The biggest change since Trump lost Twitter is that the president now seems entirely controlled by events, instead of controlling them through an incendiary retweet or distracting online rant.
Trump could walk a few feet to the White House Press Room and control the media cycle with a briefing or a rant. He doesn't even attempt it, such is his pathological hatred of pushback.

Trump governed 280 characters at a time, and now the president is invisible.
We've seen no new video releases from the White House. No Trump call-ins to Fox News or OANN. Even his surrogates are largely silent, which tells me he's basically stopped communicating with them, too. All this because a grown man got the banhammer on Twitter dot com.
This is what happens to a bully, and why I supported banning Trump from Twitter as far back as his 2015 candidacy. One good sock in the nose and Trump might as well be a nonentity.
And then there's...whatever is going on here

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12 Jan
It is difficult to overstate the clear and present threat to American government if the Pentagon isn't sure it can trust our own soldiers to carry out their oaths.
It's also a completely unsustainable tension. President Biden and the rest of the government can't conduct four years of business while looking over their shoulder for a potential Q-radicalized Secret Service agent convinced Biden is drinking baby blood. It must be addressed.
It's not my intention to scare anyone, at least not more than you should be scared about anti-government radicalization in the military. But it drives home that Biden SecDef nominee Lloyd Austin will have a lot of very critical force readiness work to do over a very short time.
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12 Jan
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Don't speak to me or my son ever again.
At least it can't get any wor Image
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11 Jan
One of the reasons these "armed protests" are kicking off on January 17 as opposed to, say, now? Because "Q" is the 17th letter of the alphabet, and you'll see repeated references to 17 as a lucky number among the extremists on 8kun, Parler and Gab.
The fusion of Q and MAGA into one umbrella conspiracy movement isn't hidden on extremist messaging services. In merging, Q adopted MAGA's passion for paramilitary violence as a preferred means of drawing attention to its message.
When Nashville suicide bomber Anthony Quinn Warner destroyed the AT&T switching station, Q folks praised him for attacking the state *without* hurting citizens most Q supporters view as harmless sheep.

That's not the case for MAGA, which views violence as the means to an end.
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10 Jan
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.
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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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