As I write this, protestors have besieged and occupied the U.S. Capitol this afternoon. Orange supporters have done the bidding of their leader. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had requested National Guard assistance leading up to today’s certification of the Electoral College votes, but as reported by the D.C. chief of police, Robert J. Contee III, what had originally looked like a peaceful protest changed character as the crowd approached the Capitol, at which point, they surged forward, breached the fencing, and then proceeded to break into the building and terrorize Congressional representatives.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, minority leader, gave a live interview off-camera, during which he reiterated his support for the Orange One and his belief that the election was stolen, but came out in strong terms against the actions of the mob today. Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway essentially took the same tack, maintaining that the Orange Menace has the right of things, but physically taking over the Capitol to demonstrate solidarity is too much.
The crowning touch came when, after several hours, and being taken to the woodshed by Joe Biden, the incumbent finally released a video repeating all his previous lies, sympathizing with the mob, encouraging their feelings, but incidentally mentioning that they needed to go home. It was a dog whistle if ever there was one, very carefully crafted. This, after he had openly and quite loudly exhorted these whackos to come to D.C. and….basically do what they’re doing.
Joe Biden, looking shaken but in control, repeatedly stated that what’s happening is NOT who we are as a nation. He also asserted his desire to reunite the country.
I believe that Mr. Biden is much too sanguine about the prospect of “healing.” What the world saw today IS representative of this country today. His election victory—while in absolute terms, was one of the widest in history—still only amounted to a 52% to 48% margin. That is, enormous numbers of voters rejected him, many of them, “with prejudice,” so to speak. We see the results happening on live TV right now.
After all the mayhem wrought by the criminal in the White House, some 140 duly elected representatives (a number of them voted in on the same ballots they’re now maintaining are fraudulent) had been planning to contest the Electoral College count, along with 13 of their Senate brethren. The sheer insanity of the last two months has not dissuaded them. Amid scenes of evacuation and barricading in place in the Capitol chamber, Kevin McCarthy still would not speak ill of the soon-to-be-former White House resident. Arch enabler Mitch McConnell has yet to issue a condemnation of today’s events, when he should have been thundering out against them from the first minute. These supposed caretakers of democracy have vacated their posts, most conspicuously. They have failed miserably to voice criticism of the Instigator-in-Chief. They and their fellow asylum guardians have incited the psychopaths to violate what should be a sacred space. Instead of conducting the, “business of the country,” as Biden put it in his remarks, our august legislative bodies were hiding behind overturned chairs and looking out at the mob through broken windows, hoping security and police forces could protect them. Apparently, insanity is the second virulent virus to overtake our country this year, accompanied by a terrifying thirst for violence. Perhaps Mr. Biden’s inauguration should be virtual, undertaken in an undisclosed venue. If police forces requisitioned from half a dozen counties, and troopers from all the surrounding states, plus the National Guard, could not contain the chaos and mayhem in our capital, the inmates are too overwhelming a force to be allowed access to any area of governmental process. Biden may think he can bridge the divide, and the GOP rats may be scrambling to distance themselves from the sinking ship and its depravity, but if today’s utter madness is any indication, business as usual in the U.S. is FUBAR for the foreseeable future.