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I try to keep my word count down, because believe me I could write 3,000+ words on January 6th, but there are some things I didn't add that are important. I had been following the "Stop the Steal" movement on Steve Bannon's podcast. So I already knew what they thought about the 2020 election and what their plans were on Jan. 6th. There is no chance that anyone in Trump world would have planned or wanted a violent breach of the Capitol. Even Alex Jones was urging peaceful protesting. To them, the Left is the side that protests violently and they don't see themselves that way.
There is one big piece missing from this story that we don't yet know and that's the FBI's involvement. Reading this Esquire piece, though, gives you a pretty good idea of what they did to plan and push some of their most vulnerable targets toward violence. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a41592008/gretchen-whitmer-kitnap-militiamen/
People can be anyone they want online and there is very little anyone can do to find out who they are or trace them. What's interesting here is how quiet our government has been on all the FBI's involvement. They want it to be their last move to stop Trump after four years of nonstop attacks, a raid on Mar-a-Lago and endless lawsuits couldn't stop him. But they are lying about it.
I knew they were lying about it because the plan was never to breach the Capitol - so someone else was driving that side of the Jan 6th protest. I'd like to know who. Ray Epps went to the FBI after Jan 6th which doesn't seem like something anyone from MAGA would do. And why wasn't he tossed in jail?
I didn't go into this -- because that would have been many more paragraphs, but FWIW.
Really one of the best explanations of why we all knew J6 wasn’t what they said. People on Trump’s side know the kind of people we are and we know that what happened that day absolutely doesn’t fit our belief system. This is beautifully written and gives me hope. It’s been a long and painful few years watching the country I love so much slip away, but reading someone else say all the things we’ve been saying the entire time, really helps. Thank you for being brave.
I saw Tucker Carlson tonight. You and he must have compared notes. So few are willing to say what they believe or see. I used to be a Democrat and have seen it descend into depravity. Tulsi Gabbard was the last centurion in those ranks.
Brilliant and very telling. Truth has made you braver in sharing your history and exposing the narratives behind the scenes that many have known, but you have now confirmed for us. Dissent and opposing views are the core of a free society, and should be the backbone of ours. Thank you!
Great post! I couldn't have said it better. Trump sympathizers and supporters have good grasp of reality and generally see things clearly and pretty darned accurate. It helps me when you explain how The Left operates and thinks. There's quite an inversion of the truth going on, and I know who is on the side of reality.
More, more, more...! Thanks again!
Great writing! My only qualm is that, in my opinion, the author often stereotypes us “Trump supporters” and groups us all into the same, poor, struggling, fentanyl-laced, down trodden lump. I’m a 35 year old medical provider with extensive education, financially very well off, no fentanyl or hardships to be found. Married, kids, house, motorcycles, etc... And I’m not the only one, by far. Make sure you understand that leaving the madness of left also needs to mean leaving behind the methods of the left.. in this case, namely, considering large groups as people as nothing more than a group, ignoring that we’re all individuals. It’s a hallmark of the left. And it’s incorrect. Leave it behind.
No matter what you think of the J6 protestors, everybody who believes in the principles on which this country was founded should be concerned about the treatment that the J6 prisoners are receiving. They are being denied the basic rights of a speedy trial by an impartial jury where potentially exculpatory evidence is made available by the prosecution. Putting people who are not even being accused of any violent crime in solitary confinement, in some cases for over a year, is barbaric.
Many of the J6 defendants have accepted plea deals because if they don't they face possible sentences of over 20 years for the crimes of trespassing and interrupting an official government proceeding. These people are being made an example of to let everyone know that if you challenge the official government narrative the government can destroy your life.
It's kind of depressing to see how many people fall for their lies, but it's important to remember that if they haven't seen an opposing viewpoint then they really can't recognize the lies as such. A year or two ago I was talking to a family member who is on the left and they didn't know what Critical Race Theory was. So I wonder how many people in the old legacy media bubble have even heard that Schumer called for Tucker to be silenced.
I do not at all agree with your premise
“Like most Trump supporters, he hovers on the fringes of our society, at the opposite end of the spectrum of the do-gooders and eggheads that dominate our culture now.” This poor man has mental health issues and does not represent “most Trump supporters.” He is innocent of any violent crime and needs his day in court but he doesn’t represent or even come close to the 80+ million who where disenfranchised in the last election. I appreciate your mea culpa and hope that you can continue to publish pieces that vindicate the innocent in the court of public opinion because God knows how corrupt the Federal judges are in the courts themselves. I would also like to ask if you could share with us the defining moment in your journey of self discovery when you realized you yourself were being lied to.
Great commentary, Sasha.
Three minutes before two motions were to be filed to audit state election certificates, capitol cops let 'rioters' in the Capitol thereby creating the 'emergency' to close the session and start a new one a few hours later with different rules certifying the election - they effectively closed out the states.
Oh, and here is Jake Chansley calling the FBI on his way home, effectively turning himself in on Jan 7.
Sadly so many of our friends have information overload and have disengaged from what is happening to our country. They are exhausted from the demands of the government’s intrusions and lies with COVID, being called racist at every turn, and watching violence in cities do unchecked and even praised by government officials. They feel powerless especially in blue states where their vote seems worthless. How do you fight back when every institution seems to be taken over by those who know nothing of history and care even less about protecting the constitutional rights of all people?
I think the vast majority of Democrats and RINOs lie because they can’t take the truth that they completely depend on government welfare either through tax payer funded fed/state/local salaries (eg teachers, administrators, etc) or some other form of gov dole. They have traded their freedom and integrity for gov welfare of one type or another. They live the life of a communist/socialist and lie that they earned their way. It is all too much for them to face the truth that hey have been and are fully carried by Americans that pay more in taxes than they get back in gov income or refunds. As an example, look at urban public school teachers that have failed to educate the last 3 generations of kids. Btw, You can tell when a Dem or RINO is lying when their mouth is moving.
Just realized that this great piece has been featured on the A.M. listing on RealClearPolitics. Congratulations Sasha! Hope this wins you an even larger audience.
You'll never know how good it feels to read your words, as someone who was completely demonized and ostracized by those captured by that ideology. This Deplorable is truly grateful for your honest writing. Please keep it coming!
My mother in law went to Jan 6th rally. She helped get a bus and a bunch of 70 yr old plus folks went up. She said everyone was nice at the rally. She had a wonderful time. She didn't realize any one walked to the capital. She said most of her people spent the day j looking for places to use the restrooms. She was most upset that places like Starbucks wouldn't let them use the facilities. She says that anyone with MAGA gear not even allowed in. Sad, if u think about it. She said that the person who booked the bus with her (that persons name on rental) was called by fbi and asked questions. Frightening
My husband and I went to a Trump rally once and we’ve watched several rallies on TV. On Jan 6 when he told me about the capital breach I immediately said to him “It’s a set up”. And he agreed. Trump rally attendees don’t behave that way. They are patriotic and enjoy expressing their love of country. And as time goes on various videos show actions by bad actors on Jan 6 who don’t even look like Trump supporters.