just how dumb are you?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:48PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:48PM (#1095899)

      So it's okay for someone to wave a gun in your face?

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday January 07 2021, @06:20AM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 07 2021, @06:20AM (#1096309) Journal

      Anyone can buy a t-shirt, or a hat, or a flag. Stop thinking that what someone waves in your face actually shows what's in their heart.

      Since they can make a choice on what tee, hat, flag they buy, their choice is deliberate.
      The "only for the lulz" rationalization is long gone as valid.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:30PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @08:30PM (#1096670)

    election theft is not "democracy", you stupid fucking slave.