I promise this is not becoming a political blog. There will be more of the usual content coming up but you guys had a great (definitely unexpected) reaction to my posts last week so I thought I would keep these daily updates going plus politics is a big interest of mine so I’m really enjoying putting these together. I took the weekend off which will probably keep happening because I think all of us need breaks at some point but don’t worry because I kept track of all the major news coming out of Washington all weekend and am back with all you need to know!
Up first, earlier this morning the president appeared in public for the first time since last week’s attack on the capitol. He has been increasingly isolating himself in the days following the attack, only surrounding himself with people who will support his delusions. Today he heads to Alamo, TX to the US/Mexico boarder but before he left, he approached reporters gathered at the air field. The president didn’t take any questions instead going off on another delusional tangent where he claimed that analysis of his speech declared that it was, “totally appropriate”. For those who don’t know, the speech in question was the one that the president gave at the so-called rally last Wednesday where he incited the attack on the capitol. I don’t know who analyzed the speech on his side (maybe it was Fox News) but if you listen to respected experts, the ones with brains that are not filled with an insane bias, this speech was anything but appropriate. Speaking of speeches, the First Lady released a statement via her official @FLOTUS twitter account where she condemned the violence but didn’t acknowledge her husband’s role in it. She even put in there how she was hurt that people were attacking her. I mean, I really don’t know why anyone would do that. It’s not like she wasn’t in the middle of a furniture photo shoot as the capitol was under attack at the hand of her husband and she refused to do anything about it. As soon as the statement was released, many reporters felt that they had heard it before and they actually had. Parts of this statement were exact excerpts from her speech last summer at the Republican National Convention.
Yesterday, Articles of Impeachment were introduced by the House and it will be voted on tomorrow. After that, it can move on to the senate. If this goes according to plan, President Trump will become the only president in US history to be impeached twice. This is one of the fastest impeachment proceedings to date. Also introduced yesterday was a bill demanding Vice President Pence invoke the 25th amendment. A republican objected so now that will go to a full House vote and the results of that should come out later today. Meanwhile, many republicans are still spreading lies and conspiracy theories in respective interviews and their various social media platforms. They’re not a political party at the moment. It’s like a circus show and a cult all rolled into one.
As you all know, Trump was banned from twitter Friday after he released a slew of tweets that they deemed could further acts of violence. Over the weekend he tried to find a loophole in the form of the official @POTUS account. Twitter, not one to be outsmarted, immediately took those down as well. If anything, Trump not being able to tweet does in fact, make America great again. I imagine his face turning red and smoke coming out of his ears and that image brings me so much joy. But twitter’s not all. Many sites have been banning Trump from their platforms including Shopify and Pinterest. To be clear, that means he can no longer sell merch or create mood boards. I honestly want to know how one gets banned from Pinterest. Like you gotta be extra-psycho with a side of delusional for them to do that. You also may have heard about a platform called Parler in recent days. This is a platform where many Trump supporters have been gathering since the capitol attack. Google and Apple pulled it from their stores and Amazon also pulled away from it so the app is currently inactive. They are also in the midst of suing Amazon. I want to know who thought that this was a smart idea. You’ll sue a hundred bajillion dollar company for a couple hundred million in hopes that your app where actual acts of terror against the United States are being discussed? Sure. The distancing from Trump and other republicans isn’t just happening online, it’s happening in business too. Many of America’s biggest companies are suspending donations to the GOP and Trump. The PGA announced that the 2022 championship will not be held at Trump’s golf course in New Jersey. Forbes also warned major news organizations against hiring Trump staffers, saying that they would lose credibility .
The inauguration is next week and law enforcement is warning of more attacks. Chatter was picked up about plans for more sieges in the capitols of all 50 states and again at the US capitol on January 17th and other armed protests taking place before and on January 20th. There’s also serious threats against President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to name a few. Washington D.C. mayor asked President Trump to declare a state of emergency in the lead-up to the inauguration... and he actually agreed. There is national guard personnel coming in from 11 states and the NYPD is also assisting. The Washington Monument is also closed until the 24th and the capitol is being prepared with more protection. Many are wondering if the ceremony should be moved inside the White House but president-elect Biden is still going forward with the original plan of taking the oath of office on the steps of the United States Capitol.
More details are coming out about the nature of the attack and the information obtained points to a much darker, violent plan. Rioters can be heard shouting, “Hang Mike Pence”, and, “Where’s Nancy?” There is also concern that they were wanting to take members of Congress hostage. More arrests have been made, including major lawmakers and more than 17 people are facing federal charges. The president himself could face charges in relation. In fact, discussions are already taking place in the D.C. Attorney General’s office. It has also come to light that the outgoing Capitol Police Chief asked for help from the national guard 6 different times. The investigation is a nationwide effort and more information is expected to be released in the coming days and weeks.
In other odds and ends, it was discovered over the weekend that the president made a call to a Georgia election investigator, telling the investigator to, “find the fraud.” People have been comparing Trump to a mob boss lately but let’s all be real here. A good mob boss would never come straight out with what he wanted because he knows that there will most definitely be a tape made of this call. Like, my god, when will he learn? I feel like every other day there’s phone calls being released and honestly it’s getting exhausting because They’re. All. The. Same. Thing. It’s also been learned that Trump regrets making the video where he called for a peaceful transition but let’s not act surprised because the word, “peaceful” does not exist in this president’s vocabulary. I was shocked that he said it without cringing or skirting over the it entirely. President-elect Biden also announced his pick for CIA director which was the last position in his cabinet needed to be filled. He chose William Burns as his nominee, a man with over 33 years in foreign service including ambassador to Russia and Jordan.
That was a lot but I wasn’t lying when I said that politics wasn’t a slow game. There’s more happening as I’m typing this but it’d literally be impossible to keep up with everything and if I kept going, this would never end. But I’ll be back to cover it all tomorrow. Maybe I’ll do a live marathon post on Inauguration Day. That might be fun.
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Hi! Welcome to Fashion Fun and Extra, a blog run by Caroline Hill. A wheelchair user, podcaster, little sister, writer, and more, Caroline's unique view on life allows readers to take a glance into something they don't experience everyday. Told with humor, realness, remarkable wit, and a special kind bluntness, no blog will fail to entertain!