Even in the last days there will be lawfare aside from the threat to 50 statehouses. Rudy is likely bargaining for his pardon as the final list should be a doozy.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 16, 2021
“Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”
President Trump was almost shouting. He directed his son-in-law and his senior strategist from his private quarters at the White House late on election night. He barked out the names of top Fox News executives and talent he expected to answer to him.
“And anyone else — anyone else who will take the call,” he said. “Tell these guys they got to change it, they got it wrong. It’s way too early. Not even CNN is calling it.”
As the clock ticked over into the first minutes of Nov. 4, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani ranted to top campaign aides: “There’s no way he lost; this thing must have been stolen. Just say we won Michigan! Just say we won Georgia! Just say we won the election! He needs to go out and claim victory.” Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien later told associates: “That was fucking crazy.”
For weeks, Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night — even if he lost. But the real-time results, punctuated by Fox’s shocking call, upended his plans and began his unraveling.
Trump had planned for Americans to go to bed on Nov. 3 celebrating — or resigned to — his re-election. The maps they saw on TV should be bathed in red. But at 11:20 p.m. that vision fell apart, as the nation’s leading news channel among conservatives became the first outlet to call Arizona for Joe Biden. Inside the White House, Trump’s inner circle erupted in horror.
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani ranted to top campaign aides: "There's no way he lost; this thing must have been stolen. Just say we won Michigan! Just say we won Georgia! Just say we won the election! He needs to go out and claim victory." https://t.co/a2ato9Y6NY
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) January 16, 2021
Americans need official reassurance that if Trump issues strange, unwarranted orders to United States military or tries to grant himself unwarranted emergency Presidential powers or asks for unwarranted martial law, such orders will be thwarted to protect our democracy.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 16, 2021
A US army cyber attorney has expressed confusion at apparent plans among Trump allies to place him in a senior national security role, as part of a mooted move to impose martial law and reverse the president’s election defeat.A day after his name and location appeared in notes carried into the White House by the My Pillow founder, Mike Lindell, Frank Colon told New York magazine he was “just a government employee who does work for the army” at Fort Meade, in Maryland.
Reporter Ben Jacobs added that Colon “seemed befuddled [over] why he would be floated to the president in any senior role and said that he never met Lindell”, although he said he had “seen him on TV”.
Attorney in Mike Lindell martial law plan denies knowing of pro-Trump plot https://t.co/65qpM4bjfe
— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) January 16, 2021
The @FBI warns that the U.S. Capitol and all 50 statehouses could be the site of “armed protests” leading up to inauguration. Former DHS official @juliettekayyem visited @AmanpourCoPBS to discuss.https://t.co/6IpnRi9QLx
— PBS SoCal (KOCE) (@PBSSoCal) January 13, 2021
I'd like to think that if an armed group smashed its way into my house chanting "hang Jeff Sharlet"–and videoed themselves doing it–but failed only because they couldn't find me that I wouldn't then have to persuade the local DA that their intention was murderous.
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) January 16, 2021
What's clear in the audio @micahloewinger gathered is that at least this group, which seems to be an Ohio militia 30-40 strong, came with a "plan"–and communications–to take prisoners.
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) January 16, 2021
FLASH: Feds arrested Missouri woman seen with damaged and stolen name plate of Speaker Nancy Pelosi from US Capitol. Court filings say tipsters including old high school friend helped tip them off. (Name plate value is $870, per feds) pic.twitter.com/TTioU271Mh
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 15, 2021
A must-read from @danbalz, who writes that Trump twisted a party that once had a governing philosophy by persuading many in the grassroots that truth doesn't matter and by opening its coalition to an emboldened white supremacist movement. https://t.co/e13kPkelEv
— Peter Wallsten (@peterwallsten) January 16, 2021
If that vote were not evidence enough of Trump’s hold on the party, what about the day the Capitol was ransacked? After the building had been secured and lawmakers had gone back to work on the night of Jan. 6, 147 Republicans in the House and Senate, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, still supported one or both of the objections to the electoral college counts in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Deplatforming works. https://t.co/MHGskcrkT5
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 16, 2021
Twitter has wrongly labeled this video as sensitive content.
Please retweet it so we can make sure as many people know about America’s new Jim Crow Caucus. pic.twitter.com/ZEFCekIbMY
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 16, 2021
House committee asks two dozen hotels and private travel companies for help in identifying rioters and preventing future attacks in Washington, D.C., ahead of inauguration. https://t.co/YpogBLI2yt pic.twitter.com/sfLOS6Hyy0
— ABC News (@ABC) January 16, 2021
Exclusive: I spoke today to MG William Walker, the commander of the DC Guard and all 25K Guardsmen currently in DC to safeguard the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
All 25K went through an additional background check to screen for extremism, he said.https://t.co/CyKYkRv4oT
— Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWillCNN) January 16, 2021
Don't stop retweeting this.
It's what Trump, McConnell, Cruz, Hawley & the others want.
They're counting on you moving on to the next horror as people have for four years.
Quote retweet this again & push to expel Ted Cruz & Josh Hawley from the Senate https://t.co/5YD65U5gVu
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 16, 2021
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