Let’s quickly recap the facts surrounding his terrorist assault on the United States of America, both to recall the truth and dispel the lies now being spread by the liars in the MAGA “prolife” cult.
This rally itself happened because Trump called for it. The crowds gathered because Trump called for them. They moved to the Capitol down the Mall because Trump said they should. The breach of the Capitol is Trump’s fault. Some in the crowd have stormed the Congress.
Donald Trump unleashed a mob on Capitol Hill. What he has done is without precedent in American history. Even if he had seven minutes left in his presidency, he should not be permitted to spend another second as the President. Nancy Pelosi should call an emergency session of the House tonight and impeach the president, and Mitch McConnell should convene the Senate tomorrow and call a vote to remove Trump from the presidency.
For a slightly more detailed timeline, Sam Rocha provides a good summary which he posted the day after the terrorist attack:
MAGA BEFORE JAN 6: “On Jan 6th, we will #StoptheSteal in the largest demonstration in US history, there will be millions there, bring tents, bring buses! Send money!”
TRUMP BEFORE JAN 6: “Come to DC on Jan 6th MAGA Patriots, I will be there, it will be huge, we will #StoptheSteal!”
MAGA ON JAN 6: “We are here, we will primary the RINOs, we are going to #StoptheSteal!”
TRUMP ON JAN 6: “I will never concede! Go to the Capitol, make sure they do the right thing!”
CONGRESS ON JAN 6: *Begin a joint session of Congress to certify the ballots sent by the Electoral College as is their duty under the US Constitution.*
MAGA LATER ON JAN 6: *Does what Trump tells them by marching to the Capitol and, upon arrival, proceed to shit their pants through a sloppy insurrection, intimidating or fighting cops, occupying offices, looting rooms; one of them is shot who later dies, several are wounded, four die in total. A pipe bomb is planted and the dress code is tacKKKy or buffalo costumes and their language is profane and illiterate. They also take and post loads of phones pictures and videos of themselves proclaiming “We are in the building, we will be back!” and other fort-playing childish nonsense; some pose for selfies with cops and they do not wear masks for COVID or anonymity—one genius even wore his work badge and was fired the next day.*
CONGRESS ON JAN 6: *Forced into an emergency recess.*
TRUMP LATER ON JAN 6: “I love you and understand, the election was stolen, but you have to stop now and go home.”
CONGRESS LATE ON JAN, INTO JAN 7: *Certifies the Electoral College’s ballots, after a few objections that are voted down and many more that lack senate support are squashed upon arrival—even the senators who object do so with hesitation and others withdraw their objections entirely. Biden is officially elected president.*
MAGA JAN 7: “We weren’t even there, Antifa did this.” (This, by the way, is exactly what a child does when they blame their sibling or classmate for what they clearly are guilty for.
TRUMP JAN 7: *Lost all his social media privileges like a naughty child the day before and is also losing his cabinet through a series of resignations and issues a concession speech. (The ultimate effect of this Stop the Steal rally has been a total self-own: these idiots forced the president to finally concede the election.)*
CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER BRIAN SICKNICK ON JAN 7: Dies of wounds sustained being bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher by MAGA domestic terrorists. He was 42 years old.
To those who say “the media” gave me this narrative, I mostly watched this happen in real time from direct sources. I didn’t need to rely on journalistic reports. Also, many MAGA folks like to copy and paste long generic messages that they do not write themselves as a way of advocating for their own view. I didn’t do that. I typed every word myself. No one can weasel out of this through the usual methods. Sometimes, you just have to sleep in the bed you made.
Another notable contradiction is the present MAGA/Trump claim that the insurrectionists were Antifa while also trying to claim that the woman who was killed was a heroic MAGA/Trump supporter. If Antifa were the invaders then they would be the victims. This is not supported by the facts.
So, to recap, the people who assaulted the Capitol on January 6 were (we were told by MAGA) patriot heroes, beloved and encouraged by Donald Trump, who had just had enough of tyranny by the Deep State and bravely tried to Save America by stopping the final approval of the election of Joe Biden. Trump addressed them as his cherished ones: “We love you, you’re very special. We’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know you how feel.” What he did not say was “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Why? Because he knew the mob was MAGA and acting on his incitement.
Those rioters, the bozos, were the ones who talked to the press, who waved gleefully to photographers, who selfied and streamed the entire afternoon, without even a thought that there might ever be consequences. They were doing it for the ’gram, and their story overwhelms the narrative because their faces and voices dominated the day.
But there were other rioters inside the Capitol, if you look at the images. And once you see them, it’s impossible to look away. The zip-tie guys.
Call the zip ties by their correct name: The guys were carrying flex cuffs, the plastic double restraints often used by police in mass arrest situations. They walked through the Senate chamber with a sense of purpose. They were not dressed in silly costumes but kitted out in full paramilitary regalia: helmets, armor, camo, holsters with sidearms. At least one had a semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails. At least one, unlike nearly every other right-wing rioter photographed that day, wore a mask that obscured his face.
These are the same guys who, when the windows of the Capitol were broken and entry secured, went in first with what I’d call military-ish precision. They moved with purpose, to the offices of major figures like Nancy Pelosi and then to the Senate floor. What was that purpose? It wasn’t to pose for photos. It was to use those flex cuffs on someone.
In October, the FBI and state authorities charged 13 men with plotting to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan. Members of that plot attended protests at the Michigan Capitol in April, real planners of violence mixing easily with those for whom guns are fun protest props. The plotters discussed a summary execution—“knock on the door,” one wrote in the group chat, “and when she answers it just cap her”—but settled on a kidnapping, pulled off while police were distracted by a nearby explosion. Think of that plot, as these men surely did, as a dress rehearsal for what the zip-tie guys wanted to accomplish at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
They went into the Capitol, as Congress was counting electoral votes, equipped to take hostages—to physically seize officials, and presumably to take lives.
And that mob of killers, waving the Confederate and swastika banners, was praised by “prolife” doyenne Abby Johnson, compared to the oppressed peasants in Les Miserables by Raymond Arroyo, EWTN Boy Reporter…
…and egged on to war fever by Frank Pavone who boosted Lin Wood as “the best thing to happen to the GOP!” That would be the Lin Wood who was tweeting out calls for murdering Pence and other victims in Congress.
I’d share his crazy tweets, but Twitter permanently banned him on January 8. There are other bloodthirsty screenshots preserved forever by Google.
Likewise, also-now-gone-from-Twitter Rush Limbaugh praised the terrorists:
“There’s a lot of people calling for the end of violence,” Limbaugh said. “There’s a lot of conservatives, social media, who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable. Regardless of the circumstances. I’m glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual tea party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way.”
The point is the MAGA “prolife” cult encouraged this kill crazy mob. So did 45% of Republicans, though those numbers seem to be in freefall. Because they are not about the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. They are about using the unborn as human shields for their raw nihilist lust for ruthless predatory fascist power by any means necessary. And fascists believe in the Big Lie.
That is why, suddenly, when it all failed, the narrative turned on a dime using one of the most beloved lies of the MAGA cult: the “false flag operation”. It works this way: every time the MAGA cult thinks or does evil, they attribute the evil they cherish and commit to those they hate. You can watch it working over the years.
Liberals, they said, could not wait for death panels to snuff the weak. Now that Trump has plunged us into pandemic, they tell us that death is a part of life and granny just needs to accept her fate and not be such a selfish coward. “Herd immunity” is their “strategy”, meaning “Let everybody get COVID and let the weak die by the millions”.
When a gun nut slaughtered children at Sandy Hook, they accused the parents of the dead children of running a false flag operation to make them look bad and tormented them for years. Same after Vegas, when they threatened victims and accused them of a massive hoax. Same with Parkland, when they lied that the Parkland kids were “crisis actors” somehow committing a hoax.
And, of course, the claim of election fraud is itself a massive act of projection from the cult where accusation is always confession.
So, of course, MAGA now declares that for some reason all the kooks wrapped in Trump flags and flying swastikas and confederate banners were actually Antifa and BLM (the black faces in that mob can be counted on one hand) and the whole thing was actually a false flag operation to make MAGA look bad.
Their evidence? Nothing. Rumor. “A guy told me.” Blurry photos of unknown provenance purporting to be Antifa according to @AnonymousFreedomEaglePatriotQANONCommandCenter on Parler.
Meanwhile, one of the many thoughtful things the Huns and Visigoths who overran the Capitol did was a) refuse to wear masks so as to better spread Pandemic and b) copiously photograph themselves so as to make it extremely easy for employers to fire and police to arrest them. See, for instance, this story in three acts:
As of this writing 80 people are behind bars and there will be a lot more soon. And thanks to the interwebs we know everything about these people because they left long paper trails on social media, just as they left their fecal and urinary tract DNA all over the halls of Congress. They are the dumbest criminals in the world.
So there is no evidence whatsoever that this was an Antifa false flag operation and a shit-ton (almost literally) of evidence that this was pure MAGA Meal Team Six and Gravy Seal Potatriots all the way.
And yet, in the teeth of this evidence we find MAGA priests like the exquisitely-named Fr. Richard Heilman engaging in a spectacular display of cognitive dissonance as he morphs seamlessly from praising the Patriot Heroes who marched on en masse directly from Trump’s Nuremburg Rally to storming the Capitol–and then Heilman suddenly declaring the terrorist mob to be nothing but Antifa false flag operatives!
Before the rally, he’s all bellicose war talk in keeping with his militarist grift (cuz nothing says Grace like Force):
He knows that this is a gathering of the Holy Ones of MAGA coming to fight another Revolution against the Evil Ones:
He hails the insurrectionists and boasts their numbers:
But then, suddenly, and without any intermittent change, the self-same people he praised above as patriot sons of the Second American Revolution are instantaneously changed into Antifa:
How does he know? He just does, okay? Because he is, like all MAGA, a Good Patriot and therefore immune to all sin, both original and actual and facts are liberal. It just has to be true because MAGA cannot bear the cognitive dissonance of being the Bad Guys. Their towering pride rejects it. Sin is for their enemies, not themselves.
For Normals, the only prudent conclusion is that people spreading this nonsense are either liars or people so radically psychologically ill that they cannot be trusted since they are at war with reality. Either way, we cannot let them have access to the reins of power in this country, nor to control of any modestly organized scout troop or quilting bee. They should be under a doctor’s care at best or in jail for treason at worst. But they should not be in charge of anything. Unfortunately, many of them are respected Christian figures and social influencers.
And that is the grave danger the American Church faces. Because this violent, dishonest, and now demonstrably deadly sect, while not the majority of the Catholic communion by any stretch, is still a big, scandalous and deadly minority at war with the Pope, at war with the Magisterium, at war with nearly the entire Church both nationally and globally, at war with reason, at war with truth, at war with democracy, at war with America and, in the end, at war with God.
What to do about that? I will think about it and get back to you when I formulate my thoughts, likely in piecemeal fashion, as is my custom. Meanwhile, if you pray, pray for America as you have never prayed before, because while this coup failed and is already falling into fratricidal war within the Trump cult, we are not fully out of danger till Trump is gone. If you don’t pray, exercise the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude and work for the common good.
At the same time, have hope. Trump and the MAGA fascists threw their worst at America in the biggest act of domestic terror since the Civil War and our institutions withstood the stress test. Better still, the good guys won in Georgia, Trump is silenced forever on Twitter, numerous other lying weirdos were likewise muzzled on social media, and there is a decent chance that this time, the corrupt GOP, for utterly selfish reason, will finally kick this terrorist to the curb and vote to remove him, thereby ending his hope of ever running again. That’s worth a toast.
So thank God and trust him–and be on your guard.