Why Was It So Easy For Trump Thugs To Storm The US Capitol?
The US Capitol building had not been breached since the British burned it down in August 1814. But thousands of shrieking, armed MAGA insurrectionists took over the Capitol building and trashed the place today, in a failed coup that we thought would be funny that ended up being a failed coup that was terrifying. Why the fuck could we not secure one of the most important buildings in the United States government?
Just look at this screenshot from CNN from a Getty Images photo, with American lawmakers cowering on the floor. If a ragtag group of paramilitary cosplay incels can do this, I can’t imagine how we can stop the Russian, Chinese, or North Korean armies from doing this with ease.
Capitol Building during BLM vs Capitol Building today…. pic.twitter.com/3W0sz250jJ
— Louie G ?????? (@LouGarza86) January 6, 2021
Certainly the fact that these assholes are white plays a huge role in them not getting any initial pushback from the Capitol Police or the National Guard. Some law enforcement officers were quite chummy with the insurrectionists, helping them down the stairs in footage captured by the media.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 6, 2021
But racism is not a good enough explanation for this. If they got into Pelosi’s and other senior lawmakers’ offices, who knows what manner of national security secrets these wingnuts could have had access to? Enemy nations’ military forces could just waltz right in, as long as they send the best and whitest.
Right now on the West side of the US Capitol.
(? Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/1FxSN5Ugc7
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) January 6, 2021
According to a New York Times report, part of the slow-footed response was that Trump wouldn’t call in the National Guard, so Pence had to do it. “Defense and administration officials said it was Vice President Mike Pence, not President Trump, who approved the order to deploy the D.C. National Guard,” the Times said. “It was unclear why the president, who incited his supporters to storm the Capitol and who is still the commander in chief, did not give the order. One administration official suggested that the president did not want to be seen calling out the National Guard against his own supporters.”
Trump flags? Of course. American flags? A given. Confederate flags? Awful but inevitable.
But attacking the cops with a Blue Lives Matter flag? That is the most bizarre, incoherent image from today.
Nothing officially matters anymore, just as shit has never been so serious pic.twitter.com/Y8vfGAWSKh
— Mx. Peter-Astrid Kane (@PeterAstridKane) January 6, 2021
Capitol Police say that once the Capitol was breached, they made it their priority to protect lawmakers and their staff, That’s why it took several hours to clear the mob. But we knew this was coming, for fuck’s sake, and only 13 people were arrested. A standard Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland will routinely generate more arrests.
MAGA embarrassed the cops today. So now cops are treating them a little different.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 7, 2021
What’s unspoken here is much COVID-19 these maskless morons spread today. And it’s not just among themselves, that virus will spread to hundreds, if not thousands of other Americans. That damage is done, but this will hopefully be a turning point for the cops’ white-glove treatment of pro-Trump rioters.