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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.