Maxine Waters: Trump Will ‘Take over Legislatures, Little Towns and Cities’ If Not Convicted for Insurrection

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) warned on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” that former President Donald Trump would attempt “to take over legislatures, little towns and cities.”

Therefore, she said he must be convicted in his impeachment trial to “take away his power.”

Waters said, “I do believe he sent all of these domestic terrorists to the Capitol to take over the Capitol, and that includes not only the Proud Boys but the Oath Keepers, the QAnon, and white supremacists. These people have been aligned with him. One of the things I hope that will be looked at as we take this impeachment to the Senate is the fact that in his campaign for re-election, he was paying the very organizers of the insurrection that took place. The names are right there. The amount of money that he paid to them, it is shown in the last report. More of it is going to show up in the next report that they have to do.”

She continued, “I think it is very clear. We cannot afford to allow this president to leave here without being impeached and, you know, absolutely convicted. We cannot allow him to leave and have all of the resources of the taxpayers to have not only money to hire staff, but to hire security, and money to organize with, because he will continue. He now knows, he has a population, he’s going to expand that. He will be attempting to take over legislatures, little towns and cities and he doesn’t give a darn about the Constitution and so our democracy is at stake. We must convict him, and we must take away his power.”

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Romney: Trump’s Impeachment Is Important to Bring ‘Unity in Our Country’

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) argued on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that the impeachment against former President Donald Trump would bring national unity.

Anchor Chis Wallace asked, “Senator, do you support holding this impeachment trial, and what do you think the rules should be on the length of the trial and whether or not to call witnesses?”

Romney said, “Well, we’re certainly going to have a trial. I wish that weren’t necessary, with the president’s conduct with regard to the call to the secretary of state in Georgia as well as the incitation towards the insurrection that led to the attack on the Capital calls for a trial. If we are going to have unity in our country, I think it’s important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth, and justice. So I think there will be a trial, and I hope it goes as quickly as possible, but that’s up to the council on both sides.”

He added, “I think it’s pretty clear that over the last year or so there has been an effort to corrupt the election of the United States and it was not by President Biden, it was by President Trump and that corruption we saw with regards to the conduct in Ukraine as well as the call to Secretary of state Raffensperger as well as the in citation to insurrection. I mean, this is obviously very serious and an attack on the very foundation of our democracy, and it is something that has to be considered and resolved.”

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Beltway Press Rings In Biden Inauguration With Excitement Of Four-Year Vacation

President Joe Biden was officially sworn in Wednesday alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, taking the reins of power amid a turbulent moment in the nation’s history as America battles a once-in-a-generation pandemic surging while deep divisions grip the country.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in democracy: unity, unity,” Biden said, pleading for a fractured nation to unify after vilifying it as white supremacist. Here’s what Biden said just before:

The cry for survival comes from planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

No matter how deeply unserious Biden’s calls for unity might be, given the president has chosen to pursue a partisan progressive agenda from day one this afternoon, weaponizing identity politics while refusing to condemn a divisive impeachment of his predecessor, Democratic allies in legacy media were ready to cheer Biden’s arrival just as much as cheer for Trump’s exit while they prepare for a four-year vacation from hard-hitting journalism.

“A whole new day is at hand,” wrote taxpayer-funded PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, whose entire Twitter feed this inauguration day reads as if she is a Democratic spokeswoman. Of course, Alcindor’s cover as an activist masquerading as a reporter has been well-documented throughout the Trump years.

Alcindor’s glee was shared by virtually every other Beltway reporter and partisan Democratic pundit in Washington, the latter of whom are really just the honest versions of the first.

Others gushed over the Democrats’ outfits, after legacy outlets spent years disparaging First Lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe with dubious double-standards. Those attending Wednesday’s inauguration did look stunning, as did Melania Trump departing for her own four-year vacation.

Racism is now over too, apparently, according to this contributor at Vice.

The young activist poet who delivered a partisan speech rather than a unifying poem was also awarded prejudiced praise.

National Review Editor Rich Lowry didn’t engage in the overly adoring coverage offered by the rest of the pundit class. Instead, Lowry made a point that while Biden’s comments felt genuine and sincere, they missed the mark when paired with the first actions of the unity-minded president.

“It’s obviously much easier to talk unity than achieve it, especially when pursuing a partisan, progressive agenda from Day One,” Lowry wrote on Twitter.

And of course, after banning Trump as part of Big Tech’s coordinated purge of conservative voices leading up to the inauguration, Twitter is promoting Biden.

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Virginia Man Arrested At Inauguration Checkpoint Was Credentialed Security Employee

A Virginia man making headlines for his arrest after he brought an unregistered firearm to an inauguration checkpoint in the days leading up to the ceremony was caught as the victim of a bureaucratic mix-up.

Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was taken into custody after driving his Ford F-150 to an inauguration checkpoint located on the northeast end of the Capitol where officers stopped Beeler to check his credentials. According to the Washington Post, Beeler was credentialed by MVP Protective Services, a private security firm contracted to support law enforcement operations surrounding this week’s inauguration.

Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig wrote on Twitter that Beeler, who held no extremist ties and fully cooperated with police, possessed the proper Park Pass but that the bureaucrats who issued the credential failed to adequately communicate to Secret Service and other agencies. Beeler’s employer, MVP Protective Services, did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s inquiries surrounding details of his credential.

“I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me,” Beeler told the Post, while officers questioned whether he had any firearms in the vehicle. Beeler told the checkpoint officers he had a Glock in the armrest, prompting officials to search the car and pull out the firearm, which was found with 500 rounds of ammunition and about two dozen shotgun shells “located in plain sight,” according to court documents reviewed by the Post.

Beeler, a longtime security contractor, said he entered the checkpoint by mistake, unfamiliar with the locked-down area, which is surrounded by upwards of 25,000 troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in.

“It was an honest mistake,” Beeler told the Post, adding that he forgot he had the firearm that he’s licensed to carry in Virginia in the car when he left for the District. Beeler told the paper he only realized he still had the gun with him halfway through the trip and was already running late, so he opted not to turn back.

“I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in D.C. because I’m a country boy,” Beeler told the paper.

The episode, however, fed the hysteria surrounding the media-manufactured possibility of a mass uprising this week after a horde of Trump supporters sacked the Capitol building earlier this month.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto tweeted about Beeler’s arrest Saturday, manipulating the story to fuel the insurrectionist narrative taking over Washington.

“New: US Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man as he attempted to pass through a police checkpoint in downtown Washington Friday with fake inaugural credentials, a loaded handgun & over 500 rounds of ammunition, CNN reporting,” Sciutto wrote, omitting that the Virginia man was a credentialed employee, whose valid credentials had been declined upon entry at that particular checkpoint, who had no extremists ties and cooperated entirely with law enforcement.

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D.C. AG Racine: Trump, Rally Speakers Are ‘Being Reviewed’ for Inciting Violence Charges

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Velshi” that he was looking at charging President Donald Trump and others who spoke at the rally proceeding the deadly riots at Capital Hill on “inciting violence” charges.

Anchor Ali Velshi said, “You are considering bringing charges, that’s what the reporting is, against people for inciting this riot.”

Racine replied, “The reporting is accurate. The office of attorney general has jurisdiction over a number of potential offenses, including weapons, ammunition, curfew violations, and the one that’s gotten the most attention, of course, is the inciting violence charge. We’ve brought that charge before. It is law in D.C. since 2011. It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole, and otherwise, you know, get people motivated to commit violence. We’ll balance the First Amendment rights of speakers versus this law and will be judicious with whether to charge and who to charge but every single person at that rally is being reviewed.”

He continued, “If one is talking about combat justice in a crowd that is all amped up and really focused on taking over a particular building, like the Capitol. I think it gets closer to that line. When folks are talking about fighting, fighting, fighting, I think it gets closer to that line. Ultimately, we’re going to have to do a thorough investigation, which is under way, including, I must say, talking to people who were at that rally, talking to people who indeed stormed the Capitol and went inside.”

He added, “You know, we’re looking at the president, of course you have to be, you know, incredibly diligent and responsible whenever you’re going to charge anyone. The president is not above the law. He’s not below the law. I think his conduct prior to the mob storming the Capitol is relevant. I think his conduct during that time and immediately thereafter is also relevant. You’ll remember it wasn’t until hours after the Capitol was cleared that the president actually made a statement of contrition and actually chastised and called the stormers rioters. That’s a long time after what everyone saw on their TV was an attempt essentially to undo our democracy. So we’re going to be thorough, patient, and rigorous.”

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021: The Siege on Capitol Hill. The Impeachment of Donald Trump

“The purpose of impeachment is to get somebody out of office. If they’re already out of office what’s the purpose? It’s all a political act, and the Establishment getting rid of a non-establishment figure who was seen as a treat to their agendas and who had massive popular support.”

– Paul Craig Roberts (from today’s interview)

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The remarkable events unfolding on Capitol Hill in the afternoon of January 6, 2021 have been compared to Pearl Harbor. [2]

Thousands of aggrieved Americans descending on the home of leading democratic structures and then breaking through into the U.S. Capitol! [3]

Capitol police were described by the media as being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people. The protesters stormed in and raised havoc.

They collected in the Senate Chamber while the democratic representatives huddled in a secure location. A few of the culprits made it into House Representative Nancy Pelosi. And there were five individuals who died in the clash, including the death of a protester – U.S. Air Force Veteran and Qanon supporter Ashli Babbit. [4][5][6]

Senators, media personalities, and talking heads everywhere noted the tragedy, the terror, and the insult to the principles the elected individuals swore an oath to uphold when they set up an office in this nearly two and a half century old institution. The shattered politicians in the wake of the calamity named a singular villain as the author of this misfortune…Donald Trump. [7]

Now, the outgoing president, with less than a week to go before his regularly appointed succession has been impeached a second time. He has lost access to twitter and other platforms. And he may have lost any chance of returning again in four years for a rematch. [8][9]

Now, in just a few days, shortly after securing the presidency, Joe Biden will surely announce measures leading the charge against fascists, “White Supremacists” and “conspiracy theorists” to insure they will never again challenge the nation as a bastion of democracy.

Looking at this situation as the dust settles behind us, certain questions have started to challenge the 1/6 official story.

After weeks of preparing for a major insurgency of angry individuals, why was the Capitol police acting so incompetently?

Why would an unarmed U.S. Capitol Hill police officer hold off a mob by himself and then provoke them into following him right to the Senate Chamber?

Why does the scene in which Ashli Babbitt was killed appear ‘staged?’

A further concern pertain to the measures to be introduced to defeat the angry mobs of the future. Will they stop at Trump supporters? What about BLM? Or anti-war demonstrators? Peddlers of ‘conspiracy theories?’

These are the questions we will focus on in this brand new episode of the Global Research News Hour.

In our first hour, we get an opinion from the renowned commentator and analyst Paul Craig Roberts. He describes the January 6 riots as essentially a false flag. He also explains why Trump is targeted, why the election actually was fraudulent, and what the future holds for a split America.

Next up is former journalist and media critic Barrie Zwicker. He too agrees it was a false flag and puts the Washington incident in the context of countless others throughout history.

Finally, we hear from Jason Bermas. He presented himself as a reporter in the crowd. He relies a little more about what happened there and why the mainstream media is distorting the Trump supporters and thus the overall picture of the action.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan administration, a member of the US Congressional staff, associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is chairman of the Institute for Political Economy and author or co-author of ten books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His site is PaulCraigRoberts.org. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Barrie Zwicker is a former journalist and media critic. He wrote for the Globe and Mail, Toronto StarVancouver ProvinceSudbury StarDetroit News, and Lansing State Journal. He is the author of the 2006 book, Towers of deception: The Media Coverup of 9/11.

Jason Bermas is an accomplished broadcaster and Documentary film producer. He worked on the 9/11 film Loose Change and has been involved with WeAreChange. His current work is InfoWarrior, available through the webpage www.rofkin.com/jasonbermas.

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Notes:

  1. William L Shirer (1960), The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, published by Simon and Shuster
  2. Pail Kengor (January 12, 2021), ‘January 6, 2021: The New Kristallnacht, Pearl Harbor, 9/11?’, The American Spectator; http://spectator.org/january-6-2021-kristallnacht-pearl-harbor-9-11/
  3. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/9/timeline-capitol-hill-riots
  4. http://time.com/5927215/capitol-hill-police-riots-unprepared/
  5. Http://www.salon.com/2021/01/08/pro-trump-rioters-stole-nancy-pelosis-and-other-top-lawmakers-laptops-and-ipads-democrats-say/
  6. Kenya Evelyn (January 8), ‘Capitol attack: the five people who died’, The Guardian; Http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/08/capitol-attack-police-officer-five-deaths
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbpS651EF8M
  8. Http://www.fox61.com/article/news/nation-world/what-happens-if-trump-is-impeached/77-5e6300cb-5109-41f9-921f-9231da687053
  9. http://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/06/twitter-pledges-action-on-any-calls-for-violence-in-capitol-riot.html

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Ocasio-Cortez: I Was Not Safe in Secure Location with House Republicans — They Sympathize with the ‘White Supremacist Cause’

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Friday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that she could not stay in the secure location with Republican members of Congress during the Capital Hill riots because they sympathize with a white supremacist causes.

Maddow said, “Let’s talk about that in terms of members of Congress and congressional staff as well. You are saying that you didn’t feel safe going to that extraction point because you believe, knowing them, that there were members of Congress you didn’t trust not to betray your location and put you in danger in that way. Can you talk a bit more about that, why you believed that, if what you believed about that, what you know about that is something that should be part of the investigation? Or is it part of the investigation that’s been announced into whether members of Congress are complicit here?”

Ocasio-Cortez said, “I can’t speak as to what is currently under investigation specifically or not, but there are members of Congress that have made public comments. Comments like that Muslim Americans should not hold public office. They’ve made public comments that are quite closely aligned with the beliefs of white supremacists and white supremacist sympathizer organizations. These are all public record. And, you know, people of color are not safe around any individual who, frankly, sympathizes with a white supremacist cause. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve been elected to Congress or not. It is a complete abdication of any responsibility that we all have to protect and defend and be there for each other as human beings and certainly as Americans. So it wasn’t safe. And the implications of that are quite dire. To not be in a secure location because being in the insecure location seems like a safer bet than being in a secure location. I mean, it’s pretty scary. I can also say I was not the only member of Congress that felt that way. You know, not every member was in that secure room.”

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Dem Rep. Jackson Lee: Trump ‘Has Death and Blood at His Feet’

Friday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that President Donald Trump had “death and blood at his feet” in the wake of the deadly Capital Hill riots last week.

Jackson Lee said, “The overall collapse of security including helping with the United States Capitol fell squarely at the feet of the individual provoking and stoking these fires, and that’s President Donald J. Trump. The reason it included responsibilities in his area is because the vice president traveled from the White House to the United States Congress. So you had, in essence, the representation of two co-equal branches of government. The president did not encourage, direct Homeland Security, FBI, DOJ, the U.S. Department of Defense or any other agency for that day to do anything or to share information.”

She continued, “The president has death and blood at his feet but at the same time, was complete advocation of responsibility, if you will, and dereliction of duty that he did not command and move forward.”

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House Democrats Pass Rushed Second Impeachment Over Capitol Riots

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a rushed impeachment of President Donald Trump for a second time, approving an article indicting the president for “incitement of insurrection.”

While the Democrats’ last impeachment, launched over a phone call with the Ukrainian president, drew no Republican support with two Democrat members joining Republicans in opposition, ten GOP members voted with the Democratic majority approving Wednesday’s impeachment. The final vote came to 232 in favor and 197 opposed.

Republicans who voted in favor included House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who declared her intent to support removal Tuesday night, claiming the president bears direct responsibility for the mob that ransacked the Capitol last week following a rally by the White House.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement, arguing this week that her vote was one of “conscience” as she prepared to break party lines, sparking outrage in her own caucus.

Freshman Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana demanded Cheney’s resignation from House leadership Tuesday night following the announcement of his western colleague’s intent.

“When Representative Cheney came out in favor of impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,” Rosendale said on the eve of the vote. “She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan later joined Rosendale in his call for Cheney to be removed, declaring House Republicans should have a “second vote.”

The question of impeachment now goes to the Senate, where a trial will likely consume the first days of a Joe Biden presidency, delaying action on administrative appointments that must be confirmed by the upper chamber.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to convene the Senate prior to Jan. 19, telling colleagues in a memo that such a session would require approval from all 100 senators, but McConnell left the door open to supporting impeachment.

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Donald Trump to Supporters: ‘NO Violence, NO Lawbreaking, and NO Vandalism’

President Donald Trump called for his supporters to remain peaceful during the transition of power during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in a statement released on Wednesday.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking, and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement to reporters that was first published by Fox News.

Trump reminded his supporters that he did not stand for violent protests amid reports that there were other uprisings planned around the country.

“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for,” he said. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

Trump’s message was released Wednesday afternoon as the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, moved to impeach the president on the basis that he incited the mob of his supporters to attack Capitol Hill.

A senior Trump adviser told Fox News that the president wanted Big Tech companies to “join with him” to secure a peaceful transition of power.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and surely we can all come together to deliver this important message and not continue to play partisan politics,” the adviser told Fox News.

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