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Transition Updates: Someone Has Been Shot Now

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 6, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 6, 2021 |



4:10 — Joe is speaking. Demanding Trump go on TV and call off the insurrectionists, which is — no offense — the surest way to ensure that Trump will not do that.

4:08 — Pipe bomb at RNC; suspicious package at DNC; improvised explosive in the Capitol.

Oh yeah. There was a Senate race, too. This is great news. And we will celebrate it more when we get through this.

4:05 — I’ll believe it when I fucking see it.

4:00 — 1,100 DC National Guard troops have been activated and are headed to the DC armory.

Also, HA! (*sobs*)

3:53 — JFC.

3:40 — GFY.

Invoke the 25th.

3:32 — Trump trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

There’s no reason he should have a Twitter account now.

3:25 — Somebody’s been shot.

3:20 — When this is over — and it will end — there will be a lot of white people who are going to spend a lot of time in prison.

3:10 — White supremacists terrorists.

25th Amendment. Now.

3:00 — WHY?

They’re shooting.

2:50 — They’re in the chamber.

2:45 — This could get very, very, very bad very, very, very soon.

2:40 — Lawmakers being told to duck under their chairs.

Maybe the entire Senate is being evacuated?

2:35 — “We are seeing an attempt at a bloodless coup.” — Jake Tapper.

2:30 — Trump is getting off on these protests.

2:22 — They’ve receessed with debate.

2:18 — CNN is reporting there is very little police presence or pushback. JFC.

Pence has been evacuated.

2:05 — “Boisterous. BOISTEROUS.”


And this? This is fucking heinous.

1:42 — McConnell ends with a parting shot at Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, et. al.

1:35 — I loathe Mitch McConnell, but he is emotional and he is speaking the truth on the Senate floor right now (until he got to the whataboutism).

Ethan Embry is right, too. Wait. ETHAN EMBRY?

1:30 — It’s getting ugly. It’s only 1:30.

1:23 — Meanwhile, outside the Capitol building: Yikes.

Trump will not be joining them.

1:15 — They made it to Arizona (alphabetically) before the Republicans objected, and now they’ll retire to their separate chambers and “debate” for two hours. Then they’ll come back and vote and Congress will reject it, and then we’ll do it again when they get to Georgia, and Michigan and Pennsylvania, etc. It’s going to be very tedious and boring, and it’s going to fill a lot of hours of cable TV.

1:01 — Pence about to do his damn job.

12:55 — This is the fourth time that Trump went after Pence in this interminable speech.

12:20 — Ugh. Biden chose Merrick Garland instead of Sally Yates, despite winning the Senate. I guess not everything today can be good news. I mean, it makes sense to choose a moderate for a 50/50 Congress, but it’s still smarts. On the other hand, I do like the poetic justice of choosing Garland — who the Republicans blocked from the Supreme Court — to oversee the DOJ. Congratulations, Judge Garland.

Also, I didn’t consider this, but it’s a good point.

12:18 — I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I am to be rid of this kind of bullying in the White House.

12:10 — Trump is speaking. It’s about what you’d expect.

Reminder: This is not a thing.

11:18 — This is what I suspected would happen! That McConnell would drop Trump like a hot potato ASAP and give himself two years to destroy Trump to rehabilitate the party. GOOD LUCK MITCH.

11 a.m. — I loathe that we have to move on from this morning’s spectacular news out of Georgia, but unfortunately, Trump and a number of Republicans in Congress are going to make a big deal out of what should be a perfunctory process in which Joe Biden is certified the winner of the Electoral College.

You may read in a lot of places that this gambit is “all but certain to fail.” That is not a strong enough phrase. It will fail. It is not a thing. Mike Pence has no power to overturn the election, and while Congress could theoretically set aside electors in certain states, both Houses of Congress would have to agree to do so. That is not going to happen. Democrats control the House, and even if they didn’t, there are more than enough Republican Senators to join Democrats in the Senate to block the efforts of Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, et. al.

But the Republicans are going to make a stink out of this, and the media is going to say things like, “All but certain to fail” to keep our anxiety high and our eyes glued to cable news all day just in case. The Republicans are going to drag this process out, and Mike Pence is probably going to tear himself in half trying to straddle the line between his obligations to the Constitution and his loyalty to the President, but by around this time tomorrow, the Electoral College will have certified the election for Joe Biden.

“States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval,” Trump tweeted yesterday. “All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!”

This is not a thing, as much as Trump might want it to be. The Vice President cannot unilaterally overturn an election, but it’s going to be fun to watch him squirm.

That debate that will ensue, however, will ensure a divided Republican party, and basically give Eric Trump a list of Republicans to primary in 2022 and 2024.

Happy Birthday Eric Trump! The Republicans have lost the House, the Senate, and the Presidency under Donald Trump. Keep it up, Eric! Keep fucking that chicken!

I’m not worried about what happens in the chambers of Congress today. I’m more worried about what will happen in the streets of D.C.

The number of protestors do not look that daunting yet, but I expect the numbers to grow throughout the day (30,000 people are expected), and those people are not stable. I don’t know if the Georgia results knocked the wind out of their sails or if they riled them up even more. Like everything involving Trump, however, there’s no organization.

The crowd was largely unorganized, and there was no clear starting point or line to enter the rally at the Ellipse.

As those in attendance sought out a vantage point, one person shouted, “Which way’s the revolution?”

Others climbed trees and light poles in hopes of getting a glimpse of the scope of the event. Within the crowd, people warned each other that members of “antifa” and Black Lives Matter were rumored to be infiltrating.

We’re going to stick with this post all day to cover the events. In the meantime, this was really f*cked up. Don’t make me feel for Mitt Romney, you monsters.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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