Daily Archives: January 10, 2021

Chaos at the Capitol, as seen by our allies and adversaries

CBS Sunday Morning

Jan 10, 2021

Observers abroad who have watched the attack unfold in Washington this week share some surprising perspectives with correspondent Seth Doane about what it means for democracy.

The End of a Presidency: Trump’s Loss in a Divided America | Fault Lines

Al Jazeera English

Nov 10, 2020

As the Democrats take back the White House, what does the 2020 presidential election say about the future of US politics? Despite Joe Biden’s win, tens of millions of Americans chose Donald Trump for a second term. How the Republican party relates to this bloc of voters – along with the ideology Trump represents – is now central to its strategic direction. For the Democrats, an old guard embodied by Joe Biden and a new generation of progressives are in a contest for influence over the party’s vision. In The End of a Presidency: Trump’s Loss in a Divided America, Fault Lines explores how Trump changed the presidency, and where the two parties will go next.

Republicans ‘in part responsible’ for riot | Interview with Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson

DW News

Jan 9, 2021

“I’m more afraid of 25 guys who know what they’re doing than 2,500 morons charging in and smearing poop on the walls.” DW’s Washington Bureau Chief, Ines Pohl, spoke with Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson about the Capital riot, the responsibility and future of the GOP and the prospect of impeaching Donald Trump again. Unprecedented – and deadly – scenes at the Capitol in Washington DC – where supporters of President Trump stormed the building in a bid to overturn the election results. One woman was shot and later died of her injuries, as rioters attempted to stop Congress members from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

Chaos unraveled on Capitol Hill as the building was stormed by hundreds of Trump supporters. A battle ensued between riot police and the protesters as they broke past security. They stormed the Senate chambers to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory – literally bringing democracy to a halt. Police then drew their guns.

A woman was shot by police officers – and was later proclaimed dead. Some protesters also turned their anger against the media. Earlier at a rally near the White House, President Trump had repeated his unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen from him – and urged his supporters to rally at the Capitol. Hours later Trump then released a recorded message telling his supporters to go home but failed to condemn their actions. Trump has now been suspended from several social media accounts, including Twitter, after tweeting to supporters who attacked the Capitol.

When lawmakers finally got back into the Senate chambers, several senior republicans condemned then violence. Including Trump’s vice president Mike Pence. The violence was branded as a siege by President-elect Joe Biden, who warned of the threat to democracy. What does this all mean for the future of the Republican Party? How complicit are its members in the riot? Can the GOP recover from having sided with Trumpists for so long?

Trump shunned by Republicans and social media after Capitol riot | DW News

DW News

Jan 10, 2021

Security has been bolstered around the US Capitol, following serious concern over a breach that led to a mob of Donald Trump supporters storming the building earlier this week. More than 6,000 National Guard troops will be in Washington DC, where a state of emergency has been declared until the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.

Meanwhile, authorities have announced new arrests and charges, and the FBI has appealed to the public to help bring more rioters to justice. And Twitter has become the latest social media giant to lock Trump out – permanently banning the president from the platform, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.The violent scenes of a few days ago have made way for this: a state of emergency, an unscalable fence, and more than six thousand National Guard troops. Stricter security measures are due to remain in place until after Joe Biden’s inauguration this month.DC Residents, meanwhile, are still coming to terms with Wednesday’s riot.

Dozens of those who stormed the Capitol have now been arrested, with more arrests expected in the coming days. The FBI has appealed to the public to help bring more rioters to justice.House Democrats are pressing ahead with an article of impeachment on Monday, a move which would make Donald Trump the first ever President to be impeached twice. It could also mean that Trump would be unable to run for public office in future. It’s a move that has received support from some Republicans, but critics say their turn against Trump has come too late. As for President Trump, he’s now been banned from Twitter as well as other social media platforms, who’re quoting concerns over inciting further violence. Tech giants and members of Trump’s own party may now also be turning against him, but across the country, there’s still no shortage of people who support the outgoing president.

More Republicans Finally Turn On Trump After Deadly Insurrection | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jan 9, 2021

Trump has lost his Twitter account and more Republican allies as the fallout from the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill he incited keeps growing. Aired on 1/9/2021.

Must-See New Video Shows Capitol Riot Was Way Worse Than We Thought | All In | MSNBC

MSNBC
Jan 8, 2021

Chris Hayes: “It is entirely possible that there were people in that crowd, looking to apprehend, possibly harm, and possibly murder the leaders of the political class that the President, and people like Mo Brooks, and even to a certain extent Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, have told them have betrayed them.” Aired on 1/8/2021.

Just Because America Is Changing Doesn’t Mean All Americans Are Changing With It | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jan 10, 2021

The violent attack on Capitol Hill carried out by a mob of President Trump’s supporters is shocking but not surprising for those who have watched President Trump’s incendiary rhetoric divide the nation over the past 4 years. MSNBC’s host of “American Voices” Alicia Menendez discusses how we got here.

A.B. Stoddard: Trump Wants To ‘Break The Republican Party’ | Deadline | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jan 8, 2021

Real Clear Politics associate editor A.B. Stoddard blasts the president and argues that his megalomania has destroyed the Republican party. Aired on 1/8/2021.

Jonathan Swan: The Cabinet Is Acting As If Trump ‘Is Not The President’ | Deadline | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jan 8, 2021

Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan describes the inner-workings of the Trump White House right now, and says he believes many cabinet secretaries are running their agencies without the president’s guidance. Aired on 1/8/2021.

“We the Peoples: In conversation with the United Nations Secretary-General, Antó nio Guterres”


United Nations
10 Jan. 2021

As the world enters 2021, this virtual event – hosted by the UK Government in partnership with UN75 and Project Everyone – offers a powerful opportunity to communicate why the UN remains the best global forum to find solutions to the challenges we face – from the climate emergency to COVID-19, conflict – to a broad and diverse global audience. The event will also serve as a global commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, with the UN returning – virtually – to London, where it held its first meetings in 1946. The UN Secretary-General will deliver his first major speech of the year as well as relay the findings of the global consultation carried out in 2020. UN75 website: https://www.un.org/en/un75