For a long time, I was convinced there was was some smart conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Slowly, I realized that the Trump campaign is far too disorganized and clumsy to knowingly coordinate with the Russians, or anyone, even though they wanted to. 1/16
We have to think about the Capitol attack the same way. The people around Flynn are military vets in Special Forces or Green Berets. Flynn hired 1AP, and 1AP ended up in the Capitol, but it still doesn't mean there was a plan. It means there is a problem. 2/16
It means we need to demilitarize America. Militias are out of control. And Mike Flynn, who still thinks and talks like an expert in hybrid warfare, has been hiring them. So has Roger Stone. 3/16
Before the Capitol attack, Flynn recruited his Special Forces and intelligence friends to run election audits. He personally called Phil Waldron. He personally called 1AP. It's a tight group, and the whole thing circles around Flynn. 4/16
1AP are brute force, very paranoid people with weapons and armor. These are the type of people who would attack the Capitol because they believe China is attacking them.

It's likely they were inside the Capitol looking for antifa, thinking they were on an "intel" mission. 5/16
Now, that doesn't mean they're not dangerous. They could easily shoot someone they've decided is the "enemy." (It happened with Kyle Rittenhouse.) 6/16
But I still don't have the answers to Flynn's motivations. I do know that people connected to him say he wants "civil war." And he acts like it. 7/16
I do know his close colleague Ivan Raiklin is currently calling for the court to be overthrown in NH this month and for the Governor to be "removed." 8/16
But these are people who talk, all the time, about killing people, expeditiously, through "military tribunals." They get away with these death threats by saying "it's legal." 9/16
It could be that I've become so immersed in his world that I can't see it clearly. Maybe that's why the hatred and death threats toward Mike Pence--prior to Jan 6th--didn't terrify me until I saw them attack the Capitol. Maybe the @FBI has that problem, too. 10/16
Now, I'm still getting over that moment of terror.

They almost overthrew the U.S. government. They almost killed the Vice President. But they can't see it. They can't see it. That's the problem. 11/16
People attacked the U.S. Capitol because their minds were high on disinformation.

It could be that Mike Flynn is the mad General thinking he's saving the world, or it could be that he is intentionally manipulating people with lies. That's the question. 12/16
If it's the latter, he is very nefarious indeed. If it's the former, he's just gone nuts or is on drugs, which has been rumored.

Either way, the Capitol was full of Special Forces that day, inspired by Flynn, which is a shameful blot on the U.S. Army's reputation. 13/16
I'm angry for all the honorable vets out there who feel slimed by this behavior. 14/16
In short, I haven't seen evidence of one coordinated "plan" to attack the Capitol, but there were lots of little plans to stop Congress, however they could, which essentially amounts to the same thing. 15/16
Trump is the chaos theory of insurrection. Nothing with him is linear or rational. In fact, he prefers a barely-controlled melee. He stands in the middle of a wild, swirling blot of angry actions.

"It will be wild," he said. And it was. 16/16

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