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LIVE UPDATES — Capitol Hill Protest Fallout

LIVE UPDATES — Capitol Hill Protest Fallout

There’s a cap on Trump’s schedule and he’ll go to Camp David this weekend.

We will put updates here throughout the day on anything related to the violence on Capitol Hill yesterday.

McConnell on Capitol Security

He issued this statement:

“I salute and applaud those front-line U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way during yesterday’s failed insurrection. We are praying today for those who sustained injuries, some serious, in the line of duty. Congress is also deeply grateful to the local officers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the federal law enforcement personnel, the National Guard, and all the other professionals who deployed to help subdue the criminals and retake the Capitol.

“With that said, yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government. A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees of oversight and Congressional Leadership.

“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them. But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing the shocking failures in the Capitol’s security posture and protocols.”


The resignations keep coming, but so far Cabinet members have not left.

  • Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Ryan Tully resigned from the National Security Council
  • Commerce Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Security John Costello
  • Melania’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham
  • Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger
  • Special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney
  • Camp David

    Trump will go to Camp David this weekend.

    Republican Rep. Kinzinger Also Wants Trump to Leave

    From WSJ:

    While other Republicans have criticized Mr. Trump’s behavior, Mr. Kinzinger is believed to be the first to urge his removal from office.

    “It’s time to invoke the 25th amendment and to end this nightmare,” Mr. Kinzinger said in a video statement posted on Twitter, one day after a mob egged on by Mr. Trump stormed the Capitol to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

    “Here’s the truth: The president caused this. The president is unfit, and the president is unwell. And the president must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily,” Mr. Kinzinger said.

    “It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane caption of the ship.”

    Schumer Wants Trump Out

    From The Hill:

    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for President Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

    “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” Schumer said in a statement.

    “The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he added.

    Shopify Removes Trump Store

    I went on Shopify and could not find it in the search. From WSJ:

    Visitors to and, which sold official Trump branded apparel, “Make America Great Again” hats and other merchandise, were greeted with error messages on Thursday morning.

    A Shopify spokeswoman said President Trump violated the company’s policy, which prohibits retailers on the platform from promoting or supporting organizations or people that promote violence. “As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump,” the company said.

    The sites were taken down Thursday morning after the company’s trust and safety team, which monitors the platform, decided Mr. Trump’s comments on Wednesday violated the policy, the spokeswoman said.


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    Where was the outrage against Obama and Biden during the numerous anti-Trump riots during his certification, inauguration and for two months thereafter?

    Obama: “If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun”
    Trump: “We’ll walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol”

    Obama gets elected: Nobel Peace Prize
    Trump Israeli peace treaties: Nothing

    Obama: Shovel ready jobs
    Trump: Lowest unemployment in history

    Trump has done more good for the United States of America than any
    other person since WWII and probably earlier. So now you’re going to honor him by posting all the complaints of the ankle-biters.

      We are at war. This is what war looks like: shooting, killing, chaos, propaganda, etc.

      While fascists and traitors infesting our government are on the list, so are the characters enabling them: zuckerberg, soros and the like.

      mark311 in reply to stablesort. | January 8, 2021 at 4:08 am

      You realise that the Obama quote references Republicans don’t you? I don’t think you understood the context of what was said.

      Conversely Trump has said a lot more than ‘walk’

    The #MediaIndustrialComplex now runs the United States. We are a Republic in name only at this point.

    I, for one, welcome our new Media Elite Overlords.

      No ‘industrial complex’ runs the United States.

      George Soros and the Communist Chinese do. You’ll soon learn what that means, by way of Antifa and BLM goons being incorporated into the government, and visiting your home soon.

      Social industrial complex. Recall education camps for alleged diversitists, sexists, transphobics (e.g. trans/homosexuals), etc, who are notable, selectively white, male, normal, and, with progress, females, too, as they are no longer politically congruent. First, they came for the babies… Fetal-Americans.

    Remember this. Instead of accepting the win Congress handed them, they demand even more.

    Kinzinger is a coward. He is a “republican” congress”man” in a blue state that will lose a seat to redistricting. He is cowering to the democrats so that they don’t eliminate his seat.

    Yes, he is a coward. I say that as a military combat vet.

      He’s just an opportunist, selling out his base to become the new ‘McCain’. Ugh.

      This is why we need to destroy the GOP by abandoning it, an forming a new party. The GOP is infested with the likes of this rat.

        Wrote the RNC this morning – already mailed. Never voting Republican again in my life. Asked for all my $$$ back I contributed over the years. If tens of millions feel like me, the RNC is dead. Write and let them know it.

        Personally, I think this country is f**ked. Sorry Ben, we kept it going for as long as we could.

      mark311 in reply to Arejaye. | January 8, 2021 at 5:12 am

      Or maybe he is staking a claim to the post Trump situation? He obviously doesn’t like Trump, im not sure how that makes him a coward

    Trump will be in handcuffs as soon as he leaves office. The usurper must pay!

    Yeah- remove him.

    See how that works out.

    Invoke 25th ammendment to temporarily remove that POS and then impeach him to permanently remove him.
    The impeachment would bar him from holding federal office anymore.

    Clinton was such a bad candidate that Trump won.
    Trump was such a bad POTUS that Biden won.

      Dumb troll.

      Sanddog in reply to BAB. | January 7, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      Bless your heart dear… you know there’s a time frame for all of that, right? Well, you probably don’t know because if you were even semi-educated you wouldn’t have made such a childish and asinine statement.

        mark311 in reply to Sanddog. | January 8, 2021 at 5:10 am

        Its being actively considered. The timetable is tight sure but given the gravity of the situation you may find the time table accelerated.

    Trump thanks the assembly and asks them to go home. What else happened? Other than the act of novel self-defense? JournoLists braying for effect? Congressional disparate reaction?

    Utterly shocked I am that administration employees whose employment will terminate January 20th are resigning early. Somebody fetch me a tissue.

    As a PR matter, the Democrats are better off with Trump sticking it out until the 20th so they can have him as a punching bag until then. Plus Congress was scheduled to pack up and leave town after the certification was done and that’s what they did. The Senate is gone until the 19th and the House the 21st. They’re not coming back before then unless they absolutely have to, and impeachment-in-a-hurry does not qualify.

    IMO, only way he leaves early is if he says, “I quit”.

      mark311 in reply to p. | January 8, 2021 at 5:07 am

      PR wise the damage to Trump is done. Doesn’t matter if he resigns he will forever be tarnished as the President who incited a riot at the capitol. If the protests had been peaceful and law abiding he would have had a solid chance at 2024 now I would be surprised if he remains in the country.

    Mitch McConnell has the audacity to call this demonstration and insurrection? Please. Wait till these demonstrators show up with guns and take people hostage while demanding the suspension of the government. THAT is insurrection. These “insurrectionists” merely wanted to lodge a complaint to a body which has ignored them for at least the last decade. And all the Brave Sir Robin’s of the Congress ran away and hid. Not one of them stepped up and confronted thee mob and asked what they wanted. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM. They hid and expected $30 an hour security employees to put THEIR lives on the line to protect them. Which they did. Then they came slinking back and are making all of these brave speeches about how they defended the nation from an “insurrection”. How sidkening.

      txvet2 in reply to Mac45. | January 7, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      People are demanding that they be held accountable. To them, that IS an insurrection.

      mark311 in reply to Mac45. | January 8, 2021 at 4:12 am

      Why would they ask the mob what they wanted? They were busy for filling their constitutional role counting the election slates. Besides what they were asking for wasn’t really possible was it that’s kinda why the Trump movement is in the mess it’s in because they have been fed a grand lie with no plausible solution

    I’m genuinely confused – what did Trump specifically say that incited violence? I don’t follow Twitter, and never will, but what I’ve seen quoted, while clearly showing that he believes he was cheated, doesn’t ever rise to the level of incitement. Is there more? Complaining about being cheated doesn’t make him look wonderful, but it’s a long way from language which rises to the level of advocating violence.

    And to paraphrase a prominent left-leaning first amendment lawyer, vague allegations are the hallmark of meritless thuggery. Even from Shopify.

    Disgusting virtue signalers. May they rot in hell.