I returned to Trump over the past few days to gain an insight into the thinking of his followers who suggest they are conservatives when they are really Trumpers and QAnons which is a totally different thing. I wondered what they thought about and how they justified the January 6, 2021 attack on our Capitol after three months. Fortunately looking around I found some of them who spelled it out.
These people do not want to address the how and why of the January 6 attack. That would be inconvenient. I suggest you can take judicial notice that It came about because Trump asked his supporters to come to DC on that day because it was going to be “wild.” Mr. Trump tweeted on Dec. 19, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th” He urged his followers to come:
“Be there, will be wild!”
What did Trump mean by that? As one article had it: “For weeks, President Trump and his supporters had been proclaiming Jan. 6, 2021, as a day of reckoning. A day to gather in Washington to “save America” and “stop the steal” of the election he had decisively lost, but which he still maintained — often through a toxic brew of conspiracy theories — that he had won by a landslide.
And when that day came, the president rallied thousands of his supporters with an incendiary speech. Then a large mob of those supporters, many waving Trump flags and wearing Trump regalia, violently stormed the Capitol to take over the halls of government and send elected officials into hiding, fearing for their safety.”
It is hard to disagree with that statement. The internet was full of folk tweeting about going to D.C. on the 6th. There were tweets talking about arming themselves. I cannot see how those tweets would go unnoticed by the Trump administration.
Hold your horses the Trump revisionist are now saying. They explain, as one had it, “What did Trump and his protesters want? Merely a delay in finalizing delegates; the delay, they hoped, would result in fairer recounts.”
I ask how were they planning to bring about this delay? If they were there because it was going to be “wild” then they had to be planning something special. That, of course, was to storm the Capitol for only by doing that could they have achieved their goal.
All who watched Trump’s actions after he lost the election well knew that by January 6 every contested election had a recount, some more than one. Didn’t Georgia have three or four. Were the recounts only going to be fair if Trump, like he did, called up the state officials and demanded that “they find” enough votes to give him the victory in the state and the election officials cheated to do that? Does the term “fairer recounts” mean counting the ballots over and over again until miracle of miracle the winner changes?
January 6 was 14 days before the inauguration of January 20. No recounts were scheduled between those dates. When were these “fairer recounts” supposed to take place? They could not happen before the inauguration. How long were we to wait until the Trump folk would agree they lost? We have a pretty good idea of that because now, more than five months after he lost, they have yet to accept that. Would we still be waiting to finalize the delegates?
Obviously the protesters were not interested in delay. They wanted to stop any recount. They wanted to stop the certification of Biden as the winner. They knew they could only do this by force. But what remains a mystery is if they had done that, what did they expect next? Did they really believe Trump could remain president until “fairer recounts” were done past his end date of January 20? Was that to be done as suggested by QAnon General Flynn by declaring martial law?
The idea that the people who invaded the Capitol and were held back by police pointing guns at them to allow the elected representatives in the Senate and House to go off to safe locations were only interested in a delay is preposterous. But it is only the first step in minimizing the Capitol attack. The next attempt to do so is to suggest the insurrection was much ado about nothing.