During the insurrectionists attack on Congress “[S]everal Republican members of Congress also called White House aides, begging them to get Trump’s attention and have him call for the violence to end.
“The lawmakers reiterated that they had been loyal Trump supporters and were even willing to vote against the electoral college results — but were now scared for their lives, officials said.
“When the mob first breached the Capitol, coming within mere seconds of entering the Senate chamber, Pence — who was overseeing the electoral certification — was hustled away to a secure location, where he remained for the duration of the siege, … .
“[T]he vice president fielded calls from congressional leaders furious that the National Guard had not yet been deployed, … . Pence, from his secret location in the Capitol, spoke with legislative and military leaders, working to mobilize the soldiers and offering reassurance.”

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14 Jan
Beto’s group is urging Americans to demand their senators to expel Cruz and Hawley. Sample script below.

“Call your Senators today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to vote to expel Cruz and Hawley from the U.S. Senate.
“Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who led the charge with their hatred and fear mongering, should be expelled from the Senate. As Beto said yesterday, to allow their attempt at sedition to go unpunished is to become complicit in it.
“So far, only 7 Senators have said they will vote to expel Cruz and Hawley. We are grateful for their commitment to protecting our democracy, but now we need to put pressure on the others to make sure violence-inducing traitors are not sitting Senators.
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“It led Jason Schmid, a senior Republican staffer on the House Armed Services Committee, to resign in disgust. Politico reported on what Schmid had to say on his way out the door.
“ ‘Anyone who watched those horrible hours unfold should have been galvanized to rebuke these insurrectionists in the strongest terms,’ Schmid wrote in a letter addressed to the committee's top Republican.
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It’s simple: trump’s base believes white people should control.

“The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’: The business owners, real-estate brokers, and service members who rioted acted not out of economic desperation, but out of their belief in their inviolable right to rule.”
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trump is a two - time loser (at least). Impeached again. This Republican Congressman nails the need to impeach. nytimes.com/article/republ…
“Representative John Katko of New York was the first Republican to publicly announce that he would back the impeachment proceedings.
“A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Katko said he looked at the facts of the siege, which began as lawmakers were working to certify the presidential election results.
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A great article by @SimonWDC hitting some of the same points about the need for Republicans to disavow trump’s lies and tone down the rhetoric. simon-rosenberg.medium.com/republicans-ha…
“The Trump Presidency has left America a domestic radicalization problem that is going to take years to address. But the role of post-Trump Republicans in this de-radicalization effort is going to be vital, essential.
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“Over the past two decades, financial industry whistleblowing has gone from being a rogue act of moral rectitude to a formalized industry, …
“incentivizing insiders with the prospect of partaking in the financial penalties that an enforcement action might generate using their information.”
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