Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member

Wicked Blue

Wicked Blue's Journal
Wicked Blue's Journal
January 8, 2021

Parler is a national security threat and needs to be shut down immediately

Other sites where these traitors are celebrating and plotting need to be shut down too, IMHO.

Here's part of an article from Salon, via RawStory this morning:

On Parler, the MAGA social media platform, Trump supporters are ready for insurrection


On Thursday morning, the phrase "#Twexit" — a portmanteau of "Twitter" and "exit" — trended on Parler, the so-called "free speech" social media platform that has become an online hub for Trump supporters and conservatives to meet online.

The site, which visually resembles Twitter or Facebook, became a haven for many pro-Trump types after many of them were banned or blocked from other major social media sites. Whereas posts on Twitter are called tweets, on Parler they are known as "parleys."

The trending hashtag was the unintended consequence of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube's Wednesday crackdown on Trump himself, who was banned or restricted from posting on most major platforms after some of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol and ransacked it, an invasion that resulted in four deaths. In an attempt to calm his supporters who falsely believe the 2020 presidential election was "rigged," Trump posted a video spewing misinformation about the election, and called the people participating in Wednesday's riot "very special."

January 8, 2021

House Judiciary aides working with representatives on impeachment articles in preparation of potenti

House Judiciary aides working with representatives on impeachment articles in preparation of potential vote

From CNN's Jeremy Herb and Lauren Fox

House Judiciary Committee aides are consulting with the authors of one of the Democratic impeachment resolutions – Reps. David Cicilline, Jamie Raskin and Ted Lieu – in order to prepare for a potential impeachment vote on the House floor next week, according to three sources.

The aides are helping to edit and fine-tune the impeachment resolution, the sources said, which includes the charge of “inciting an insurrection.”

Some background: The aides are helping to ready the impeachment resolution so House Democrats can move quickly to the floor if they decide to move forward and vote to impeach President Trump following the Trump-incited riots at the Capitol.

The resolution from Cicilline, Raskin and Lieu appears to be the vehicle that would be used for impeachment, and it has 120 co-sponsors so far. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday that he supported bypassing his committee and moving impeachment articles straight to the floor.


And Raskin just lost his son... can't imagine how stressed and upset he must be.

January 8, 2021

CNN Some Republicans will consider voting for second Trump impeachment

Some Republicans will consider voting for second Trump impeachment

From CNN's Jamie Gangel, Lauren Fox and Manu Raju

Republican sources have told CNN they do want President Trump removed before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Two members have told CNN they would consider voting for impeachment if the articles of impeachment seem reasonable.

“We experienced the attack; we don’t need long hearings on what happened," one of those sources said.


January 8, 2021

One insurrectionist needed a Russian interpreter

Washington Post article
Dozens arrested after mob storms Capitol; officials vow that more will be charged
Third paragraph down:

One person arrested was charged with possessing a “military style automatic weapon” and 11 molotov cocktails, prosecutors said. Another defendant was charged with assaulting a police officer with a hockey stick. Yet another, who needed a Russian interpreter, told a judge, “I don’t know what unlawful entry you are referring to.” (my boldface)


January 8, 2021

CNN: Several Cabinet secretaries informally discuss invoking 25th Amendment but Pence "highly

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz, Jim Acosta, Jeremy Diamond and Zachary Cohen

A source close to Vice President Mike Pence said inquiries about invoking the 25th Amendment have been coming into Pence advisers and those discussions have been under way.

But the source said it is “highly unlikely” that Pence would pursue that path at this point, given that the effort is expected to be unsuccessful. And an administration official tells CNN that Pence himself has not discussed invoking the 25th Amendment with any Cabinet officials.

However, three senior administration officials also tell CNN that two Cabinet secretaries have called fellow members of the Cabinet to take their "temperatures" about demanding a Cabinet meeting with the President to confront him about his behavior.

The two Cabinet secretaries discussed the possibility of demanding the President deliver a public address committing to a peaceful transfer of power, which Trump did Thursday evening.

Hanging over the meeting would be the possibility that a majority of the Cabinet could invoke the 25th Amendment and strip Trump of his power as president.


Chiefs of staff of federal departments have also been calling each other to discuss the possibility.

Some of the secretaries are hesitant to agree to a meeting because of the risk an attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment would face, or that they would draw Trump's ire.

Some officials were also concerned about the optics of holding a cabinet meeting amid national discussions about the 25th Amendment. "Why take the risk?" one senior official said.

On Thursday night, Trump released a pre-recorded video that said he would not serve a second term. It's not known yet if that was enough assuage Cabinet members' concerns and took the discussions of the table.

A White House adviser in discussions with senior officials said Trump only recorded the video released this evening because his presidency is currently threatened by looming resignations and potential impeachment.

January 8, 2021

CNN's Acosta: Some cabinet members discussing whether to confront Trump

Jim Acosta just reported that while trying to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump is highly unlikely, some Cabinet members are discussing whether to confront Trump about his behavior

January 8, 2021

An Organizer Of The Trump Boat Parade That Sank A Family's Boat Was Arrested In The DC Insurrection

Buzzfeed News
Julia Reinstein BuzzFeed News Reporter

Posted on January 7, 2021, at 4:38 p.m. ET

One of the organizers of the Trump boat parade that sank a family's boat in Portland, Oregon, in August was arrested Wednesday in the attempted coup on the Capitol.

Kristina Malimon, 28, was arrested on charges of unlawful entry and violating curfew. Her mother, Yevgeniya Malimon, 54, was also arrested on the same charges.

Malimon is the vice chair for the Young Republicans of Oregon. According to her bio on the organization's website, she is also an ambassador to Turning Point USA and Liberty University's pro-Trump think tank, the Falkirk Center. She is also listed as a delegate for the Multnomah County Republican Party.

Malimon is extremely active on pro-Trump social media and has more than 25,000 followers on her Instagram, where she has pushed right-wing conspiracy theories and lies about the election. She has posed for photos with many pro-Trump figures, including Roger Stone and Candace Owens, as well as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.


January 8, 2021

That video is a crock

I keep picturing someone standing just off-screen, pointing a Taser or something at him, to force him to make the statement.

Or was that a body double? It didn't quite sound like him.

January 8, 2021

NBC4Washington: Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob

By Colleen Long, Lolita Baldor, Michael Balsamo and Nomaan Merchant • Published January 7, 2021 • Updated 12 seconds ago

Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter.

Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration.

Still stinging from the uproar over the violent response by law enforcement to protests last June near the White House, officials also were intent on avoiding any appearance that the federal government was deploying active duty or National Guard troops against Americans.


January 7, 2021

CNN: A Capitol Police officer has died from injuries from yesterdays's insurrection UPDATE

US Capitol Police officer has died following riot at Capitol

From CNN's Kristin Wilson, Evan Perez and David Brooks

A US Capitol Police officer has died from events stemming from Wednesday's riot at the Capitol, three sources confirmed to CNN.

The police officer is now the fifth person to die as a result of the day's violence. One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police as the crowd breached the building and three others suffered medical emergencies that proved fatal.

Rioters on Wednesday breached the Capitol building and the Senate chamber, ransacked the offices of Pelosi and other Capitol offices, and a laptop was stolen from the office of Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley.


I guess the president is now technically a cop-killer - WB

Profile Information

Gender: Female
Hometown: Maryland
Home country: United States
Member since: Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:58 PM
Number of posts: 5,536

Journal Entries

Latest Discussions»Wicked Blue's Journal