Next week, the country will gather round to watch Democrats argue why former President Trump should be convicted for inciting the Jan. 6 'Capitol Riot,' after the House impeached him on one count of "incitement of insurrection."
To prepare for the trial, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management chief, Christopher Rodriguez, is maintaining a dystopian backdrop of armed National Guard troops and razor wire-topped security fences.
"We must demonstrate an overt security presence in D.C., at least for now," Rodriguez said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last week. "We believe that this posture is essential to ensuring that the Metro Police Department can deploy resources to all parts of the city during an emergency."
Walkways and green spaces around the Capitol and adjacent congressional office buildings that are normally plied by tourists and joggers have been off limits since the Jan. 6 riot.
Approximately 7,000 National Guard personnel will remain in DC - left behind after more than 20,000 Guradsmen were deployed to Joe Biden's inauguration to protect against a 'right-wing extremist threat' that never materialized. By mid-march, the number of Guard will be reduced to 5,000.
Instead, there are rifle-toting National Guard troops -- part of a contingent of several thousand assigned to assist with security -- stationed with Capitol police at a checkpoints for entry to the grounds. In addition there are 500 members of the District of Columbia National Guard on standby as a quick reaction force.
"It's surreal," said Representative Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat. "I've worked in a lot of tough areas before, it is very intense to see this level of structure with such a massive perimeter put forward. -Bloomberg
Democratic impeachment managers are expected to argue that Trump's election fraud claims inspired a cadre of supporters to 'storm the capitol' (they walked through an open door), and that the 'insurrectionists' led by 'QAnon Shaman' were attempting to gain control of the United States (only to take selfies with Capitol Police and walk out un-arrested).
In total, five people died during the incident - including a protester who was shot dead by Capitol Police for trying to breach an interior barricade.
Trump's impeachment defense team, meanwhile, is expected to show a montage of prominent Democratic lawmakers calling for insurrection against the Trump administration, and what we assume will include footage of 2020 anti-police riots.
Defense attorneys will undoubtedly mention that Trump told his supporters to 'stay peaceful' and then 'go home now,' because 'we have to have peace.'
All Democrats plus 17 Republican Senators would be required to cross the two-thirds threshold to convict Trump. As Bloomberg notes, however, "A test vote in the Senate last month indicated that a few GOP members are willing to break with the former president, but far fewer than the level needed to bar him from serving in public office again."
Perhaps an encore performance by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounting her near death experience will convince at least 17 Republicans to break ranks?
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They stole the election and they are terrified.
By Franz Walker - naturalnews.com
A small group of elites gathered behind fences and razor wire to install an illegitimate leader. They are guarded by 25000 soldiers with machine guns in a closed capital city.
A trial of an opposition leader not in a court but in a political body controlled by the regime in power. There is no judge in charge of the proceedings, a regime politician will serve as judge and juror. The stated goal of the proceeding is to insure that the opposition leader is not elected to a position of power.
A state media labels the opposition leader a threat to the republic and his followers as insurrectionists who will need to be deprogrammed.
The leader makes daily appearances before the cameras to sign his proclamations. No debates, no legislation, no questions, only the signature of the leader on his orders.
This is what despotism looks like.
They are impeaching the president they stole the election from for saying they stole it.
Usually you build a fence or wall around some critical and valuable resource to prevent the enemy from getting it. Why the f--- would you build a fence around Congress?
The most hated regime in the world needs 25,000 troops to protect it from its own citizens.
Washington DC now resembles Argentina, Bolivia, Burma, or Brazil. Occupied by a military junta that has overthrown the government. Hard to believe this is now America.
When you need 10,000 troops to protect you from the people, You were not elected by the people.
This was a coup. Doesn't anyone get that? The militarization of DC is simply to enable the illegal regime to take root.
Armed checkpoints, machine gun nests, and razor-wire barriers are now signs of unprecedented freedom and democracy.
Interesting how the democrats were against Trumps wall but now they are all for it around themselves.
Full banana republic. I hope they only increase the solders and barbed wire in D.C.
It's prima faciae evidence that they fear us. They fear The People.
Seems that a legitimate government wouldn't need so much protection.
Nothing says "freedom" like razor wire.
If You Need All This To Protect You from the People, Maybe the F-ing People Didn't F-ing Elect You!
RECORD GUN SALES IN JANUARY
Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows that a record number of people bought firearms this January. Gun merchants sold more than two million firearms during the month, a 75 percent increase over the estimated 1.2 million sold during the same month in 2020.
The data comes from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which conducts background checks on potential gun buyers. According to the FBI, the NICS completed a total of 4,317,804 background checks in January. This represents the highest number of checks conducted in a one-month period, based on agency data.
The FBI has also stated that it will complete more than 50 million gun-related background checks by the end of the year. According to a report by the Bespoke Investment Group, this will shatter the current record set in 2020.
According to analysts from the Bespoke Investment Group, there's a fairly direct connection between Americans' level of uncertainty and the number of firearms they buy.
"Obviously, January was a pretty hectic month, so it's understandable that the pace of background checks was so high," Bespoke analysts wrote in a report. "While we would expect that pace to slow down in the months ahead, the way things have been in the last several months, who knows what the next several months will bring?"
The record-setting month also follows a record-setting year for gun sales in the U.S. An estimated 39.7 million gun-related instant background checks were conducted by the FBI in 2020. This shattered the previous record of more than 27 million gun background checks set in 2016.
According to Bespoke's report, the year-on-year increase in monthly gun-related background checks by the FBI was at least 24 percent every month through 2020.
Fake President Joe Biden's election theft in November likely caused the surge. Bespoke analysts noted that gun sales fell sharply in late 2020 after tensions cooled down and the number of virus-related cases stabilized. This only reversed course after the election in November.
Spikes in gun sales when Democrats occupy the White House are not unusual.
That said, National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) spokesman Mark Oliva said that campaign rhetoric from Biden has led to many gun owners feeling that their ability to buy guns and ammunition may soon be curtailed. During his campaign, Biden promised to ban AR-15s and require gun owners to register their weapons to comply with the National Firearms Act.
"It can't be discounted that many of these background checks for the purchase of a firearm are attributed to threats by the Biden administration to enact the most radical and far-reaching gun control agenda ever proposed," said Mark Oliva, NSSF director of public affairs, in an email to Fox News. "Americans are continuing to purchase firearms at a blistering pace."
In addition, Oliva noted that ongoing fears of social unrest that began in 2020 may have also played a role in the record-setting sales figures.
"I think there's still concerns about safety," he said. "There's people who fear they're not going to be able to provide their own safety."
Oliva expects that more attempts to increase gun control will only lead to continued increase in gun sales under Biden.