Because that's about where we are now.
How many deadly invasions of the US Capitol does it take to get Washington officials to take the threat of rightwing terrorism seriously? Just the one, apparently, because the security arrangements for Joe Biden's inauguration next Wednesday will include deployment of more than 20,000 National Guard members to the DC area, including the perfectly normal sight of Guard troops sacked out on rest breaks on the floors of the Capitol itself, while the House of Representatives voted yesterday to impeach Donald Trump a second time.
Rep Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts) called attention to the weird irony during the hearing:
Rep. Moulton, who was decorated for his service in the Iraq War, could probably identify with the Guard troops resting in the Capitol, like any soldiers might when on a mission to protect an endangered US ally. Particularly since Politico and other outlets are reporting that the National Guard members sent to DC received briefings telling them to watch out for improvised explosive devices that might be used by Trumpers in the nation's capital.
Also, we should add that the Guard isn't actual doing a Bel Bivouac Devoe in the Capitol, as the Washington Post helpfully explains:
The guardsmen were resting between shifts, D.C. Guard officials said in a statement, stressing that they were not sleeping on the floor because of a lack of sleeping arrangements. Local hotels are accommodating the service members, officials said.
We suppose the brass decided something had to be done to politely let people know they can stop offering to send cots and yoga mats to the Capitol. Also, coverage of the Guard in DC has been careful to note that virtually all the soldiers are careful to wear masks, which is more than we can say for roughly half the legislators they're supposed to be protecting.
We watch so you never have to.
On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump incited an insurrection at the Capitol.
After the dust settled, blood was spilled, lives ruined and Republicans in Congress continued to try to disenfranchise voters, even after the sedition, we were left with trying to hold Trump and his enablers accountable for a tragedy that was entirely predictable and four years in the making. So, with that in mind, this week's Sunday shows!
Some A+ logic and reason here.
On Sunday night, the New York Post published an op-ed from First Things Senior Editor Matt Schmidt, titled "What the left wants to ignore about slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick." Brian Sicknick, of course, is the Capitol Police officer who was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher by one of the people storming the Capitol. Spoiler alert! The thing we supposedly want to ignore is that he shared the same views as those invading the Capitol, because that totally matters. Somehow.
It should come as no surprise that it was a very, very stupid op-ed that made little to no sense at all.
On Thursday, Brian Sicknick, an officer with the US Capitol Police, died from injuries sustained during the storming of the Capitol Building. Democratic leaders have presented Sicknick as a martyr of the #Resistance against President Trump and his dangerous supporters.
Reality is more complicated.
Oh is it? And have we "presented [him] as a martyr of the #Resistance"? Have we?
Let us review. Brian Sicknick was working at the Capitol during the attempted coup. At some point, one of the participants took a fire extinguisher and bashed him in the head with it, leading to brain injuries that later killed him. I don't know that this makes him a martyr so much as a shining example of exactly how dangerous the people who invaded the Capitol were. You know, because they killed a guy by bashing him over the head with a fire extinguisher, an act one would imagine takes more than a small amount of effort.
This would be the same guy who chanted 'Victory or Death' just last week.
January 5, the day before a bunch of crazy-ass Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, convicted felon and MAGA grifter Ali Alexander stood in front of thousands of said crazy-ass Trump supporters and led a chant of "Victory or Death!"
Far-right activist and "Stop the Steal" leader Ali Alexander in Freedom Plaza leads the crowd in a "Victory or deat… https://t.co/qozxHXR0dA— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo)1609884007.0
Alas, it seems he was not entirely sincere about that, unless he was talking about the deaths of the five people who died in the attempted coup. Victory is no longer an option, and yet Ali is still alive. However, he says he is in hiding, and that he needs $2,000 per day to afford a security detail that is, it seems, meant to protect him from witches. (Spooky noises!)