One Republican member of Congress has a connection to a group that led a 'caravan' to the Capitol attack. @RepBillJohnson participated in a 2018 weapons training with a company in his home state that brought a group to the Capitol on Jan. 6.…
Here are some more photos of @RepBillJohnson and his staff shooting guns with the group that led a "caravan" to the storming of the Capitol.…
.@RepBillJohnson's office has not responded to my questions about his relationship with ATG Worldwide, a group that led a "caravan" to the Capitol attack. Here's another picture of him posing with them during a 2018 weapons training.…

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14 Jan
The fact Politico gave prime real estate to Ben Shapiro the day after he claimed *everyone* has zip tie restraints at home in an attempt to minimize the Capitol riots and it all being sponsored by the oil and gas lobby tells you more about DC than any newsletter scoop could.
Exhibit A: Image
Exhibit B: Image
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13 Jan
Congresswoman @mtgreenee's comms guy is suggesting I am "literally lying" for saying she was "bizarrely suggesting" Trump should "remain in office indefinitely." This is a woman who repeatedly falsely disputed the election and posted the hashtag "#AlwaysTrump."
Tonight she *literally* tweeted that Trump "will remain in office." But sure, I am the one who is lying to people @RealNickDyer
Also this comes after a thread where I noted @mtgreenee "promoted a conspiracy theory that Democrats are part of a child murdering pedophile cabal" while "cheerily schmoozing in private" and @RealNickDyer found one comment to take issue with ... and still fell flat on his face
Read 5 tweets
13 Jan
I will tell you a funny story I headd about Marjorie Taylor Green, the QAnon supporting congresswoman
.@mtgreenee, who promotes QAnon and is bizarrely suggesting President Trump should remain in office indefinitely came to Congress' freshman orientation late last year. ...
This congresswoman who has promoted a conspiracy theory that Democrats are part of a child murdering pedophile cabal, was excitedly introducing herself to Dem colleagues behind the scenes. She was jazzed by the orientation. "Isn't this neat?" someone told me she asked.
Read 6 tweets
11 Jan
PTSD is so real. I have experienced it myself. A big part of surviving is getting treatment that helps you be aware of how it affecting you. If you are experiencing trauma following last week's events - or anything else - don't be afraid to seek help.
I haven't shared this often but I will today for anyone it might help. In 2005, I was in an awful car accident. We were hit by a drunk driver and ended up in a multi car pileup. My friend died in the car. My leg was shattered. We were trapped in the car together as he died.
This happened in France and the medical care I got was very good. After waking from a coma and getting out of the ICU, one of the first things the hospital did was send a therapist to my bed. I remember being confused ans wondering why.
Read 7 tweets
11 Jan
This is such an uneducated, disengenuous take on free speech.
Free speech has never been fully limitless in the U.S. There are curbs on, for example, shouting fire in a crowded movie theater, hate speech, vulgarity, and incitement to violence.
In the case of these websites, they are operating on private hosting services. In the case of Twitter it is a private business. These firms have free speech of their own and ability to operate their platforms as they see fit.
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10 Jan
Let's talk about the proper terms to describe what happened at the Capitol for a moment. I know this has been contentious and I have put a lot of thought into it ...
It was unquestionably a riot. We know this. There's no question about it. But it was also something much more since there was planning, official participation, and the goal of overturning our democracy.
Some people are adamant about calling this a coup. I get that but I think they are wrong. If you read the definition of coup, it signifies success. In the original French, it quite literally means a blow that was struck. This was a coup attempt it was not a coup.
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