Trump supporter gets schooled after claiming the president didn't incite the Capitol insurrection

Marty from Wisconsin called in to my SiriusXM radio program as I discussed the insurrection at the Capitol. He started out weirdly referring to Princess Leia from "Star Wars," and saying "we're gonna be stronger."

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Obviously living in an intergalactic fantasy, Marty claimed that Trump "got 80 million votes," which is completely false. When I went on to correct him and tell him that Trump received 74.2 million votes and Joe Biden got 81.3 million votes he shot back at me like I was nitpicking, and said, "You guys are doing all this stuff, you're pulling all this shit."

Marty offers a window into the minds of Trump supporters who are still slavishly devoted to Trump even as they claim to oppose the violence that occurred at the Capitol. They tell themselves that it was just a few people and that Trump doesn't support it nor did he incite it. And they believe Trump when he says, as he did today, that his speech was "totally appropriate."

Marty claimed that "we're not like that," pointing to the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol — even though there were thousands of people there, including leaders of groups Trump has condoned and which are violent white supremacist groups, like the Proud Boys.

When I pointed that out, Marty began defending the Proud Boys, saying they were started as a "joke."

He denied that Trump incited the mob, condoning his speech, and said I was taking it "out of context" when I quoted Trump's video which he tweeted out during the siege, in which he said we "love you" to the insurrectionists and that they are "special people" and "patriots."

I really had to break everything to Marty very gently because he was truly losing it.

Listen in and let me know your thoughts!

Inside the GOP's coming Jan 6 assault on democracy

Last week I wrote about "the GOP's January 6th assault on democracy," warning that GOP senators had to be called, pressured, hounded by their constituents to not cave into Trump's demands during the normally routine Congressional certification of the election next week, on January 6th.

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Trump-supporting GOP House members have vowed to formally challenge the Electoral College results, and under the rules they need one senator to join — something which now seems likely — in order to force what could be two days of full-blown debate on throwing out all the votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin, and then having a vote in both the House and the Senate on it.

As I noted, this reckless, seditious action is doomed to failure — and Mitch McConnell has apparently begged GOP senators not to do it — since Democrats have a majority in the House and enough Republicans in the Senate would join Democrats in voting it down.

But the action, even as it would blow up in the GOP's face, would further attack the integrity of the election and President-elect Joe Biden's legitimacy, which seems to be one of Trump's goals.

Now, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who is plugged in to many in the government, sounded the alarm over the weekend — and appears to be warning the GOP leadership — on possible violence Trump might incite which would, in Trump's twisted mind, give him the impetus to engage in more extreme actions:

Trump's last-ditch campaign will almost certainly fail in Congress. The greater danger is on the streets, where pro-Trump forces are already threatening chaos. A pro-Trump group called "Women for America First" has requested a permit for a Jan. 6 rally in Washington, and Trump is already beating the drum: "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!"
Government officials fear that if violence spreads, Trump could invoke the Insurrection Act to mobilize the military. Then Trump might use "military capabilities" to rerun the Nov. 3 election in swing states, as suggested by Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. Trump "could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election," Flynn told Newsmax in a Dec. 17 interview.

Ignatius, in his column, looks at the highly concerning, abrupt changes Trump made at the Pentagon in recent weeks — firing top officials, including former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and replacing them with his staunchest supporters — as perhaps a clue to what he might have planned. Ignatius also details current tensions with Iran amid Trump's threats, shining a light on the possibility that Trump would engage in military action overseas in these last weeks.

Enraged and out of control, Trump might do anything, as we've seen just in recent days, from pardoning murderers to holding up relief for millions (only to reverse himself after causing many to needlessly suffer further, including millions who saw unemployment benefits disrupted). John Nichols of The Nation first discussed the planned January 6th assault on democracy by Republicans two weeks ago, and how Trump has been at the forefront of it. Nichols came on my SiriusXM show last week — as he does every Monday — and talked as well about the Trump-supporting groups that were heading to Washington, where they might cause chaos and engage in violent actions, as we saw the Proud Boys do several weeks ago.

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But Nichols also made the point on my program that the protests were meant to pressure those GOP senators who will be voting to certify the Electoral College vote, some or all of whom will be intimidated by people amassing outside in the streets. I noted in my piece last week that, while some senators signaled support for Trump in this effort to overturn the election at the Congressional certification, many GOP senators had already said outright or signaled that they accepted the election results and/or that Joe Biden is the president-elect (and I went through the names, which you can check out).

And some of them, like Senate Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota, got slammed by Trump as "Mitch's boy," for saying it was time to move on. Trump continued hitting GOP senators over the weekend, viewing them as abandoning him.

That was on Christmas Eve. Then he slammed them again on Saturday.

So, while many GOP senators and even many GOP House members haven't publicly joined in overturning the election, it's not just Trump's threats of destroying them or backing a primary challenger that might make them weak-kneed; it's the very real threat of protests from people who, like it or not, are the base of their party and whose message could spread to their constituents back home.

And Trump is continuing to stoke that fear, make no mistake, tweeting last night about January 6th — just before he sent out a tweet hinting he'd be signing the relief bill. One wonders if any Republican senators assured him they'd be with him on January 6th in return for signing the relief bill and spending bill to be keep the government from shutting down. We all know how Trump works the quid pro quo.

While Trump and his GOP accomplices will fail at overturning the election, we can't let any vote that might take place on January 6th be even close. Ignatius seems to be warning GOP leaders of the dangers of that day, including those in the Senate, and those same senators need to hear from people across America loudly and clearly — who should also be pressuring their donors, including their corporate donors — that this is a horrendous attempt to completely subvert of democracy.

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