Donald Trump and his herd have done more in two years to weaken and threaten the United States than the Soviet Union was able to achieve in decades. The threat from the right is the first national level inside threat the US has faced since the Civil War. It is insidious, anti-American, and powerful.
One of the effective modern techniques the US has developed to deal with threats is intelligence analysis. Categorizations range from existential to challenging to those of a merely nuisance variety. A part of that categorization is threat prioritization This is necessary, but often not totally satisfactory to all citizens. Nonetheless, from the resource and policy perspectives, it is the right course of action.
The Republican Party is the biggest threat the United States is facing. And without proper recognition, and a well-articulated and implemented counterstrategy, it will be terminal. There is no other conclusion to be drawn from the facts.
An enemy of the United States just might seek to sow discord between ethnic groups, or to have a disinformation campaign, or to highlight moral "failings" that weaken the standing of the United States. An enemy of the United States might try and degrade the capacity and public trust within our intelligence community. It might use propaganda. It might seek to engage in fraud or other criminal acts to sway an election in their favor. Does any of that sound familiar? Does it?
The GOP has embraced authoritarianism, malevolent electoral tactics, and racism more increasingly over the past few decades. That process has been turbocharged with Trump at the helm of the party. Even to the point (as I lay out in my article A Case Against the GOP) of having open support by Neo-Nazis and even having Trump endorsed by the leader of the Taliban (meaning both agree with the GOP, THAT should tell you everything).
We are now seeing an embrace of that white supremacy. Denial of factual science. Deliberately sowing discord within the FBI and the CIA. Weakening the rule of law. Brazen criminality. Removing funding for election oversight. Blatant human rights violations at the border. The nature of these acts is the point. The GOP mean to bludgeon all resistance to their reshaping of the nation's institutions to their will. And so far, they have gotten away with it. It is in fact irrational to continue to downplay the threat even as most, including Nancy Pelosi and many Democrats, continue to do so.
No amount of rationalizing can change the fact that the majority of the Republican Party is advocating for the overthrow of the American government.
"We are what we pretend to be," Kurt Vonnegut wrote in the opening of his 1962 novel, Mother Night, "and so we must be careful what we pretend to be." Republicans in Congress are pretending to be seditionists, and so they have become seditionists.
Forget all the whispered denials and the off-the-record expressions of concern; ignore the knowing smirks on camera from GOP officials who are desperately trying to indicate that they're in on it. Brush aside the talk about that time in 2017 when some Democrats objected to the Electoral College vote (and were gaveled down by Joe Biden himself). Ignore the whataboutisms (a word that was coined to describe the frequent use of a rhetorical diversion by Soviet apologists and dictators, who would counter charges of their oppression, "massacres, gulags, and forced deportations" by invoking American slavery, racism, lynching, etc.)
This is sedition. No amount rationalizing can change the fact that the majority of the Republican Party and its apologists are advocating for the overthrow of America. This is not some handful of firebrands making a stand for the television cameras. The "sedition caucus" includes at least 140 members of the House and at least 10 members of the Senate. The president and his minions have filed, and lost, scores of lawsuits that ranged from minor disputes over process to childlike, error-filled briefs full of bizarre assertions. Instead of gaveling these objections into oblivion, as Biden did, Vice President Mike Pence "welcomes" these challenges Despite the Constitution he (and the GOP) claims to love and which he (and the GOP) swore to uphold and defend. The only shame in Trump's world lies in admitting defeat. So Trump doubled down and then he tripled, quadrupled, quintupled down.
It is possible that the GOP knew that all these challenges would fail. It is possible that they know their insult/assault to American democracy will go nowhere as well. But this is irrelevant: Engaging in sedition does not make it less hideous.
But we are dealing with people who are worse than devout believers. The Republican Party is infested with opportunists, the people who will tell us that they were "just asking questions," (Tucker Carlson) that they were "defending the process," and of course, that they were representing "the will of the people." (Even though that is clearly not the case) Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are not idiots. They understand perfectly well what they are doing. Senator Mitt Romney saw it clearly, noting that the GOP are engaged in "an egregious ploy" to "enhance political ambition."
As James Madison warned us, without a virtuous people, no system of checks and balances will work. The Republicans have gone from touting virtue to being the most squalid examples of institutionalized self-interest in the history of the American republic.
The sedition caucus is worse than a treasonous conspiracy. At least real traitors believe in something and have the spine to openly say their intent. These people instead believe only in their own interest and will change loyalties without blinking. They will always become what they pretend to be, and so they cannot be trusted ever again with political power.
For years, Carlton F. W. Larson, a scholar and law professor at the University of California, Davis, had swatted away treason accusations by both Donald Trump and his critics. Though the term is incorrectly used to describe political betrayals, the Constitution defines treason as: "levying War" against the United States or "adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort." But the insurrection of January 6th changed his answer, at least regarding Trump's followers who attacked the Capitol to stop Congress's certification of the election. "It's very clear that would have been seen as 'levying war,'" he said.
The Treason Clause dictates that a conviction can rest only "on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." As a result, there have been around forty treason prosecutions. No American has been executed for treason against the U.S. Larson wrote in his book "On Treason: A Citizen's Guide to the Law," from 2020, that the Framers "had a very specific image in mind-men gathering with guns, forming an army, and marching on the seat of government." Few events in American history have matched that description as the insurrection of January 6th, which, court documents suggest, was planned by "militia" members who may have intended to capture elected officials (and chanted to "Hang Mike Pence"). The Supreme Court held that a mere conspiracy to levy war does not count as actually levying war. Another treason case resulted from the Christiana Riot, in which dozens of men fought the return of slaves to their owners as required by the Fugitive Slave Act. Supreme Court Justice Robert Grier, presiding at trial (as Justices actually did in those days), held that "levying war" had to involve an intent to overthrow the government or hinder the execution of law. So let us look at that.
November 9, 2020: Oath Keepers member Jessica Watkins sends text messages inviting people to the Oath Keepers' basic training in Ohio. One message says, "I need you fighting fit by innaugeration [sic]."
December 7: The Arizona Republican Party asks supporters whether they are willing to give their lives fighting over the election results. One America News releases a video about Trump's reelection efforts with a voiceover stating, "Supporters of President Trump are continuing to fight for four more years, storming the nation's capital to participate in dueling rallies."
December 12 Speakers including Michael Flynn, Sebastian Gorka, Alex Jones, podcaster David Harris Jr., Nick Fuentes, Mike Lindell and Oath Keeper's leader Stewart Rhodes. Jones says, "Joe Biden is a globalist, and Joe Biden will be removed one way or another." Harris says that if there were a civil war, "we're the ones with all the guns." Fuentes gets the crowd to chant, "Destroy the GOP! Destroy the GOP!" Flynn tells the crowd that he is certain that Trump will be the next President. Rhodes calls on Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act (in violation of not only the act itself, but the Constitution as well), and warns that not doing so would lead to a "much more bloody war." Trump flies over the crowd several times in Marine One and tweets his appreciation for their support. Not once did Trump denounce anything that had been said.
December 19 Trump announces the January 6 rally on Twitter. Speaking at a rally in Arizona, Ali Alexander appears to advocate for violence against Republican members of Congress who do not fight to overturn the election results.
December 22 Oath Keepers' Florida chapter leader Kelly Meggs writes on Facebook, "Trump said It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! He wants us to make it WILD that's what he's saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us tomakeitwild!!!! SirYesSir!!! Gentlemen we are heading to DC pack your s**t!!"
Friday, January 1, 2021 Trump tweets the date and time of the January 6 rally. He then retweets a supporter who wrote, "The calvary [sic] is coming, Mr. President! JANUARY 6th | Washington, DC", to which Trump responds, "A great honor!".
Sunday, January 3, 2021 An internal Capitol Police intelligence report warns that enraged protesters flanked by white supremacists and extreme militia groups are likely to arrive in Washington armed for battle and target Congress on January 6. Since the President is informed of any kind of threat to the capital, that means Trump KNEW it was coming. Knew their intent, and did nothing.
Wednesday, January 6 3:23 a.m.: Ron Watkins, imageboard administrator and prominent QAnon figure, posts a tweet accusing Vice President Mike Pence of orchestrating a coup against Trump. He also linked to a blog post which called for "the immediate arrest of [Pence], for treason."
12:00 p.m.: President Trump begins his over one-hour speech ("We're going to walk down to the Capitol, and we're going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women," Trump told his supporters shortly before the Capitol assault. "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."). He repeats allegations that the election was stolen, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence by name a half-dozen times, accusing fellow Republicans of not doing enough to back up his allegations, and stating that he would walk with the crowd to the Capitol, though he retires to the White House immediately after the speech.
A Federal Protective Service briefing email states that there are about 300 Proud Boys at the Capitol, a man in a tree near the Ellipse is holding what looks like a rifle, and some of the 25,000 people around the White House are hiding bags in bushes. The email warns that the Proud Boys are threatening to shut down the downtown water system.
12:20 p.m.: A Federal Protective Service officer writes in an email, "POTUS is encouraging the protesters to march to capitol grounds and continue protesting there."
12:49 p.m.: Capitol Police respond to a report of a possible explosive device at the Republican National Committee Headquarters, which is later identified as a pipe bomb. Shortly afterwards, a second pipe bomb is found at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Buildings next to these headquarters are evacuated.
A police sweep of the area identifies a vehicle which held one handgun, an M4 Carbine assault rifle with loaded magazine, and components for 11 Molotov cocktails with homemade napalm. Around 6:30 p.m, the driver was apprehended carrying two unregistered handguns as he returned to the vehicle. He is not suspected of planting the pipe bombs.
12:53 p.m.: Rioters overwhelm police along the outer perimeter west of the Capitol building, pushing aside temporary fencing. Some protesters immediately follow, while others, at least initially, remain behind and admonish the others: "Don't do it. You're breaking the law." By 1:03 p.m., a vanguard of rioters have overrun three layers of barricades and have forced police officers to the base of the west Capitol steps.
12:57 p.m.: Federal Protective Service officers report that the Capitol Police barricade on the west side of the Capitol building has been breached by a large group.
12:58 p.m.: Chief Sund asks House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael C. Stenger to declare an emergency and call for deployment of the National Guard. Irving and Stenger state that they will forward the request up their chains of command. Soon afterwards, aides to Congressional leaders arrive in Stenger's office and are outraged to learn that he has not yet called for any reinforcement. Phone records obtained at the Senate Hearings reflect that Sund first reached out to Irving to request the National Guard at 12:58 p.m. on the day of the attack. Sund then called the Senate sergeant-at-arms at the time, Michael Stenger, at 1:05 p.m. Sund repeated his request in a call at 1:28 p.m. and then again at 1:34 p.m., 1:39 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. that day.
1:00 p.m.: Senators and Vice President Pence walk to the House chamber.
Pence releases a letter stating that the Constitution prevents him from unilaterally interfering with the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count (actually following the Constitution).
1:05 p.m.: Acting Secretary of Defense Miller receives open-source intelligence reports of demonstrators moving towards the U.S. Capitol.
1:10 p.m.: President Trump ends his speech by encouraging the crowd to march to the Capitol: "We're going to try and give them [Republicans] the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country."
1:12 p.m.: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) object to certifying the votes made in the 2020 United States presidential election in Arizona. The joint session separates into House and Senate chambers to debate the objection.
1:26 p.m.: The U.S. Capitol Police order evacuation of at least two buildings in the Capitol complex, including the Cannon House Office Building and the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.
1:30 p.m.: Capitol Police are overwhelmed and forced to retreat up the steps of the Capitol. Large numbers of Trump supporters march from the Ellipse 1.5 miles down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.
1:34 p.m.: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser requests via phone that Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy provide an unspecified number of additional forces.
1:49 p.m.: Capitol Police Chief Sund requests immediate assistance from District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Commander Major General William J. Walker. Major General Walker loads guardsmen onto buses in anticipation of receiving permission from the Secretary of the Army to deploy.
1:50 p.m.: D.C. Metropolitan Police on-scene incident commander Robert Glover declares a riot.
1:51 p.m.: Trump supporter Alex Jones speaks from a bullhorn to the crowd on west side exhorting them to remain peaceful and to "not fight the police." He directs them to "the other [East] side" where he claims they have a permit and a stage. Which they promptly ignore.
1:59 p.m.: Chief Sund receives the first reports that rioters had reached the Capitol's doors and windows and were trying to break in.
2:10 p.m.: The mob west of the Capitol chase police up the steps, breaching the final barricade and approach an entrance directly below the Senate chamber. House Sergeant at Arms Irving calls Chief Sund with formal approval to request assistance from the National Guard.
2:11 p.m.: Rioter Dominic Pezzola breaks a window on the northwest side of the Capitol with a plastic shield.
2:12 p.m.: The first rioter enters the Capitol through the broken window, opening a door for others.
2:13 p.m.: Vice President Pence is removed from the Senate chamber to a nearby office. The Senate is called into recess.
2:14 p.m.: Rioters chase a lone Capitol Police officer up northwest stairs, where there are doors to the Senate chamber in both directions, as police inside the chamber attempt to lock doors. If the mob had arrived about a minute earlier, it would have been in sight of Vice President Pence as he was moved into an office about 100 feet from the landing. Officer Eugene Goodman leads the mob to backup in front of a set of Senate doors while senators inside attempt to evacuate. As Representative Gosar speaks to the House against certifying Arizona's electoral votes, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is removed from the chamber by her protective detail. Federal Protective Service officers report that the Capitol has been breached.
2:20 p.m.: The House adjourns and starts to evacuate.
2:22 p.m.: Army Secretary McCarthy has a phone call with Mayor Bowser, D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, Director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Christopher Rodriguez, and leadership of the Metropolitan Police in which additional DCNG support is requested.
2:23 p.m.: Rioters attempts to breach the police line formed by barricades of bicycle racks. As a police lieutenant sprays the crowd with a chemical substance, rioter Julian Elie Khater raises his arm above the mob and sprays a chemical substance toward United States Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who dies the following day from a stroke.
2:24 p.m.: President Trump tweets, "Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!" Not "Stop attacking the Capital." Not even close.
2:26 p.m.: D.C.'s homeland security director Chris Rodriquez coordinates a conference call with Mayor Bowser, the chiefs of the Capitol Police (Sund) and Metropolitan Police (Contee), and DCNG Maj. Gen. Walker. As the DCNG does not report to a governor, but to the President, Maj. Gen. Walker patched in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, noting that he would need Pentagon authorization to deploy. Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, director of the Army Staff, noted that the Pentagon needed Capitol Police authorization to step onto Capitol grounds. Sund began describing the breach by rioters but the call became unintelligible as multiple people began asking questions at the same time. Metro Police Chief Robert Contee asked for clarification from Capitol Police Chief Sund: "Steve, are you requesting National Guard assistance at the Capitol?" to which Chief Sund replied, "I am making urgent, urgent, immediate request for National Guard assistance." According to Sund, Lt. Gen. Piatt stated, "I don't like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background", and that he prefers that the Guard relieve police posts around D.C. to allow police to deploy to the Capitol. Sund pleaded with Lt. Gen. Piatt to send the Guard, but Lt. Gen. Piatt stated that only Army Secretary McCarthy had the authority to approve such a request and he could not recommend that Secretary McCarthy approve the request for assistance directly to the Capitol. The D.C. officials were subsequently described as "flabbergasted" at this message. McCarthy would later state that he was not in this conference call because he was already entering a meeting with senior Department leadership. Piatt contests this description of the call, denying that he talked about visuals and stating that he stayed on the conference call while senior Defense Department officials were meeting. The Army falsely denied for two weeks that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn - the Army deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training - was in this call. His brother Michael Flynn, a retired Trump National Security Advisor, had pledged an oath to the QAnon conspiracy theory, though there are no indications that Lt. Gen. Flynn shares his brother's beliefs.
2:26 p.m.: Trump calls Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), having misdialed Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). Lee passes his phone to Tuberville, who informs Trump that Pence had just been evacuated from the Senate chamber. "I said 'Mr President, they've taken the Vice President out. They want me to get off the phone, I gotta go'," he recounted to reporters of his call.
2:26 p.m.: After receipt of a call from DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser indicating that DoD had refused to send assistance to the U.S. Capitol, the Public Safety Secretary of Virginia, Brian Moran, dispatches the Virginia State Police to the US capitol as permitted by mutual aid agreement with DC.
2:28 p.m.: Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund reiterates his request for National Guard support to help shore up the perimeter of the Capitol.
2:30 p.m.: Secretary Miller, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and Army Secretary McCarthy meet to discuss Capitol Police and D.C. government requests. Shortly before this time, The Washington Times publishes a story by Rowan Scarborough falsely claiming facial recognition company XRVision identified antifa members among the crowd at the Capitol. The Times corrects the story the next day after BuzzFeed News reports that XRVision threatened the Times with legal action over the story. Before the correction, the story amasses 360,000 shares and likes on Facebook.
2:38 p.m.: President Trump tweets, "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!" Again, NOT telling them to stop attacking the capital"
2:49 p.m.: After discussion with his chief of staff, Clark Mercer, the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, activates all available assets of the State of Virginia including the Virginia National Guard to aid the US capitol. Authorization from DoD required for legal deployment of Virginia National Guard in DC was not granted.
3:00 p.m.: Acting Defense Secretary Miller decides to deploy all available DCNG forces to reinforce Metro Police and Capitol Police as they attempt to reestablish security in the Capitol complex. Army Secretary McCarthy orders the D.C. National Guard to prepare Guardsmen to move from the D.C. Armory to the Capitol complex, pending formal approval from Secretary Miller.
3:04 p.m.: Secretary Miller, with advice from senior Defense leadership, formally approves full activation of the 1,100 soldiers in the DCNG. Army Secretary McCarthy orders the DCNG to begin full mobilization. Most of activated Guardsmen would require two hours to leave their jobs and homes and equip themselves at the D.C. Armory.
3:05 p.m.: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) started a phone-in interview on live TV with WUSA. McCarthy said he had called the president to urge him to "calm people down" and in reply the president had sent out a tweet.
3:13 p.m.: President Trump tweets, "I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!" Again, NOT telling them to actually leave the capitol.
3:39 p.m.: Senator Schumer implores Pentagon officials, "Tell POTUS to tweet everyone should leave." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wondered about calling up active duty military.
4:05 p.m.: President-elect Biden holds a press conference calling on President Trump to "demand an end to this siege".
4:08 p.m.: From a secure location, Vice President Pence phoned Christopher Miller, the acting defense secretary, to confirm the Capitol was not secure and ask military leaders for a deadline for securing the building while demanding that the Capitol be cleared.
4:17 p.m.: Trump uploads a video to his Twitter denouncing the riots, but maintaining the false claims that the election was stolen. This was one of three takes, with the "most palatable option" chosen by White House aides for distribution. ] In the video he says: "I know your pain, I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. 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. You've seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace." Not once denouncing what had happened, meaning approval.
6:00 p.m.: D.C. curfew comes into effect.
6:01 p.m.: President Trump tweets, "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!" Again, not denouncing what happened.
11:30 p.m.: The House votes 303-121 to reject the Republican objection to the counting of Arizona's electoral votes.
At multiple points, you can see planning, intent, and premeditation.
Since the insurrection, there has been very little talk of treason charges. Carlton Larson suggests that this was because "everybody now tends to think of treason as mostly aiding foreign enemies." In his book "On Treason," he even states that "levying war is arguably archaic, of interest only to historians," and that, in the twenty-first century, "armed rebellions to overthrow the government are simply not going to happen." But, to the Framers, such an insurrection was a perfect case of treason. The founding-era Chief Justice John Marshall said in the trial of Aaron Burr that levying war is "the employment of actual force" by "a warlike assemblage, carrying the appearance of force, and in a situation to practice hostility." Given at least some of those who attacked the Capitol assembled in order to incapacitate Congress and an attempt of kidnapping or killing lawmakers, then their actions could be construed as an attempt to overthrow the government, and federal prosecutors could plausibly consider treason charges. As Larson put it, "At some point, you have to say, if that's not levying war against the United States, then what on earth is?"
Mitch McConnell, who is now the Senate Minority Leader, said that the attackers "tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like," offering a narrower purpose than government overthrow. Investigators examining the emerging evidence on the scope of the plot might disagree. Federal law also makes it a separate felony for anyone who owes allegiance to the U.S. and knows of the commission of any treason to conceal it or not tell authorities. That vastly widens the net of those who could potentially be charged, including friends, acquaintances, and co-workers of the attackers. (Since the attack, many such individuals have, in fact, come forward to give information to law enforcement.)
A treason case against Trump himself might be built, if it could be established that he knew that his supporters planned to assault the Capitol; that he intended his speech to spur them into an attack on Congress; and that he purposely didn't do anything to stop the it while it was happening, or worse, intentionally contributed to a security failure that led to the breach. Then Trump would have engaged in treason right alongside his supporters who attempted, in his name, to overthrow the government. At a minimum, it appears that Trump, along with top Trump officials, was aware that his followers were planning acts of violence. Trump did, however, say, during his incendiary speech, "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." (the only time in the entire speech the word peace was ever uttered in any way).
Short of treason, a related federal law prohibiting rebellion or insurrection states that a anyone who incites "any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto," has committed a felony and is disqualified from holding federal office. This is similar to the article of impeachment against Trump: "for inciting violence against the Government of the United States."
In addition to homicide and terrorism charges, prosecutors have pledged to pursue the charge of "seditious conspiracy." That crime overlaps with treason; federal law defines it as conspiracy "to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States."
The insurrectionist's goal was, at minimum, to delay Congress's legally mandated counting of electoral votes (happens every four years). Prosecutors would need to prove that two or more people agreed to undertake in sedition, but the rioters who were explicit about their aims and coordinated their actions, the evidence is plainly sufficient, particularly given the violent result.
Representative Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey, has alleged that unnamed members of Congress "had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th, a reconnaissance for the next day." U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Capitol Police opened investigations into what roles members might have played in the siege.
Seven Democratic senators have filed an ethics complaint against the Republican Senators Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Josh Hawley, of Missouri, who led the effort to overturn the election in Congress. Representative Cori Bush, a Democrat of Missouri, has introduced a House resolution to investigate and expel members of Congress who challenged the electoral votes. Bush said, in a tweet, that they "incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election." Mitch McConnell may agree. He has acknowledged that they were "provoked by the President and other powerful people," implying that some lawmakers might be responsible.
In short, the GOP has become a national threat to the United States. For silencing voices, intentional perpetuation of a pandemic, intentional lies about the 2020 election, complete disregard for women's rights, LGBT rights, minority rights, and treason against the United States. (In my opinion) They no longer have any right to call themselves patriots, because they are not behaving as patriots. They claim "oppression and tyranny", when they have no idea what actual oppression and tyranny are. The GOP has become anti-Constitution, anti-American, Fascist, Authorization traitors. And (again, my opinion) need to be treated as such).
(Article changed on May 11, 2021 at 3:19 PM EDT)