On Saturday, Facebook, Instagram and most importantly Twitter banned Trump permanently, and even took down QAnon accounts. Parler, which was intended to be the Right Wing's replacement as Social Media, seems to be almost out of business. Trump and his enablers are losing the megaphones that they have used to fill the airwaves and the heads of their supporters with lies.
We learned 5 people died during the Capital siege, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer and four of Trump's rioters. We learned that our legislators, fearing for their lives, had been forced to hide under tables and behind doors as members of Trump's mob waved Confederate and Trump banners, built a hanging gallow, and banged loudly and threateningly as part of their hunt for them.
We learned that the next two people in the line of succession for the Presidency, Mike Pence and Speaker Pelosi, were their targets.
A man who texted he wanted to shoot Nancy Pelosi's "noggin" on Live TV has been arrested, as have many other of the criminals unleashed by Trump in his attempted coup.
One of the strongest voices speaking yesterday was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican Governor of California.
He described the Capitol attack as the American equivalent of Kristallnacht, a day of violence and broken glass which marked the beginning of German Nazis' systemic destruction of the Jews. The man who long stands for male physical strength painfully and personally linked these two events to toxic masculinity.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Compares Capitol Hill Mob to Kristallnacht www.youtube.com
Today we can expect two principal actions: First, the Congress will again ask Mike Pence to convene the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
In that fails, the Congress will begin to move to the article of impeachment and the votes first to impeach and then to remove this abomination from the White House.
January 11, 2021
Voices4America Post Script. Here additionally is the write up in the New York Times' DealBook of where money went yesterday, affecting the Trump reign of terror.
Corporate America rethinks political donations
Big businesses often donate to both political parties and say that their support is tied to narrow issues of specific interest to their industries. That became increasingly fraught last week, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol and some Republican lawmakers tried to overturn Joe Biden's win in the presidential election. A flurry of companies have since reviewed political giving via their corporate political action committees.
Some big banks are pausing all political donations:
Some companies are pausing donations to specific politicians:
A pause is not permanent. The suspensions coincide with the first quarter after a presidential election, which is typically light on fund-raising anyway. Efforts by some companies to pause PAC donations to all lawmakers — those who voted to uphold the election as well as those who sought to overturn it — are raising eyebrows. And companies can still give to "dark money" groups that don't disclose their donors but often raise far more money than corporate PACs.
Corporate PACs aren't the only groups under scrutiny. The Republican Attorneys General Association is taking heat following reports that a fund-raising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, urged people to march on the Capitol. Several companies told DealBook that they were reviewing their support of the group, though none said they planned to cut ties. (Most noted that they supported attorneys general from both parties, an issue Andrew addressed in a column last year.) A representative for the association said that it and the Rule of Law Defense Fund "had no involvement in the planning, sponsoring or the organization of Wednesday's event."
Here's what we heard from some of the big corporate donors to the group:
In other fallout: The P.G.A. of America said it would no longer hold its signature championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.; the social app Parler, popular among conservatives as an alternative to Twitter, went dark this morning after Amazon cut it off from computing services; the payment processor Stripe banned the Trump campaign from using its services; YouTube blocked Steve Bannon's podcast channel; and the debate continues over tech giants' influence over public speech.