Not Exactly Omaha Beach

The Feds released the specifics on the suspects charged with “armed insurrection” on January 6.

Some knives, none of which were used. Some baseball bats and clubs and various chemical irritants.

Five guns – only two of which were found on the Capitol grounds, one of which was a government issued piece in the hands of a DEA agent with all the necessary paperwork, none of which were fired.

Byron York (with occasional emphasis by me)::

Some of the weapons were obviously brought with the intention of being in a fight. Others were clearly improvised on the spur of the moment; in one case, the deadly or dangerous weapon used was a desk drawer. In another, it was a traffic barrier. In yet another, it was a helmet. That doesn’t mean those objects could not be dangerous; one could beat a person to death with a desk drawer. But it does suggest the rioter did not arrive at the Capitol bent on armed insurrection.

In addition, the overall numbers are relatively small. Eighty-two people charged with weapons-related offenses, out of how many? That is about 12% of the 670 or so currently charged. And 670 is smaller than the total number of rioters on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6. Does that amount to an “armed insurrection”? Especially when just five people have been charged with possessing firearms, the weapon of choice for modern armed insurrectionists, and one of them didn’t arrive until after it was all over, and none of them fired the weapons, even in the intensity of the physical struggle that day?

And that is the problem with the “armed insurrection” talking point. By any current American standard of civil disorder, what happened on Jan. 6 was a riot. There were some instigators, and there were many more followers. A small number were anticipating a fight, probably with antifa. And as the day went on, some people lost their heads and did things they should regret for a very long time. But a look at the Justice Department prosecutions simply does not make the case that it was an “armed insurrection.”

If this – five guns out of 600+ people charged – is an “armed insurrection”, then the rioters who came to the Midway in May 2020 were Operation Barbarossa.

25 thoughts on “Not Exactly Omaha Beach

  1. Look at the meta.
    in the hours and days after January 6, you had the democrat media machine making a lot of baseless claims — that Trump not only purposely incited the riot, that they were planned and directed by Trump and his allies, and that there were serious plans, by Trump, to abduct politicians and somehow swear in Trump instead of Biden on inauguration day.
    We were told lies about the capitol police being beaten to death by the Trump supporters.
    Then, when it came time to actually build legal cases against the rioters, and when it came time to put or shut up before actual judges — silence.
    The feds clammed up, and have taken every effort to hide their own actions from public scrutiny.
    Make of that what you will. As a citizen, when I am denied important information by the government, I am free to speculate about what really happened in DC on January 6th

  2. “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.
    The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president, and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.
    He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored. No. Instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily — happily — as the chaos unfolded. Even after it was clear to any reasonable observer that Vice President Pence was in serious danger.” ~ Mitch McConnell

    A failed insurrection without consequences is called practice. We’ve been warned.

  3. “It’s always interesting when “law and order” does and doesn’t apply and to whom.”

    Especially when you see gangbangers getting weapons charges reduced or dropped multiple times.

  4. Future school text books in Texas and many other southern states will either make no mention of Jan 6th or present it as patriots rising up to defend freedom against Democratic traitors and communists.

    Let the brainwashing of the next generation of Republicans begin.

  5. Go easy on the troll, guys. Apparently no one is going to the chair over the “insureKKshUn”. He’s gonna need some time to get over it.

  6. Go easy on the former president, guys. Apparently no one is going to tell him he lost. He’s gonna need some time to get over it.

    “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.” ~ Donald Trump 10/13/21

    He helped Republicans lose two Georgia Senate seats in January. Now he seems ready to try it again in the midterms.

    Republicans deserve this.

  7. Is it legal to set up a straw-man for something that hasn’t even happened and then draw conclusions from it?

  8. Trump is calling on Republicans not to vote — declaring “Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24” if his election fraud hoax is not “solved” first. He helped Republicans lose two Georgia Senate seats in January.

  9. Trump: “If I can’t win an election, no Republicans are allowed to win an election!”

    Do as the leader says kinlaw 😂

  10. Makes me wonder just exactly what the Capitol Police WERE prepared for. Maybe they abandoned their post because they heard the MOB coming, or maybe they got tipped off and decided that they wanted to miss the photo opportunity.

  11. Time and again, I’m astonished by how stupid people can be. I shouldn’t be – I’ve seen it over and over – but it still happens.

    “Trump is calling on Republicans not to vote.” No, you dumbass, he’s warning Republicans in Congress to fix things because if they don’t, the rank and file will stay home. The rank and file will say, “What’s the point in voting if the Democrats are going to steal it anyway? What are we going to do, vote harder? Might as well stay home.”

    Trump isn’t telling me what to do. Trump is hearing me threaten what I’m going to do if Congress doesn’t act. Trump is relaying my threat to Republicans in Congress – my threat and millions of other long-time Republicans who are fed up.

    Not One Dime didn’t get their attention. How about Not One Vote?

  12. By the way, always nice to be reminded of Lenin’s “who-whom” quote by a devoted follower of that political path.

  13. I expect that when the current TDS madness has passed, historians will talk about the over reaction of the feds to the January 6 riot and the under reaction to the BLM riots that burned DC six months earlier.

  14. Fuck the Jan 6 fetish.

    I’m paying $3.09 for gas that was $1.22 this time last year. Prices in the grocery store are up 30% across the board; and the supply of what the do have is dwindling. There’s a mob of 100,000 AIDS ridden, 68IQ Haitian street shitters headed for the border, and Biden’s got planes waiting to take them where ever they want to go; they can fly, but no one else can. Unless Pedo Joe backs down, >50 million people will be unemployed after Oct. 31. China is running “war games” 24/7 off the coast of Taiwan. The FBI has declared the PTA fucking domestic terrorists. A Negro boy shot 4 kids at a high school, bailed out within 24 hours, and was posting pics of him and his hoes chillin while 100 people sit in isolation cells waiting their trials for trespassing and parading without a fucking permit.

    If there’s a thing that is not a complete disaster out there right now, it’s because Joe Biden’s string pullers haven’t gotten to it yet.

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  16. Byron York notes the priorities of team Biden: No matter what’s happening at home, the Glasgow climate summit appears to be the biggest thing ever for the Biden administration. The president is going, plus 12 — yes, 12 — cabinet members and senior officials.

    Store shelves are emptying out, the southern border is wide open, we have more covid deaths than in all of 2020, gas prices are soaring, inflation is the highest it has been in decades, and Biden and 12 of his highest level appointees, the people who head government agencies, are going to a “climate summit” in Scotland.

  17. Rasmussen consumer polling says that 62% of Americans have noticed shortages of basic items in stores:
    Nearly half of Americans are “very concerned” that there will be shortages of basic items.
    Secretary of transportation Pete Buttagieg is busy planning his trip to the climate summit in Glasgow next month.
    Biden and the democrats are ruining this coutry in record time.

  18. It is impossible to exagerate the idiocy of Team Biden:
    They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

    And Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, is retweeting a claim that empty store shelves and inflation “are high class problems.”

  19. Emery on October 14, 2021 at 9:37 am said:
    It’s always interesting when “law and order” does and doesn’t apply and to whom.

    “Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe wins retirement benefits and back pay in settlement”

    The attorney general accepted an internal FBI recommendation that “concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” Sessions said in a statement.

  20. @JD — The most popular Republican in America telling his supporters their vote doesn’t matter is the dumbest, most self inflicted thing I’ve ever seen.

    RE: Andrew McCabe
    A good reminder of how much under Trump was just abject cruelty to satisfy his sense of vengeance. One very clear take-away is that the DOJ did not want Rod Rosenstein or Jeff Sessions deposed.

    If the DOJ couldn’t defend this lawsuit, where it had an IG report stating McCabe had lacked candor, how exactly is it going to defend the Strzok and Page suits. In the cases of Strzok and Page there is no remotely comparable record, and the DOJ’s treatment of them was in many ways worse. Also note that DOJ is paying McCabe’s legal fees…

  21. LOL, absolute catastrophe in the country, and all the troll has is “squirrel”.

    Terry McAuliffe, running for guv of Virginia, only has Trump to run on as well. Lulz.

  22. Here come the TDS folks again.
    Living rent free in the heads of Democrats since 2016.

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