Repub Stupidity Open Thread: The Gang That Couldn’t Coup Straight

If it weren’t for the whole ‘attempt to subvert the election and install a dictatorship’, there’d be genuine comic potential in this fustercluck:


Bess Levin, at Vanity Fair:

…[T]he messages help paint a picture of that day, raising new questions and answering others. For instance, in the former category, it seems pretty clear, as Cheney noted, that not only was the White House keenly aware of how bad the situation was, but the president himself was too. So why didn’t he act? Was it because things were playing out exactly as he wanted them to and he hoped his supporters would actually be successful in blocking the certification of Joe Biden’s win? Sure sounds like it! (Here, let’s recall that on January 8, Republican senator Ben Sasse said in an interview that senior White House officials had told him that as the insurrection unfolded, “Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was, as you had rioters pushing against Capitol police, trying to get into the building. That was happening. He was delighted.”)…

Finally, there’s the question of why Don Jr. was trying to communicate with this father through Meadows. Yes, Trump was the leader of the free world at the time, but surely most presidents inform their staff that calls from their children should be put through, particularly if they’re important. Did Junior initially try to contact his dad directly, only to find himself screened? Did he realize from the get-go that Trump—who’s never appeared particularly fond of his namesake—wouldn’t listen to him and then decide to try Meadows as a back channel?…

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