Uh-oh, it’s March 4, 2021! That’s the day, we’ve been told, that domestic terrorists who support Trump will be marching on Washington in an armed insurrection on the Capitol. Why, they’re part of Trump’s “military coup” to take down the duly-elected Biden administration, and that’s why we have to have block after block of tall fencing topped with razor wire, along with 5,000 National Guard troops protecting Capitol Hill.
What’s the significance of March 4, you might ask? Well, at one time in our history it was the day we held Presidential inaugurations. That doesn’t really mean very much, but I have to say that this year, it might have been better if we’d been able to wait till March 4 for the inauguration. That way, the Supreme Court couldn’t have said they wouldn’t look at evidence of election fraud because any conclusion would be “moot.” Anyway, notice there was no problem at all at Biden’s inauguration, January 20. Pretty anticlimactic, I would say. A lot of us didn’t even watch.
On Wednesday, during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, the Capitol Hill police said they’d had intelligence pointing to some kind of plot possibly being readied by some militia group to breach the building on March 4. No detail was given on the identity of this group. Apparently some conspiracy theorists (QAnon?) thought March 4 was the date Trump would somehow be sworn in as the rightful President for a second term of office. Um, no.
The day before, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the January 6 breach was being classified by the agency as “domestic terrorism,” and he blamed right-wing extremists.
But hold on just one minute, while we take a look at what that incident really was. Recall that the Capitol Hill security breach on January 6 has repeatedly been referred to as an “armed insurrection.” Nancy Pelosi has used that term, and so have mainstream news outlets. This is, as Twitter might say, “misinformation,” or, as I might say, a lie.
Anyone who hears the term “armed insurrection” assumes there were firearms involved. But at Wednesday’s hearing, FBI counterterrorism official Jill Sanborn testified, in answer to a question by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, that to her knowledge, no firearms were recovered on January 6 and no one was charged with any firearms offense.
She said they’d had intelligence that there would be some armed people coming, but apparently that intelligence was wrong. [NOTE: Stop right there. They had intelligence saying armed people would be there, and they didn’t take Trump up on his offer to allow thousands more National Guard?]
According to Sanborn, they had no intelligence that those people were planning a breach of the Capitol. To that, I would add that we still have many unanswered questions about the breach of the Capitol, the stunning lack of security, and who else might have been involved.
"I believe that the only shots that were fired were the ones that resulted in the death of the lady,” Sanborn testified, referring to Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt.
Sen. Johnson had previously told news outlets that if no guns were recovered, their description of the breach as an “armed insurrection” was incorrect. I’m sure now that we’ve had sworn testimony that there were no guns confiscated, Nancy Pelosi and all the media people who characterized it as an armed insurrection will immediately apologize and issue retractions. Hahahahaha.
There was some violence at the Capitol, but nothing involving firearms (unless you count Ashli Babbitt). One man was seen hitting an officer with an American flag. Officer Brian Sicknick died afterwards, but we now know he was not hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, as has been widely reported, and we still haven’t been told the cause of death. There have been reports that a firearm was recovered from a nearby van, which also contained Molotov cocktails, but we have no details on this and don't know if it had any connection whatsoever with Trump supporters.
Of course, if it did, we condemn strongly the very idea. This sort of behavior is totally out of character for any Trump supporters I've ever met, and I hope and pray it remains so.
So what was this incident, exactly? Sen. Johnson put it as I would: “If this was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots.” Indeed they were, and they caused incalculable damage, as we’ve discussed repeatedly. But they couldn’t possibly have been seriously intending a coup, an overthrow of the government. Wouldn’t anyone think that an overthrow would require GUNS? LOTS of guns? Wouldn’t it take more than being able to walk into the House chamber and pose for selfies behind the podium? No, this seems to have been just to make a daredevil statement –- stupid and ill-conceived –- that the Capitol Building is “the people’s house” and that we expected our representatives to do the right thing in counting the electoral votes.
More than 300 people have been charged with taking part in the breach, but, again, none of those charges were for carrying firearms. This is true even though some of them are members of Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, which are typically armed militia groups. Another group, the Proud Boys, which has been wrongly characterized as a white supremacist group, is not.
Behind the public facade, I don’t think anyone is really taking the threat of violence on March 4 very seriously, never mind the fencing, razor wire, and military presence. According to THE EPOCH TIMES, the House has been planning to debate and pass a “policing reform bill” on Thursday, and the Senate is in the middle of debate on that gigantic, porky COVID-19 bill. Gosh, think how much it might benefit the country if they all just played it safe and stayed home.
In an update at this writing late Wednesday night, there is talk that they may cancel their scheduled activities. Hey, if they do, they’ll have something else to “blame” angry Trump supporters for.
Rep. Andy Biggs used Twitter on Wednesday to comment on the double standard paid to extremist groups, with those on the right pursued vigorously while those on the left --- in much greater numbers --- permitted to burn and loot in “peaceful protest.” He’s calling for one standard of justice. What a novel idea.
I’ll leave you with the always outstanding independent journalist Glenn Greenwald, in this interview with Laura Ingraham on Wednesday. Greenwald really understands how the left is "working" this. It’s a must-see.