I watched most of the coverage of yesterday’s inauguration. I think a lot of us who were sick to our stomachs about everything that happened in the last four years needed some catharsis. I won’t rehash much of it here today but I did want to highlight Amanda Gorman’s amazing moment when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb”:
So remember when Trump and his merry band of liars would parade big binders around and claim that this was the plan, and SOME of us would just assume that they were nothing short of props with nothing in them but empty paper? Well:
Again, such a simple gesture, but imagine the impact that seeing the President of the United States wearing a mask *even in his office* could have had on our death toll for the last year. pic.twitter.com/jqdj5mHJa4
The sad people who followed the QAnon idiocy had a very bad day yesterday when they found out that, no, Donald Trump had not been working with them to uncover a satanic pedophile cannibalistic deep state cabal run by the Clintons and the Obamas in underground pizza caves:
But as noon arrived, and a grinning Biden placed his hand on a Bible to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, reality came crashing down.
“I can’t stop crying. Fuck. Why?” one person pleaded. “It’s over,” another conceded. Some wondered how they could possibly mend their broken relationships with the loved ones they’d pushed away over their obsessions with Q.
Like a flipped switch, the attitude inside online QAnon communities shifted from glee to shock and misery: “NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENED!!!”; “So now we have proof Q was total bullshit”; “I feel sick, disgusted and disappointed”; “Have we been duped???”; “You played us all”; “HOW COULD WE BELIEVE THIS FOR SO LONG? ARE WE ALL IDIOTS?”
People who believe baseless conspiracy theories often stay down the rabbit hole because they feel it’s embarrassing to admit that they’ve been misled.
Hopefully tomorrow they will at least open their mind to possibility that they’re mistaken, as this woman from Tik Tok does. pic.twitter.com/eibmNeB1sN
I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first. pic.twitter.com/ysGfwnqlHi
Netflix is adding a shuffle play button soon. Honestly, I love this idea even though I probably won’t ever use it considering how deep my list is already. But every streaming service should have it for those days you just want to give a chance to randomness.
Eight more days to go before Trump is out of office. I’m so exhausted from the amount of attention he requires. Even in the waning days of his presidency, during a time when most presidents are preparing to leave, wrapping up their terms, he still needs to make everything about himself by sending his followers to murder his vice president and any Democrats they could find. Not having to wonder what kind of disastrous fuck up your president has created every other day is going to be such a mental break. Not that I expect Trump to just slip off to a golf club and never be heard from again. He’ll try to stir up shit. But without the power of being in the Oval Office, and without his Twitter megaphone, he won’t be as effective.
But he can still cause a lot of damage in the next week. Hopefully what happened at the Capitol has scared off most of his enablers. He has psychologically abused this country now for four years with his gaslighting and tantrums. Next Wednesday can’t come quick enough.
There’s really something about Trump’s personality that is adored by the worst fucking people in the world:
The Capitol insurrection also was an opportunity for the anti-maskers in the GOP to infect their colleagues:
I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.https://t.co/wVmgroKsdf
Trump is going to go down as the first president in history to be impeached twice. And he managed to do it within just one term. And to think that he has done much more impeachable acts that Congress just didn’t bother to follow up on:
House Democrats introduce article of impeachment, charging Trump with ‘incitement of an insurrection’ https://t.co/0vkuQoHBO3
So it turns out that the people who stormed the Capitol were overwhelmingly Trump supporters. Who would have guessed that?
An AP review of posts and records of more than 120 people charged or otherwise connected to the Capitol riot shows that the mob was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including GOP officials and donors and far-right militants. https://t.co/3c3uk7EfJ8
Melania has put out a statement about the coup and after giving condolences to the insurrectionists, then also gives her condolence for the Capitiol officer who was killed and then immediately casts herself as the victim:
During the riot, Melania was busy doing a photoshoot with rugs and declined to put out a statement about what was happening. Getting the lighting right on the rugs was the priority.
Parler (I downloaded it the other night in case Trump popped up on there and it is a terrible platform. It is clunky, not very intuitive, and I’m not going to even discuss the content) has lost their hosting and is currently offline:
Things moving quickly in House on impeachment. Dems eyeing an impeachment vote as soon as mid-week next week. Pelosi and leadership team discussed last night, full caucus today. Senate can run out clock even though McConnell-Trump haven’t spoken in weeks https://t.co/7fAnHFkuJW
Not good! Death rate passed 4,000 for the first time:
Our daily update is published. States reported 1.9M tests, 266k cases, 132,370 COVID-19 hospitalizations, and a record 4,033 deaths. The 7-day average for deaths is now over 2,750, also a record. pic.twitter.com/8wKB2d71hu
Trump’s admin is certainly ending with the country in tatters. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to elect a game show host as president.
BREAKING: US economy lost 140,000 jobs in the final monthly report of Trump’s presidency, a clear indication that economic activity weakened due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the final weeks of 2020. https://t.co/SMGknchI7l
“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in,” Mulvaney told CNBC, explaining his resignation from his diplomatic post https://t.co/SfnJDvxEwd
We are just about at 4,000 daily deaths due to Covid in the US now:
While Americans watched as pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, the coronavirus continued to sweep across the country. Officials reported at least 3,963 new Covid-19 deaths, a new single-day record. https://t.co/HMfDwcTl13
Lindsey’s moment of clarity he had back in 2016 before he decided (or was blackmailed) to be Trump’s full body masseuse has turned out to be quite prophetic. Trump went into office with the GOP controlling the House and Senate and now they have lost the Presidency, House, and Senate (Senate is a bit more complex because it will be a 50/50 tie, but with a Democratic VP, Mitch McConnell finds himself as Minority Leader, which sounds so good I need to repeat it. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell). Ossoff has not officially won yet but it’s looking really good right now. This is a pretty big blow for the GOP who thought the path to victory was lining up behind an absolute lunatic.
And it may have been enough, except Stacey Abrams did such an amazing job at raising enthusiasm and voter turnout that enough can’t be said about how she has carried that state for the Dems since her loss to Kemp in the Governor’s race in 2018.
Today is the day that Congress counts the votes and makes Biden’s win official. Of course, Trump thinks that Pence is going to just light a match and burn any votes that would give Biden the win:
If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency. Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be). Mike can send it back!
To be clear, this is not a thing. Pence has no power to just toss votes. Pence is opening up envelopes and handing them to be counted to the bipartison counters. It’s a no win situation for Pence because Trump and the MAGAts are going to turn on him in a big way.
If Mike Pence was smart (he’s not), he’d say he got COVID and let Wednesday be Chuck Grassley’s problem.
Election day in Georgia. I’m not getting my hopes up. I think the chances of both Dems winning are nil, and even one winning is a bit of a stretch, but I’d like to think the antics of the GOP supporting a proud lunatic of a president and killing the $2,000 stimulus checks would be enough to push some moderates over to vote blue. But, it never seems to happen that way does it? Maybe I should give up the thought that there are moderates left in the GOP. Meanwhile:
MAGA figureheads and pro-Trump activists are vowing to excommunicate Republicans who vigorously oppose the doomed effort to keep President Donald Trump in power https://t.co/PHGSuR4rA4
The conspiracy theorists shared the schematic online, claiming it depicted the diagram for the supposed 5G chip. It features a section labelled “5G frequency” – clearly the source of many a theorist’s eureka moment – as well as terms guitarists will find familiar: “MT-2 Gain”, “Footswitch” among the most recognizable.
Mario Fusco, a senior software engineer at Redhat, spotted the misinformation and took to Twitter to flag it.
Sometimes, once in a blue moon, people can be amazing: