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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, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:26AM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:26AM (#1096072)

    I'm not prepared to call every single person who waves one or all of the people who are next to people who are waving one as a white supremacist though.

    I am. We have had enough of this treason shit!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:31AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:31AM (#1096078)

    If you think things are bad now, you're going to love the next few decades.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:03AM (4 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:03AM (#1096106) Homepage

      Those may not be fun, but the next few years will be, even from my perspective. Biden or Kamaltoe "Suck cock all the way to the top" Harris will now have to explain to everybody why Antifa, BLM, and COVID-19 will magically disappear -- at least for another 4 years. If they continue the lockdowns, they're gonna get raped in 2022 and recall movements (like Newsom's, already at 60% and rising) will revive bipartisan hatred against the more chosen politicians. The previous 4 years saw the talking heads go from "There's no such thing as a deep state" to "Yes, we are the deep state and only we know what's best for you." Some states will continue to thumb their nose at Washington, and if the Soros-funded ChiCom-aligned lawyers in the ACLU and EFF try to overturn their wishes in the Supreme Court, then we're back to square 1 with Capitols being stormed. Oh, did I mention that people would be continuing to panic-buy guns and ammo at accelerated rates that whole time?

      We'll see more and more progressives and other lefties get tastes of their own medicine and fired or arrested for not using proper pronouns, refusing unsafe vaccines, and having family gatherings amidst a hoax "pandemic" that nobody in the checkout line believes -- much less the fuckhuge number of people including health professionals already refusing the vaccine. Women will drop out of sports because they can't compete against trannies. More and more parents will pull their kids out of school because of a few of those previously-mentioned reasons. Young Progressives, already battered with employment prospects, will be forced out of the workplace to make room for minimum-wage Mexicans and Africans while the few who did make it will be forced out in favor of imported Indians and Chinese getting paid a third of their salaries.

      More and more people will seek alternatives for news now that everything everywhere is complete bullshit, the NFL and NBA are ruined irrecoverably due to going all-in on the COVID hoax and woke bullshit. Social media will solidify into boring circle-jerks with Trump gone or continue to be fixated on him to the point of looking like deranged weirdos. People won't consume tiresome Hollywood bullshit or TV now that everything is all-agenda, no substance. I won't even tell you what damage woke bullshit did to comedy.

      And that's only if the Democrats follow through with what they say they are. Otherwise, Trumpers can laugh at their disillusionment when Biden throws them under the bus and tells them to fuck off -- at least until they pull Bernie and the Squad out from under the coffee table in 4 years to get the morons excited at the prospect of another White Jew (which, unfortunately for them, won't be Bernie) as president.

      Might as well make lemonade from lemons.

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

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:03AM (#1096153)

        Eth has had to move in with family? Can't get another job after the racism incident at his last job? Downward spiral, eh? Poor sot.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @10:41PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @10:41PM (#1096725)

        Dude...you've got more projection issues than a run down movie theater!
        I would like to remind you of your own comment: [soylentnews.org]

        What will likely happen is that Trump will win by a larger margin than before, and the Democrats with money from Soros/Jews and China will do whatever they can to stop the election: violence and rioting, endless litigation, vote re-counts and re-re counts, etc.

        They will waste time just like they've done the past 4 years trying to get Trump out with sham impeachments and using the classic Jewish trick of accusing everybody else of what they themselves are doing.

        You are truly a prescient fellow, just a little bit off on calling which side does all that stuff.

        • (Score: -1) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday January 07 2021, @11:34PM (1 child)

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday January 07 2021, @11:34PM (#1096746) Homepage

          That is exactly what happened had there not been cheating.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @07:18PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2021, @07:18PM (#1097945)

            A to think people went years thinking you were just a troll and not the racist douche bag you've always been.

            You know what, I'm feeling generous. We'll let you have your election fraud claims, but then we'll skip the trials and.convict Trump of treason for colluding with Russia to infiltrate the US presidency. Yo boi is now in prison, and you're still an impotent little prick whose family still hates him.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:40AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:40AM (#1096083)

    Throw this white supremacist in jail then: https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/UPENYNAX3BXXYUBCULDXL42CC4.jpg [arcpublishing.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:40AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:40AM (#1096189)

      Hey, that's Thomas. He's my mom's brother.

  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:05AM (1 child)

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 07 2021, @02:05AM (#1096108) Journal

    The US constitution rather clearly defines treason, and waving a confederate flag doesn't count when the Confederacy hasn't existed for over a century. Insurrection, possibly. Sedition, maybe. Incitement to riot, probably. But not treason.

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    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @09:58AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @09:58AM (#1096388)

      Wow

      "Insurrection, possibly. Sedition, maybe. Incitement to riot, probably."

      Let me fix that for you.

      Insurrection: an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government. definitely

      Sedition: A revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority, usually in the form of Treason or Defamation against government. definitely

      Incitement to riot: no definition needed, obviously

      Treason: likely but this one is legally a bit trickier in the US. Here is what this site had to say about it https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/treason.htm [criminaldefenselawyer.com]

      From the Constitution - "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

      The elements of treason are the same under state and federal law:

              the defendant owes allegiance to the government, and
              the defendant intentionally betrays that allegiance by either
                      levying war against the government, or
                      giving aid or comfort to the government’s enemies.

      ------------------------------

      So your equivocations about what happened are a very bad look for you. Insurrection, sedition, and incitement to riot happened 100% by Trump, Giuliani, and the mob that stormed the capitol. Don't shy away from this, that is what happened. Come to grips with it, reject the rightwing terrorism brewing in the US, and help us safeguard our country from such attempted coups in the future.

      And yes, possibly treason depending on whether the mob's actions can be considered an act of war. They stormed the capitol with weapons and explosives, and whether the treason can be pinned on Trump with his weasel wording that leaves a legal sliver of doubt is yet to be determined.

      Believe your eyes and ears, stop listening to what Fox and their propaganda puppets Hannity and Carlson tell you to believe. Use that brain, read the definitions, and decide yourself.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 08 2021, @07:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 08 2021, @07:43PM (#1097093)

    you aren't going to do shit, but get exterminated like the bitch-ass, laarping neo-bolshevik's useful idiot that you are.