Why bad things happened in D.C.

From the perspective of a few days later, what happened Wednesday at the Capitol was worse than it appeared on TV during the afternoon, probably because there were no live cameras inside the building.

Exterior view did not make it look so bad

As what happened inside later became known, it was insurrection, which is defined as “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.”

This does not mean that everyone protesting in Washington that day was in criminal rebellion.

Not many sources gave crowd estimates, but one I saw that seemed right was 300,000.

Of that number, I estimate about 1% — 3,000 — wound up on the Capitol steps. And of that number, 1%, or 300, gained illegal entry to the Capitol itself, and yet another 1% — 30 — committed vile criminal acts such as breaking windows and doors, smearing feces around, ransacking offices, committing acts of vandalism and theft. A few in this number seemed to have the crazy idea of “arresting” members of Congress, or even Vice President Mike Pence. Crazy and criminal.

These are the worst of the worst and should get the most harsh punishment. 

I have heard no sane conservative voice applaud their actions. Just the opposite, in fact.

The same rules have to apply to Left and Right: Because our Constitution guarantees the right of peaceful protest, and because change comes through the legislature or the courts, there is no excuse for violence, whether from Trump supporters or Black Lives Matter or the Animal Liberation Front.

In mid afternoon, CNN was having conniptions calling the mob on the Capitol steps a “riot.” It was not as far as I could see then. The crowd on the Capitol steps — which should not have been there — seemed more like a flag-waving frat party. I repeat, that was before some of them breached the building, and many of them were wandering around inside like tourists. I repeat, illegally, but causing no damage.

The ones who did cause the damage? Drop the hammer on them. Some of those dopes posed for pictures, thus helping law enforcement.

Now we come to the question of how they got in.

The answer is inadequate police presence. But why?

I hear different explanations as to why the National Guard was not there. They were requested by the mayor, they were not requested by the mayor, the Department of Defense refused, or did not — I am not sure why they were not there.

I am sure they were not there and the Capitol police were not out in force and their commander has resigned, as he should. As in Philadelphia in the spring for the George Floyd protests and riots,  insufficient police forces were deployed, but our police chief has not resigned.

As to why they were not deployed, maybe that was because previous Trump protests have been boisterous, but nonviolent. Yes, guns were sometimes carried, but no one ever got shot — until Wednesday, when Ashli Babbitt was killed by a Capitol police officer as she appeared to be one of a group trying to break through an inside door in the Capitol.

I can’t read every single story, but I have yet to see her described as a white, unarmed female. It’s always just an Air Force veteran from California.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the fill-in for Rush Limbaugh, hearing of vandalism, denied that could be true. We don’t do things like that, he said, incorrectly. 

But some do, and this is equally true for, say, Black Lives Matter. While most of those protests are peaceful, some are not, and others take advantage of the march to commit criminal acts, such as arson and looting. 

BLM is not responsible for everything that happens under its banner, and neither is Donald J. Trump.

Many are saying he incited the riot by his words, but when I ask his critics to point to the words that called for violence and for supporting breaching the Capitol, they can’t, because he didn’t. He talked about marching on the Capitol, he talked about fighting for rights, which are the words used by every group demonstrating at the Capitol. 

Let’s remember the — can I say mobs? — that gathered on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building and beat on the doors to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court. 

And other mobs across the nation from Philadelphia to Ferguson to Kenosha to Seattle, causing millions of dollars in damages. They received notably different treatment from the media than the Trump protests. That is a fact.

Those of you who have been around here for a while know my mantra: Obey the Law.

Expect consequences if you don’t, without respect to how “justified” you think you are. 

44 thoughts on “Why bad things happened in D.C.”

    Right again. Same old crap different day. The left spews its garbage, the RINOS are jumping ship like rats on a sinking boat and good ole toomey is calling for impeachment !
    I have seen photos on face book of various members of the break in gang. Some are called leaders of antifa. Some, just members. I have seen pictures where the capitol police opened the doors for the rioters and even posed for pictures.I don’t know what is accurate. What I do know is that people broke the law when they went on the steps of the capitol building. They knocked down fencing to gain access, then they stormed the building. I am disgusted by it all.
    If I could, I would try to convince OUR President Trump to go to biden’s inauguration. It would be a sign of concession and solidarity.

    1. Funny, all the pictures of people I’ve seen are pictures of well known trumpanzees. Are you saying antifa can make themselves look like these people, down to tattoos and bad teeth? If so, I have a bridge in New Jersey to sell you.
      The rioters who desecrated the Capitol were trump followers. Just own it.

  2. Shameful to say but my daughter was among those loons pounding on the supreme court doors.Friends- neighbors- social media lauded her as a hero.

    1. For what it’s worth, it’s gutsy to admit that. Takes a lot of sand. You’ve got my vote, Steve.

  3. Imagine if a terrorist or two had infiltrated that mob and brought dynamite vests into the Capitol. The Constitutionally-guaranteed right to assemble peacefully was, as usual, co-opted by a handful of vile, angry anarchists. Let’s hope justice for those arrested is swift and painful.

    1. Vince, you hit the proverbial nail-on-the-head. I do not care who they are, they need to be taken down hard. In fact I will say those who breached our Capitol should have been shot, just as if they were from a foreign country.

  4. Right on, Stu. Strong Conservative and Trump fan that I have long been and strongly remain, of course those who broke into and damaged the Capitol, most severely those who joined the crowd with that premeditated intention, but also that small part of the Trump crowd that got carried away, must be prosecuted. And the shortcomings in police protecting the Capitol must be promptly remedied.

    I agree with you too that Trump’s remarks did not themselves incite storming the Capitol. If the Democrats do pursue last days’ impeachment for speech inciting to riot, here’s who should be in the dock: Democrats still telling Americans Trump praised white supremacists at Charlottesville, and Democrats and media, including at Fox, and judges and government officials who pooh-poohed serious charges of fraud in voting and vote processing, charges that still deserve and demand a full trial on the merits.

    I agree with your reader who said Trump should attend the Inauguration, which outgoing presidents do to show to ourselves and the world the continuity of American government. And the media, including “social” media, must stop censoring conservative views, or Conservatives will build separate media, further distancing communication between our ever-widening Liberal and Conservative citizens..

  5. If you look closely, some of the ‘mobsters’ were carrying bundles of wire ties, the ones the Police use instead of handcuffs. Assumption: they were going to take hostages. Should politicians be armed? This incident speaks for that resolution, to protect themselves when security officials cannot. Just my humble opinion. As questioned above, what if it was a terrorist with a bomb vest that breached inside and actually got into the Senate floor?

    Question: what will the inauguration bring? Is this the beginning of the next civil war??

  6. Dear Stu,
    As usual you always give a fair account. Why aren’t there more journalists like you?
    To Sophie: I’m a President Trump supporter and do not have a tattoo or bad teeth or as CNN said “They eat at
    the Olive Garden” which I’m not belittling but it was the way they said it among other things while they where
    laughing! The mainstream media is disgusting!

  7. The problem is you are telling only half the story. Sure, there is absolutely nothing in his speech that says go find Pence and hang him, or even bust into the Capitol. But why did hours go by before anything approaching “stop it” came out of the White House? Instead, first we got the perennial riot-apologist’s “this is what happens when…” something, something. Conduct unbecoming the nation’s chief law enforcement officer for certain. Remember the criticism of the cop who didn’t run inside Parkland school shooting? Here Trump didn’t even have to place himself in danger, but he just stood there and didn’t even call for backup. Incitement–who cares? What did he do after he knew there was problem? It’s not a crime if a cop sits and watches a burglary or assault without intervening–but he sure as hell ought to be fired and never allowed to work in law enforcement again.

    1. I was addressing incitement. There was none. Now you are asking why he didn’t do something later?
      Different subject. 1- He dis issue a lame statement. 2- It is not his job to stop a riot. Why weren’t the police repaired is the better question.

      1. Well, I feel vindicated. Kevin McCarthy, hardly a Trump-hater, said ““The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” He should have also have picked the phone and ordered the National Guard to the scene. With all respect, it was “his job” to do what he could to protect the Capitol. Even if it had not been a mob carrying Trump banners and purporting to act on his behalf, it was “his job” to make sure that appropriate countermeasures were being taken when it was apparent that things were out of hand and Congressional leaders were calling and begging that he step in.

  8. DITTO! Just two points will come out when a hearing is held hopefully bi-partisan. What training exercises have been conducted for such confrontations and with what outside agency to supplement the capital police. And many have their opinion of Rizzo but he always had buses and other manpower available for just such events for the control of the participants. The overwhelming force would have been the proper response but it was missing and had a foreign terrorist blended in with a sizeable explosive we would be scheduling mass funerals which should have also been planned for in advance.

    1. Yes, Rizzo had cops on hidden school buses, but we aren’t supposed to mention him. It seems now D.C. and Capitol police were alerted to possible violence and STILL were unprepared. Why?

  9. Philadelphia, PA

    Dear Stu,

    I continue to emphasize that Mr. Trump made a fool out of himself, and the Senators and Congress-members who stood up to question the electoral vote should be ashamed of themselves; some of them did eventually step back from the complaints. Mr. Trump should be ashamed of himself basically for continuing to make the unfounded claims about electoral fraud. This fed the conspiracy-minded who went to the capitol building, & etc. I’d suggest that Senator Ted Cruz will never be President.

    As you know, I am not Trump fan. He wasn’t my candidate and I didn’t vote for him–not in 2016 and not last year. The charge of his being a demagogue tends to stick when we consider how he mislead his followers. And for what purpose? To keep himself in the lime-light after the loss of the election? To keep himself from recognizing his diminished political power and lame-duck status? Given the lack of evidence of electoral fraud and the decisions of the courts in reaction to his claims of fraud, it is hard to believe that anyone actually thought his lawyers would over-turn the election results. Yet he persisted. Now his lame-duck status is clear to everyone. Surely not all those who voted for Trump or who supported him should be tarred with the same accusations and suspicions. But there has been little talk of indicting the President –even for incitement to riot –let alone insurrection. Of course the House of Representatives may part company with the federal prosecutors on the matter.

    Its good that you actually supplied a definition of “insurrection.” Its an old word and rarely used. Insurrection is “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.” Were we watching an insurrection the other afternoon on TV? “Riot” I’d agree to based on the people assembled breaking through the barricades and forcing themselves into the building. Did they aim or conspire to to prevent the congressional count of the votes of the electoral college? Maybe some of them did. That would clearly be insurrection. But I would wait on the indictments. So far as I have heard, the actual federal indictments have been quite mild given the events and illegal acts perpetrated. The charge of insurrection has been repeatedly made in the media, but what is alleged and what can be proved are often two very different things. Most offenders are being brought up on local DC charges.

    Regarding the confusions and the early lack of support from the National Guard, there are a couple of points which need to be considered. One is that Congress has the basic authority over the District of Columbia –not the President and not the Mayor of D.C. The Secretary of the Army did eventually commit to sending in the Guard to support the capitol police, but this was partly because congressional leadership had appealed to the Governors of Maryland and Virginia –and eventually several other states. The appeal had to come from Congress, and the Guard had to follow instructions of the Capitol police. The last thing that was wanted in the circumstances was that the Guard should occupy the Capitol under command of the President.

    In my impression it took a good deal of time before the legalities were made entirely clear to all concerned. The Secretary of Defense apparently left the matter to the Secretary of the Army –who later appeared in a press conference in Annapolis along side the Governor of Maryland. In case, that there was an insurrection going on, and congressional leaders apparently feared that it was, the chains of command had to be absolutely clear.

    Clearly, they should throw the book at the people who rampaged through the capitol and broke up a joint session of Congress. We are all obligated to democratic methods so long as our elected representatives genuinely represent the people of the country. That’s the basic meaning of “government by consent of the governed” –democratic accountability of elected officials.

    We may justly hope to see very little of Mr. Trump in coming months and years. But as we know, and whatever we think of him, he is pretty much simply defiant and equally shameless.

    Mr. Trump is a prominent symptom of what is wrong in the country at large; and while he exploited the problems, he did not alone create them.

    H.G. Callaway

  10. Stu
    A very good assessment after only 3 days. I would add that Trump did say to protest peacefully and patriotically. I’d rather hear from The Capitol Police and FBI so to fully understand. All we seem to hear is a democratic wish list aimed at the President. And then there’s the ‘pile on as usual’ msm.

    1. He did use the words “peace” and “love.” In my opinion, he did not incite what happened and no critic can produce a direct quote urging violence. They say, “you know what he meant.”
      No, I don’t. I go by what his words were.

  11. We have watch the same insurrection in the State of Washington for the last year with no ramifications with media seemingly cheering it on. It made Trump look bad so it was good. The was no call for the mayor or the governor to be impeached. Two more people that felt there was a reason to stop it. Approximately ten days ago you 50 black clad people armed with rocks, spray paint and Molotovs damaging Federal buildings. Channel 6 ran a blurb along the bottom but didn’t mention it. The inquirer ran article on page B2 in the bottom left hand corner. Had to move you hand see it. Put a Trump spin on this group it’s the lead story on 6 and the front page of the Inquirer. If the law was enforced for the early incidents you probably wouldn’t have seen the Capitol incident. The overwhelmed Capitol seemed like it were overwhelmed on purpose. Tear gas and live ammunition and not a word about over doing it. The bias against Trump and the pro antifa media has become extremely overt.

    1. Philadelphia, PA

      Dear Donofry & readers.

      What is wrong with the country quite generally is that almost anyone with any modicum of power (public or private) feels entitled to “creatively” re-interpret events in ways which (they believe) may benefit the “great cause” (whatever it may be) that they happen to favor. We are witnessing moral relativism in action. Very few actually question this presumptive right of self-interested re-interpretation for personal benefit –and of course, “the greater good” –so called.

      Our time is a time of politicalized narcissism. This is another way of explaining the meaning of “factionalism.” (The founders knew quite clearly that factionalism was a poison to the republic.) The central idea is that “factionalist” (and self-aggrandizing) means are required to oppose (supposedly) even greater evils. Mr. Trump has regularly replied to the “liberal” presumption of a moral right to “creative re-interpretation” (which he calls “fake news”) by means of an oppositional factionalism: He typically has merely denied, defied and antagonized his opposition; beginning with 2016’s “Lock her up!” His own version of “fake news” (or “alternative facts”) has more generally failed of credibility.

      This factionalism in American politics includes, of course –and first of all– the objective of immediately abolishing racism and any possible disadvantage of minority groups. (Opposition to anti-Semitism is the very paradigm of generalized anti-racism, and notice that opposition to anti-Semitism is closely linked to the post-WWII political settlement.)

      However, the immediate abolition or racism, as we know, is simply not going to happen any time soon. Still, the fight and its conduct are, in fact regarded as (politically), more important than the projected destination. In puritanical style, the fight organizes the self-righteous against ordinary people –though they may, in fact, be of any race, ethnicity or religious persuasion.

      In this way, we approximate another Orwellian concept and slogan “War is peace.” Since there can be (it is regularly assumed on the left) “No peace without (total, absolute, unquestionable) justice,” it follows that justice (and the aim of social peace) requires eternal or unending political war. The evil opposition must be destroyed or totally marginalized. But the opposition will, in fact never accept that fate.

      The right to self-righteous, self-aggrandizing “spin” is the very essence of factionalism; and, as I say, factionalism is poison to the republic. Still in an atmosphere of constant contention and divisiveness, with the media fanning the flames, who will be the first to disarm from factionalist means? Social and political peace requires reciprocity.

      Perhaps readers may understand in these terms why a critic of Mr. Trump (and Senator Sanders) yet sympathizes with the Trump and Sanders voters? They at least know something of what is wrong in the country. The Clintonite Democrats must go!

      H.G. Callaway

      1. Philadelphia, PA

        Dear Stu,

        Yes, of course, factionalism employs a double standard. I do not recall talk of “insurrection” at the time of the nightly attacks on the federal court house in Portland, OR, for instance. The establishment media were long even shy of calling a riot a riot. The idea is that “our side” is entitled to political and politicizing excesses and even rank expediency because “our aims are noble.” (Each side substitutes its favored aims, say, “Abolish racism, now” or “Take back our country.”)

        Self-interested political expediency is the name of the factionalist game.

        H.G. Callaway

  12. reports of trump delighting in tv coverage seem credible; that his call for peace and order was delayed speaks volumes

  13. Stu,
    I copied this article instead of the link because it eliminates all the ads, etc. It is long, but worth the read. My apologies. It was in The Federalist.


    What I Saw At The ‘Save America Rally’ In Washington, DC On Jan. 6

    President Trump told the assembly: ‘I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.’

    By Jenni White

    Six friends and I drove almost 20 hours to attend the Save America Rally on Jan. 6 in Washington D.C. with hundreds of thousands of people: families, young people, old people, veterans, Americans of every conceivable ethnicity and background. I stood in the freezing cold, shoulder-to-shoulder with other Americans to the point I simply couldn’t move, there were so many people crowded together.

    My group reached the grounds of The Ellipse at 6:30 a.m. where a crowd—already pressing people along with considerable force—was just beginning to assemble. President Trump was scheduled to speak at noon, so we stood dutifully, our toes freezing and joints stiffening, for five hours to hear him speak, hoping to hear how we could navigate the muddy water of election irregularities necessary to save our republic.

    The crowd went wild with appreciation as Trump took the stage, yet as soon as he began to speak, a sea of voices stilled to listen. After touching on his hopes for his vice president, his disdain of cowardly Republicans including Mitt Romney, President Trump said to us, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong” (16:25).

    Later, he said, as the transcript verifies, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”(18:16). I heard President Trump praise manymembers of Congress, but heard nothing to incite violence, unless by a weak-kneed Republican like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

    Again, we heard nothing from Trump calling for a riot. He used his usual strong language, strongly criticizing those he disagreed with and repeating claims the election was “stolen,” but he did not call for any violence and specifically asked for “peaceful” expression of disagreement. Using his words to excuse crime is on the criminals.

    The same is true of his other statements that day, such as the video Twitter banned. It shows Trump acknowledging his supporters’ anger but telling them violence is not the solution: “We have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you, you’re very special.”

    After the president’s speech, we began to be shoved along toward Pennsylvania Avenue as gracefully as overwrapped mummies. For what seemed like hours, we shuffled along at a snail’s pace until our personal space returned and we could once again take full strides.

    As the crowd turned over to Pennsylvania Avenue on their way to the capitol, our group turned up 14th Street to our hotel to get something to eat and use the facilities. It was while we were there that we heard of what had happened at the capitol via the major media. We were absolutely, completely shocked beyond comprehension to hear of any violence, considering our previous experience at Trump rallies and after hearing the president’s speech at this one.

    Let me be clear. Many of us at that rally felt disenfranchised, overlooked, and angry, but those I met and heard are Constitution geeks whose main interest was seeking proper redress of government through our right to assemble and have our voices heard. Violence from our side was the last thing we would have expected, encouraged, or participated in, ever. Never would we have thought of breaching the capitol, let alone assaulting congressmen.

    There were hundreds of thousands of people all standing together peacefully in one spot for more than five hours. A small percentage of this group entered the capitol and perpetrated mayhem while hundreds of thousands were peacefully milling around outside. Video of the event shows other attendees remonstrating with some who broke windows or stood on statues, telling them to stop.

    As we sat in the hotel room in various states of shock, glued to TV news, we were consistently surprised at how what the reporters were reporting simply didn’t even match the footage they were showing. If there was so much chaos, disorder, and confusion, why were people milling around and not running for their lives?

    Our hotel was at the corner of 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, so we had quite a view. All we could see from our 10th-floor window were all kinds of Americans walking slowly away from the capitol as though they’d had a leisurely day sightseeing. No one appeared panicked or even the least bit concerned. No one was turning over cars, breaking windows, starting fires, or committing any other crimes like the kind we watched during the “mostly peaceful” leftist protests of the spring.

    We decided to walk outside for a better look. We asked people going by, “Why are you leaving the capitol?” Invariably the answer was something like, “My feet hurt,” “We’re exhausted—we’ve been standing all day,” “We’re hungry,” or “We have to use the bathroom.”

    Neither seeing nor feeling any danger, we continued our walk. Along the way we saw impromptu street markets stocked with Trump merchandise, often with long lines; street performers of all kinds, music playing, and more of what we’d seen all day: families, dogs, kids, young people, old people, and people of every ethnicity.

    Upon arriving at the capitol, we saw masses of people in the street, along the reflecting pool, strewn across the grounds and along the balconies. We saw people listening to street preaching and entrepreneurs selling their wares. We saw a giant flag hanging from the scaffolding prepared for the presidential inauguration and people sitting in the inaugural stands and along the stone balconies.

    We saw international media, but no legacy media. Any other media we saw was blocks from the Capitol building. There were no Americans running, or screaming, or turning over statues, or vandalizing or tearing down anything. Here, there was no evidence of any violence of any kind.

    We stopped at the stone wall surrounding the capitol grounds and observed for some time. At one point we saw what looked like DC police throw flash-bangs and pepper spray to try and disperse the crowd from around the Capitol building. Minutes later, we witnessed several people stagger by us, one with swollen eyes, tears pouring down his face like a faucet, and others visibly affected by the spray.

    We headed back to the hotel, buffeted by the cold wind. Up in our warm hotel room eating a dinner we had brought, we noticed lines of police cars, lights flashing, descending on the hotel. We looked down from our window to find we were being surrounded by 16 vans of DC police in full riot gear, accompanied by even more police cars. At one point the fire alarm rang, jangling our nerves, but we were concerned about leaving the room.

    One of the more adventurous of our group went down to the lobby after the (false) alarm ended, to find the hotel entrances completely blocked by DC police. Even those people attempting to leave the hotel to smoke a cigarette were being forced back inside and threatened with arrest. The entire hotel was locked down.

    Knowing other people staying in other hotels across the city, we called them, only to find they were also under lockdown, unable to get food or even venture outside to smoke. As soon as the 6 p.m. curfew lifted, we were out of the people’s capital city.

    Why are we seeing video of Capitol Police opening barricades around the capitol and beckoning people to come in? Why are there videos of some people inside the capitol singing patriotic songs and taking pictures, as if they did not enter to riot or commit other crimes? Why are people being told that Trump incited a riot when transcripts of his speeches show he explicitly called for peaceful behavior?

    As we checked out of our last hotel in Indiana to finish the long drive home, we chatted up the girl pouring our coffee. She was sweet and talkative. She asked where we were from and we told her. From above her mask, her eyes looked soft and kind. She asked where we had come from and we told her, only to watch her eyes glaze over in fear.

    Those who hate us have succeeded. We’re now the enemy they intended to make us, starting when we began to push back against their agenda as the Tea Party. They’ve now determined that we are just what they want us to be: “Deplorables.” But that’s not us.

    Like the other 74 million Americans who voted for Trump, we are peaceful and patriotic, not criminals or “seditionists” like the media and Democrats are now wildly and frighteningly claiming. The rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6 do not represent us at all, but the left has decided to use the crimes of a relative few to crack down on half the country in a frightening purge that seems to have no logical stopping point.

    Except for the few bad actors, who deserve due process and the just punishments the law calls for, like every other rioter, the vast majority of the American citizens who marched on Jan. 6 were guilty of nothing more than a desire to see free and fair elections and of keeping our country a constitutional republic. We did not come to start violence or “sedition,” but to peacefully protest and call on our representatives to do their jobs.

    And we will not go away. We have as many questions about the capitol unrest as we have about 2020’s election processes—and none of those are being addressed by corporate media.

    As we try to move forward while being falsely attacked for violence we did not participate in and do not condone, I am taking strength from Winston Churchill: “Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

    Jenni White has a master’s in biology and has had careers in advertising, biology, epidemiology, and teaching. She is the former education director and co-founder of Reclaiming Oklahoma Parent Empowerment and has written for publications including The Pulse, the Heartland Institute, and American Thinker. She is a homeschooling mother of five currently serving as an elected official in the small town where she helps her husband run their microfarm. She can be reached at jenni.rope2.0@gmail.com.

  14. So, Stuart Bykofsky thinks Baby Donald – the same Baby Donald adored and endorsed by David Duke – did not incite the riots.
    Stu is trapped in the Trump Bubble. Sad.

  15. Does anyone remember how the Left responded to President Trump’s first inauguration? I do. So does ap.com because the internet never forgets.

  16. This is my comment above on Jan 10.

    A very good assessment after only 3 days. I would add that Trump did say to protest peacefully and patriotically. I’d rather hear from The Capitol Police and FBI so to fully understand. All we seem to hear is a democratic wish list aimed at the President. And then there’s the ‘pile on as usual’ msm.”

    More information is now beginning to come out from the police. This was planned and as of now one is a BLM activist.


  17. Stu
    Reading again your comments on this most serious incident I thank you for your consistency.

  18. Maybe this time around, the Senate will have a real trial. The “trial” following Demented Donald’s first impeachment was a sham. The trial that begins next week, if conducted properly, will result in a solid conviction, followed by criminal prosecution of his many crimes committed before and during his presidency.

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