I’m on the protest beat outside the White House tonight. Will try to keep this threaded. As of 8:40, there are a few hundred people on BLM plaza, representing several different groups and just themselves. It’s a block party vibe.
Unlike the Late May, early June protests here there is no visible federal law enforcement, just @DCPoliceDept keeping cross-streets closed. The focus is President Trump, not police. It is overall a much much calmer scene.
9:40 update: Lots of different groups around the White House so it’s tricky to keep track. On BLM plaza, one group is spray painting “Defund the Police” on the street. They’re trying to block cameras with signs and bodies. Image
10:05- along 15th street another huge group is using air-horns, whistles, tambourines and go-go music to be as loud as possible and try to disrupt the Trump speech. It’s basically a big, loud anti-Trump parade. Not sure if any is audible inside the grounds.
I put earplugs in...
And here’s the scene as I’m listening in my other ear to President Trump walking to the mics
The President is still speaking. The crowd here is thinning out substantially. Music still going but people are wandering off.
A crew of about 20 guys on ATV’s just rolled through, popping wheelies. It’s really not a DC event until the ATV’s roll through... Image

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"The Republicans want to participate," @GOPLeader says at his press conference this morning, trying to pre-but the Jan 6 select committee hearing later today. His argument is that the members Pelosi won't seat would ask the "tough questions" to expose why Capitol was unprepared.
@GOPLeader Batting second at this presser, @SteveScalise says the two members Pelosi won't seat (for publicly undermining the committee's efforts) were "canceled."
The line we're going to hear repeated from House Republicans over the next few weeks is that the select committee is all about Dems promoting a narrative, and trying to cover up for Pelosi, whom they accuse of failing to properly secure the Capitol on the 6th.
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@mtgreenee Greene is giving the full backstory of how she stumbled upon Q-Anon. Says she got there by Googling things about the Russia investigation in 2018. Says she didn't trust the government then. "A lot of Americans don't trust our government."
Greene says she regrets the Facebook comments and likes she posted about Q-Anon then. "I stopped believing it... any source of information that is a mix of truth and lies, is dangerous."
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From the Impeachment Managers' Brief: "It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc."
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Has anyone seen or heard from Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 since last week? His negotiation on behalf of the President led to bipartisan bill, passed overwhelmingly, that the president won’t sign. How does he have the credibility to stay in that job? Or at least that role?
It’s a serious question. Who in the Trump admin could walk into Pelosi’s or McConnell’s office right now and say: The President will sign X, and they’d believe it. Jared? Without that person, how does this manufactured crisis end before Jan 20?
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This isn't theoretical. Real people need help, period.
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Folks! The bill is on the move!
The bill comes in at 5593 pages. Better get reading.
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I keep thinking that Democrats have lost a messaging battle in fighting for shorthand "state and local" COVID aid money. If you hammer (and if the legislation reflects) that this is money to keep EMTs, firefighters and cops, etc employed, you're making a more compelling argument.
Original framing of the HEROES act nailed this - supporting our heroes in the pandemic fight, but over time, the "state and local" shorthand for that portion of the bill has gotten a bit radioactive.
And some of this may be our fault in the political press... I certainly can't wash my hands of it. Being more specific always helps.
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