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Records show fervent Trump fans fueled U.S. Capitol takeover

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER, MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, GILLIAN FLACCUS and JIM MUSTIAN

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No, the president of the country incited a mob to physically attack another branch of government that was in the process of carrying out its constitutionall-madated responsibilities, in an attempt to subvert the count of an election he lost by 6-7 million votes. This is not simply the stuff of impeachment, it is the stuff of treachery and treason, and he should pay the ultimate penalty if found guilty.

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These people are next level crazy. Maybe they could claim insanity at trial. I'd support it.

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Really? Any proof? Without proof, it's just an assumption.

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Well, as a Trump supporter, I think this here article is hogwash...

First of all, it wasn't President Trump who spoke to the crowd before these riots - it was Hillary in a Trump mask. Get a voice analyzer - it will prove it...

And none of those proud, patriotic Trump supporters walked down to the Capital - they got in their pickup trucks and went home - the Antifa, Leftists, Alien Lizards came out from the backstreets and they went and caused all this damage and chaos... If you saw Trump banners and Confederate flags, that was just Bill Gates beaming those into your head.

I have my MAGA hat lined with tin foil - he isn't foolin' me...

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Really? Any proof? Without proof, it's just an assumption.

That's why they listed the proof in the article.

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Far right loonies have long been a reality in the US. Now many of them look to Russia, among the most far right nations and its autocrat Putin; they see that as the system of government they prefer. The wanted their Trump to be a leader for life (or until 2036) ala Putin.

Among the far right extremists are those who say 'I'd rather be Russian than Democrat', have nazi tattoos and wave confederate flag. That they're aided by the Republican Party says how far right the R's have shifted.

It's no surprise the far right media are trying to convince their followers the violence was done by Antifa and BLM supporters. And given the far right do not believe 'western' intelligence, believe instead what Tucker, Hannity, Qanon, RT and others tell them, disbelieve what US agencies have determined.

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Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. The pardons aren’t meant for the likes of you. You got done played.

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Really? Any proof? 

Other than the mountain of evidence which this article is based on and states?

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Trump has played identity politics as well as the left. This divisive practice will hopefully stop under Biden. We should be Americans first.

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longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, and adherents of the QAnon 

I do NOT believe ALL of the 74 million who voted for Trump are in any of the above groups.

However, I've long believed - based on nothing more than gut sense as an American who grew up with, went to school with, and worked with other Americans that 35% of my fellow citizens are 'fundamentalists', i.e. fall into one of the above groups. Do the math - that's still a lot. And the largest number of them come from the largest ethnic demographic.

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All this empirical proof; the videos, the confessions, the social media posts, are really making it tough for the Trump supporters and the far-right media cabal that feeds them...

On the one hand, you have them returning to the old deny reality standby; it was Antifa, the Leftists, BLM....

But others are standing up and saying how proud they are of these pro-Trump "warriors"...."fighting" as Trump directed them to do...

Just check out Fox - they don't know what to say - half of their talking heads say it was Antifa and the other half call them far-right patriots...

Of course everyone in the real world knows exactly what they are - pro-Trump domestic terrorists and insurrectionists...

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The Trump thugs number in the thousands. It was the Proud Boys at the front directing the mob with a megaphone. Hundreds of arrests will happen once those responsible are identified and arrested. Stupid enough to not even cover their faces. Even a bank robber knows better.

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Note to self: When planning to commit a felony, don’t post your plans on-line.

When committing a felony DO NOT DOCUMENT the commission of said crime on a digital device ( a face mask might help, and not just for COVID).

When seeking to return to anonymity, DO NOT SHARE evidence of criminal activity on-line.

Jeez, these goobers are so unintelligent, they might need to be reminded to breathe once in a while.

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Hundreds of arrests will happen once those responsible are identified

It could be possible that those who took selfies and posted them on social media were convinced their Trump would pardon them. Or they were just thick. But in addition to security identifying them, there are individuals scanning those pictures plus getting information from Parler and other extremist sites then sending that to the criminal's employers, including police departments. Stupid is as ...

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Just imagine how thick one would have to be to believe that the Federal Government is secretly run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping child-trafficking pedophiles (out of a pizza parlor no less).

I guess fact-free claims of massive voter fraud wouldn’t seem unreasonable.

Never mind the fact that it would require the cooperation of Republican poll workers in multiple states without anyone blabbing about it. But don’t worry morons, er “Patriots “, Q is on the case.

The mind boggles.....

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GdTokyoToday  12:51 pm JST

Note to self: When planning to commit a felony, don’t post your plans on-line.

When committing a felony DO NOT DOCUMENT the commission of said crime on a digital device ( a face mask might help, and not just for COVID).

When seeking to return to anonymity, DO NOT SHARE evidence of criminal activity on-line.

Jeez, these goobers are so unintelligent, they might need to be reminded to breathe once in a while.

And they exposed themselves to the security cameras and by massing together they endangered themselves by exposing themselves to CoVid superspreader. Then they spread it on their relatives and others around them. IDIOTS, DUMMIES, IMBECILES!!!!

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“Headed to DC with a (s—-) ton of 5.56 armor-piercing ammo,” he texted friends and relatives on Jan. 6, adding a purple devil emoji, according to court filings. The following day, he texted to the group: “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi (C——’s) speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.” He once again added a purple devil emoji, and wrote he might hit her with his truck instead. “I’m gonna run that (C—-) Pelosi over while she chews on her gums. … Dead (B——) Walking. I predict that within 12 days, many in our country will die.”

The Trump base of stable geniuses still have not caught on to the fact that posting threats of violence on online forums and livestreaming yourself committing crimes is not the best plan for clandestine operations.

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longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals.. some were heavily armed and included convicted criminals, such as a Florida man recently released from prison for attempted murder.

Jeez. That list reads like the inhabitants of the Hellmouth in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Where is that girl when you need her?

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@BigYen,

I forgot about the cannibalism. Thanks for the reminder.

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Arrest the violent ones and the ones who destroyed property. However, the vast majority of protestors were peaceful citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.

The continued deminization of conservatives, which started with Trumps election, also adds to the problem.

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Who can be in any doubt about the low IQ of these Trump thugs.

Arrest the violent ones and the ones who destroyed property. However, the vast majority of protestors were peaceful citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.

Does not allow them to enter the restricted areas of the congress.

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“If the reports are true,” Gaetz said on the House floor just hours after the attack, “some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and, in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”

Gaetz lost his brains and morals long time ago.

Cant wait to see him get kicked out!!!

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It could be possible that those who took selfies and posted them on social media were convinced their Trump would pardon them. Or they were just thick.

Just thick.

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Word is Chump set up some sting operation in the storm on capitol. He deserves to be impeached.

It’s fine to be a conservative but to have chosen and to continue to support Trump shows how the Republican Party is lacking.

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Jensen’s older brother, William Routh, told the AP on Saturday that Jensen believed that the person posting as Q was either Trump or someone very close to the president.

Keeeerist. Dumb as a bag of hammers.

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That list reads like the inhabitants of the Hellmouth in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

They're special and he loves them.

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@ toasted

Yeah he loves them as long as they don't drop in for dinner.

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> Arrest the violent ones and the ones who destroyed property. However, the vast majority of protestors were peaceful citizens exercising their First Amendment rights. 

Now that it’s conservatives, you want nuance. That’s a screeching 180 from this summer when you were labeling everyone who participated in protests as rioters.

The continued deminization of conservatives, which started with Trumps election, also adds to the problem.

Just like the continued demonization of liberals, which has been going on since at least Regan, adds to the problem.

Everyone needs to step back and be consistent.

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Smith I think you will find that in the summer, I denounced the rioters and not the legit protestors. A few idiots entered the Capitol, and a few of them destroyed property and fought with police. The others stayed outside at the scheduled rally that was taking place.

As for demonization of liberals, I am not sure where that happens, Not in academia, not in media, not in the entertainment industry, certainly not in big tech. On an individual level, of course. But their voices are not silenced, they are not being deplatformed or demonetized or chased from their jobs.

The biggest difference I see is that most right wingers like me think that lefties are wrong. We don't think they are evil, or racist, or stupid, but we do think they are wrong. Same can't be said the other way around.

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