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At 2:28 p.m., whereas the rebellion was in full swing, Greene texted Meadows to say: “Please inform the President to calm folks,” including that “This isn’t the way in which to unravel something.” She knew the rioters had been individuals who would take heed to Trump.
However then at 3:52 p.m., Greene texted Meadows once more: “Mark we don’t assume these attackers are our folks. We expect they’re antifa. Dressed like Trump supporters.” Presto, the pro-Trump rebellion turned a false flag operation!
Greene wasn’t the one one. Simply minutes earlier, Trump adviser Jason Miller had texted Meadows to counsel that Trump ought to tweet that “Dangerous apples, probably ANTIFA or different crazed leftists” had “infiltrated” the alleged “peaceable protest” by Trump supporters.
The “it was actually antifa” speculation is absurd on its face, after all. Why would a left-wing group assault the Capitol to disrupt the certification of an election consequence they’d welcomed? And if you wish to make Trump cultists look dangerous, you don’t have to launch a faux rebellion. You possibly can simply put an M&M in a field with a gap huge sufficient for an unclenched hand to go in however too small for a fist to return out, after which watch them stroll round for 3 weeks with a field on their arm.
After all, Greene wasn’t the one GOP guppy who rapidly floated and/or hewed to the “antifa did it” conspiracy idea. Fox Information’ greatest Trump apologists, together with Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, began sowing their bogus “it was antifa” seeds earlier than the feces on the partitions of the Capitol had totally dried. And Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, proving that even failed insurrections can’t be too younger for him to take advantage of, claimed, with out proof, that “a few of the individuals who breached the Capitol right this moment weren’t Trump supporters. They had been masquerading as Trump supporters and actually, had been members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”
Placing apart for the second the absurdity of Joe Biden’s supposed antifa supporters attempting to cease the switch of energy from a wannabe fascist to, properly, Joe Biden, this raises one other urgent query: How does one masquerade as a Trump supporter? Positive, anybody can put on a pink hat and wave a goofy-ass flag, however can a mere civilian actually excellent the languorous, thousand-mile Cheez-It stare they’ve all independently mastered?
However that is the right-wing spin machine in a nutshell. Their speaking factors don’t have to make sense. They merely have to be repeated advert nauseam, and earlier than lengthy, they’re taken as gospel. Although, on this case, it is outstanding that Greene and her buddies had been crafting dishonest speaking factors at the same time as their office had primarily change into a Mardi Gras parade with bear spray and baseball bats as a substitute of beads.
However that’s what occurs when folks comply with an idol who has completely no disgrace or allegiance to the reality. They have an inclination to behave in lockstep with Pricey Chief’s dictates as a substitute of following the straightforward proof of their eyes and ears. And now MTG’s first fleeting stab at a bullshit rationalization for her personal tribe’s inexcusable habits has metastasized right into a monster tumor that threatens the long run viability of Western democracy itself.
Not a nasty day’s work for a freshman consultant who, at that time, had served simply three days in Congress.
After all, it’s additionally doable that the antifa lie was concocted earlier than the rebellion—by a few of the coup plotters themselves. In keeping with court docket paperwork, Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio recommended his members concerned within the coming unpleasantness would possibly think about sporting black, which could possibly be interpreted as a ploy to make it appear to be a false-flag antifa operation: “We won’t be sporting our conventional Black and Yellow,” Tarrio wrote. “We shall be incognito and we shall be unfold throughout downtown DC in smaller groups. And who is aware of … we’d costume in all BLACK for the event.”
Both means, the vast majority of Republicans have now chosen the phrase of a clammy recreation present host over the long run well being of our 246-year-old republic. They need to be drummed out of well mannered society for doing it, however sadly, this dreadful, anti-democratic beat goes on.
What’s going to McConnell do now? I’ve a sense he’s feeling much less and fewer “exhilarated” as this nation sinks deeper into the undemocratic morass he helped create.
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