Many spent yesterday reeling from the events they saw, heard and experienced at the US Capitol on June 6, 2021–a date etched into history.
The death toll has now reached five, including a Capitol policeman, reportedly killed by rioters with a fire extinguisher:
The policeman’s death has started the process of a federal murder investigation:
The words of Gabriel Sterling, a Georgia election official who warned that someone would get killed if this process of disinformation and lying about elections did not stop now ring out loudly:
More arrests have been made and the FBI are looking into pipe bombs found at the Washington DC HQs of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee.
Distance is now an operative word; so is distaste. Congressional pressure is building to remove the president from office, early, either using the 25th amendment or impeachment or both:
We saw a stream of high-level resignations from the Trump administration citing distaste for what the president had instigated; the highest ranking were the Cabinet members who jumped ship-Betsy DeVos (Education) and Elaine Chao (Transport):
Some see this as a cynical attempt to not be caught up in any 25th amendment decisions.
We saw sackings and resignations for the security failures.
Former attorney general, Bill Barr, issued a condemnatory statement of the president: “Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable. The president’s conduct yesterday was a betrayal of his office and supporters.”
As the legislative pressure increased, and talk of possible legal action began to rise, the president issued a video, where he spoke from a script that sought to douse the flames of a fire he had started. He stated that now that Congress has certified the results, the “new administration will be inaugurated on January 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.” Arguments will go on about whether this was a concession speech as it never mentioned the president-elect. Many will question its motives and whether it will be followed by a series of backtracking statements—not untypical of the president.
The legal pressure may go past the president to his lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, and his son, Don Trump Jr, for their part in addressing the rally on Wednesday. Much commentary has been made about presidential pardons, even pre-emptive and such action may find itself running into headwinds.
Major US media, including conservative ones that usually support the president, have called on the president to resign.
Racial bias in policing has been flagged, early, by many, and will lead to a troubling set of comparisons and conversations:
Some on the legislative side who opened the door to public are being harshly criticized; notably, Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri) is being hauled over the coals. He was accused on January 6 by his hometown paper of having “blood on his hands”, flagging his supportive wave and raised fist to the rioters. His political backers are roasting him.
He suffered the ignominy of a publisher cancelling a book deal:
Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) is going through another make-over as he tries to walk back from his role in egging on the process of Congressional objections to the certification of Electoral College votes:
Just a few days ago in Georgia he was talking about the election being stolen:
Both were craven in putting their presidential ambitions on their chests and their sharp Ivy League-trained legal minds (which had gone on a quick vacation a few days ago) can quickly see the possible slippery slope they may be on.
Some are trying to make ‘Trump’ a dirty word as far as the federal government is concerned:
Recall, he wanted to know how to have his name on an airport:
Taking away some of the social media oxygen has happened…belatedly 🤬😩
Michelle Obama criticized the social media companies and want them to ban Trump, permanently:
But, the reality is that this is a fertile landscape that is also populated by other companies, some aimed specifically at Trump supporters and the conservative audience.
It’s worth noting that social media has plenty of support and additional strength from politicians:
It will remain a bizarre sight to see the rioters taking selfies inside the Capitol and posting on social media as they rampaged. Not surprisingly, they are finding their postings coming back to help them get arrested.