Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for those early risers who can’t stay up to watch the late night talk show but still need a good chuckle to end their day.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

<center.The President Had A Clear Message For Mike Pence

Even Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion couldn’t ignore what happened in the Oval Office.

House Votes To Impeach And McConnell Provides Cover For GOP Senators To Break With The President
Quarantinewhile… Internet-Connected Sex Toys Targeted By Hackers

Quarantinewhile… In a brand new sub-sub-segment, Stephen Colbert welcomes his writer Django Gold for an examination of a troubling story about what happens when a malicious stranger takes control of your wifi-enabled chastity cage

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

Saluting the Heroes of the Insurrection

Cruz. Hawley. Pirro. Dobbs. Pierson. Graham. Pence. Carlson. Cawthorn. Jordan. Gaetz. Gohmert. Ingraham. Tuberville. McCarthy. Guilfoyle. Greene. McEnany. Biggs. Gosar. Hegseth. Brooks. Giuliani. Don Jr. Lara. Eric. Donald Trump.

Today, we salute the Heroes of the Insurrection.

Late Night with Seth Meyers:

Trump Is Now the Only President To Be Impeached Twice: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at the House voting to impeach President Trump for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, making him the first and only president in history to be impeached twice.

Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump Impeached AGAIN After Inciting Violence at the Capitol

Donald Trump made history today as the first president to be impeached twice, several Republicans in the House voted to hold Trump accountable while the rest of them put their crazy on full display, Chuck Norris set the record straight about being at the Capitol riots after a look-a-like photo circulated online, Nancy Pelosi’s stolen lectern was returned, several GOP members popped off about having to go through metal detectors on their way into the Capitol, VP Mike Pence received a vulgar threat from Trump, Mitch McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment after years of supporting our dear misleader, and Jimmy checks in with our favorite stoner from Michigan, Freddie Miller.

The Late, Late Show with James Corden:

A President So Nice He’s IMPEACHED Twice
 

James Corden is out of the garage with a shady coat of paint on his desk, whether he asked for it or not, and he recaps the news, notably Donald Trump being impeached for the second time during his single term as president. And Trump is becoming increasingly ostracized, with New York City cutting off all association with his organization and the European Union declining to meet the Secretary of State. And James looks at a Brazilian church that unveiled a very unfortunate collection of wax figures depicting notable figures like Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela.

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Sam Bee returned last night and had a lot to say.

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After four years of holding it all in, Sam is finally free to torch all of her sick Trump burns.

It’s a Little Too Late For Republicans To Denounce Trump Pt. 1

After a violent far-right insurrection of the nation’s Capitol, many former Trump affiliates are finally saying “enough.” How brave! But before you make yourself ill trying to tweet a thank you to Mitch McConnell, remember, these people are NOT heroes!

It’s Just a Little Too Late For Republicans To Denounce Trump Pt. 2

After a violent far-right insurrection of the nation’s Capitol, many former Trump affiliates are finally saying “enough.” How brave! But before you make yourself ill trying to tweet a thank you to Mitch McConnell, remember, these people are NOT heroes!

t Shouldn’t Have Taken An Insurrection For Social Media To Block Trump

After allowing the president four years to post hateful, inflammatory, and downright false information across the internet, social media companies are finally taking action! Thank God they were able to step in before he caused any real damage….

Congratulations, Georgia!

Given the near-coup that occurred last week, it was difficult to find a moment to celebrate the monumental Senate wins of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff! So let’s take a second to bask in the joy of Georgia electing its first black Senator, and first cute lil dork Senator.

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The Breakfast Club (The 50-50-90 Rule)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are six and a half days left to Donald J. Trump’s occupation of the White House.

This Day in History

George Wallace is sworn in;United States ratifies a peace treaty with Britain;, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet; Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe get married;Today Show debuts.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

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Late Night Today

Sorry this is so late and blogging has been sparse, real life gets n the way. However, better late than never, this is the roundup of the late night show you can’t stay awake to watch.

As always we start with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert who has new app for banned twitter users.

This Is The New App For Suspended Twitter Users

This Is The New App For Suspended Twitter Users

Like many of us, Stephen is still pretty angry about the riot last week.

FBI: The MAGA Maniacs Who Tried To Overthrow The Government Are Going To Pay

While the president tries to shift blame for last week’s insurrection, the FBI and Justice Department are making it clear that the terrorists involved will face very serious federal charges. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington and around the country are bracing for a second wave of right-wing violence.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wonders why the alt-right is so angry.

Why Is the Alt-Right So Angry?

What’s really getting some in the alt-right so riled up? Michael Kosta finds out.

Late Night with Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at the Squatter’s sedition speech.

Trump Defends His Sedition Speech as Support for Impeachment Grows: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at House Democrats calling on Vice President Pence to remove President Trump through the 25th Amendment as they prepare to vote on a resolution to impeach Trump.

Jimmy Kimmel Live examines the Squatter’s trip to his wall and his demented speech.

Trump’s Bananas Border Speech, Looming Impeachment & Crazy Conspiracies

Eight days are left of Donald Trump’s presidency, the House will vote to impeach tomorrow, new details have been released about what went down at the White House on Wednesday during the attacks on the Capitol, one of the rioters (who was dressed like a Viking) isn’t happy with his accommodations in jail, Trump flew to Alamo, Texas to brag about his “wall” the same week his supporters showed that walls serve no purpose whatsoever, three Democrats in the house have tested positive for COVID after being holed up during the Capitol lockdown with maskless colleagues, and it turns out that QAnon is just a build-your-own-apocalypse.

Last up is The Late, Late Show with James Corden still in his garage shares his thoughts on the Squatter, his second impeachment, Rudy and the virus.

President Trump Will Always Be #1 – In Impeachments!

James Corden looks at the news of the day including Trump’s final visit to his beloved border wall, impeachment efforts in the House that would make Trump the only president impeached twice, news that Rudy Giuliani may be disbarred and California’s plan to turn Disneyland into a mass vaccination site.

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The volcano Kīlauea in Hawaii on the Big Island (Hawaii) is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It erupted nearly continuously from 1983 to 2018. Then on December 20, 2020, a new eruption broke out in Halemaʻumaʻu, with the lava boiling off a water lake that had been growing for more than a year and replacing it with a lava lake.

In late July 2019, a water lake appeared on the bottom of Halemaʻumaʻu for the first time in over 200 years, as water from the rebounding water table began entering the crater. Afterward, the crater lake gradually grew in size. On December 1, 2020, the lake was approximately 49 metres (161 ft) deep. Within a month, the water lake would be replaced by a lava lake during a new eruption.

On December 20, 2020, at 9:30 PM local time, an eruption broke out within Halemaʻumaʻu at Kīlauea’s summit caldera. The US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that three vents were feeding lava into the bottom of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, boiling off the water lake that had been growing since summer 2019 and replacing it with a lava lake. According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the eruption created a plume that reached 30,000 feet in elevation. The eruption was preceded by earthquake swarms centered at Kīlauea Caldera on November 30, 2020 and December 2, 2020, the second of which was interpreted as a small intrusion of magma. By the following morning, emergency officials reported that the eruption had stabilized and that two of the three vents remained active and continued to fill the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu with lava.] By 7:30 a.m. on December 25, 2020, the lava lake had filled in 176 metres (577 ft) of the crater, and the level of the lake was continuing to rise. On January 8, 2021, the depth of the lava lake had increased to 636 feet (194 m).

That brings us to another volcano, only this one is hidden under Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Caldera, probably the most dangerous geological features on Earth. It last erupted approximately 640,000 years ago. The History Channel takes a look on how it was formed and its potential should it ever erupt.

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The Breakfast Club (Moral High Ground)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Japan apologizes; Douglas Wilder of Virginia is sworn in; “J’accuse” published; Composer Stephen Foster dies.

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Autocratic power requires the degradation of moral authority – not the capture of moral high ground.

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Late Night Today

We are still in the process of examining the aftermath of last week’s terrorist attack on the Capitol by a riotous mob of White supremacists, some of whom have turned out to be real snowflakes. Another may have committed suicide in his home after having been arrested in DC last week.

Fortunately, there are the late night hosts to give us a good chuckle in the midst of this crisis.

The Late Show with Steven Colbert opened with a parody of the farcical Republican calls for unity.

Lex Luthor Joins Republicans In Calling For Unity

Moments after ordering Mr. Freeze to freeze the Capital, Lex Luthor thought it was indeed a time for the nation to come together.

In Stephen’s openng monologue, he’s still angry about last week’s riot as are most of us.

The Terrorists Who Attacked Congress At The President’s Direction Came Prepared To Kill

Stephen didn’t get a lot of sleep last weekend, as horrific scenes from last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol played over and again in his head. It now appears clear that the armed mob, who were organized and cheered on by the president and his GOP backers in the House and Senate, came to the nation’s capital prepared to commit acts of violence against members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence.

Host of the Daily Show Trevor Noah compared the Squatter to presidents of African countries.

Donald Trump – America’s African President

Donald Trump may not seem like commander-in-chief material to Americans, but in certain African countries, he fits the bill.

Late Night with Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at impeaching Trump for insurrection.

House Democrats Move to Impeach Trump for Insurrection: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at the Republicans who incited the violent insurrection at the Capitol telling everyone it’s “time to move on” after House Democrats unveiled a text of impeachment calling for the removal of President Trump through the 25th Amendment.

Jimmy Kimmel Live looks at the Squatter, getting banned from Twitter, making history by being impeached twice, his relationship with his VP, Melania’s photo shoot during the riots and other hot, and not so hot, topics.

Trump Booted from Twitter & Maybe the Presidency

Trump is set to make history as the first U.S. President to get impeached twice, his relationship with VP Mike Pence is said to be on the rocks, Melania was reportedly doing a photoshoot during the attacks at the Capitol, we look back at Hillary Clinton’s warning during the 2016 election, the FBI made a statement that MAGA rioters may try to storm capitols in all 50 states, Trump got the boot from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat, the PGA has chosen not to hold their championship at his golf course in New Jersey, and after a Harvard research assistant noticed a correlation between angry reviews on the Yankee Candle website and COVID, Jimmy got in touch with their Vice President of Fragrance (Andy Daly) to see what’s been going on.

Last, we join James Corden in his garage for The Late, Late Show and the Squatter’s final countdown.

Welcome to the Trump Final Countdown

James Corden kicks off the show recapping the weekend with Reggie Watts, and shares that he’s up against a rogue fly buzzing around in his garage. And James looks at the headlines, including Congress considering its options after President Donald Trump incited a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. And Trump is losing allies quickly, including his beloved game of golf.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: This Putsch Was Decades in the Making

G.O.P. cynics have been coddling crazies for a long time.

One striking aspect of the Capitol Hill putsch was that none of the rioters’ grievances had any basis in reality.

No, the election wasn’t stolen — there is no evidence of significant electoral fraud. No, Democrats aren’t part of a satanic pedophile conspiracy. No, they aren’t radical Marxists — even the party’s progressive wing would be considered only moderately left of center in any other Western democracy.

So all the rage is based on lies. But what’s almost as striking as the fantasies of the rioters is how few leading Republicans have been willing, despite the violence and desecration, to tell the MAGA mob that their conspiracy theories are false.[..]

This coddling of the crazies was, at first, almost entirely cynical. When the G.O.P. began moving right in the 1970s its true agenda was mainly economic — what its leaders wanted, above all, were business deregulation and tax cuts for the rich. But the party needed more than plutocracy to win elections, so it began courting working-class whites with what amounted to thinly disguised racist appeals.

Not incidentally, white supremacy has always been sustained in large part through voter suppression. So it shouldn’t be surprising to see right-wingers howling about a rigged election — after all, rigging elections is what their side is accustomed to doing. And it’s not clear to what extent they actually believe that this election was rigged, as opposed to being enraged that this time the usual vote-rigging didn’t work.

Joseph Stiglitz: s Donald Trump an aberration or a symptom of a deeper US malady?

The underlying causes of Trump’s rise to power must be addressed, from taming social media to tackling inequality

The assault on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, incited by the president himself, was the predictable outcome of his four-year-long assault on democratic institutions, aided and abetted by so many in the Republican party. And no one can say that Trump had not warned us: he was not committed to a peaceful transition of power.

Many who benefited as he slashed taxes for corporations and the rich, rolled back environmental regulations and appointed business-friendly judges knew they were making a pact with the devil. Either they believed they could control the extremist forces he unleashed, or they didn’t care.

Where does America go from here? Is Trump an aberration, or a symptom of a deeper national malady? Can the US be trusted? In four years, will the forces that gave rise to Trump, and the party that overwhelmingly supported him, triumph again? What can be done to prevent that outcome?

Robert Reich: Trump attempted a coup: he must be removed while those who aided him pay

A swift impeachment is imperative but from Rudy Giuliani and Don Jr to Fox News and Twitter, the president did not act alone

Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress, in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup.

The rampage on Wednesday left five dead, including a Capitol police officer who was injured when he tangled with the pro-Trump mob. We’re fortunate the carnage wasn’t greater.

That the attempted coup failed shouldn’t blind us to its significance or the stain it has left on America. Nor to the importance of holding those responsible fully accountable.

Trump’s culpability is beyond dispute.

“There’s no question the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame,” said Elizabeth Cheney, the No3 House Republican.

Trump should be impeached, convicted and removed from office – immediately. [..]

He should then be arrested and tried for inciting violence and sedition – along with Donald Trump Jr and Rudy “trial-by-combat” Giuliani.

Those who attacked the Capitol should also be prosecuted. They have no first amendment right to try to overthrow the US government.

Trump’s accomplices on Capitol Hill, most notably the Texas senator Ted Cruz and Missouri senator Josh Hawley, should be forced to resign.

Amanda Marcotte: Trump didn’t suffer from “paralysis”: He failed to stop the Capitol siege because he loved the show

Trump acted willfully by inciting and supporting an insurrection — so why are some journalists afraid to admit it?

After four years of nonstop abuse from Donald Trump, it should be beyond a shadow of a doubt that, while Trump is indeed an ignoramus, his ugly behavior is largely motivated by malice, not stupidity. Yet, as we’ve seen through the years of Trump’s presidency, mainstream media outlets have continued to cast his actions as the choices of a man too numpty-headed to know right from wrong, instead of the behavior of a shameless villain who does vicious and cruel things out of a deeply felt sadism. Since Trump sent an unruly mob to ransack the Capitol, however, mainstream journalists have woken up, describing Trump’s actions accurately as incitement, instead of using euphemisms or casting around for an “innocent” explanation.

They are now signs of slippage back to old habits.

On Monday night, the Washington Post published a report detailing Trump’s refusal to do anything to discourage the insurrectionist mob after they penetrated the Capitol. The headline: “Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol.”

This headline is wildly misleading. Trump did not suffer from “paralysis,” nor was his inaction due to “failure.” Both words imply that there was a desire to act, but that Trump was somehow incapable. The reality: Trump refused to act. [..]

And yet, the latest Washington Post story, while bristling with examples of how Trump acts out of malice and not ignorance, keeps framing his actions in a more innocent light, describing Trump as “a president paralyzed” and “more passive viewer than resolute leader”.

This is flatly false. Trump was not being passive at all. He actively incited the mob and he willfully refused to do anything to call them off. He did this deliberately, having exhausted every other avenue he pursued to steal the election. These were not the actions of a man too stupid to act. These were the actions of a man knowingly trying to overthrow a legal election.

Jamelle Bouie: Sure, Now Ted Cruz and Kevin McCarthy Want ‘Unity’

Where was that spirit when election results were being counted?

The Republican Party has devised its response to the push to impeach the president over his role in the attack on the Capitol last week, and it is so cynical as to shock the conscience. [..]

There are a handful of Senate Republicans, like Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who are open to impeachment. But much of the Republican response is exactly this kind of threat: If you hold President Trump accountable for his actions, then we won’t help you unify the country. [..]

Accountability is divisive. That’s the point. If there is a faction of the Republican Party that sees democracy itself as a threat to its power and influence, then it has to be cut off from the body politic. It needs to be divided from the rest of us, lest it threaten the integrity of the American republic more than it already has. Marginalizing that faction — casting Trump and Trumpism into the ash heap of history — will be divisive, but it is the only choice we have.

This does not mean we must cast out the 74 million Americans who voted for the president, but it does mean we must repudiate the lies, cruelty and cult of personality on which Trump built his movement. It means Republicans have to acknowledge the truth — that Joe Biden won in a free and fair election — and apologize to their voters and to the country for helping to stoke the madness that struck at the Capitol.

The alternative is a false unity that leaves the wound of last Wednesday to fester until the infection gets even worse than it already is.

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Ed Note: I have been Neuschwanstein Castle twice, once in the 60’s when i was living in Europe and the second time with my daughter in the early 80’s. It was like walking into a fairy tale. TMC

Neuschwanstein Castle’s secrets

Neuschwanstein Castle is said to have inspired Walt Disney. This is the untold story of the Bavarian castle, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, and is also known as the ‘castle of the fairy tale king.’

Just over 150 years ago, in 1869, construction of Neuschwanstein Castle began in Bavaria, Germany. This documentary gives a behind-the-scenes view of the famous building, which is said to have inspired the Disney castle. Neuschwanstein was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, a man known also as the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King, but also as Mad King Ludwig. Ludwig II did not enjoy reigning. He dreamt of a life surrounded by nature, was an ardent fan of Wagner, and loved mythical imagery. Neuschwanstein Castle was his dream realized in stone. But it was also a withdrawal from his duties as head of state. And the more Ludwig II hid away in his dream castle, the more he angered his ministers. They saw his artistic and architectural projects as overly extravagant. Eventually, this ‘overindulgence’ was used as grounds to declare him insane. He was interned in 1886. Just days later, he drowned in Lake Starnberg under mysterious circumstances, together with the psychiatrist who had certified him insane.

Six weeks after the death of Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle was opened to visitors. The decision was also an effort to convince the public that the king had been ‘mad,’ and many came to see the castle. Then came the World Wars and Neuschwanstein was briefly forgotten by the public. During the Third Reich, Nazis misused it to store looted art. But the castle survived the wars unscathed. After the end of World War II, U.S. troops reached the castle. Before long, it had become a favorite among GIs stationed in Germany, and Neuschwanstein was once again a much-loved tourist attraction. Today, it’s a tourist phenomenon. This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes view of Neuschwanstein, a place that continues to cast its spell on those who visit, as the legend of King Ludwig II of Bavaria lives on.

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The Breakfast Club (Making Excuses)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Congress authorizes military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait; Soviet forces begin large offensive against Nazi Germany; First woman elected to U.S. Senate; Writer Agatha Christie dies; ‘All in the Family’ debuts on CBS.

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Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

George Washington Carver

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Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Trump should be impeached. But that alone won’t remove white supremacy from America.

Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was the tragically predictable result of white-supremacist grievances fueled by President Trump. But his departure from office, whether immediately or on Jan. 20, will not solve the deeper problems exposed by this episode. What happened is cause for grief and outrage. It should not be cause for shock. What were too often passed off as the rantings of an unfortunate but temporary figure in public life are, in reality, part of something much bigger. That is the challenge that confronts us all.

Over these last days, I’ve thought about my experiences as a senator from New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Commission Report that followed. The report’s authors explored the failures that opened the door for a devastating terrorist attack. “The most important failure,” they wrote, “was one of imagination. We do not believe leaders understood the gravity of the threat.”

Almost 20 years later, we are living through another failure of imagination — the failure to account for the damage that can be done to our nation by a president who incites violence, congressional leaders who fan the flames, and social media platforms that sear conspiracy theories into the minds of Trump’s supporters. Unless we confront the threats we face, we risk ensuring that last week’s events are only a prelude to an even greater tragedy.

Amanda Marcotte: Republicans are gaslighting America about Trump’s coup: Only impeachment can set the record straight

Impeachment establishes a formal record, making it harder for the right to pressure media to downplay January 6

There is no doubt Donald Trump incited the insurrection on January 6. It happened largely in public and is recorded for prosperity. [..]

Trump didn’t add, “if you know what I mean,” but he didn’t have to — the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol armed with guns, pipe bombs and flex cuffs to take members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence hostage understood Trump’s wink-and-nudge style loud and clear.

None of this is subtle or confusing. Unsurprisingly, however, right-wing media figures — who want to continue to push conspiracy theories and agitate their audiences with insurrectionist talk, but don’t want to face consequences for it — have already begun the process of gaslighting about Wednesday’s event, insisting that it’s being blown out of proportion and shouldn’t be treated like the insurrection that it was.[..]

Articles of impeachment are the kind of official documentation that make it much harder for right wing forces to pressure mainstream media outlets to downplay what happened on Wednesday. It makes it a matter of public record that this was, indeed, an insurrection. That will help be a check against the impulse of cowardly editors and producers in mainstream media to give into the right wing gaslighting campaign. Impeachment will be a show of support from Congress for those who are willing to speak the truth, that we witnessed a coup, incited by Trump, against the leaders duly elected by the people of the United States.

Jennifer Senior: The Narcissist in Chief Brings It All Crashing Down

An ending as terrible as it was predictable engulfs the president and the country.

Our president has never been a very stable man. But I’m trying to think of what threshold of loco he had to clear in order for one of his senior advisers to confide in my colleague Maggie Haberman that Donald J. Trump “lost it” on the day of the insurrection.

Or for an administration official to describe him as “a total monster” to The Washington Post the next day.

Or for Representative Adam Kinzinger, a member of Trump’s own party, to call for the cabinet and the vice president to invoke the 25th Amendment because we require “a sane captain of the ship” to steer us through the administration’s final days, and “all indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty, or even his oath, but from reality itself.”

Our president has always been out there. But on Jan. 6, 2021, he clearly reached escape velocity and hurtled into space. [..]

You needn’t be a particularly astute observer of the Trump presidency to understand that his incendiary, hateful policies and rhetoric and mirthful disregard for the law would one day end in violence. But you needn’t be a particularly astute observer of character, either, to see that a man who feels no empathy, exploits ruthlessly, lies reflexively, seeks success at any cost and lives in terror of seeing it vanish would never go quietly.

Mimi Swartz: Never Forget What Ted Cruz Did

The senator has been able to use his Ivy League pedigree as a cudgel. After last week, his credentials should condemn him.

When I was growing up, I was often reminded that people with fancy educations and elite degrees “put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us.” This was back in the early 1960s, before so many rich Texans started sending their kids to Ivy League schools, when mistrust of Eastern educated folks — or any highly educated folks — was part of the state’s deep rooted anti-intellectualism. Beware of those who lorded their smarts over you, was the warning. Don’t fall for their high-toned airs.

Since I’ve been lucky enough to get a fancy enough education, I’ve often found myself on the other side of that warning. But then came Jan. 6, when I watched my Ivy League-educated senator, Ted Cruz, try to pull yet another fast one on the American people as he fought — not long before the certification process was disrupted by a mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol and forcing their way into the Senate chamber — to challenge the election results. [..]

Today, though, his credentials aren’t just useless; they condemn him. Any decent soul might ask: If you are so smart, how come you are using that fancy education to subvert the Constitution you’ve long purported to love? Shouldn’t you have known better? But, of course, Mr. Cruz did know better; he just didn’t care. And he believed, wrongly I hope, that his supporters wouldn’t either.

Katherine Stewart: The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage

Why do so many Republicans appear to be at war with both truth and democracy?

In today’s Republican Party, the path to power is to build up a lie in order to overturn democracy. At least that is what Senator Josh Hawley was telling us when he offered a clenched-fist salute to the pro-Trump mob before it ransacked the Capitol, and it is the same message he delivered on the floor of the Senate in the aftermath of the attack, when he doubled down on the lies about electoral fraud that incited the insurrection in the first place. How did we get to the point where one of the bright young stars of the Republican Party appears to be at war with both truth and democracy?

Mr. Hawley himself, as it happens, has been making the answer plain for some time. It’s just a matter of listening to what he has been saying. [..]

Over the past few days, following his participation in the failed efforts to overturn the election, Mr. Hawley’s career prospects may have dimmed. Two of his home state newspapers have called for his resignation; his political mentor, John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, has described his earlier support for Mr. Hawley as “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made”; and Simon & Schuster dropped his book. On the other hand, there is some reporting that suggests his complicity in efforts to overturn the election may have boosted his standing with Mr. Trump’s base. But the question that matters is not whether Mr. Hawley stays or goes, but whether he is simply replaced by the next wannabe demagogue in line. We are about to find out whether there are leaders of principle left in today’s Republican Party.

Make no mistake: Mr. Hawley is a symptom, not a cause. He is a product of the same underlying forces that brought us President Trump and the present crisis of American democracy. Unless we find a way to address these forces and the fundamental pathologies that drive them, then next month or next year we will be forced to contend with a new and perhaps more successful version of Mr. Hawley.

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Stop Saying “This Isn’t Who We Are”: Week In Review | The Amber Ruffin Show

Like most Americans, Amber Ruffin was glued to the news this week watching that insane series of events unfold. A mob of Trump-supporting terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, in an effort to overturn a fair and legal election and subvert democracy. It has honestly been a lot to take in, and Amber’s personal feelings have ranged from rage to devastation to embarrassment. We’re gonna do our best to talk about it tonight, and to process it, and then we’re gonna push it aside and try to have some fun. Sound good?

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