Tag: capitol riot

The Capitol Riot Sequel Was a Sad Media Circus

Emotions ran tepid as American discourse prevailed at the J6 rally in DC yesterday, for better or for worse. The expectation of violence, or any attempt the protesters made to do anything other to raise their homemade signs, or shout a bit,  was quickly overpowered by encircling journalists and law enforcement, whose numbers matched those of the rallygoers […]

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Anthony Gonzalez’s Retirement Tightens Trump’s Stranglehold on the GOP

Gonzalez’s decision isn’t necessarily a warning sign for the nine other Republicans who voted to impeach; they knew at the time that they would be making politically difficult votes, and did so anyway. Along with potential primary opponents, redistricting will also be a factor in their elections, meaning that observers—and incumbents themselves—won’t really know the […]

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The Things We Carried Home

What scares the hell out of me is that I understand them because, in weak moments on dark nights, I feel those tendencies—those urges to lash out at authority, the apocalyptic anger at the world for all the disgusting things that happened in Afghanistan and friends I needlessly lost, the indignation that any concept of […]

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Kevin McCarthy Really Doesn’t Want the January 6 Committee to See Those Phone Records

“There’s two issues here. Number one, I don’t think this is a single member of Congress, is it?” Wheeler said. “And number two, the data that he chooses? No. This is about an insurrection.” Conspicuously, Carr, a former telecommunications attorney and aide to former FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, is married to Machalagh Carr, McCarthy’s general […]

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QAnon Capitol Rioter Who Chased Hero Officer Eugene Goodman Is Re-Jailed Over Internet ‘Addiction’ To Right-Wing Sites

NewsOne Featured Video Douglas Jensen | Source: Polk County Jail We all know that members of the QAnon cult who were involved in the Jan. 6, Caucasi-D-Day riot at the U.S. Capitol are all dumber than a bag of rusty nails and dull hammers, but it is still amusing to witness the sheer extent of […]

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Feds’ Latest Capitol Riots Arrest Is A Black Man In What Could Be A First

NewsOne Featured Video Source: FBI / FBI A Black man was arrested by federal law enforcement and charged for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in what may be the first non-white person being held accountable for the violent insurrection that left five people dead. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that […]

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Madison Cawthorn’s Latest: The Time May Come for “Bloodshed”

It’s unclear, though, whether the young lawmaker and hard-right darling will pay for any of this at the ballot box. Cawthorn represents a district that includes the very liberal Asheville but has been represented by Mark Meadows, Trump’s last chief of staff, for seven years. Democratic operatives are wary about getting too excited about ousting […]

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Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd Defends Killing Rioter Ashli Babbitt: ‘I Saved Countless Lives’ On Jan. 6

NewsOne Featured Video Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd | Source: Twitter.com/MSNBC / NBC Nightly News On Jan. 6, a mob of mostly white Trump supporters gassed up by lies about the 2020 election being stolen attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to disrupt the certification of the vote. A member of that mob, Ashli […]

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Bomb Scare Has Capitol Hill Staff Worried About a New Normal

Beyond this, there’s an entire superstructure of essential employees that make the daily task of governing the country possible. The custodial workers, many of whom are Black, who picked up after the destruction wrought by the rioters on January 6, and who make sure the complex remains a clean and comfortable place to work each […]

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Trump’s Big Lie Allies Take One on the Chin

Perhaps the most damaging portion for Powell came when discussing whether her actions could fall under the actual-malice standard. Nichols noted that Dominion had “alleged not only that Powell’s claims are so inherently improbable that only a reckless person could have believed them, but also that she deliberately ignored the truth in favor of relying […]

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How the Far Right Weaponized America’s Democratic Roots

But out of these ashes, a different political vision for the far right would coalesce—one that would reject white supremacy as an ideology and seek out the more generative ground of American nationalism as an alternative. Nationalism always operates, as historian Benedict Anderson put it, as an “imagined community,” connecting strangers in a settled sense […]

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A Third Cop Who Served During the Capitol Riot Has Died by Suicide

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.(Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates. A police officer who helped stop the Capitol riot has died […]

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How the GOP Is Turning Capitol Rioters Into ‘Political Prisoners’

Rioters clash with police using a ladder to try to enter the Capitol building through the front doors on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The 550-plus Trump supporters facing federal charges for storming the U.S. Capitol on […]

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Masks Are Mandatory Again on Capitol Hill. It’s Not Going Well.

The act of wearing a mask has been a point of political contention for as long as the pandemic has ravaged the country, and the halls of Congress has seen its share of this stress, as lawmakers have played out the larger cultural conflict in the microcosm of their workplace. So one could be forgiven […]

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Police Officers Give Congress a Front-Row Seat to the Trauma of Our Politics

Cheney and Kinzinger are now the only Republicans on the committee, named by Pelosi. McCarthy pulled all of his five appointments after Pelosi rejected two of them, Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, on the grounds that the pair had voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The specter of a lengthy select committee […]

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Sounds About White: Capitol Rioter’s Light Prison Sentence Could Mean More Insurrectionist Leniency

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Samuel Corum / Getty The first person to be sentenced to prison for their role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has gotten decidedly less time than prosecutors asked for and what guidelines recommend, suggesting leniency will be shown to the hundreds of other Capitol rioters facing similar charges from […]

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The Generals Won’t Save Democracy

More than six months after the attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol, we’re still learning about how close the country came to a full-blown coup. On Wednesday, early reviews of I Alone Can Fix It, a new book from Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker documenting Donald Trump’s tumultuous final year in […]

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We Already Know Who Killed Ashli Babbitt

Taken together, Republicans are externally downplaying January 6 while internally rewriting the history of that dark day. They want Democrats and the left to stop talking about it; they want Trump supporters to talk about it more. Some conservative figures have tried to muddy the waters even further, falsely claiming that antifa was responsible for […]

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Smiling Cops Caught on Video at the Capitol Riot Are in Big Trouble

Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Two Seattle police officers caught on video standing by and smiling while Trump supporters scaled walls, climbed barricades, and broke windows during […]

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If You Want to Get Ahead in the GOP, You’d Better Support Trump’s Big Lie

On Sunday, J.D. Vance—the author and Ron Howard muse turned GOP gubernatorial candidate—tried to repent for committing the cardinal sin of post-2016 Republican politics: Having said anything slightly critical of Donald Trump in the past. “In four years, I hope people remember that it was those of us who empathized with Trump’s voters who fought […]

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The Obscure Law That Enabled Trump’s Subversion of the Electoral College

Trump’s rally on that day was billed as a show of strength to pressure Congress into overturning the results in his favor. He pressed individual lawmakers to challenge the state results, and even demanded that former Vice President Mike Pence throw out electoral votes for Biden at his own discretion. Pence, after consulting with lawyers […]

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A Third Reconstruction, or a Second Civil War?

The election of 1868, which propelled Ulysses S. Grant to the presidency and an overwhelming majority of Republicans into Congress, seemed a major leap forward in the battle for Reconstruction at the time, maybe even a decisive one. In retrospect, however, it might be viewed as the beginning of the end of the organized effort […]

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Republicans Are on the Brink of Embracing the Capitol Rioters

What makes this shift in conservative views on January 6 so troubling is that the underlying grievance that drove January 6 remains intact. More than six in 10 Republicans still wrongly believe that the election was stolen from Trump, a belief he is more than willing to inflame during his postpresidential retreat to Florida. Arizona […]

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Why Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley Won’t Be Punished for Fomenting a Riot

Baker’s self-dealing became a national scandal, and the Senate’s investigation became such a farce—it was led by a senator widely seen as a nitwit, and entrusted to a committee whose main purpose, as Newsweek put it at the time, was approving Senate press passes—that Senate reformers and liberals decided the body needed a more professional […]

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Elizabeth MacDonough Is the Most Quietly Consequential Person in Washington

MacDonough was attending a reception when Dove got the ax, and was called back to the office by Frumin, who ascended to the role of parliamentarian with Dove’s ouster. “It’s just you and me,” Frumin told her, “and you have no idea how much work and responsibility I’m going to give you.” Frumin tells The […]

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The Republicans Would Like You to Please Forget That January 6 Ever Happened

The real problem for Republican leaders is that they already know what some of the commission’s findings will be. McConnell and McCarthy both suggested that they opposed the bill because it would give too much power to Democrats. In his statement, McConnell claimed that Democrats were “continuing to insist on various other features under the […]

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A New “War on Terrorism” Is the Wrong Way to Fight Domestic Extremists

Gebert’s case presents its own challenges, but his ability to retain a top-secret security clearance raises serious concerns about the process by which investigations are carried out. It’s especially worrying given that some members of the national security infrastructure have suggested such exhaustive background checks as a means of rooting out far-right extremists in the […]

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A New “War on Terrorism” Is the Wrong Way to Fight Domestic Extremists

Gebert’s case presents its own challenges, but his ability to retain a top-secret security clearance raises serious concerns about the process by which investigations are carried out. It’s especially worrying given that some members of the national security infrastructure have suggested such exhaustive background checks as a means of rooting out far-right extremists in the […]

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The U.S. Military Has a White Supremacy Problem

Even as journalists uncover extremist servicemen by the dozen, an opaque culture within the Department of Defense ensures that each journalistic discovery is both hard won and necessarily limited. It’s like examining an elephant through a keyhole: No matter how assiduously you count hairs in the tail, the full picture is impossible to attain without […]

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The U.S. Military Has a White Supremacy Problem

Even as journalists uncover extremist servicemen by the dozen, an opaque culture within the Department of Defense ensures that each journalistic discovery is both hard won and necessarily limited. It’s like examining an elephant through a keyhole: No matter how assiduously you count hairs in the tail, the full picture is impossible to attain without […]

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