Impeach. Remove. Bar from Office.

 

For two months, President Donald Trump has promoted increasingly unhinged conspiracy theories and fanned the flames of outrage among his most dedicated supporters. Today, America learned that some people on the fringe took this all too seriously. Following a particularly ugly Trump speech, the crowd tore down barriers surrounding the US Capitol, assaulted police officers, and forced their way in. The following photos are not from Caracas or Minsk, but the capital city of the most powerful nation on earth.

At the Trump rally, Rudy Giuliani called for a “trial by combat.” He got it. Multiple injuries to law enforcement officers have been reported by the Capitol Police.

Shots were reported fired in the Capitol itself. One “protestor” was shot in the neck and carried away on a stretcher.

As the siege intensified, Trump blasted his own vice president on Twitter for refusing to break the law and overturn the election.

Senators, Representatives, and Capitol Hill staff fled the building for safety.

Later, Trump tweeted that his supporters shouldn’t use violence against the police. It was already too late.

Trump finally uploaded a video, spending the vast majority of the time claiming the election was stolen, but adding that the mob ransacking the Capitol should go home.

These are not protestors. They are terrorists. They are insurrectionists.

Just like Antifa over the summer, MAGAtifa needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

GOP Senators planning to protest the vote need to stop their grandstanding and accept the results.

Since the sitting president seems unwilling to strenuously condemn the violence he urged on, Vice President Pence should confer with the Cabinet to remove Trump via the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.

Congress should then bar Donald Trump from ever holding a future federal office.

Enough.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Yes.

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  2. Viruscop Member
    Viruscop
    @Viruscop

    So the left was right all along. 

    “Orange Man bad” is an understatement.

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  3. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
    @ArizonaPatriot

    What is happening at the Capitol is atrocious.

    This post seems to be a serious overreaction.

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  4. Hoyacon Member
    Hoyacon
    @Hoyacon

    I’m glad we’ve already figured out the allegiances of all those involved.  That saves a lot of trouble.

     

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  5. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
    @ArizonaPatriot

    By the way, news reports (including this from the NY Post) indicate that President Trump has called out the National Guard to put down this lawlessness.  So the President has done more than condemn the violence.  He is taking concrete and proper action.

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  6. MiMac Thatcher
    MiMac
    @MiMac

    The unhinged cries of fraud are crazy- I am not saying there wasn’t fraud- but if you have no good evidence then you don’t make accusations. But many here sadly continue to assert that the tweets & press releases alleging fraud are PROOF of fraud. Meanwhile, in court cases Powell et al don’t contest the vote d/t fraud but claim procedural problems with NO serious evidence that it altered the outcome. Trump (and even more some some of his supporters) is destroying any chance of a positive legacy. You do not endanger the Constitution for partisan advantage, especially when you have exactly no chance.

    Both parties have to get serious about dialing back the rhetoric & truthfully condemning the nuts on their side of the spectrum- no more mostly peaceful BLM protests- not more MAGA they stole the election rallies.

    addendum- any one claiming this is a false flag operation is probably beyond help…..that is exactly what the left claimed during riots last summer….

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  7. HeavyWater Coolidge
    HeavyWater
    @HeavyWater

    Now matter how low Trump goes, he can not hit bottom.  What a disgrace Trump is to the United States of America.

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  8. Caltory Thatcher
    Caltory
    @Caltory

    He invited them and he incited them. And the only words he had to say after the mob took over were to encourage more of the same. A disgrace unfit for office.

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  9. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Interesting shots.  They add credence to the AntiFa infiltration theory.  It’s unlikely that many MAGA-types take Black Helmets — like we’ve seen throughout Antifastan — to rallies.  

    I just wish Biden, Pelosi, et al had made statements like the following back in the Spring/Summer:

    “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!” Trump tweeted. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

    This is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side. We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone.  Donald Trump, Jr

    At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services. We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful.  Kayleigh McEnany@PressSec

     

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  10. DHMorgan Coolidge
    DHMorgan
    @DHMorgan

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Congress should then bar Donald Trump from ever holding a future federal office.

    Enough.

    Is that possible? Few things would please me more than to see him permanently prohibited from holding future public office.

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  11. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    DHMorgan (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Congress should then bar Donald Trump from ever holding a future federal office.

    Enough.

    Is that possible? Few things would please me more than to see him permanently prohibited from holding future public office.

    Yes.  Trump can be impeached after his term ends.  The conviction would not remove him from office but would permanently prohibit him from holding any future public office.

    There must be a consequence for Trump’s pressure of Georgia’s Secretary of State, and then his egging on of the protesters.  Prosecution, impeachment, 25th Amendment, I don’t know which is best.  But there must be a consequence other than a mere “tut, tut.”  

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  12. Guruforhire Member
    Guruforhire
    @Guruforhire

    No Caesar (View Comment):
    Interesting shots. They add credence to the AntiFa infiltration theory. It’s unlikely that many MAGA-types take Black Helmets — like we’ve seen throughout Antifastan — to rallies.

    The helmets started 4 years ago, because the police let the violence happen.

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  13. Hoyacon Member
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    @Hoyacon

    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    Now matter how low Trump goes, he can not hit bottom. What a disgrace Trump is to the United States of America.

    The bitterness continues and the shallow thinkers take their victory laps.  How telling it is that you can’t contain a view that you’ve already expressed ad nauseam at such a serious time.

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  14. James Lileks Contributor
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    Sitting here trying to come up with something to add, but nah. Seconded. 

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  15. Brian Watt Member
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  16. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Anyone who got into the Capitol needs to be fully prosecuted.  And we can sort out who is who.

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  17. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Yes.

    No

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  18. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

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  19. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    By the way, news reports (including this from the NY Post) indicate that President Trump has called out the National Guard to put down this lawlessness. So the President has done more than condemn the violence. He is taking concrete and proper action.

    As he should. Unlike Mayor Muriel.

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  20. Franz Drumlin Member
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    No Caesar (View Comment):
    Interesting shots. They add credence to the AntiFa infiltration theory.

    Yeah. I suspect some of the insurrectionists are not Trump supporters. Pretty easy to infiltrate a rally and perpetrate some false flag violence. However: the rally itself should never have taken place. To even think of holding such an event on the day the Senate ceremoniously hands over power from one administration to another is an insult to our Constitutional  order. Louie Gomert (“be as violent as antifa”) and Rudy Giuliani (“trial by combat”) should arrested and tried for inciting violence. And Trump should be impeached and removed before he officially leaves office. 

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  21. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    But there must be a consequence other than a mere “tut, tut.”

    But that is all you want for Biden’s in person pressuring of the Ukrainian government…

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  22. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Whoever breaches the Capitol must be fully prosecuted.  We will sort out who is who while they are in prison.

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  23. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

     

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    If true, will this be covered in the press?

    • #23
  24. Joan of Ark La Tex Member
    Joan of Ark La Tex
    @JoALT

    Editor of Ricochet jumping to conclusion before any formal reports. WOW! 

     

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  25. Matt Upton Lincoln
    Matt Upton
    @MattUpton

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Trump finally uploaded a video, spending the vast majority of the time claiming the election was stolen, but adding that the mob ransacking the Capitol should go home.

    “I’m dousing you in gasoline. Please do not smoke on your way out.”

    Seeing a Confederate flag marched through the capitol building has done it for me. The President has damaged this country and corrupted the party in a way that will take decades to recover. My feeling about my 3rd party vote in 2016 is a lot better right now than my vote for Trump in 2020. This is what I feared most: leaving the bulwark against progressive excess in shambles.

    It didn’t have to happen this way. He had a decent presidential legacy. But he had to pretend there was a grand conspiracy that stole millions of votes from him, and then pretend there was a way to contest this after court after court threw out the cases. 

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  26. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    No Caesar (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    DHMorgan (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Congress should then bar Donald Trump from ever holding a future federal office.

    Enough.

    Is that possible? Few things would please me more than to see him permanently prohibited from holding future public office.

    Yes. Trump can be impeached after his term ends. The conviction would not remove him from office but would permanently prohibit him from holding any future public office.

    There must be a consequence for Trump’s pressure of Georgia’s Secretary of State, and then his egging on of the protesters. Prosecution, impeachment, 25th Amendment, I don’t know which is best. But there must be a consequence other than a mere “tut, tut.”

    What does this accomplish? E

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    If true, will this be covered in the press?

    Apparently if it’s not on Fox News it’s not to be believed.

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  27. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    No Caesar (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    If true, will this be covered in the press?

    CNN might trot out the “Fiery, but otherwise Peaceful” chryon

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  28. Guruforhire Member
    Guruforhire
    @Guruforhire

    Joan of Ark La Tex (View Comment):

    Editor of Ricochet jumping to conclusion before any formal reports. WOW!

     

    The ridding of all the hobby horses is certainly amusing.

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  29. Hoyacon Member
    Hoyacon
    @Hoyacon

    Matt Upton (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Trump finally uploaded a video, spending the vast majority of the time claiming the election was stolen, but adding that the mob ransacking the Capitol should go home.

    “I’m dousing you in gasoline. Please do not smoke on your way out.”

    Seeing a Confederate flag marched through the capitol building has done it for me. The President has damaged this country and corrupted the party in a way that will take decades to recover. My feeling about my 3rd party vote in 2016 is a lot better right now than my vote for Trump in 2020. This is what I feared most: leaving the bulwark against progressive excess in shambles.

    It didn’t have to happen this way. He had a decent presidential legacy. But he had to pretend there was a grand conspiracy that stole millions of votes from him, and then pretend there was a way to contest this after court after court threw out the cases.

    I suppose that we should all be outraged that one person with  a Confederate battle flag made his way into the Capitol.  It would be interesting  to find out how Trump managed to smuggle him in, but, then, since it was one person, I suppose it wouldn’t have been too hard.

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  30. Jim George Member
    Jim George
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    What is happening at the Capitol is atrocious.

    This post seems to be a serious overreaction.

    I had to look twice to be sure I had the author of this post right, as at first glance I just assumed it was the resident Never Trumper and supporter of such left-wing causes as The Lincoln Project, @garyrobbins, and must say I find Jerry’s words “serious overreaction” to be as kind as anyone could put it; mine would be much less diplomatic. Perhaps my post of a few minutes ago (#20 to the post “I hated it in Seattle and Portland and I hate it now too) will illustrate my concern for this kind of “overreaction” and seriously questionable judgment, now coming from the Editor of this esteemed publication. What in the hell are we coming to?

    Jim George
    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    If they are truly Trump supporters they will be arrested, jailed, maybe shot. If these are Antifa then a Right wing person will be arrested, jailed, maybe shot.

    This is by far the most sensible comment I have seen and I am truly amazed at the number of “center-right” people who are just accepting, out of hand, that all of these violent hoodlums are Trump supporters, as if it is just unthinkable that those well-known, law abiding, “peaceful” members of Antifa and BLM, who have burned down major swaths of a number of our cities, would never dream of picking up a red hat and doing what they do best– commit lawless, violent, barbaric acts in a way designed to embarrass the most hounded, beleaguered President in American history on his way out of office.

    Is it asking too much to wait more than 15 minutes in order to more fully determine the actual identity of these thugs?

    Of course, and it irks me that this even needs to be said, if they are Trump supporters, they should be dealt with as the credo etched over the entrance to the Supreme Court dictates: “Equal Justice Under Law.” The terrible imbalance in the way that has been applied is for another day, as it should apply fully here.

    And, yes, I have also looked at some of the footage and must admit I have no idea who is who or what is what and no one else will either until this is all sorted out by the appropriate authorities.

    I have tried to abstain from writing anything today, after the revulsion I and many of us, I am sure, experienced at the Georgia outcome, but I must say I have a deep seated fear for the future viability of the American Rule of Law at this particular time in our history and, with respect, some of these premature conclusory comments have just strengthened that fear.

    That’s my dissenting opinion, for what it’s worth.

    Sincerely, Jim

     

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