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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Michael Fanone, a former police officer who was nearly killed by a mob during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, spoke outside the courthouse during closing arguments in Donald Trump's hush money trial on Tuesday, calling Trump "an authoritarian" with "a violence fetish." Hours later, Fanone's mother was "swatted" at her home in Virginia.


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Why Christian Nationalists, including the Thomases and the Altios, are so dangerous:

Doug Mastriano and the State of Christian Nationalism
Who Is Doug Mastriano?

He was the leader of the "Stop the Steal" movement in Pennsylvania after Donald Trump lost the 2020 Election and admitted that he spoke to Trump at least 15 times between the election and the Capitol insurrection.

Mastriano asked his followers to "Appeal to Heaven, as George Washington told us to do in 1775." Appeal to Heaven then became a popular slogan of the NAR, who marched with flags adorned with the phrase. Mastriano hung a sign with "An Appeal to Heaven" on his office door and it could also be seen next to him in his nightly Facebook videos.

The phrase "Appeal to Heaven" is significant because it was used by John Locke during the Revolution when he argued, "in support of the right to violent revolution in the face of tyranny." Mastriano told his followers that laws and government made by man needn't always be respected and referenced Hitler as an example of an elected official gone awry.

Christian Nationalists believe that elections and democratic processes are not what makes a leader legitimate or official. They believe that any party or leader who fails to be the right type of Christian or doesn't succumb to their agenda is not a legitimately elected official.

Unless a leader submits to the will of God and the vision of America's founders held by Christian Nationalists, overturning an election can be justified in their eyes. This radical ideology allows Christian Nationalists to claim patriotism when they're actually undermining our most sacred democratic institutions.

On January 6, 2021, Doug Mastriano used campaign funds to charter six buses full of supporters to head down to Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump's Stop the Steal rally. As the riot began to break out around 1pm, one could witness Bibles, Jesus 2020 signs, An Appeal to Heaven flags, and more shofars. Many rioters were driven by Christian Nationalist ideals to break into the Capitol and storm the Senate floor. soapboxie.com

Regarding the Appeal to Heaven flag: just because most of us were unaware of just how instrumental Christian nationalists were to the insurrection, doesn't mean they didn't play a pivotal rule:

How Christian nationalism paved the way for Jan. 6
June 13, 2022

The religious rhetoric ramped up with the effort to "Stop the Steal." Thousands of Trump's supporters descended on Washington in mid-November for the "Million MAGA March," where Ed Martin, a conservative politician and an executive at the Eagle Forum, flanked by signs reading "Jesus matters," argued that the United States was "founded on Judeo-Christian values" and should not be led by "CNN ... or fake news." Martin called on God to "bless us in our work" and asked God to "strengthen us in our fight" to defend Trump because the "powers of darkness are descending."

Around the same time, activists began planning a series of "Jericho Marches" across the country, invoking the biblical story of Israelites besieging the city of Jericho. In Pennsylvania, demonstrators marched around the state Capitol waving Trump flags and blowing on Jewish ritual horns called shofars. Verses of the hymn "How Great Is Our God" mixed with chants about electoral fraud.

The largest "Jericho March," on Dec. 12 in Washington, was emceed by Metaxas and included Trump-circle figures such as disgraced former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and current Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano. Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the militant group Oath Keepers, who now faces sedition charges for his alleged role in the Capitol attack, called for the marchers to join him in a "bloody war" if the election results weren't overturned.

Jericho Marchers were among the thousands who descended on Washington in January, some traveling on buses paid for by Mastriano. On Jan. 5, a group processed around the U.S. Capitol, holding signs emblazoned with Trump's face while once again blowing shofars and singing "How Great Is Our God." That night, Tennessee pastor Greg Locke--in addition to lifting up prayers for the Proud Boys--preached to a raucous crowd, describing America as "the last bastion of Christian freedom" and declaring that Trump would stay "for four more years in the White House."

The next day on the National Mall and the Capitol steps, Christian nationalist iconography was unavoidable. Men and women waving flags that read "An Appeal to Heaven" or "Proud American Christian" surged past Capitol police as the officers tried to halt those entering the Capitol building. When people adorned in Oath Keepers attire stormed into the Capitol rotunda, they appealed to the Almighty for "letting us stand up for our country."
www.ncronline.org

The upside down US flag has long symbolized a state of distress and you have no contemporaneous proof that it was a MAGA thing in January of 2021. That's because no contemporaneous evidence exists.
#47 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

This counts as contemporaneous evidence in my book, emphasis mine:

Former Minnesota GOP operative: It's time to rid the party of dangerous crackpots
JANUARY 15, 2021

When COVID-19 swept across the country, President Trump encouraged his supporters to fight back against mitigation strategies implemented by federal, state and local officials to slow the spread of the deadly virus.

Minutes after Trump sent a tweet to "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!" to nearly 80 million followers, former Republican congressman and then-U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis responded: "Minnesota is being held hostage."

I immediately tweeted my concern about the "inflammatory and possibly dangerous rhetoric." Later the same day, Lewis attended a protest at Gov. Tim Walz's residence in St. Paul, and I was concerned that he would whip up the crowd and turn it into an angry mob at the gates outside Walz's residence.

Just a day before, a member of a Facebook group organizing the protest asked the group, "Who is going armed tomorrow? I don't mean concealed carry, I mean full kit."

Lewis brought his campaign RV to the protest. He conducted interviews with the media. He talked with voters about his campaign. He took pictures with supporters. Also there: the Proud Boys, the 3 Percenters and no doubt any number of Q Anon devotees " the same types that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Lewis' campaign would be seen flying an American flag on a campaign vehicle upside down, a symbol of distress that was later used by the domestic terrorists that attacked the U.S. Capitol. minnesotareformer.com

Again emphasis mine:

EVIDENCE STRONGLY SUGGESTS TRUMP WAS COLLABORATING WITH CHRISTIAN NATIONALIST LEADERS BEFORE JANUARY 6TH

Just a couple weeks before the 2020 election, Trump was presented with an ATH [Appeal To Heaven] flag by one of Wagner's apostles, Paul Marc Goulet, while visiting a church in Las Vegas. This Appeal to Heaven vigor about Trump and revival dovetailed with hundreds of prophecies from the NAR and other networks of charismatic prophets echoing that God had destined Trump to win the 2020 election. In the helter-skelter season between the 2020 election and the January 6 attempt to forcibly interfere with the result, the Appeal to Heaven flag had become a ubiquitous symbol adopted by charismatic Christians to exhibit their faith in these Trump prophecies.

For his part, Dutch Sheets became a one-man Trump propaganda machine after the election was called for Biden. He undertook an ambitious swing-state prayer and prophecy tour with a band of prophets and prayer warriors to try to push the spiritual dial toward Trump, leading huge rallies with hundreds of thousands following on YouTube. Sheets also, through his popular daily YouTube broadcasts (receiving 200,000+ views each day in December 2020) and myriad charismatic media appearances in the leadup to the Insurrection, was one of the foremost Christian Big Lie enthusiasts with masses of charismatic Christians tracking his commentary.

religiondispatches.org

But, sure, it's just a coincidence that Johnson, Altio and Leo all proudly fly the ATH flag.

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