1. Yes, it's much worse. There were maybe 12 handguns defending our Congress. If any of the terrorists who stormed our Capitol had a bomb he could've wiped out most of our Congress.

They posted their entire attack plan online in advance.

The cold, hard truth is that security
2. CHOSE to be light, chose to make it possible for these Far-Right extremists to menace Congress, likely they were ordered to by Trump appointees, & that in some cases didn't have to be bc they support Trump. Every guard that hang out w, abetted, or helped these insurrectionists
3. should be charged. Its understandable that many did not confront a force they would have been overwhelmed by- that is diff. But the ones that escorted them into the Capitol??? The Capitol Police are currently protected by a FOIA ban. That ban should be exempted for the purpose
4. of investigating this event bc it is CLEAR something odd happened with the leadership of the Cap Police & this event that resulted in our Congress being ransacked & invaded, our members lives being risked, and a Cap Police officer being murdered. And the main person in charge
5. of it all? The person who literally set the crowd upon the legislative branch to make them pay for not overriding the Constitution on his behalf, Donald Trump? That person has 11 more days and unlimited power from which he can harm the country and its people he is supposed to
6. serve and protect. He is a dangerously unstable person that needs to be removed from office. In lieu of that, the GOP MUST be pressured to remove as must support from him as possible bc he is far weaker w/o them. W/O GOP assistance, he is limited in what he can do.

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