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>>> WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED

>>> WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED

THE MOB TO GO TO THE CAPITOL

LAST WEEK AS LAWMAKERS WERE

VOTING ON CERTIFYING THE

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, COUNTING

THE VOTES, ACTUALLY, THE IDEA

WAS TO USE THAT MOB TO

INTIMIDATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

INTO OVERTURNING THE ELECTION

AND TO BECOME COMPLICIT WITH

TRUMPS PLOT TO DO SO.

WELL, TODAY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

WALKED BY SLEEPING NATIONAL

GUARDSMEN IN THE CAPITOL ON

THEIR WAY TO VOTE ON

IMPEACHMENT.

THEY PASSED THROUGH METAL

DETECTORS TO REACH THE CHAMBERS

BECAUSE OF FEARS OF SECURITY.

AND AS YOU TAKE IN THESE IMAGES

AND THE IMAGES FROM LAST WEEK,

SOMETHING BECOMES CLEAR, THAT A

KIND OF SPECTER THAT HAS HAUNTED

OUR POLITICS FOR AT LEAST THE

PAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS HAS NOW

MATERIALIZED IN THE FLESH IN

FRONT OF US, CLEAR FOR ALL TO

SEE, POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND ITS

EFFECTS.

IT IS CLEAR THAT A SIGNIFICANT

PART OF THE POLITICAL

CALCULATIONS OF THIS TRUMP ERA

PARTICULARLY FOR REPUBLICANS HAS

BEEN THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE AND

THE FEAR OF IT.

ONE WEEK AGO, A VIOLENT MOB

STORMED THE CAPITOL.

THEY ERECTED A NOOSE ON THE

GROUND THAT APPEARED TO BE

FUNCTIONAL AND THEY CHANTED HANG

MIKE PENCE AS THEY SEARCHED FOR

LAWMAKERS WHO DARED TO DEFY

TRUMP.

SOME OF THEM WITH REAL KNOWLEDGE

OF THE CAPITOL.

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN PETER

MEYER OF MICHIGAN, JUST ELECTED,

SAID HE HAD GOP COLLEAGUES WHO

KNEW THEY SHOULD CERTIFY JOE

BIDENS VICTORY, VOTE TO SEAT

THE ELECTORS BUT THEY DID NOT DO

SO BECAUSE OF LEGITIMATE

CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF

THEIR FAMILIES.

THEY FELT THAT THAT VOTE WOULD

PUT THEIR FAMILIES IN DANGER.

THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND.

IF THEY VOTED TO RATIFY THE

ELECTION, THEIR FAMILIES WOULD

BE IN DANGER.

ON THIS VERY SHOW LAST NIGHT,

OLIVIA TROY TOLD ME THAT THE

VICE PRESIDENT, WHO, OF COURSE,

WHO HAS BEEN UNFAILINGLY LOYAL

TO THE PRESIDENT, THATS THE

MOST CHARITABLE WAY TO DESCRIBE

IT, HAD TO CONSIDER THE THREATS

TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY AS HE WAS

MAKING CALCULATIONS ABOUT

WHETHER TO FURTHER THE

PRESIDENTS COUP, RIGHT?

IF I DONT FURTHER THE

PRESIDENTS COUP, YOU KNOW,

MIGHT HURT ME OR MY FAMILY.

AND THAT REALLY HIT HOME WHILE

PENCE WAS SHELTERING IN A SECRET

LOCATION WHILE A MOB WAS RAM

PACKAGING THROUGH THE CAPITOL.

WHILE THE PRESIDENT WAS

ATTACKING HIM FOR NOT HAVING THE

ENCOURAGE TO OVERTURN THE

ELECTION.

AND THEN TODAY, CONGRESSMAN

JASON CROW SAID SOME OF HIS

COLLEAGUES WERE WORRIED.

>> THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE

PARALYZED WITH FEAR.

I HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS

WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES

LAST NIGHT AND A COUPLE OF THEM

BROKE DOWN IN TEARS SAYING

THEYRE AFRAID FOR THEIR LIVES

IF THEY VOTE FOR THIS

IMPEACHMENT.

>> MULTIPLE REPORTERS RUSHED TO

CONFIRM THE EXACT SAME PEOPLE.

THESE ARE PEOPLE SOURCED IN

THESE SAYS THE SAME THING.

A BUNCH OF THE PRESIDENTS

SUPPORTERS ALSO MADE THE

ARGUMENT THAT TRUMP SHOULD NOT

BE IMPEACHED BECAUSE FURTHER

VIOLENCE, THE VIOLENT MOB WOULD

COME BACK TO EXTRACT FURTHER

REVENGE.

>> WE SEE WHATS HAPPENING

AROUND THIS COUNTRY, 50

STATEHOUSES ARE BEING THREATENED

ON INAUGURATION DAY, THIS IS THE

LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO.

>> I URGE YOU, PLEASE, DO NOT --

AND IM MIXING METAPHORS HERE,

ATTEMPT TO DEUCE THEDOUSE THE

REMAINING BURNING EMBERS OF

THIS.

>> THATS WHAT THIS ACTION IS

SAYING.

>> YOURE INCITING VIOLENCE

BECAUSE YOURE PUNISHING THE

VIOLENCE MOB INCITED BY THE

PRESIDENT.

IF YOU DO THAT, WELL, THEN, YOU

GET -- IT HAPPENS, RIGHT?

DONT ANGER THE MOB BY PUNISHING

ITS LEADER OR ELSE?

AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR HERE,

WHEN YOU HEAR SOME REPUBLICANS

ARE TOO SCARED TO DO THE RIGHT

THING, I THINK SOME OF IT IS

PRETTY SELF-SERVING, RIGHT.

SOME OF IT IS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT

DOING THE RIGHT THING.

THEY KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT THING

IS, THEY DONT WANT TO DO IT.

BUT ITS NOT CRAZY.

IT IS THE CASE.

I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THIS IS

TRUE, WHEN A PERSON IS TARGETED

BY THE PRESIDENT, WHEN YOURE

TARGETED BY THE PRESIDENT ON

TWITTER, YOUR SECURITY SITUATION

BECOMES IMMEDIATELY SERIOUS.

ITS TRUE FOR LAWMAKERS, TRUE

FOR PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA, ITS

TRUE THAT ANYONE TRUMP SINGLES

OUT FOR CRITICISM.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI HAS WORKED IN

THIS GOVERNMENT FOR FIVE DECADES

AND USED TO BE THE KIND OF

PERSON WHO WOULD WALK DOWN THE

STREET AND NOT NEED A BODYGUARD.

THOSE DAYS ARE GONE.

NOW HE AND HIS FAMILY, THEY NEED

SECURITY AMID A WAVE OF DEATH

THREATS.

AND THATS BECOME THE SAME

PEOPLE THAT ARE PUMPED FULL OF

FACEBOOK CONSPIRACIES AND FOX

NEWS LIES HATE ANTHONY FAUCI.

AND A SMALL NUMBER OF THEM WANT

TO DO HIM HARM.

A FUNCTIONING CIVIL SOCIETY IS

ONE THAT RESOLVES POLITICAL

DISPUTES THROUGH LEGAL AND

DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND THROUGH

PROTESTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY.

IT DOES NOT RESOLVE THEM BECAUSE

ONE SIDE IS WORRIED THE OTHER

SIDE WILL SHOOT IT DEAD IF THEY

DONT DO WHAT THEY WANT.

AND THAT IS A REALITY, THE

MENACE, THE INGREDIENT THAT

DONALD TRUMP HAS HELPED AT THE

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