Trump's Voters Took the Coup Literally and Seriously
Only a fool points a loaded gun at the heart of a democracy.
The following traitors--Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Brian Mast, Mike Johnson, and Paul Gosar--resorted to weasel words, legalese, nonsensical constitutional jargon,and preposterously unprovable claims in an attempt to avoid saying directly what they were doing. Trying to have their coup two ways.
But there is no magic language that changed the plain reality of what was happening: This was a coordinated effort by a large bloc of the Republican party to install an illegitimate Trump dictatorship. As Rand Paul tweeted, "The vote today is not a protest; the vote today is literally to overturn the election!"
And with the mob there ain't no such thing as halfway coups.
Here's a tip. When you tell tens of millions of people who worship you that you want to overthrow the government, some of them are going to believe you. And then the violence and vigilantism that mark Third World dictatorships will follow. The seventh House conspirator's speech was interrupted by rioters who understood exactly what these traitors were calling for. They took them seriously and literally.
And so this riotous mob acted accordingly. They swarmed the walls of the Capitol. They bashed in doors and smashed in windows and clashed with police. As they marched through the halls of the Capitol, causing Congress to flee, they vandalized and stole. They breached the House chamber and occupied the speaker's rostrum. They broke into the speaker's office. Blood was spilled. One woman was shot and killed.