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Another memo on Trump's coup strategy surfaces, highlighting intent to disenfranchise millions
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Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis prepared a memo detailing how the administration could disenfranchise the American electorate.

The human attention span is now shorter than that of a goldfish. In fact, according to one study, over the past twenty years it has dropped by over 30%, given the instant gratification and complete absence of critical skills needed to decipher the clever memes and pithy messages of the social media universe now embraced by most of the developed world. For Americans in particular, when presented with an unfamiliar concept like an attempted “coup”against their own government, the real ramifications of what that actually means tend to get lost amid phrases like “overturning” an “election result.”

But the reality is that when we talk about an attempted coup in this country, we are talking about the immediate, arbitrary and total disenfranchisement of tens of millions of people who entered the voting booth with a reasonable, lawful expectation that their vote would be counted. A coup seeks to negate not just those votes, but the hopes and beliefs of all people that cast them as well. In this country, on top of the obvious insult to the nation’s entire democratic history, a coup is essentially an act of violence, intending to invalidate the desires and values of real living, breathing, and thinking people. It’s a personal attack, a visceral betrayal of the country writ over and over again for every person whose vote is so devalued, which is why in many less civilized countries those guilty of attempting failed coups often end up in mass graves.

In its clumsy but brazen attempts to erase enough Americans’ votes to alter the 2020 election result, the Trump administration left a clear trail of evidence confirming that a full-blown coup was a palatable and desirable outcome. The memo prepared by attorney John Eastman (a former law clerk to current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), which detailed the exact course necessary to accomplish the coup was the first written record confirming the Trump administration’s intent. Now, another memo has surfaced, prepared by Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis and transmitted by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to staffers of former Vice President Mike Pence, further fleshing out Trump’’s scheme to disenfranchise and nullify votes lawfully cast by millions of Americans.
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As reported by Libby Cathie, writing for ABC News, the memo is discussed in a forthcoming book authored by that network’s chief Washington correspondent, Jonathan Karl.

In a memo not made public until now, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows emailed to Vice President Mike Pence's top aide, on New Year's Eve, a detailed plan for undoing President Joe Biden's election victory, ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl reports.

As reported by Cathie, Ellis’ memo, like Eastman’s, set forth a series of steps to be taken by Vice President Pence during the certification of each state’s vote electoral vote count on Jan. 6, the same day that Donald Trump, from his perch onstage along the national Mall, exhorted and incited a crowd summoned and massed by aides to storm the capital and attack members of Congress. As each state’s votes were called to be certified, “Pence was to send back the electoral votes from six battleground states that Trump falsely claimed he had won.”

The plan was to provide those states with a deadline of Jan. 15th to “send back a new set of votes, according to Karl.” When the states’ Republican legislatures deliberately failed to meet that deadline, the lack of a clear majority for either Trump or Biden would then force the issue to be decided by each state’s delegation as it consisted within the House of Representatives .

Such a scenario would leave neither Biden nor Trump with a majority of votes, Ellis wrote, which would mean "Congress shall vote by state delegation" -- which, Ellis said, would in turn lead to Trump being declared the winner due to Republicans controlling the majority of state delegations with 26.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s acting chief of staff, transmitted the memo to Pence’s staff on December 31. This was followed the next day with another memo, prepared by Trump aide John McEntee, arguing (inaccurately) that President Thomas Jefferson had utilized his position as VP in a similar manner.

That the preparation of these memos were not simply intellectual exercises but were actual plans to be executed is evident in Trump’s own actions as the certification of Jan. 6 approached. As Libbie reports, three days later, Trump spoke to a crowd in Georgia, where he alluded to the role he expected Pence to play during the upcoming certification process, then two days away.


"I hope Mike Pence comes through for us," Trump said at a roaring Georgia rally on Jan. 4, a day before Republicans would also lose their Senate majority. "I have to tell you I hope that our great vice president comes through for us. He's a great guy. Of course, if he doesn't come through, I won't like him quite as much."

On Jan. 6 Trump spoke to the crowd of insurrectionists gathered near the capitol. His words, however, were not intended for the rioters, but directed again at Mike Pence, then inside the Capitol Building, waiting to certify the Electoral Counts. According to Karl’s book, Trump also did not dispute that he called Pence on the morning of Jan 6, telling him “"You can be a patriot or you can be a p****," (presumably the deleted word is “pussy”; This conversation had been previously reported in the New York Times). Eastman, who had also submitted a blueprint for accomplishing the coup, also opined on Jan. 2 that whether the election could be overturned depended on Pence’s “courage” and “spine.”

The fact that an attempted coup does not succeed does not make it any less of a coup attempt. What this administration hoped and planned to do was to nullify the vote of every American who voted for Joe Biden, in the most convenient and nefarious way possible — by vacating the expressed will of six — or possibly seven--entire states’ populations, enough to turn the election over to a complicit Republican House, who would then invalidate the results. In that respect not only Trump and his administration are implicated, but every Republican representative who afterwards voted against certifying the election results, because by doing so they demonstrated their willingness to abet the planned coup.

Again, the stage for all of this was already set by Trump’s intensive repetition of the “Big Lie” coupled with a systematic effort made by complicit Republicans in state legislatures who knowingly attempted to cast doubts on their own state’s voting procedures, procedures which in many cases had been approved by those same Republican legislators prior to the actual 2020 election. The fact that in doing so these Republicans — from Trump on down — would effectively disenfranchise the votes of their own populations was, by all appearances, hardly given a second thought.

Thus far they’ve suffered no consequence for their actions, many even overtly taking steps to fundraise and monetize off their attempts to subvert the democratic process, as if the magnitude of their own treachery was beside the point.


But it’s not. Their treachery is the point. These people actively planned to murder our democracy, all because they didn’t like the results of an election. And they should all be forced to answer for it, one way or another.


 
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Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, turned himself in to the FBI Monday morning after being indicted on criminal contempt charges for refusing to cooperate with the House committee investigating January 6.

Bannon was defiant when addressing TV cameras, saying, "We're taking down the Biden regime."

Bannon, 67, was charged last week with one count related to his refusal to appear for a deposition and another related to his refusal to produce documents to the House committee investigating January 6. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, the Department of Justice said.

He is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon. The case has been referred to District Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed by Trump.......
 

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Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Monday launched his campaign to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022.

"I'm running for governor," he tweeted alongside a video announcement. "Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today -- and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us."

In launching a campaign that many Democrats in Texas had identified as the party's only chance of denying Abbott a third term, O'Rourke -- an El Paso native and former punk rocker who launched an internet services company and served on the city council before being elected to Congress in 2011 -- is making his third run for office in four years.


His first statewide run in Texas, a long-shot Senate campaign against Republican Ted Cruz in 2018, electrified Democrats in a state where the party has rarely been competitive for a generation.......
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Republican senator's allegiance to Trump is unshaken despite latest show of support for Jan. 6 mob
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Donald Trump continues to rule the Republican Party. The publication of a recorded interview in which Trump defended the people chanting “Hang Mike Pence” on Jan. 6 isn’t changing Sen. John Barrasso’s embrace of Trump.

In the interview, released by reporter Jonathan Karl as he promotes his new book, as Trump defended how the “very angry” insurrectionists targeted his own vice president, Karl reminded him of that “Hang Mike Pence” chant. “Because it’s common sense, Jon. It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect,” Trump responded. “How can you—if the vote is fraudulent right?—how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that?” (The vote was not fraudulent. Trump, one of history’s sorest losers, is lying, delusional, or both.)
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In response to Trump defending the people who attacked the U.S. Capitol and specifically defending their stated desire to assassinate the Republican vice president, Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, fell back on an old favorite of Republican politicians confronted with Trump’s outrages. He dodged and ducked and weaved and said “I don’t agree with President Trump on everything,” but he focused far more on where he does agree with Trump than on this specific disagreement with Trump about whether it was “common sense” for Trump supporters attacking the Capitol to wish to hang Pence.

Literally as far as Barrasso would go to criticize Trump was, “It’s not common sense,” and, “I don’t agree with President Trump on everything.”

But he poured his heart into defending Trump. Asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Can your party tolerate a leader who defends murderous chants against his own vice president?” Barrasso responded “Well -- well, let me just say, the Republican Party is incredibly united right now and it's because of the policies of this administration. And I think the more that the Democrats and the press becomes obsessed with President Trump, I think the better it is for the Republican Party. President Trump brings lots of energy to the party. He's an enduring force.” Then he attacked Democrats for a while.

When Stephanopoulos followed up about the common sense part, Barrasso downplayed the threat to Pence on Jan. 6.

“I was with Mike Pence in the Senate chamber during January 6th. And what happened was they quickly got Vice President Pence out of there, certainly a lot faster than they removed the senators,” he said. “I believed he was safe the whole time. I didn't hear any of those chants. I don't believe that he did either. And Vice President Pence came back into the chamber that night and certified the election.”

Eh, no big deal. I didn’t hear those chants. (Recordings of the chants are widely available.)

Donald Trump lost. He remains widely unpopular. Yet Republican lawmakers remain in thrall to him, too loyal or too fearful to say the most obvious thing, like: "It's terrible to sympathize with the people who stormed the Capitol and said they wanted to kill your sidekick." A few Republicans have been willing to sharply criticize Trump. They are either retiring or fighting for their political lives as they face primaries. Basically all of the rest of the Republicans in Congress or other prominent positions are sending the clear message that Trump remains the head of the Republican Party and they will continue to follow him.
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GOP Senator Barrasso of WY Won't Criticize Trump Over "Common Sense" Remark To Hang Pence.
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