Daily Archives: December 11, 2021
Trump appeared to be particularly incensed by a video released by Netanyahu on Jan. 20, the day Biden was inaugurated, in which Netanyahu said he and Biden had a “warm personal friendship going back many decades.”
“I haven’t spoken to him since. F—- him,” Trump was quoted as saying.
“Nobody did more for Bibi. And I liked Bibi. I still like Bibi,” Trump said, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname, in the remarks published by the Yediot Aharonot newspaper. “But I also like loyalty… Bibi could have stayed quiet. He has made a terrible mistake.”
Cue the delusions of grandeur:
“I’ll tell you what — had I not come along I think Israel was going to be destroyed,” Trump said. “I think Israel would have been destroyed maybe by now.”
Most of the world thinks that Israel’s existence is under greater threat now that it is no longer under the treaty that Trump blew up. Worse leaders, greater uranium enrichment-nice job, clownshoe.
There’s a new book out that thinks it’s entirely possible that COVID-19 cases occurred as early as September. This is in contradiction to findings by the WHO and China that put a zoonotically infected Patient Zero at Wuhan sometime in December. It’s also revived the lab leak theory, illustrating that they’re more common than you would think. Maybe you should check it out.
Oh brother, David Perdue’s making me use the word “performative” again. He’s filed a once-dead lawsuit challenging absentee procedures in Fulton County. Even Brian Kemp thinks he’s pathetic:
“David Perdue is so concerned about election fraud that he waited a year to file a lawsuit that conveniently coincided with his disastrous campaign launch,” Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said.
Why Fulton is a bone of contention is a mystery. There’s no way in hell Trump would even come close to carrying it. Is it to insinuate that Black voters cheat?
Like so many of our legislators, Mike Pence was afraid for his life in the afternoon of January 6th. Shortly after the Capitol was breached, Trump tweeted that Pence had failed to do what he was supposed to do for Trump, which was to not count the electoral votes that had been contested by members of Congress. This put the vice president in grave jeopardy from an already frenzied mob and he was evacuated from the Senate chamber.
Tim Giebels, the lead special agent in charge of the former vice president’s protective detail, reportedly “twice asked Pence to evacuate the Capitol” to which Mr Pence refused, The Post said.
“I’m not leaving the Capitol,” he reportedly told Mr Giebels. “The last thing the vice president wanted was the people attacking the Capitol to see his 20-car motorcade fleeing. That would only vindicate their insurrection.”
Here’s where things get hinky:
As the chaos continued to unfold, Mr Pence was said to have been ordered to leave the office and was escorted to a “subterranean area that rioters couldn’t reach” and towards an armoured limousine.
Mr Pence then reportedly outright refused to get into the vehicle, saying his security detail would ignore his demand not to leave the building and would instead “take off” against his wishes.
“I’m not getting in the car, Tim,” Mr Pence replied. “I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car. If I get in that vehicle, you guys are taking off. I’m not getting in the car.”
Pence clearly thought the safety of the Capitol building was far preferable to egress by car. And he was worried he would lose his trusted security detail if he got in the armored vehicle.
There’s another version of why he wouldn’t get in the car. According to RawStory, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said that sources with knowledge of the day said Mr Pence “feared a conspiracy, feared that the Secret Service would aid Trump and his ultimate aims that day”. Perhaps he feared he would be leaving the Capitol, but would not be returned to complete his duties, under the guise of safety issues.
So Pence knew what Trump’s ultimate aims were, but did those aims include a contingency to neutralize a Vice President who would not help carry out his plan? Good question. Chuck Grassley bizarrely stated on the 5th that Pence was not going to make the count, and would “listen to debate”.
Now this here…reeks of conspiracy. It could be after all, that the Eastman play was no joke, and my Keystone Kops version of the coup is off base.
The founder of the far right, anti-government Oath Keepers says to the FBI that he had no plan for them to break into the Capitol. That decision was made by a “team leader” down the chain of command:
Rhodes told the FBI that he was “cut out” of planning on Jan. 6 and “did not have a specific plan for Oath Keepers to enter the Capitol,” according to BuzzFeed News reporter Ken Bensinger.
Rhodes also blamed Kelly Meggs — who’s accused of being one of the Oath Keepers’ “team leaders” during the Jan. 6 insurrection — for “making a bad decision like entering the Capitol.”
If true, this throws a little cold water on the idea that the riot was plotted. As far as I am concerned, I can’t say for sure if it was part and parcel of what the Trump people may have been up to in their quest to keep him elected. I mean yes, if it walks like a duck and all, but the conspiracy theory of events flows so much easier than the story of what really happened.
Let’s just say Mike Pence was going to be part of a plot to ratfuck the election, using any of the suggestions made by the Eastman/Ellis memos. Let’s say if he had, we’d be looking at a coup. That much is true.
If the plan was set, why did he refuse to play ball and not ceremonially certify the election?
For fulfilling his duty, Pence has been hailed as a hero in the by some members of the media. However, that narrative became more complicated this week with the release of the first excerpts from “Peril,” the forthcoming book from reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Pence didn’t come to his heroism naturally. He had to be guided to it by an unlikely source: former Vice President Dan Quayle who reportedly told Pence he had no option but to do his job.
Quayle was adamant, according to the authors. “Mike, you have no flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away,” he said.
But Pence pressed him, the authors write, asking if there were any grounds to pause the certification because of ongoing legal challenges. Quayle was unmoved, and Pence ultimately agreed, according to the book.
“You don’t know the position I’m in,” he said, according to the authors.
“I do know the position you’re in,” Quayle responded. “I also know what the law is. You listen to the parliamentarian. That’s all you do. You have no power.”
Holy shit, Dan Quayle. Who the fuck ever thought he’d be an elder statesman with scruples?
It seems I am in a small minority of people who don’t think that 38-page Power Point mess is anything worth concerning yourself with. Most of Twitter thinks it is the smoking gun, Trump’s blueprint to end democracy. That’s highly unlikely, given the source of the information.
Mark Meadows, recipient of the document, says it just ended up in his email box and nothing was done with it on his level. I believe him. Ignorable forwards in the office are not uncommon.
So anyway, the source of the Power Point is some “information warrior” named Phil Waldron, who apparently was quite vested in overturning the election. Basically another Mike Lindell type. Now, some senators and House members were presented with the “plan” by Waldron and you can probably guess which dumbshits were interested in what he was peddling.
The information contained in the Power Point is not necessarily “new”, as it exists in various forms on the Internet. It’s based on the musings of another election fraud kook:
It is unclear who prepared the PowerPoint, but it is similar to a 36-page document available online, and it appears to be based on the theories of Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a Texas entrepreneur and self-described inventor who has appeared with Mr. Waldron on podcasts discussing election fraud.
Oh, brother. Entrepreneur? Inventor? Sounds like a fucking flake to me, certainly not the guy who cracked the case on actual election fraud. The Georgia state Senate, whom Pulitzer appeared before, concurred:
In December, after Mr. Pulitzer testified before the Georgia State Senate and claimed to have “hacked” the state’s voting system, Georgia’s secretary of state issued a news release calling him a “failed treasure hunter” who had “provided no evidence.”
Trump was and always will be a whiny baby for losing the election and will promote any idiotic theory that proves that he was the rightful winner in 2020. But it’s starting to look like no one really had the stomach or perhaps the brains for a genuine, organized fucking coup. Sure, Trump tried every which way from Sunday to halt and distort democracy, but democracy was not shaken, not even by most of the Republican Party. And should there be an actual attempt at a coup, you can bet your ass it won’t be buttressed by information by conspiracy lunatics hawking unreadable graphs and complicated flow charts.
UPDATE: Waldron did meet with Mark Meadows several times. Did they discuss the Power Point? What did Meadows think of it if they did?