4:22 — THIS IS NOT HELPING DON.
To the rioters: "We love you. You're very special." https://t.co/AlsnAg5S4L— George Zornick (@gzornick) 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.
President-elect Biden: "The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, they can inspire. At worst, they can incite."— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) January 6, 2021
4:08 — Pipe bomb at RNC; suspicious package at DNC; improvised explosive in the Capitol.
Switched to Fox News to see what the conversation for that half of America and the first thing I heard was “Unlike the BLM protests there’s no vandalism other than the breaking into the Capitol” and I confess to screaming out loud.— Woke But Petty (@marcformarc) January 6, 2021
Oh yeah. There was a Senate race, too. This is great news. And we will celebrate it more when we get through this.
BREAKING: Jon Ossoff wins U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia, NBC News projects. pic.twitter.com/Aw7iivnOfB— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 6, 2021
4:05 — I’ll believe it when I fucking see it.
ABC News: Some White House officials are discussing possible resignations today following siege on U.S. Capitol.— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 6, 2021
4:00 — 1,100 DC National Guard troops have been activated and are headed to the DC armory.
Also, HA! (*sobs*)
On tv the plural for a group of white rioters is protestors— PJ Vogt (@PJVogt) January 6, 2021
3:53 — JFC.
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
Why y’all keep asking where the police at? Y’all ask where Miley’s at when Hannah’s on stage?— Beytwicé (@lotoysrus) January 6, 2021
3:40 — GFY.
“Remain”? You have got to be kidding me. https://t.co/Uiez5dUuRI— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 6, 2021
"American Patriots" - Deleted tweet from Ivanka Trump just a few minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/qalw59KOdz— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 6, 2021
Invoke the 25th.
"The president is just watching this on TV. He is now a spectator of the destruction that he has unleashed. He is not acting as a commander in chief anymore. He is just a television viewer in chief watching all of this unfold. It's disgraceful." — @Acosta pic.twitter.com/KGGPPjuWcP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
The incredible show of force that we saw in DC this summer… Where is it? That was nowhere near what we are seeing happen today as lawmakers in both chambers are in lockdown and unable to continue their duties while violent protestors storm the Capitol.— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 6, 2021
3:32 — Trump trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
There’s no reason he should have a Twitter account now.
On behalf of America @jack and @twitter you need to pull the chord on him now. He can't have this platform anymore. Don't be complicit in the violence he is instigating. Anyone out there want to co-sign?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 6, 2021
3:25 — Somebody’s been shot.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds, per @NoahGrayCNN. No other details were provided.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021
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.
To wit: https://t.co/Gg9BW5xEvJ— pajiba (@pajiba) January 6, 2021
3:10 — White supremacists terrorists.
#BREAKING: Federal law enforcement source says FBI has "credible information" that some protesters inside U.S. Capitol are armed, calls situation a "catastrophic failure of security."— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 6, 2021
25th Amendment. Now.
Then the president yelled at staff that he didn't like the way the rally looked. Then he went back to the White House, where he's been and refusing to denounce the violence.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021
3:00 — WHY?
BREAKING: A source tells me The Defense Department has just denied a request by DC officials to deploy the National Guard to the US Capitol.— Aaron C. Davis (@byaaroncdavis) January 6, 2021
They’re shooting into the chamber. pic.twitter.com/l9owW7BAVt— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 6, 2021
2:50 — They’re in the chamber.
They’re in the chamber. One is up on the dais yelling “Trump won that election!” This is insane pic.twitter.com/p6CXhBDSFT— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
2:45 — This could get very, very, very bad very, very, very soon.
People are smashing glass in the doors to the House chamber. Police have guns drawn and aimed at the door— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) January 6, 2021
The cabinet should convene and remove the President under the 25th amendment. We have a President who is now engineering a violent coup attempt.— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 6, 2021
2:40 — Lawmakers being told to duck under their chairs.
HOLY: TEAR gas has been used in the Rotunda.— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 6, 2021
Members are being told get gas masks under their seats.
Maybe the entire Senate is being evacuated?
“The United States Senate is being evacuated.” -Pete Williams on NBC— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 6, 2021
2:35 — “We are seeing an attempt at a bloodless coup.” — Jake Tapper.
2:30 — Trump is getting off on these protests.
Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
2:22 — They’ve receessed with debate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate recesses Electoral College debate after protesters force lockdown of Capitol.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2021
The Capitol is locked down with lawmakers inside pic.twitter.com/fVdpgkirtz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
To be explicitly clear — this is literally right outside the Senate chamber where all senators (and Pence, until he was moved) are. This is a massive, massive security breach. https://t.co/uFvnDzg1er— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 6, 2021
2:18 — CNN is reporting there is very little police presence or pushback. JFC.
Protesters have breached the Capitol. They’re outside the Senate chamber pic.twitter.com/I021tKliUD— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
You can hear the crowd roaring outside door. Now shattering the glass. Crazy pic.twitter.com/F3BDOuzCzF— John Bresnahan (@bresreports) January 6, 2021
Pence has been evacuated.
MSNBC reporting the Secret Service just had to usher Pence out of the Capitol through underground tunnels … to protect him from an angry mob sent by Trump.— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) January 6, 2021
2:05 — “Boisterous. BOISTEROUS.”
Harris Faulkner describes Trump rioters who are breaching security barriers at the Capitol Building as simply "quite boisterous" while the network airs what looks to be like a potentially injured officer. pic.twitter.com/9EOx7XTnNI— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 6, 2021
Staff in the Senate Press gallery staff just informed reporters sitting at their desks that if protestors storm the Capitol building they will usher us all into the Senate chamber and lock the door— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) January 6, 2021
Protestors have broken through East Front barricade, reports @HouseInSession— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) January 6, 2021
The US Capitol is now on lockdown.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021
And this? This is fucking heinous.
Moments after @nationalcitycc unfolds a #BlackLivesMatter banner, two Trump supporters are seen recreating the death of George Floyd on the church's steps. Stay with @corynbc and @nbcwashington all day long for LIVE coverage pic.twitter.com/QIF0eC08hi— Anthony Mague (@AnthonyMague) January 6, 2021
1:42 — McConnell ends with a parting shot at Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, et. al.
McConnell, via @CatieEdmondson: "I will not pretend such a vote would be a harmless protest gesture while relying on others to do the right thing."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2021
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).
McConnell: "The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids. The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our public forever."— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) January 6, 2021
Mitch McConnell: "Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale that would've tipped the entire election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence." pic.twitter.com/fAdJZ571Qs— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
"This election, actually, was not unusually close," McConnell says. "The Electoral College margin is almost identical to what it was in 2016… If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral."— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 6, 2021
Ethan Embry is right, too. Wait. ETHAN EMBRY?
Mitch McConnell is speaking as if he holds no fault in this situation. He holds more responsibility than anyone before us. DO NOT celebrate the truth his is FINALLY speaking.— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) January 6, 2021
1:30 — It’s getting ugly. It’s only 1:30.
FLASH: Capitol Police have ordered evacuations of two Capitol campus buildings — LoC Madison Building and Cannon House Office building, both just across Independence Avenue from the Capitol.— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) January 6, 2021
1:23 — Meanwhile, outside the Capitol building: Yikes.
BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them pic.twitter.com/VVdTUwV5YN
Whoa: Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside pic.twitter.com/LiQhaa5KkQ— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021
Trump will not be joining them.
Despite suggesting multiple times he was going to march to Capitol Hill after his speech, President Trump just returned to the White House. Many of his supporters are on their way.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021
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.
BREAKING. New Pence letter: "It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2021
12:55 — This is the fourth time that Trump went after Pence in this interminable speech.
Nice 2024 candidacy you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it https://t.co/LVKdxvm28o— Chris Willman (@ChrisWillman) January 6, 2021
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.
I really did want Doug Jones, but I understand Biden's logic here: now he has the votes to confirm judges, freeing a vacancy on the DC Circuit lets him groom a replacement for Stephen Breyer.— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 6, 2021
In any case, Garland is fair and has deep prosecutorial experience. He'll be a fine AG. https://t.co/0g51l5F4Pa
12:18 — I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I am to be rid of this kind of bullying in the White House.
Trump on Mitt Romney: "I wonder if he enjoyed his flight in last night." pic.twitter.com/EFWiLKaJOo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
12:10 — Trump is speaking. It’s about what you’d expect.
Trump begins his speech by claiming there's "hundreds of thousands" of people there pic.twitter.com/zeh5CSXmo5— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
Here's a shot of the crowd just ahead of Trump's speech to the rally pic.twitter.com/TSK3p9EKdr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
Reminder: This is not a thing.
"I hope Mike is gonna do the right thing. I hope so. Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election … states want to re-vote." — Trump (this is a lie — Trump lost the election) pic.twitter.com/W4tuCsQaUn— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
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.
Emotions running high among McConnell-aligned Republicans early Wednesday am — after reality of what transpired in Georgia settled in.— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 6, 2021
May be the heat of the moment, but mood is for declaring war on Team Trump. Want to marginalize Trump as they marginalized Steve Bannon in 2017
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.
Mike Pence showed years of unblinking loyalty and as a reward, he is being given a public loyalty test it is impossible for him to pass and which can only make him a target of the free-floating anger it stokes. Quite a parting gift. https://t.co/ivivc1Sr7C— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) January 6, 2021
Pence is basically just bracing himself for today, people around him say, as Trump continues to lash out at him privately, telling people he saved Pence's career by making him vice president and that Pence would be nothing without Trump.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021
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.
Eric Trump refers to Trumpism, which lost the House for Republicans in 2018, and then the White House and Senate in 2020, as "the greatest political movement in history" https://t.co/Com4lgcEi7— David Pakman (@dpakman) January 6, 2021
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.
it's too early for this pic.twitter.com/jgskoDbv6O— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
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.
We warned you these psychotic freaks would turn on republicans once Trump lost. I’m not a Romney fan but he’s done nothing but adhere to his oath, and the MAGA trash does this to him. pic.twitter.com/VowYYSxrvw— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) January 6, 2021
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