The attacks on Capitol Police officers continued Wednesday night from Fox News' Laura Ingrahm. Tuesday, she did her own mock award show to ridicule what she said was "acting" on the part of the cops.
Wednesday, however, she took it to a whole new level blaming Capitol Police and DC. Metro cops, saying that they have no one to blame but themselves. Ingraham first incorrectly stated that they testified on Wednesday when they spoke on Tuesday, and she then claimed that police knew for "weeks" that the Capitol would be attacked.
The new GOP narrative is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at fault for Jan. 6 because somehow she had a death wish and wanted the Capitol to be overrun by violent Trump supporters who wanted to kill her, the vice president and other Democrats.
The House Select Committee intends to hear more about the warnings of Jan. 6. Thus far we know that the social media site Parler had been sending the FBI warnings for weeks. Those warnings never made their way to Christopher Wray or to Pelosi. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley also heard that there was likely to be an attack that day. He didn't brief Pelosi either.
The New York Times reported this week that three days before the siege on the Capitol, police were told to "stand down" and not use deadly force.
"In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6," said the Times. "The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday."
"Mr. Bolton found that the agency's leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught," the report continued.
The Sargent at Arms and the Capitol Police are all nominated by a series of Congressional committees. The Capitol Police chief reports to the Capitol Police Board, which three people run: the Senate and House Sergeant at Arms and the Architect of the Capitol. At the time, all three were appointed by Republicans. The former House Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving, was appointed in 2011 when Republican Speaker John Boehner controlled the House.
Ingraham conveniently forgot to mention those facts.
Slate.com revealed Wednesday evening that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was wearing body armor while speaking to President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally.
But in a strange moment, Brooks confessed something he hasn't previously said about that day. In a conversation where he was trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Brooks complained that her office wasn't "doing a better job with respect to the Capitol Police and their level of preparation."
"Then, to prove his point about preparation," wrote Newell, "he revealed a new detail to me: that because of a tip he'd received about potential violence, he'd been wearing body armor at the very same Ellipse speech in which he encouraged rally attendees to 'start taking down names and kicking ass.'"
"I was warned on Monday that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks said. "And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor.
"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker. To cover up the body armor," said Brooks. Newell said he was grinning as he said it. Newell noted that Brooks didn't say who warned him or what specifically he was warned would be a "risk."
It was a detail that MSNBC host Ali Velshi keyed in on, wondering, who gave Brooks that "tip."
"Well, those sound like good questions for the new-select committee investigating the Jan 6th attack," said Velshi. "We don't know who will be getting subpoenas from that committee, but select committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), told us on this program last night that those subpoenas are going out, soon. In terms of what led to and prompted the Jan 6th attack? The lies about election fraud. The narrative of a stolen election. The fantasy that Donald Trump's election loss could be overturned. That, all, needs to be investigated by this select committee. But that is not just stuff that happened before Jan 6th. As far as a false narrative about the 2020 election that is inciting people to violence or potential violence, we're all living in an active crime scene, right now. This is ongoing."
Watch the commentary below:
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'You sound like an idiot': CNN's Chris Cuomo blasts anti-vax restaurant owner to his face in tense interview
CNN host Chris Cuomo got into a tense exchange on Wednesday with a California restaurant owner who is requiring customers to show proof that they are unvaccinated before entering.
Tony Roman, the owner of Basilico's Pasta e Vino, told Cuomo that he was dead serious about making sure no vaccinated people ate at his restaurant because he thought getting vaccinated is a sign of low intelligence.
"It's an IQ test," he said. "Like I say to people when they ask me, if they're so blinded with their rage and their hate, I tell them, you know what, if you don't understand it, maybe we should put up a sign that says you're too stupid to come into the restaurant."
This made no sense to Cuomo, who asked Roman if he was vaccinated. Roman responded by demanding Cuomo give his vaccination status first, to which Cuomo replied that he and his family were vaccinated.
"You're failing the IQ test," Roman replied, before then saying that barring vaccinated people from eating at his restaurant was not intended to be an anti-vaccine statement.
At the end of the interview, a frustrated Cuomo bluntly told Roman that "honestly, you sound like an idiot.":
Watch the video below.
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