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12 Jan, 4 tweets, 2 min read
NEW: This viral incident - 20M views on Twitter! - had nothing to do with the Capitol attack.

Video was taken at Charlotte airport Friday night. American Airlines says the screaming man had just been asked to get off a flight to Denver for refusing to comply with mask policy.
There was never any reason to believe this man had been put on a no-fly list related to the Capitol insurrection. But that claim went viral anyway - even though the caption on the original TikTok video had said it was a mask incident.
The woman who filmed and posted the original video later conceded she hadn't known for sure that it was a mask incident; caution was always warranted. But caution was extra-warranted on the "no-fly list" nonsense, which was conjured from thin air.
He actually didn't. When you slow down the audio, he said he was called "a KAREN." (I'm not gonna get into a "well *I* heard..." debate. Even if he had said he'd been called a terrorist, no reason to jump from that to "he was a rioter on a no-fly list.")

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11 Jan
So I spoke to Ben Costiloe, tweeter of the inaccurate mega-viral impeachment tweet, to tell him it was wrong and that I'd be doing a fact check. He said good-naturedly: "Tear it a new one. Go for it, baby!" He said he's just a "nobody" dude who saw the info on his FB feed. 1/
Costiloe said he never knew if the info he tweeted was true - it just showed up on his Facebook and "made me feel good," and he thought he'd share. He said, "I don't want to mess up the world. I just wanted to make me feel good. It turns out it made a lot of people feel good." 2/
Costiloe said he had just 200 followers at the time he tweeted (now more than 2,700); he's just a guy living with diabetes in Texas. He said he was amazed at how viral the tweet went given his low following: 181,000 retweets and counting. 3/
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7 Jan
Biden calls yesterday "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation" and "an assault on the rule of law." He says "don't care call them protesters; they were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic, it's that simple."
Biden: "I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming. but that isn't true. We could see it coming. The past four years, we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done."
Biden is delivering a broad denunciation of Trump, for everything from using language like "enemy of the people" to deploying the military to tear-gas peaceful protesters.
Read 6 tweets
7 Jan
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Trump and I: we've had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he's been a consequential president. But today...all I can say is, uh, count me out, enough is enough, I've tried to be helpful."
Graham: When Wisconsin's Supreme Court rules 4 to 3 on Trump's election challenge, "I agree with the 3 but I accept the 4. If Al Gore can accept 5-4 and he's not president, I can accept Wisconsin 4 to 3."
Sen. Lindsey Graham is now dismissing and mocking Trump's fake list of supposed fraud in Georgia (not naming Trump while doing so): "They say there's 66,000 people in Georgia under 18 voted. How many people believe that? I ask: give me 10! Hadn't had one."
Read 4 tweets
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says on the floor that Trump's claim the election was "stolen" includes "sweeping conspiracy theories." McConnell says "over and over, the courts rejected these claims," including judges Trump nominated himself.
McConnell: "Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale, that would've tipped the entire election."
McConnell: "The voters, the courts, and the states...they've all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."

He adds that the election was actually "not unusually close."
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Biden says he usually has 20-25 people at Christmas dinner, but not this year. He says, "We all have to care enough for each other that we have to stay apart, just a little bit longer. I know it's hard." He warns "experts say things are going to get worse before they get better."
Biden says again that the Covid relief deal is good news, but repeats it's just a "first step" and "down payment." He says he'll put forward a plan to Congress "early next year," seeking more funds for testing, vaccine distribution, struggling people, local police, fire, nurses.
Biden: "Here is the simple truth. Our darkest days in the battle against Covid are ahead of us, not behind us. So we need to prepare ourselves. To steel our spines. As frustrating as it is to hear, it's gonna take patience, persistence, and determination to beat this virus."
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Trump then says that "we were winning everything, and all of a sudden, it was just called off." Would try to fact check this but I don't even know what it means.
Trump says "it's also clear that we have won Georgia," though that is not clear from the publicly available data.
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