WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RIOT AT THE CAPITOL ON JANUARY 6TH?

One of the best parts of the Second Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump was in Michael van der Veen’s the closing argument.

Since I want to make it easy for my readers to find and share the best part with others, I copied the transcript of that best part from C-SPAN and cleaned it up a bit (Impeachment Trial, Day 5 (c-span.org)). C-SPAN apparently uses language recognition software, and that software makes mistakes. That software also does not break up the transcript into paragraphs.

Note I copied the transcript this morning. I did not have any luck finding it latter. Hopefully, the C-SPAN is not trying to cancel something so obvious.

Michael van der Veen’s closing argument begins at about 4 hours and 50 minutes in the video, Impeachment Trial, Day 5 (c-span.org). The part of the transcript I cut out starts at about eleven minutes into the PBS video. Note that the original C-SPAN transcript was in capital letters.

DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS SPENT MONTHS PRIOR TO JANUARY 6, ATTACKING THE VERY LEGITIMACY OF OUR NATION’S MOST CHERISHED INSTITUTIONS AND TRADITIONS. THEY DID NOT JUST QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF ONE ELECTION. THEY CHALLENGED THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ENTIRE NATION. EVERYTHING FROM OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, OUR CONSTITUTION, DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. THEY SAID THAT OUR SOCIETY WAS ROOTED IN HATRED. THEY EVEN SAID THAT AMERICA DESERVED, AND I WILL QUOTE, “A RECKONING.” AS YOU HEARD YESTERDAY, THROUGHOUT THIS SUMMER, DEMOCRAT LEADERS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, REPEATEDLY MADE COMMENTS THAT PROVIDED MORAL COMFORT TO MOBS ATTACKING POLICE OFFICERS.

DURING THAT TIME, MANY OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WERE INJURED. AS WE ALL KNOW, TWO SHERIFFS DEPUTIES IN LOS ANGELES WERE AMBUSHED AND SHOT AT BLANK RANGE. MEMBERS OF THIS VERY BODY HAVE BEEN ENDANGERED. SENATORS FROM MAINE TO KENTUCKY AND MOST POINTS IN BETWEEN HAVE BEEN HARASSED BY MOBS. LAST AUGUST, A MENACING LEFT WING MOB SWARMED SENATOR RAND PAUL AND HIS WIFE AS THEY LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THEY HAD TO BE RESCUED BY POLICE. FOR MONTHS, OUR FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN PORTLAND WAS PLACED UNDER SEIGE BY VIOLENT ANARCHISTS WHO ATTACKED ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DAILY AND REPEATEDLY AND TRIED TO SET FIRE TO THE BUILDING. SPEAKER PELOSI DID NOT CALL THE VIOLENT SIEGE OF THE FEDERAL BUILDING AN INSURRECTION. SHE CALLED THE FEDERAL AGENTS PROTECTING THE COURTHOUSE STORM TROOPERS. THE WHITE HOUSE COMPLEX WAS BESIEGED BY MOBS THAT THREW BRICKS, ROCKS, AND BOTTLES AT SECRET SERVICE AGENTS. THEY SET FIRE TO AN HISTORIC STRUCTURE AND BREACHED THE SECURITY FENCE TO INFILTRATE THE TREASURY GROUNDS.

WHEN MY CLIENT’S ADMINISTRATION SENT IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TO SECURE THE NATION’S CAPITOL. CITY ADMINISTRATORS, DEMOCRAT LEADERS, DEMANDED THAT THE FORCES BE WITHDRAWN. THE WASHINGTON DC MAYOR SAID THE PRESENCE OF THE NATIONAL GUARDS WAS AND AFRONT OF THE SAFETY OF THE DISTRICT. IT MUST BE FULLY INVESTIGATED WHETHER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP HERE IN WASHINGTON DC TOOK AN INADEQUATE AND IRRESPONSIBLE FORCE POSTURE ON JANUARY 6th BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE FALSE NARRATIVE OF WHAT HAPPENED LAST JUNE. HOPEFULLY, WE CAN ALL NOW AGREE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION ACTED PROPERLY BY TAKING ACTION TO STOP A RIOTOUS MOB ESTABLISHING AN APPROPRIATE SECURITY PERIMETER AND PREVENT THE WHITE HOUSE FROM POTENTIALLY BEING OVERRUN.

THE HOUSE MANAGERS ARGUED THIS WEEK THAT AN ALLEGED BRIEF DELAY IN ISSUING IN ISSUING A PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM MR. TRUMP ON JANUARY 6 WAS SOME HOW EVIDENCE THAT HE COMMITED INCITEMENT OR SUPPORTED THE VIOLENCE. YET FOR MONTHS LAST YEAR JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS AND COUNTLESS OF OTHER DEMOCRAT REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO CONDEMN THE EXTREME RIOTS THAT WERE OCCURRING DAILY, AS BUSINESSES WERE BEING RAMSHACKLED. AS NEIGHBORHOODS WERE BEING BURNED, AS A BOMBS WERE EXPLODING. THEY REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO TELL THEIR VIOLENT SUPPORTERS TO STAND DOWN. SOME EVEN SUGGESTED THE MOB’S ACTIONS WERE JUSTIFIED. VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS LITERALLY URGED HER FOLLOWERS TO DONATE MONEY TO A FUND TO BAIL OUT THE VIOLENT EXTREME RIOTERS SO THAT THEY COULD GET OUT AND CONTINUED TO DO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SHE LATER SAID THAT THOSE FOLKS WERE NOT GOING TO LET UP AND THAT THEY SHOULD NOT.

ALL OF THIS WAS FAR CLOSER TO THE ACTUAL DEFINITION OF INCITEMENT THAN ANYTHING PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS EVER SAID OR DONE, NEVER MIND WHAT HE SAID ON THE SIXTH. IT IS A HYPOCRISY. IT IS A HYPOCRISY THAT THE HOUSE MANAGERS HAVE LAID AT THE FEET OF THIS CHAMBER.

THE HOUSE MANAGERS SUGGESTED IN THIS RECENT — THAT THIS RECENT HISTORY IS IRRELEVANT TO THE CURRENT PROCEEDINGS. BUT NOT ONLY AS A DEMOCRAT BEHAVIOR SURROUNDING LAST YEAR’S RIOTS HIGHLY RELEVANT AS A PRECEDENT, AND DOES NOT ONLY REVEALED THE DISHONESTY AND INSINCERITY OF THIS ENTIRE ENDEAVOR. IT ALSO PROVIDES CRUCIAL CONTACTS THAT SHOULD INFORM OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE ON JANUARY 6.

MANY OF THE PEOPLE INFILTRATED THE CAPITOL TOOK PICTURES OF THEMSELVES AND POSTED THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA. TO SOME IT SEEMS, THEY THOUGHT THAT IT WAS ALL A GAME. THEY APPARENTLY BELIEVED VIOLENT MOBS, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, RIOTING, ASSAULTING POLICE AND VANDALIZING HISTORIC TREASURES WAS SOMEHOW NOW ACCEPTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHERE MIGHT THEY HAVE GOTTEN THAT IDEA? I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU IT WAS NOT FROM MR. TRUMP. IT WAS NOT MR. TRUMP, IT WAS NOT ANYONE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT SPENT THE SIX MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE CAPITOL ASSAULT GIVING RHETORICAL AID AND COMFORT TO MOBS, MAKING EXCUSES FOR RIOTERS, CELEBRATING RADICALISM AND EXPLAINING THAT ANGRY FRUSTRATED MARGINALIZED PEOPLE WERE ENTITLED TO BLOW OFF STEAM LIKE THAT.

LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, THERE CAN BE NO EXCUSE OF THE DEPRAVED ACTION OF THE RIOTERS HERE AT THE CAPITOL OR ANYWHERE ELSE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. 100% OF THOSE GUILTY OF CRIMES SHOULD HAVE LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCES FOR THEIR SHAMEFUL AND DEPRAVED CONDUCT, BUT THIS TRIAL HAS RAISED THE QUESTIONS ABOUT WORDS, ACTIONS OR CONSEQUENCES.

AS A NATION WE WILL ASK OURSELVES HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT THIS PLACE WHERE RIOTING AND PILLAGING WOULD BECOME COMMONPLACE? I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT IT WAS MONTH AFTER MONTH OF POLITICAL LEADERS AND MEDIA PERSONALITIES, BLOOD THIRSTY FOR RATINGS, GLORIFYING CIVIL UNREST AND CONDEMNING THE REASONABLE LAW ENFORCEMENT MEASURES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO QUELL VIOLENT MOBS. HOPEFULLY WE CAN ALL LEAVE THIS CHAMBER AND UNIFORM AGREEMENT THAT ALL RIOTING, ALL RIOTING, IS BAD. AND THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT DESERVES OUR RESPECT AND SUPPORT. THAT HAS BEEN MR. TRUMP’S POSITION FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

THE REAL QUESTION IN THIS CASE IS WHO IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH ACTS OF A MAYHEM AND VIOLENCE WHEN THEY ARE COMMITTED? HOUSE DEMOCRATS WENT TWO DIFFERENT STANDARDS. ONE FOR THEMSELVES AND ONE FOR THEIR POLITICAL OPPOSITION. THEY HAVE CARRIED OUT A GROSSLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL EFFORT TO PUNISH MR. TRUMP FOR PROTECTED FIRST AMENDMENT SPEECH. IT IS AN EGREGIOUS VIOLATION OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. SINCE HE UTTERED NOT A SINGLE WORD ENCOURAGING VIOLENCE, THIS ACTION CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS AN EFFORT TO CENSOR DISFAVORED POLITICAL SPEECH AND DISCRIMINATE AGAINST A DISAPPROVED VIEWPOINT. IT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED ACTION WITH THE POTENTIAL TO DO GRAVE AND LASTING DAMAGE TO BOTH THE PRESIDENCY, AND THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AND THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNMENT. YESTERDAY WE PLAYED YOU A VIDEO OF COUNTLESS DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF THE SENATE URGING THEIR SUPPORTERS TO FIGHT. WE SHOWED YOU THOSE VIDEOS NOT BECAUSE WE THINK YOU SHOULD BE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR SAYING THOSE THINGS, BUT BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU SHOULD NOT BE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR SAYING THOSE THINGS. BUT RECOGNIZE THE HYPOCRISY.

Impeachment Trial, Day 5 (c-span.org)

Here is a bonus, an example of why I like Michael van der Veen, Trump attorney rips off mic after questioning from CBSN anchor (yahoo.com). Because of her obvious effort to slant the interview, van der Veen just chewed up CBSB news anchor Lana Zak.

Admittedly, when van der Veen recommended PBS to Zak as a good example, I cracked up. There is a subtlety here that van der Veen apparently misses. PBS is just as partisan, but they make a rigorous effort to hide their partisanship. When PBS doesn’t want us know something, they hide it. When PBS wants us to know something that is not true, they just calmly report it. What PBS doesn’t do is sound as rabidly partisan as other partisan Liberal Democrat media outlets.

Why do privately own networks more readily reveal their bias? Why does PBS hide its partisanship? Before cable and the Internet, getting an FCC license was much important. Broadcasters had to have an FCC license to connect to their listeners and viewers over the airwaves. Since FCC is a government entity, broadcasters did not want to upset any politician powerful enough to interfere with keeping their license. PBS, because it receives government funding, still has a great incentive to avoid upsetting powerful politicians. So, they walk softly. Nevertheless, because Democrat politicians are far more eager to fund them, PBS (and NPR too) maintain a Liberal Democrat bias.

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  1. The Continuing Crisis, The election and its aftermath.
    by Michael Anton

    https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/the-continuing-crisis/

    The author presents a thorough analysis of the election. One of the points he brings out is how poorly prepared was the RNC and the Trump team to fight election manipulation. It is clear the Dems and the CCP took control of the election process early on (see the Time magazine article). My question to the GOP is what are you going to do to go on the offensive with regard to election manipulation before 2022 and 2024?

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  2. Tom,

    Police Crowd control methods are no secret. For example, the December 26, 2017 link below lists the main reason for the Capitol riot. Yet, the politicians will ignore or cover up this reason because it tells the truth of who to blame. There is now talk of another 9/11 commission to investigate the Capitol riots.

    Another excuse reason for politicians to spend money hiring consultants, lawyers, political buddies to profit and keep the news media driven to convolute or keep under cover what the following Reason 16 explains is is the main reason for the Capital riot in a Democrat liberal controlled community.

    “13. KNOW THE RECIPE FOR FAILURE
    Take one highly trained (or especially untrained) crowd control team, garnish it with untrained leadership calling the shots (like micro-managing mayors) and you will cook up a memorable failure.”

    https://www.police1.com/police-products/less-lethal/articles/16-police-tactics-for-crowd-control-during-modern-demonstrations-j2MjoDM83soARucF/#:~:text=%2016%20police%20tactics%20for%20crowd%20control%20during,Officers%20present%20must%20recognize%20the%20dynamics…%20More%20

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @Angel

      You ought to put that online. Suspect the FBI would be interested. Might help them eliminate a few suspects. Of, it could also earn you a visit. If you are worried, talk to a lawyer and get some advice.

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      1. I don’t want to post them. I took them as screen captures from Twitch and Twitter live streams.

        I don’t think I would trust any of the alphabet agencies at this point.

        I’m assuming the agencies via NSA are capturing the streams in real time with much better technology than I used.

        I’m just making the point that not one thing about it makes sense. 🙂

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        1. @Angel

          There is problem with saying you have something like video you won’t post. Saying you have proof and then refusing to post what you say you have undermines your credibility. Better just to argue your last point.

          I’m just making the point that not one thing about it makes sense. 🙂

          What happened at the Capitol on January 6th? Who is to blame? We have a bunch of people who did more to foment riots complaining about someone who was trying to quell the riots they were encouraging. Such hypocrites cannot be trusted. What is more ironic is that these same hypocrites say Trump spent months inciting violence, all pointing to the riot at the Capitol on January 6. Yet EVERYONE was shocked and surprised by the riot. So, no. None of the lies make much sense.

          What happened? Who were those people? We will probably never have a complete picture. To the extent there were any, my guess is that most of the Antifa participants cleared out quickly after the Capitol was successfully invaded. As imposters, they knew they would get in trouble if they stayed in the area. The so-called Trumpians, on the other hand, had spent too much time in Facebook chat rooms with likeminded souls. They had foolishly convinced themselves that they were doing nothing wrong. Anyone who had not been living in an echo chamber knew better.

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          1. I don’t have any vested interest in lying about the videos I captured. I mean, what would even be the point of someone lying about that?

            Lots of them are probably still on Twitter and Twitch.

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  3. Read the letter from Former Chief of Police Capitol Police Steven A Sund that he wrote to Pelosi its posted online

    Pelosi demanded he resign

    A few points in a long letter

    1000s arrived in riot gear, pepper spray, bear spray, weapons, ear pieces etc attacking Capitol Police who were not equipped for this

    They were not MAGA people

    Mr Sund immediately called for backup

    Department of Defense took 3 hours to approve an urgent request for National Guard support

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    1. @hocuspocus13

      Sort of agree.

      The Capitol Police could have been prepared, but their political management did not allow it. Sund was their fall guy. There is no reason unarmed demonstrators should have gotten into the Capitol, and everyone knows it.

      The people who attacked the Capitol were not doing something Trump wanted done, but most of them probably voted for him. What Trump stood for is really the issue, and the vast majority of his supporters have no interest in violence.

      Trump was not stirring up violence. Was he angry about the election? Who wouldn’t be? And he was not about to give up while he still had any legal options.

      The normal option for this sort of thing is a careful investigation conducted by the courts or legislative committees. There were some such, but the news media reports were biased, and so were the investigators. So, when Congress balked at doing an investigation too, some in fringe groups blew their stacks.
      Violence can make sense to angry people, especially when the people they angry with are angry and encouraged last year’s riots.

      Still, the only person shot was an unarmed woman (by the police), and nobody tried to burn the place down. Compared to some of the demonstrations last year, the riot at the Capitol was pretty tame.

      The National Guard is a bunch of guys with civilian jobs. Frankly, I am amazed they can be called up that quickly.

      Since Trump offered 10,000 troops before Jan 6, the whole notion that he had spent months stirring up a riot is dumb. No one anticipated what happened. Otherwise, his offer of additional security would not have been refused.

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