Treason, Insurrection, and the Treasonweasel Caucus
I couldn’t sleep last night. I tossed and turned.
We had just witnessed an armed insurrection storm the Capitol with the intent to overthrow the legitimate transfer of power between administrations and to keep Trump in power.
We witnessed members of Congress being rushed from the Capitol to a safe location. We witnessed VP Pence rushed by his security detail out of the Capitol and to safety. We witnessed Trump supporters ushered in by Capitol police in at least one video while others climbed walls and broke windows to enter the Capitol. We saw them storm into the House and Senate chambers and offices of the Speaker. We saw them trash and pillage and one person was shot dead for it.
People were arrested (not enough IMO). Not enough security was present despite the clear warnings and signals that this was going to happen. We all know that when the BLM marched in DC, Trump’s goons were deployed to the Lincoln Memorial to prevent the protesters from using that historic spot for speeches and photo ops. None of that was present. That was mighty white of the security forces. Weird. But I’ll get back to that at another time.
The one thing that sticks with me all throughout this is this tweet:
Per source, White House counsel Pat Cipollone told west wing staffers today not to help Trump stage a coup or else they could be prosecuted for treason. My latest:https://t.co/NYBITQB8kC
That’s the WH Counsel saying that anyone who supported Trump in the WH in his efforts could face prosecution for treason.
Every last one of the people in the WH is on the hook. Their silence was assent. Their refusal to stand up and block Trump’s coup attempt assented. I don’t care how many resigned yesterday, overnight, or any day between now and January 20.
You are either going to be investigated and prosecuted for treason or investigated and prosecuted for misprison (which is the failure to stop crimes that you know are occurring). We have coconspirators and accessories to the crime all throughout the White House. We have them in Congress too.
All of the GOPers who voted to support Trump’s effort to overthrow the election results with conspiracy theories and a lack of any evidence substantiating their claims are also engaging in treason. They’re the ones who helped Trump sustain his effort.
They’re the ones who are giving agency to the insurrectionists who carried out yesterday’s storming of the Capitol. They’re the ones who are winking/nodding or straight up cheering on the insurrectionists to attack the very pillars of democracy.
These treasonweasels should be expelled from Congress for their actions, starting with Cruz and Hawley. But in all likelihood they wont. Federal prosecutors should start investigating every last one of these people though for their role and charge them accordingly though.
Every last GOPer who voted for contesting the votes yesterday better lawyer up, and lawyer up with a better class of lawyers than Trump has used. Because they’re going to need it. Yesterday’s events show that there was a crime wave in DC, and it was spearheaded by Trump but it ultimately ends with the entire GOP.
The GOP has spent the last four years enabling and condoning Trump criminality. They refused to impeach or remove Trump despite ample evidence of felony conduct. That single action directly led to yesterday’s insurrection.
These are directly related, and it all stems from a GOP completely divorced from facts and reality and backing a thoroughly corrupt and compromised treasonweasel who doesn’t care about anyone or anything except himself.