This latest ID'd insurrectionist raises a deeper question about accountability after the attack: what does our society do with folks who have already lost jobs, lost families, lost all connection to civil society as they fell deeper into Q/MAGA conspiracy thinking?
The default process here has been:

1. Identify individuals
2. Employers fire them
3. Police arrest them

But there's a significant chunk of Q folks who are already socially disconnected from what we consider "functional" life. They have nothing to lose, so to speak.
Ironically, some of our learnings from the War on Terror come into play here, especially when it comes to deprogramming people who have self-radicalized into violen extremists.

This isn't a problem we can just lock away. That just spreads radicalization into prisons.
Addressing the violent delusions of Q/MAGA insurrectionists isn't something our country can address as long as the @GOP is still feeding the fires of radicalization by doubling down on how 2020 was a "stolen election" and "radical liberals" are the "enemy" of the people.
This *must* be a national, nonpartisan, national security effort to address the homegrown domestic terrorism created and maintained in large part by President Donald Trump and his @GOP enablers.

Republicans must be part of the solution if there is to be *any* solution.
Though I fear to say that folks who think we can jail away the problems of Q/MAGA extremism are the same types of folks who were certain we could shoot and bomb our way to the end of Islamic terrorism. We can't follow the same failed path.
A good example of this is Christine Priola, one of the Capitol attackers who resigned from her job in the Cleveland school system. Look at her resignation letter:

"I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia"
Credit for the resignation letter image above goes to @Cleavon_MD, who has a running thread on identified Capitol attackers:

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10 Jan
The thing about referring to the president like you would a child is that when a child touches a hot stove it doesn't incite a terrorist attack against the seat of American government, killing five people and destabilizing the rule of law.
But you're right, Senator. I'm sure the insurrection he incited without consequences taught Trump a lesson. It just isn't the lesson you're thinking.
On another level, comparing the deaths of five people--including a police officer-- to the president "touching a hot stove" is a phenomenal way to minimize the lost lives @GOP politicians once theatrically claimed to care so much about.
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9 Jan
It is quickly becoming clear that senior figures in our government--and in the White House--not only supported the idea and goals of the January 6 terrorists, but provided material support, funding, and operational intelligence.

It got as far as holding the Guard in barracks.
The State Department has condemned foreign coups where strongman regimes kept their armies in barracks while inflicting violence on their political opponents. We correctly call them attacks on the rule of law itself.

THAT is what President Trump wanted, and why he must go.
That Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz cynically cheerled this insurrection is true. It also pales in severity to a public effort by the President of the United States to terrorize his own government into violating the Constitution.
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8 Jan
A sprawling, hours-long discussion has been taking place on 4chan's /pol/ board. where Q and MAGA folk are convinced Trump's concession video was a deepfake manufactured by Trump's shadowy enemies.

They're amping each other up to strike back.
It's tough to follow, but the working theory among the Q kin seems to be that Pence invoked the 25th Amendment and Trump is now some kind of Nelson Mandela political prisoner in the White House.
That's the thing about movements like Qanon--they'll always find a dramatic, sudden reason why the big reveal never happens.

Trump was just about to show his evidence of voter fraud, the line goes, but the Deep State silenced him at the last second.
Read 13 tweets
7 Jan
After admitting to the American people that their "election fraud" lie was exactly that--a lie--the Senate @GOP is now trying to overturn the Georgia electoral vote count because of..."election fraud".
@GOP Aaaand the objection is withdrawn. Just like that it turns out there was never actually any election fraud in Georgia after all!
How much worse would all of this be if Donald Trump was still allowed to tweet?
Read 4 tweets
7 Jan
Is Lindsey Graham drunk?
Graham is bouncing around, hair unkempt, sweaty, voice cracking, making weird jokes, telling Mike Pence he's always been a real good guy

What the hell is this?
Lindsey Graham is absolutely intoxicated.
Read 4 tweets
7 Jan
The Senate @GOP is using the time reserved for the Arizona electoral vote objection to talk about how much their hearts have grown after seeing today's insurrection.

Don't believe it for a minute. These people are pathological. Vote them the hell out.
@GOP McConnell and Lankford have both framed today's insurrection as something that happened *to them*.

If they were serious about reflecting on what happened today, they'd acknowledge this is something *they did to us* by putting power over patriotism.
@GOP Just one. I want just ONE Republican to stand up during their remarks and apologize to the American people for the very real damage to our democracy their Trump-humoring bullshit caused.

Because if they aren't saying that, they haven't learned shit.
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