The Call Is Coming from Inside the House (of Representatives)
As democracy-ish recorded this week, the President had just been impeached for a second time. And still, real threats remain “from right-wing terrorist maniacs,” says Toure.
Donald J. Trump was impeached again by the House of Representatives, this time for incitement of insurrection.
The domestic terror attack on the U.S. Capitol was worse than we thought –– especially because there’s the possibility Congress members were in on it.
With less than a week to go before Biden’s Inauguration Day, Trump is dumped by corporations and even a few of his own party. But it’s too late for a “peaceful transition of power.”
The more we learn about the January 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, the more terrifying (and worrying) it is to live in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The deranged MAGA terrorists weren’t the disorganized rioters they first appeared to be. They came bearing firearms, knives, ropes and law-enforcement-grade zip ties. Alt-right social media posts (and their own livestreams) include threats of assassinating Speaker Pelosi, other lawmakers and Vice President Pence. Security sweeps turned up improvised explosive devices, like pipe bombs and Molotov Cocktails, near the Capitol complex.
The response by Capitol Police was suspect from the start: How were they so easily overwhelmed? Why weren’t they more prepared in spite of warnings by the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies? And what the fuck was up with the selfies, gentle escorts off the steps and opening doors for the mob?
But it gets worse. Reports have surfaced that some members of Congress aided and abetted the attackers beyond “stop the steal” rhetoric. New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill is demanding an investigation into "suspicious behavior and access given to visitors” she observed firsthand on January 5, suggesting Republican Congress members were giving “reconnaissance tours” of the Capitol.
“This thing could have been way worse quite easily,” says Toure. “When you see what they did to the body of a police officer, you should have no doubt they would have drawn and quartered an elected official, especially one they recognized.”
“It was through the grace of God and divine intervention from the universe that this week we are not inundated with funeral processions,” says Danielle.
That’s about all we can hope for in the final week of Trump as commander-in-chief.
Episode Highlights –– 1/6
How’d the terrorists find their way around? It’s suss.
Danielle worked on Capitol Hill for years both as a Congressional staffer and as a lobbyist. She still gets turned around in the labyrinthine Capitol complex.
So the fact that an unhinged group of Trump terrorists found their way into the unmarked private offices of leaders like Nancy Pelosi of Jim Clyburn, “is on some fucking bullshit,” she says.
“They were not acting alone. The call came from inside the house. They got help from inside the House. And until we root out those members of Congress were and the 10 to 15 members of the Capitol Police who were involved in this insurrection, America ain't healing anytime soon.”
“The call was coming from inside the House with a capital H,” says Toure.
Identifying the ‘inciters-in-chief’
Danielle and Toure both watched Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram Live on Tuesday night, in which she talked about fearing for her life during the Capitol siege.
“There was definitely some luck that kept many, many members from getting assassinated by the mob,” says Toure.
Danielle hopes the “Trump terrorists” are providing intel to law enforcement so we can “start to get the breadcrumbs that lead us back to the inciters-in-chief.”
We cannot rest “with the convictions of these low-level pieces of shit,” she adds, without investigating and/or prosecuting “the Cruzes and the Hawleys and the Trump juniors” –– as well as the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at the infamous Ellipse event of “trial by combat.”
She says “every single one of these people is complicit. People have to understand: This didn't happen on its own. Every time white people do something crazy, it's like, well, they're just acting alone; they're deranged. No, hundreds of people told [rioters] to come to Washington, DC.”
The ‘Fringe of America’ in every state
Of course, the insurrection began with a “direct, purposeful, conscious incitement from Trump, who told them exactly what to do,” Toure notes. “He said, we must go to the Capitol as a group. I will go with you. And we must fight for what is ours, what is right, to save our country.”
He reiterates that it’s “truly traumatizing” to watch tens of thousands of “crazed whit