Trump & His GOP Enablers Incite Insurrection
Remove Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene
Jan 29—Now it’s critical that we kick this campaign up a notch. Can you take a moment to make a phone call to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer?
- Speaker Pelosi 202-225-4965
- Senator Schumer 202-224-6542
When you call, introduce yourself and reiterate the main message of the petition, which is:
“Expel Boebert and Greene due to the colluded efforts in the Insurrection on January 6, 2021 They are guilty of dereliction of duty by giving reconnaissance tours on January 5, 2021 per video evidence.”
Congressman Jimmy Gomez Introduces Resolution Expelling Marjorie Taylor Greene From Congress
Jan 27— In light of numerous reports revealing her repeated endorsements of sedition, domestic terrorism, and political violence, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) announced today he will introduce a resolution to expel Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) from the U.S. House of Representatives.
To express your support, call: Rep. Gomez 202-225-6235
“As if it weren’t enough to amplify conspiracy theories that the September 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was staged, a string of recent media reports has now confirmed that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama,” said Congressman Gomez.
“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government, and it is with their safety in mind, as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country, that I call on my House colleagues to support my resolution to immediately remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from this legislative body.”
On January 26, 2021, a CNN KFile review by Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski uncovered social media activity and posts by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene calling for violence against Democrats in elected office. In one Facebook post from 2018, Congresswoman Greene replied to a supporter who asked how they can “hang” former President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying the “stage” was being “set” and that it would need to be done “perfectly.”
Congresswoman Greene also liked a comment from 2019 that a “bullet to the head would be quicker” than an election for removing Speaker Pelosi from office, and messages about executing FBI agents working for the “deep state.” In September of 2020, Congresswoman Greene posted a meme of her with a gun pointed towards progressive members of Congress. And in June of 2020, Politico unearthed past clips of Congresswoman Greene espousing racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic attitudes, saying in one video that Muslims should be barred from serving in government.
Details of Capitol Attack Emerge
Federal prosecutors allege that the white supremacist mob that stormed the Capitol aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials.” Some members of the mob carried nooses, bats, pipes, chemical weapons, and zip-tie handcuffs; others planted bombs around Washington, D.C., in an effort to divert law enforcement from the Capitol.
The violent mob clearly says they were inspired by Trump, Cruz, Hawley, and other right-wing members of Congress. Members of the mob are heard saying: “[Ted] Cruz would want us to do this.” “We are listening to Trump.” “We are at war … traitors to the guillotine.”3
But nothing has repulsed me more than the chilling allegations that sitting members of Congress may have actively aided and abetted the attack. Bombshell reports allege that Republican members of Congress may have led leaders of the white supremacist riot on “reconnaissance” tours of the building the day before the attack, apparently to make sure that they would know where to find the targets of their violence, including then-Vice President Mike Pence. And there are allegations that right-wing Representative Lauren Boebert live-tweeted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location and movements during the attack on Capitol Hill, in what appears to have been an effort to help the racist mob locate her.4,5
We simply can’t let this despicable attack on our principles and one of our most cherished democratic institutions—an attack instigated from inside Congress—go unanswered. Which is why we absolutely must do everything we can to ensure that any right-wing politicians who incited racist violence are removed from office and held to account.
Fox News’ validation of the putsch makes it more likely it will happen again
Republican insurrectionists invaded the Capitol building with the intent on capturing and murdering politicians who refused to hand the presidency to Donald Trump for another four years.
They did after being incited by Trump himself, and after months of being lied to by right-wing media, led by Fox News itself.
This attack was years in the making. Platforms enabled far-right extremists to mobilize, and let QAnon grow even though it was clear years ago that the conspiracy theories were enabling violence.
Mainstream media too often treated Trump and Trumpism with kid gloves, giving him and his supporters a pass for violent threats. But no one has done more to lead to this moment than Fox News. The network validated the conspiracy theories and aimed its content to right-wing extremists. It didn’t just relentlessly push deranged conspiracy theories about the election, it also defended QAnon conspiracy theorists and right-wing vigilantism.
This attack was the culmination of Fox News’ Trumpism. And lest you think even for a minute that anyone has learned anything, Fox has spent the days since the attack finding ways to play the victim.
Here is what has been happening on Fox News this week since Wednesday:
- Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night all blamed left-wing anti-fascists for the violence. This was a total lie, but Fox hosts kept repeating it.
- While also blaming anti-fascists, Fox personalities also tried to justify the violence, arguing that Republicans “feel” the vote was unfair — totally and completely overlooking the months that Fox News spent pushing that lie.
- As the attack was happening, Fox so-called “straight news” repeatedly downplayed it. Fox’s chief political anchor Bret Baier likened Trump’s incitement to Democrats bringing up Russia.
- Lou Dobbs accused members of Congress of being “melodramatic” in their response to the attack. He also said the attack wasn’t that bad because people were “walking between the rope lines.” The next day, Dobbs complained that Republicans were not militaristic enough, calling them “milquetoast pacifists.”
- One Fox host explicitly defended the putsch, saying they “love freedom” and were there to “support the President of the United States and defend our Republic.”
- Fox host Mark Levin denied that Trump had anything to do with it.
- A Fox VP questioned why there was a need to remove Trump from office, telling a Republican who was calling for Trump’s removal, “Why not wait it out?”
- Carlson declared that this was not domestic terrorism but just “a political protest that got out of hand.” Because Carlson is a liar, he didn’t explain why people would call for executions or bring zip ties or construct a gallows at a political protest.
- Fox News somehow found a way to say that Black Lives Matter protesters who stormed the Capitol building would have been treated better by the police. There is evidence that one of the terrorists took a selfie with the police at the event some of the people who participated flashed police badges.
- Fox hosts accused Democrats of being “out for blood.”
- Hannity compared Trump inciting an insurrection that sacked the Capitol building to Kathy Griffin’s comments about Trump.
- Fox contributor Dan Bongino told viewers that “This fight’s coming to your door folks. Get ready. You can’t avoid it.”
- Ingraham reserved her harshest comments for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
- Fox News personalities used the putsch as a reason to make voting harder — that is, to implement the preferred policies of the mob.
After Trump was permanently banned from Twitter on Friday evening, Fox personalities complained, and Carlson himself said that it would cause more extremism . Fox has spend the weekend focused not on the putsch or why it happened, but rather complaining about Trump’s removal from various platforms. The network is also complaining about actions taken against far-right social media platform Parler after Apple, Google, and Amazon all found that it was encouraging violence and crime.
One reason why this will happen again is because of how Fox News validated it all.
Right-Wing Media Cheers Putsch, Blames ‘Antifa’
In the days leading up to January 6, right-wing media figures pushed the completely false argument that Vice President Mike Pence could unilaterally overturn the election results.
As a angry Republicans took over the Capitol building and threatened Pence and other lawmakers for not doing that (while President Donald Trump tweeted condemnations of Pence), a number of right-wing media figures publicly expressed support for the insurrection.
Here are a few examples:
- Former Trump adviser and right-wing radio host Sebastian Gorka referred to the insurrectionists as “patriots.”
- Rush Limbaugh’s producer James Golden, who also goes by the radio name “Bo Snerdley,” described the event as a “peaceful protest” and called the election “fraudulent.” He also suggested that anti-fascist elements had “infiltrated this” in order to spark violence.
- A Newsmax guest called the insurrectionists “absolutely correct.”
- Fox Business host Charles Payne retweeted a message asking: “How long do you expect people to be SILENT?”
- The person runs the right-wing site National File, openly called for the overthrow of the civil government and claimed if the “Patriots seize the control of Congress, … they have the right to assemble their own Congress.”
- The Washington Times published a thinly sourced article claiming that facial recognition technology company XRVision had identified “antifa” members among the insurrection; the firm has since called the article “completely false,” but the lie quickly spread among right-wing media figures and even Republican members of Congress before being debunked. It was even mentioned by Laura Ingraham.
- The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens: “Call it a hunch, but my guess is there are still ANTIFA thugs in the mix.”
- Rush Limbaugh’s guest host, Todd Herman, claimed he could tell through “learned experience” that “antifa agitators” were present. Other radio hosts claimed the same.
- Newsmax on multiple occasions suggested that anti-fascists may be to blame. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell went on Newsmax and accused “undercover” anti-fascists of committing the violence.
- Ann Coulter: No one can mistake the guy with that tattoo. This group, especially the short one, looks like antifa.
After the immediate danger passed, right-wing media sought to blame anyone but Republicans.
- Newsmax hosts blamed Trump critics. A Newsmax guest suggested that left-wing financier George Soros was behind everything. On Friday night, a Newsmax panel likened Trump’s ban from Twitter to Nazi Germany and a host called the events an “American revolution.” Another host told viewers to be afraid of liberals.
- Newsmax also hosted a QAnon conspiracy theorist who blamed law enforcement for the violence at the Capitol.
- Meanwhile, OAN said that the putsch was the perfect justification for Pence to overturn the election.
- Rudy Giuliani, who earlier in the day had called for “trial by combat” at the rally, told OAN that it was really no big deal what happened.
- Right-wing media rushed to compare the attack to various examples of violence over the summer of 2020, which they blamed on anti-fascist activists or Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Perhaps the biggest problem with this ignorant comparison is that Wednesday’s attack on the federal legislature — which forced Congress to evacuate from insurrectionists who destroyed federal property and planted bombs near the Capitol — posed a demonstrably graver threat to the integrity of the United States than property damage sustained after protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
Republican Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who helped the putsch, pushed violent rhetoric on a QAnon program
Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania is a right-wing commentator who organized buses to Washington, D.C., on January 6. Just days before the putsch, Mastriano promoted his efforts to overturn the election on a right-wing program and stated that Republicans are “basically … in this death match with the Democrat Party.”
Mastriano just a few weeks ago appeared on a program dedicated to the QAnon conspiracy theory, where he compared his attempt to overturn the election to fighting against terrorists on Flight 93 or opposing the rise of Hitler. During his appearance on the QAnon program, Mastriano repeatedly pushed false claims that the election was stolen from Trump and said: “I think in the end, assuming truth prevails, that he will have a second term.”
Also: There have been many examples of QAnon-linked violence, but the Capitol building putsch was fueled by QAnon conspiracy theories, and QAnon adherents were prominent among the participants.
Still going: QAnon conspiracy theorists still say that Trump will serve a second term.
How we got here: Trump and pro-Trump figures had been amplifying the election conspiracy theories QAnon grifters Jim Watkins and Ron Watkins in recent weeks.
Rush Limbaugh Downplays Capitol Putsch
Alex Walker reports: Right-wing radio hosts have defended and downplayed the putsch. Rush Limbaugh implicitly endorsed political violence and at the same time blamed the attack partly on so-called “antifa” “instigators.” Some of Limbaugh’s fellow conservative talk radio hosts have similarly attempted to downplay the mob’s actions, dismissing calls to condemn the violence and suggesting that the attack was actually a “false flag” operation.
Tech Companies Fuel Capitol Building Attack
NBC News reported that a digital flyer circulating on Instagram and Facebook in the days before the attack called for “Operation Occupy the Capitol” on January 6. In private groups on Facebook, users encouraged each other to bring guns to Washington D.C. in order to put people on trial “for TREASON.” Facebook and Twitter were used to hype the event beforehand, and The New York Times reported about how specific plans for taking the building circulated on far-right boards like Parler and Gab. Calls for violence also circulated on message boards like 8kun and The Donald.
In the days since, all of these calls for violence have led to a reckoning. Reddit has banned another Trump message board (and taken other actions). Twitter finally purged many QAnon accounts. Amazon, Apple, and Google removed support for Parler after the app allowed violent threats. And, in what has gotten more attention than any of the above, President Donald Trump‘s ability to use many platforms, from Twitter to Facebook and more, has been severely limited or removed entirely.
As Angelo Carusone notes, Twitter’s permanent ban of Trump is entirely appropriate — but also far too late.