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From the News side by DougThompson

The accidental, often unacceptable, and more often toxic presidency of Donald John Trump ended, for the most part, in the wee hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, just 13 days before Joe Biden will be sworn in as Americans 46th president along with Kamala Harris as the nations first female vice president on the steps of the Capitol defaced the day earlier by a violent mob of thugs incited by the outgoing and disgraced resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Abandoned by the vice president who stuck by him for four years and the Senate Majority Leader who backed away and voted against the attempts to overturn the decision of voters on Nov. 3, Trump finally acknowledged his defeat and promised a smooth transition after more than two months of failing to recognize Biden as president-elect.

Yet, he could not do so without continuing to lie.

Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th, Trump said in a statement posted to Twitter by aides after the social media company blocked his account because of his promotion of violence that it felt led to the violence and deaths in Washington.

One of the deaths was 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, a California native and Air Force veteran, her former husband told The Washington Post. On social media, she expressed strong support for Trump and echoed many of his conspiracy theories and false claims of mass voter fraud. Capitol Police say she was shot by one of their officers as she tried to force her way into the Capitol.

In his Twitter statement after the Congressional certification of Bidens election, Trump added another lie: While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, its only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!

In reality, Trump leaves America in far worse shape than the nation he inherited four years ago from Barack Obama one torn apart by bitter partisanship, internal strife, ravaged by a pandemic he ignored and an economy sinking in unemployment and failed businesses brought down by the Coronavirus COVID-19 and his many missteps, lies, and ignorance.

Holed up in the White House during the assault on the Capitol, Trump lashed out at vice president Pence for not ignoring the law and Constitution to overturn the Electoral College votes and popular votes by a majority of more than eight million to declare him president.

Do it, Mike, he tweeted, This is a time for extreme courage.

Instead, Pence chose the Constitution and the law saying he could not claim unilateral authority to do Trumps illegal bidding, and reopened the joint Congressional session to continue certifying the votes with a direct message to those who tried to stop it: You did not win.

Count me out, said another steadfast Trump supporter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Enough is enough.

Several members of Congress suggested it was time for his Cabinet to use the 25h Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump immediately from office and not wait until Jan. 20. Others wanted him prosecuted for crimes.

I think Donald Trump probably should be brought up on treason for something like this, said Rep. Jimmy Gomez, (D-Calif.). This is how a coup is started. and this is how democracy dies.

Coup was a word used by both Republicans and Democrats in their criticism of Trumps activities that led to the assault on the Capitol. So was sedition.

Lies have consequences, said Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the presidents addiction to constantly stroking division.

Majority Leader McConnell called it a failed insurrection. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Congress will show the world What America is made of without Trump in the White House.

Besides the loss of Trump, McConnell will also become minority leader of the Senate after the Senate runoffs in Georgia elected two Democrats to replace Republican incumbents and gave the upper body at 50-50 split with new vice president Kamala Harris the tie-breaker.

At the White House, aides disgusted by the actions of their leader began to turn in resignations, including Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump, a former press secretary to Trump, and a longtime aide.

Noted former President Obama, whose vice-president replaces Trump:

For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now were seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.

While Trump failed to go before the people on nationwide TV, president-elect Biden did. He called the actions insurrection and an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: The doing of the peoples business.

He added:

This is not dissent. It is disorder. It is chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end. Now.

It ends for Trump and his incompetent, corrupt presidency. It will be up to Biden to make sure it doesnt happen again in the coming months and years.

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He may have killed hundreds of thousands of us by his incompetence, negligence, and lies, but he incited a riot and sent Ashli Babbitt to her death. Her blood is forever on his hands.

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Yay!!! A Doug Thompson column and a fine one at that!! smile

(There needs to be an update to the column. Four people died, one of them a law enforcement officer. )



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Five, two women in their 30s two men in their 50s and the law enforcement guy.


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Originally Posted by pdx rick
Yay!!! A Doug Thompson column and a fine one at that!! smile

(There needs to be an update to the column. Four people died, one of them a law enforcement officer. )

Add another.

Third officer who responded to January 6 attack dies by apparent suicide

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A third officer who responded to the January 6 attack on the Capitol has died by apparent suicide, a spokesperson for Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said Monday.


Officer Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran on the force, was found dead in his home Thursday, according to Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesperson.

"Officer Hashida was a hero, who risked his life to save our Capitol, the Congressional community and our very Democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "All Americans are indebted to him for his great valor and patriotism on January 6th and throughout his selfless service."

This is a police department consisting of some two thousand officers.
Nationally about 230 cops commit suicide every year, much higher than the population at large, but for a department only about ten times that number, TWO in a couple of months is staggering...until one ponders just how shocking the attacks of the insurrection really were.

When a police officer tasked with protecting our temple of democracy is attacked by fellow cops and active duty and former military, it is bound to shatter the core foundation of one's value system. To hear people yell "kill him with his own gun!" on the steps of the Capitol, and then to discover that some of these people are supposed to be "on the job", must feel like the ultimate betrayal.

So much for "BACK THE BLUE!" and "BLUE LIVES MATTER!" and all the rest of the bullcrap tropes being tossed around like so many rolls of paper towels.

There's your update. hitsfan

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