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Pro-Trump pastor mercilessly mocked after video reveals his unhinged rant attacking 'baby-killing socialist' Biden

With President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration less than a week away, many far-right conspiracy theorists continue to make the thoroughly debunked claim that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump — including evangelical pastor Robert Henderson. This week, Henderson angrily claimed that Biden couldn't have won the 2020 election legitimately because God wouldn't have allowed it to happen.

During an unhinged rant, Henderson told his followers, "You're going to tell me that a man that has been the best friend that Christianity and the kingdom of God has had is going to be removed by God and replaced by a baby-killing socialist? You're going to tell me that God's going to do that because President Trump didn't humble himself, when all he's done had been attacked, had been attacked, had been attacked?... Oh, really, what do you say when he says that Jesus Christ is the most famous person on the Earth?"

Henderson's rant is being mocked unmercifully on Twitter. Here are some of the responses:

Steve Schmidt explains why Trump’s ‘fascist’ movement ‘must be crushed’ and 'annihilated'

Although the Lincoln Project's Steve Schmidt is decidedly conservative, the former Republican strategist has found himself siding with liberals and conservatives when it comes to denouncing Trumpism as an existential threat to democracy in the United States. And when Schmidt appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on January 15, he stressed that the U.S. is at a crossroads and must choose constitutional democracy over fascism and authoritarianism.

Schmidt's comments came at a time when millions of Americans are still in shock over the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building and Washington, D.C. is on high alert in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — who Schmidt and others in the Lincoln Project, a right-wing Never Trump group, supported in 2020's presidential election. Schmidt praised Rep. Liz Cheney, a right-wing Republican and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, for supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump and slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a coward for lacking the courage to thoroughly repudiate Trumpism.

"Before we can talk about reconciliation, we have to talk about accountability," Schmidt told "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough — a former GOP congressman and fellow Never Trump conservative. Scarborough has described Trump as a "fascist" many times, and Schmidt wholeheartedly agrees with that description of the outgoing president.

According to Schmidt, Trump is a "fascist" who "incited violence against the people of the United States as the Capitol of the United States fell to a seditious mob" on January 6. And the "fascist" movement that Trump has promoted, Schmidt warned, won't be going away after Trump leaves office on January 20.

Schmidt told Scarborough and Brzezinski, "This threat must be crushed. It must be annihilated. This threat must be met head on…. We are in for a long fight…. It will last years."

Schmidt applauded Cheney for taking a stand against "autocracy" and said that on the other hand, "Kevin McCarthy is the head of the House autocrats."

The GOP is in peril of becoming a 'dangerous cult' -- here's why

Conservative GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has been lambasting all the Republicans on Capitol Hill who realize that President-elect Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election but are afraid to say so publicly — which, Sasse has stressed, is terrible for democracy. Liberal Washington Post opinion writer Eugene Robinson makes similar arguments in a January 14 column, declaring that unless Republicans in Congress are willing to defend democracy, they are "enemies" of it.

"President Trump is impeached yet again, disgraced yet again, soon to slink away in shame," Robinson writes. "But he leaves a poison trail behind him as he departs, an insidious Big Lie about 'voter fraud' that gravely threatens our democracy. The Republican Party he leads is out of time to repudiate that lie. If its members fail to act now, they may never extricate themselves, or their country, from it."

Robinson's column follows the horrors of January 6, 2021, when a mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in the hope of preventing Congress from certifying Biden's Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump — who will be gone from the White House less than a week from now. Ten House Republicans have voted to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection, including Rep. Liz Cheney (daughter of former President Dick Cheney). And Robinson finds it appalling that a lot more Republicans didn't vote to impeach.

"Only 10 House Republicans had the integrity and the guts to vote for impeachment Wednesday, despite the unprecedented nature of the article before them," Robinson laments. "If the rest were so cowardly, ambitious or brainwashed that they felt they had to defend Trump, then let that be between them and what's left of their consciences."

Way too many Republicans in Congress, Robinson writes, are still afraid to publicly acknowledge that "the November election was entirely legitimate and that Joe Biden defeated Trump fair and square." Robinson points out that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy "came close, but not close enough." McCarthy, Robinson notes, did acknowledge that "Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States in one week because he won the election," but he voted against impeaching Trump.

"Why is it so important that Republicans come clean about the Big Lie?," Robinson writes. "Because that myth animated last week's 'Stop the Steal' rally and the sacking of the Capitol. That's the whole reason thousands of National Guard troops had to bivouac inside the Capitol on Tuesday night and why the Mall will be closed to celebrants when Biden and (Vice President-elect) Kamala D. Harris are sworn in on Inauguration Day."

Robinson adds, "During the campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that 'the only way we're going to lose this election is if the election is rigged.' His supporters believed him. After he lost, he and his lawyers made baseless claim after baseless claim about 'dead people' allegedly voting, about Biden's vote totals allegedly being fraudulently boosted in the wee hours, about voting machines allegedly manufactured by a company owned in part by the family of late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez. Trump actually won in a 'sacred landslide,' he maintained, but the election was 'stolen.' Once again, his supporters believed him."

According to Robinson, "Some Republicans fell in line with Trump's ridiculous claims because they knew he would be gone soon and didn't want to draw his ire in the months and weeks left in his term. Others, however, saw an opportunity to advance the party's long-term project of tilting the playing field by purging voter rolls and otherwise restricting the franchise in ways that disadvantage Democratic candidates and make it easier for Republicans to win."

Robinson wraps up his column by emphasizing that Republicans on Capitol Hill must choose between Trumpism and liberal democracy — and they can't have it both ways.

"A GOP that internalizes and retains Trump's conspiratorial worldview is not a political party — it is a dangerous cult," Robinson warns. "Elected officials who have cynically — or cravenly — gone along with that cult's lies will not find it easy to reverse course. Much more important than whether Trump is convicted in his coming trial is whether Republicans level with their constituents and tell them that Trump is lying. If Republicans won't — or can't — tell the truth about the November election, they are no longer participants in our democracy. They are its enemies."

Conservative ex-congressman leaves GOP 'cult' after 62 years following 'bloody' Capitol attack

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards served in U.S. House of Representatives from 1977-1993 and was a Republican for more than 60 years. But following the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building, Edwards has decided to leave the GOP — and he discusses his decision in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark a week after that attack.

Edwards, who was elected to the House in 1976 via Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District and now teaches at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, opens his article by discussing his decision to join the GOP after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in the late 1950s. The conservative ex-congressman notes that because Oklahoma was so heavily Democratic in those days, registration officials tried to "talk me out of" registering as a Republican.

"I have been a Republican for 62 years," Edwards explains. "I have been a Goldwater conservative, a Reagan conservative, and a W conservative. And I have now left the Republican Party — a party that has been at the center of my entire adult life, a party that defined me to others and to myself."

But Edwards goes on to say that the GOP, in the Trump era, has become "the opposite of what it was" and "has become a cult idolizing a ruler, a trasher of institutions of democracy driven by falsehoods and hatreds." And his decision to leave the GOP after 62 years was inspired by the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building and Trump's refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Edwards explains, "The governor (of Arizona), a Trump supporter and conservative, (Doug Ducey), certified that Trump lost a fair election in his state. The governor of Georgia, a Trump supporter and conservative, (Brian Kemp), said Trump lost a fair election in his state…. Dozens of courts — including judges appointed by Trump — said there was no evidence of fraud. The Supreme Court, dominated by conservatives and including three Trump appointees, tossed out Trump's claim of a stolen election. Unanimously. Bill Barr, the attorney general and Trump loyalist, said there was no evidence of anything that questioned the validity of Trump's loss."

The former GOP congressman adds, "Despite all that, Trump supporters attacked the United States Capitol. A police officer was killed by the mob; another took his life after the fact. Staffers and members feared for their lives. Journalists were assaulted. And after all that, nearly 150 Republican members of Congress still fed the falsehood that the validity of the election was in question. These were not citizens with no access to truth; they are not ignorant of the facts. They knew everything I've spelled out about the validity of Donald Trump's electoral loss. They knew — but they fed the falsehood; they provided the fuel for an attack on the heart of American government, an attack that killed an officer trying to protect them."

Edwards concludes his Bulwark piece by stressing that although Ducey and Kemp did the right thing and accepted President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory, way too many other Republicans were afraid to stand up to Trump.

"For the most part," Edwards laments, "even those Republican members of Congress who didn't join the attempt to overthrow the election remained unforgivably silent out of party loyalty and fear, making them complicit nonetheless in this bloody attack on their own country. I've left the Republican Party. I will not be going back."

George Conway explains why ‘psychopath’ Trump is in a much worse place than Nixon in 1974

A week after the horrifying siege of the U.S. Capitol Building by far-right extremists — and a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — Never Trump conservative George Conway appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and laid out some reasons why President Donald Trump, during his final days in office, is in a much worse place than President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

It was on August 8, 1974 that Nixon, overwhelmed by the Watergate scandal, announced his resignation — and the following day, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as president of the United States. Conway, a co-founder of the anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project and one of Trump's most vehement critics on the right, argued that Nixon — for all his corruption — was much more of a patriot than Trump.

On Wednesday morning, January 13, Conway told "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough (a former GOP congressman and fellow Never Trumper) and Mika Brzezinski, "It reminds me a lot, frankly, of August 1974 after the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to produce the tapes and after the smoking gun tape came out. I mean, his support is collapsing the way we saw Nixon's support collapse in a matter of days back then…. No matter whether or not he gets removed before his term of office ends, he's leaving in compete disgrace as Nixon did. But there's going to be a big difference."

The conservative attorney, now 57, continued, "I remember watching what happened when Nixon left that day, August 9, 1974 — and watching all morning. And you saw some contrition, you saw some regret. You saw some sadness and sorrow for a man who actually did, unlike Donald Trump, love his country and wanted to do right by the country even though he made some serious mistakes and broke some major laws. You don't see that with Trump. And one of the things you're not going to see is any sympathy for Donald Trump the way there was some sympathy for Nixon when he left Washington as a broken man."

According to Conway, Trump's initial response to the storming of the Capitol Building was that of a "psychopath."

Conway told Scarborough and Brzezinski, "This man, Donald Trump, because he's a psychopath — a man who could gloat and watch in glee as the Capitol was ransacked and attacked and as people's lives were threatened — this psychopath…. is going to be a pariah for the rest of his life. And there may be some Republicans who still support him now, but those Republicans are the Republicans — if you can call them that or if you can call them conservatives at all — who seek some kind of an authoritarian leader who is all powerful. And he is leaving in absolutely weakness. He can't even tweet at us this morning."

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How the GOP became a cult of 'victimhood' and 'self-pity'

In the past, many conservatives and Republicans slammed liberalism for promoting a victim mentality. Right-wing radio host Larry Elder coined the term "victicrat" during the 1990s and used it to defame liberals and progresses. But Never Trump conservative David Frum, in an article published by The Atlantic this week, argues that a sense of victimhood is a prime ingredient of today's Republican Party and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Frum opens his article by discussing the disturbing events of January 6, when a violent mob of far-right Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in the hope of preventing Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. As they saw it, Frum notes, Trump has been robbed of a victory by widespread voter fraud — a conspiracy theory that has been totally debunked but plays into the sense of victimhood that is a key element of Trumpism and the modern GOP.

"After the attempted coup, the mood in the pro-Trump world became one of profoundest self-pity," Frum explains. "The president's supporters compare themselves to victims of Stalin's purges, to the unpersons of George Orwell's '1984'. They watch their Twitter followers disappear as the company closes QAnon accounts, and they feel persecuted. They invoke Martin Niemöller's famous poem about Nazi Germany: First, they came for those who plotted the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, and I said nothing."

Countless far-right pundits have accused the mainstream media of having an anti-Trump bias, but Frum argues that many in the mainstream media have made the mistake of indulging the self-pity of Trump supporters.

"Over the past half-decade," Frum writes, "we have turned much of the country's mindscape into a group therapy session for Trump believers. Reporters play the part of the therapist, reassuring the analyzed of a safe space for their grievances and complaints. The pro-Trump world has accepted the invitation. "

Frum notes that a sense of victimhood is being expressed by prominent Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Josh Hawley, both of whom promoted the debunked conspiracy theory of a stolen election.

"Hawley described himself as a victim of a 'woke mob' after his publisher terminated his book contract because of his leadership role in propagating the falsehoods that inspired the attack (on the Capitol Building)," Frum observes. "Cruz, who shoved himself to the forefront of the movement to overturn the 2020 election, has accused his critics, beginning with Biden, of 'vicious, partisan rhetoric that tears our country apart.'"

During the pre-Trump era, the words "personal responsibility" became a GOP mantra. But Trump supporters and modern Republicans, according to Frum, have abandoned having a sense of "responsibility."

"The central concept in modern conservatism is victimhood," Frum writes. "Responsibility, accountability — those are standards they apply to others, never to themselves. Even as they confront their stark record of complicity and culpability, they cannot absorb it."

The Washington Post's Max Boot, another Never Trump conservative, used similar arguments in a December 11 column and slammed Republicans for holding a nonstop pity party. Boot warned that the GOP's sense of victimhood and "exceedingly dangerous mindset" would have tragic results, and one saw just how tragic when the Capitol Building was attacked last week.

Frum never actually uses Larry Elder's term "victicrat" in his article, but he is saying, in essence, that modern Republicans have a "victicrat" mentality — which showed itself during the attack on the Capitol Building.

"Trumpism as a cause has been tainted from the start by its openness to political violence to take and keep power," the conservative journalist writes. "There's too much guilt here for Trump to shoulder all by himself, although of course, he bears the largest individual weight. Many are guilty, a very great many — even if they never intended for things to spin out of control."

This far-right Trump supporter has ‘no regrets’ about breaking into the Capitol

National security experts have been warning about the ever-growing radicalization of far-right supporters of President Donald Trump, and an article by journalist William Turton for Bloomberg News describes the radicalization of one of them: Upstate New York resident Brandon Fellows, who participated in the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on January 6.

"Fellows didn't know about a planned march that would eventually overtake the U.S. Capitol," Turton explains. "He said he had simply come to see Trump give a speech. But within hours of watching Trump's speech, Fellows had his feet propped up on a table in the office of a U.S. Senator, smoking a joint. He roamed the halls of the Capitol, heckled police officers and posted videos along the way on Snapchat."

Turton describes the 26-year-old Fellows as "a real-world example of a Trump supporter who absorbed false information on social media and heeded the president's call to take action." Fellows, Turton notes, has been an avid consumer of "conservative commentators on YouTube, including Ben Shapiro and Steven Crowder" and has been "watching Newsmax and One America News."

Fellows told Newsweek, "I have no regrets. I didn't hurt anyone, I didn't break anything. I did trespass, though, I guess."

According to Turton, Fellows bought into the debunked conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. And on January 6, he "arrived outside of the Ellipse, a park adjacent to the White House, just after 1 a.m. He was one of the first people in line to get into Trump's rally and sat just five rows away from where the president spoke, video shows."

Fellows spoke to Bloomberg News prior to Trump's January 6 speech, saying, "This is the last stand. I feel like I've seen a lot of the election fraud evidence, and I don't understand why nothing is being done."

During the invasion of the Capitol Building, Turton notes, Fellows got into Sen. Jeff Merkley's office. And according to Turton, Fellows' "interactions with police officers" inside the Capitol Building "led him to believe there wouldn't be consequences for going inside." Fellows told Bloomberg News, "Did I think I was going to get in trouble? Uh, no…. Do you think I'm going to go to federal prison? I was told federal prison is not fun."

The storming of the US Capitol was even more 'sinister' than originally thought

On Wednesday night, January 6, the dominant news story all around the world was the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by far-right extremists who were hoping to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory. More details about the January 6 rampage in Washington, D.C. have emerged since then, and in an article published this week, Associated Press reporters Jay Reeves, Lisa Mascaro and Calvin Woodward describe some of the ways in which that rampage was even more "sinister" than originally thought.

"Only days later is the extent of the danger from one of the darkest episodes in American democracy coming into focus," the AP journalists report. "The sinister nature of the assault has become evident, betraying the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctums of Congress and run down leaders — Trump's vice president and the Democratic House speaker among them. This was not just a collection of Trump supporters with MAGA bling caught up in a wave."

President Donald Trump demanded that Vice President Mike Pence prevent Congress from certifying the electoral college results, which Pence didn't have the power to do. And some of the fanatics who raged in Washington D.C., believing that Pence had betrayed Trump, wanted to murder the vice president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a target as well.

Reeves, Mascaro and Woodward explain, "'Hang Mike Pence!,' the insurrectionists chanted as they pressed inside (the Capitol Building), beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's whereabouts, too. They hunted any and all lawmakers: 'Where are they?' Outside, makeshift gallows stood, complete with sturdy wooden steps and the noose. Guns and pipe bombs had been stashed in the vicinity."

When the mob invaded the U.S. Capitol Building, Pelosi and others took refuge in a secure location. Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts was among the members of Congress who saw how dangerous the situation was.

McGovern told AP, "I saw this crowd of people banging on that glass screaming. Looking at their faces, it occurred to me, these aren't protesters — these are people who want to do harm…. What I saw in front of me was basically home-grown fascism, out of control."

Reeves, Mascaro and Woodward describe the timeline of events in their article.

After 2 p.m. on January 6, they note, "Capitol Police sent an alert telling workers in a House office building to head to underground transportation tunnels that criss-cross the complex. Minutes later, Pence was taken from the Senate chamber to a secret location, and police announced the lockdown of the Capitol…. At 2:15 p.m., the Senate recessed its Electoral College debate, and a voice was heard over the chamber's audio system: 'The protesters are in the building.' The doors of the House chamber were barricaded, and lawmakers inside it were told they may need to duck under their chairs or relocate to cloakrooms off the House floor because the mob has breached the Capitol Rotunda. Even before the mob reached sealed doors of the House chamber, Capitol Police pulled Pelosi away from the podium."

The siege of the Capitol Building, according to the AP reporters, went on for hours — and people in the mob were trying to find members of Congress and inflict violence on them.

"At about 5:30 p.m., once the National Guard had arrived to supplement the overwhelmed Capitol Police force, a full-on effort began to get the attackers out," Reeves, Mascaro and Woodward note. "Heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcements started using teargas in a coordinated fashion to get people moving toward the door, then combed the halls for stragglers. As darkness fell, they pushed the mob farther out onto the plaza and lawn, using officers in riot gear in full shields and clouds of tear gas, flash-bangs and percussion grenades…. At 7:23 p.m., officials announced that people hunkered down in two nearby congressional office buildings could leave 'if anyone must.'"

Eventually, that night, the joint session of Congress was resumed after police determined that it was safe to do so — and Biden's electoral college victory was ratified.

"I was in such disbelief this could possibly happen," McGovern told AP. "These domestic terrorists were in the People's House, desecrating the People's House, destroying the People's House."

Univision’s Jorge Ramos smacks down Trump apologist following Capitol attack

Univision's Jorge Ramos has been one of President Donald Trump's most outspoken critics in Spanish-language media, and a passionate debate occurred when Ramos featured Republican strategist Adolfo Franco on the Sunday-morning program "Al Día" following the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6.

Ramos, during their heated exchange en español, made it clear that he blames Trump for the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building — which was invaded by a violent mob of far-right extremists who were hoping to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory. But Franco, who has been an aggressive defender of Trump, disagrees. And when he appeared on "Al Día," Franco condemned the attack on the Capitol Building, but claimed that Trump was in no way responsible for it.

Franco engaged in "whataboutism," saying that for "months and months," rioters and looters ravaged U.S. cities in 2020 and weren't condemned by prominent Democrats — and he made the claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats believed that looting is not a form of violence, but a form of political protest. Pelosi, however, never said such a thing. And Ramos pushed back on Franco's claims forcefully, stressing that Trump did everything he could to inflame the angry mobs that showed up in Washington D.C. on January 6 — and that there was absolutely no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020's presidential election as Trump claimed.

Ramos has been a persistent Trump critic since 2015, when Trump's security threw him out of a press conference in Iowa. The 62-year-old Univision anchor, who is originally from Mexico City but now lives in Miami, has often accused Trump of racism — and following the 2020 presidential election, Ramos repeatedly pushed back against Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud.

On January 11, Ramos tweeted, in Spanish, that when a president lies, incites violence or attacks democracy, it is the obligation of journalists to denounce it immediately:

Franco, a frequent guest on "Al Día," has clashed with other Trump critics on Spanish-language media — including CNN pundit and GOP strategist Ana Navarro, a native of Nicaragua and Never Trump conservative.

Clarence Thomas' wife cheered on anti-democracy rally before rioters stormed the Capitol

Hours before a violent mob of far-right extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, President Donald Trump and his supporters spoke at an event in Washington D.C. — where they demanded that Congress overturn the electoral college results for the 2020 presidential election. And one of those supporters was conspiracy theorist Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Ginni Thomas tweeted her support of that event on January 6, saying, "LOVE MAGA people!" and "God bless each of you standing up or praying." Slate's Mark Joseph Stern notes that after the attack on the Capitol Building, she added an addendum and posted, "Note: written before violence in US Capitol."

Stern, in an article published by Slate on January 8, notes, "Thomas, a conservative lobbyist and zealous supporter of Donald Trump, has fervently defended the president over the last four years. On her Facebook page, she frequently promotes baseless conspiracy theories about a 'coup' against Trump led by Jewish philanthropist George Soros, a frequent target of anti-Semitic hate. Thomas draws many of these theories from fringe corners of the internet, including an anti-vax Facebook group that claimed Bill Gates would use the COVID vaccine to kill people."

Soros, of course, has never promoted any type of coup d'état against the United States, but the words "attempted coup" easily apply to the events of January 6 — when a sitting president egged on his supporters, who in turn violently stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in the hope of preventing Congress from certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The extremists who showed up in Washington D.C. that day included members of the Proud Boys, supporters of the QAnon conspiracy cult and neo-confederacy groups.

"In all likelihood," Stern explains, "Ginni Thomas will face no consequences for cheerleading a rally that sought to overturn an election, then laid siege to the Capitol in a failed insurrection. Her husband will ignore the controversy and continue to rule on cases that involve his wife's 'lobbying efforts.' We may never know how much influence a conspiracy theorist has on the highest court's most conservative justice."

'It's time to get violent': Far-right extremists are promising more violence after Capitol siege

When both branches of Congress met during a joint session on Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, many journalists, law enforcement officials and national security experts feared that violence would occur in the streets of Washington, D.C. But it came as a major shock when a violent mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, a disturbing series of events recounted by reporters Andrew Egger and Audrey Fahlberg in an article published by The Dispatch the following day.

On January 6, President Donald Trump and his allies — including Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Trump, Jr.'s girlfriend and the ex-wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — spoke at a demonstration on the National Mall. They called their event the "Save America March," and Trump, Sr. continued to promote his debunked claims that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election. Extremists who showed up in support of Trump included the Proud Boys, militia members, neo-Confederates and supporters of the conspiracy cult QAnon.

"The people most determined to start a riot at the Capitol were the ones who were there first," Egger and Fahlberg explain. "As Trump's speech dragged on, first a trickle, then a stream of rally-goers peeled off and started to march down the Mall. But by the time the first of them arrived, the mayhem was already underway. Protesters who had forgone the speech had pushed through a series of police barriers onto the lawn and had even scaled a tall scaffold near the steps of the Capitol itself."

The journalists go on to note that the "tension" in Washington, D.C. on January 6 "ratcheted higher still once news trickled out that Vice President Mike Pence, in defiance of Trump's repeated requests and threats, had announced he did not have the power to unilaterally throw out electoral votes." One angry Trump supporter, in response said, "Pence sold us out" — and two young women began chanting, "Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!"

Egger and Fahlberg note some of the things that extremists had to say about the storming of the Capitol Building. Ron Russell, a Trump supporter from Ohio, told The Dispatch, "I see justice being done. This is our house, our house. We're taking it back. May not be today, but we will take this house back, guaranteed."

Robert Unterzuber, a friend of Russell, predicted that future attacks on the Capitol Building will be even more violent — telling The Dispatch, "We're coming to the Capitol, and we're going to tear her down if necessary and drag them people out of there."

Similarly, Christopher Alberts, a Trump supporter from Maryland, told The Dispatch, "The people that were here today are going to come back even more, and we're not coming back peacefully — and we're not coming back unarmed. America's long overdue for revolution."

Anthony Maffei, another Trumpista, told The Dispatch, "If we have to get violent, then it's time to get violent."

Vox reporter Aaron Rupar pointed out that there are other signs of continued violence from pro-Trump extremists:

How Republican lawmakers endangered their own colleagues during the Capitol siege

When a violent mob of far-right extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, members of Congress naturally feared for their safety and were taken to a secure location. Punchbowl News reports that according to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, "at least 50" House Republicans put their colleagues at risk in that location by refusing to wear masks.

The House lawmaker told Punchbowl that "a severe COVID outbreak" is "coming" because of those House Republicans — who were "asked repeatedly" to wear masks inside the secure location but refused. According to Punchbowl's source, "Older Dem members pleaded, and they wouldn't do it."

CNN's Jake Tapper, after seeing Punchbowl's report, bluntly tweeted:

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Mitch McConnell warned of a looming 'death spiral' before all hell broke loose on Capitol Hill

Before the mob of President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke during a joint session of Congress preparing to count the votes of the Electoral College. The Kentucky Republican made it abundantly clear that he accepted former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect and had no desire to join the Republicans who announced their plans to contest Biden's Electoral College victory.

In what now seems a prescient warning of the imminent chaos, the leader — who has faced extensive criticism for enabling the president's dangerous tenure — predicted a "death spiral" if the country continued down the Trump path.

McConnell, during his speech on the Senate floor, told members of Congress, "The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. They've all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."

Biden won 306 electoral votes in November, and he defeated Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote. And McConnell noted, "This election, actually, was not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000 and 2004 were all closer than this one. The Electoral College margin is almost identical to what it was in 2016."

The Senate majority leader added, "If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We'd never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost."

McConnell told Congress, "Nothing before us proves illegality of the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt was incited without any evidence. The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role."

McConnell has been an aggressive and forceful partisan as Senate majority leader. But on Wednesday, he told Democrats and fellow Republicans, "Self-government requires a shared commitment to the truth and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system. We cannot continue drifting into two different tribes with two different set of facts and two different realities."

Rolling Stone column officially names Mitch McConnell as the Scrooge of 2020

Rolling Stone column officially names Mitch McConnell as the Scrooge of 2020 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with bruised face (Photo: Screen capture)

Former FBI assistant director fears the US is entering a period of 'permanent insurrection'

Some of the most sobering commentary on the January 6 invasion of the Capitol Building has come from former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, now a national security analyst for MSNBC. During an MSNBC appearance following the attack, Figliuzzi expressed fears that the violence that rocked Washington, D.C. on January 6 is a preview of things to come.

On January 6, a violent mob of far-right extremists stormed the Capitol Building in the hope of preventing Congress from ratifying President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory over President Donald Trump. The crowd succeeded in delaying a joint session of Congress, but despite the violence, the session later resumed — and the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives certified the electoral c ollege results. The inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is set for January 20.

But the extremists who stormed the Capitol Building on January 6 will not accept Biden as president after he is sworn in less than two weeks from now — and that's what worries Figliuzzi. The former assistant FBI director told MSNBC he fears that the attack on the Capitol Building is not merely an isolated incident, but rather, shows that the U.S. has entered a state of "permanent insurrection." And he made comparisons to ETA in Spain and FARC in Colombia, which are two examples of long-lasting insurrection movements.

In Colombia, FARC (which stands for "Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia" in Spanish) started in 1964 and continued to be an armed insurrection until a peace deal was reached with the Colombian government in 2016. And in Spain's Basque country, ETA is an armed Basque separatist movement that has been around since the late 1950s and does not recognize the legitimacy of the federal government in Madrid.

Figliuzzi warned that "extremists" in the U.S. have been "radicalized" and that the storming of the Capitol Building was a result of that radicalization. The former FBI assistant director told MSNBC's Brian Williams, "Look, this wasn't a surprise for anyone. If you were monitoring social media traffic of known extremist groups, violent groups and individuals, you knew this was coming. So, this was not so much an intelligence failure as a security failure. I don't know any professional member of law enforcement who would consider today successful…. This was a failure of police work today."

'The arrogance is breathtaking: Milwaukee newspaper slams Ron Johnson for defying the will of Wisconsin voters

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is among the Republican senators who, unlike Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has vowed to contest the Electoral College results when the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives meet for a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, January 6. Wisconsin was among the states that President-elect Joe Biden won in the 2020 presidential election, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board slams Johnson for failing to respect the will of Wisconsin voters in a scathing editorial published on January 5.

"The arrogance of Ron Johnson is breathtaking," the Journal Sentinel declares. "Johnson and 12 other Republican senators say they will challenge the tabulation of Electoral College votes in Congress on Wednesday in a dangerous political stunt that will accomplish nothing but may burnish their image with those who would choose outgoing President Donald Trump over democracy. Johnson and his shameful friends are planning to support Trump as he directly opposes the will of the people."

The editorial board stresses that although Biden will remain president-elect regardless of the "stunt" from Johnson and other GOP senators, that doesn't make it any less shameless.

"In the end, the results of the presidential election will not change: Joe Biden will still have beaten Trump by 7 million votes and won 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232," the Journal Sentinel says. "But Johnson's stunt will do harm to our democracy."

The Journal Sentinel continues, "What precedent is being set here? What happens the next time a party — either party — loses the presidency narrowly while controlling both houses of Congress? Will those politicians do what Johnson and his hyperpartisan mob are doing? Will they make up lies about the election, cry voter fraud, complain about voting machines, election officials and any other ghost they can conjure?"

The editorial board goes on to say that politically, Johnson should pay a price for his attack on U.S. democracy.

"Johnson's disgraceful display should not go unpunished," the Journal Sentinel tells readers. "While there is no way to recall a sitting senator — and censure or expulsion, though deserved, is unlikely given the politics of the moment — we urge voters to remember what Johnson has done. Hold him accountable. Demand that qualified challengers, Republican and Democrat alike, run against him if he has the audacity to break another promise and try for a third term in 2022."