Abcarian: Scandal, villainy, treachery — the Jan. 6 committee report is replete juicy bits

The ultimate report from the Home Jan. 6 committee is a real present to the American individuals.

In its 800-plus pages, the members have given us a cogent, chronological account of the incidents main as much as one of the shameful occasions in American historical past: the storming of the Capitol by violent, misguided supporters of President Trump, working below the fallacy that he’d received the 2020 election.

Right here is proof, for many who missed (or needed to disregard) the committee’s televised hearings, that Trump knew he misplaced however couldn’t bear the humiliation and set about to make sure himself at the least one other 4 years in workplace. Who is aware of what different horrors he might need visited on our Structure had his coup succeeded?

Opinion Columnist

Robin Abcarian

Darkish however entertaining tidbits are sprinkled all through the report, which locations final blame for the horrible occasions on the ft of Trump.

For example, do you know that soiled political trickster Roger Stone coined the phrase “Stop the Steal”? Not in 2020, thoughts you, however in 2016, when he pretended that candidate Trump’s Republican rivals have been making an attempt to steal the nomination from him. Or that right-wing provocateur Ali Alexander, a frequent collaborator of Stone’s, launched the now-defunct occasion web site wildprotest.com in December 2020, simply after Trump tweeted out his invitation to the Jan. 6 rally? Or that Julie Fancelli, the 72-year-old inheritor to the Publix grocery store fortune, supplied to spend $3 million to pay audio system and ferry protesters to Washington on Jan. 6?

These tales are from Chapter 6, “Be There, Will be Wild!” The chapter examines the fascistic white nationalist teams — the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, the Groypers, QAnon adherents — who appeared upon Trump’s invitation to Washington as a name to violence and the possibility to remake the US into some demented model of greatness that by no means was.

They have been, after all, utterly delusional about many issues — that the election was stolen, that Vice President Pence may refuse to certify its outcomes, that Trump may keep in workplace with their assist, that they might escape the wrath of the justice system.

For instance, Stewart Rhodes, the convicted seditionist who based the Oath Keepers, advised the committee he believed that Trump may have mobilized “unorganized militia” just like the Oath Keepers to suppress an riot if he tried to remain in energy after dropping the election.

“This fantasy reflected a warped sense of reality,” the committee wrote in its report. “The Oath Keepers themselves were the ones contemplating insurrection.”

Proof: In a message to colleagues, quoted within the report, Rhodes wrote, “Either Trump gets off his ass and uses the Insurrection Act to defeat the Chicom puppet coup or we will have to rise up in insurrection (rebellion) against the Chicom puppet Biden. Take your pick.” (“Chicom” = Chinese language Communist.)

As I learn Chapter 6, it hit me that the fake patriots like Rhodes, who faces as much as 20 years in federal jail, are nothing greater than ridiculously over-the-top drama queens. They’ve persuaded themselves they’re saving the Structure (from democracy, I assume), when they’re in reality lining their birdcages with it. They think about themselves as battling forces of evil to inflate their self-worth. They’d be laughable in the event that they weren’t so harmful. (And nicely armed: Rhodes, the report says, “amassed an arsenal of military grade weapons and equipment in the days leading up to Jan. 6” and stashed it in a resort exterior the District of Columbia.)

In one other instance of destroyers-posing-as-saviors irony, the report notes that the Proud Boys and their chief Enrique Tarrio imagined themselves to be reenacting the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. They took up the battle cry “Storm the Winter Palace,” an allusion to the toppling of Russia’s czarist order. Because the Jan. 6 committee factors out in its report, that occasion led to 70-plus years of communist rule.

“No historic event has been less American,” the committee dryly famous. (Jury choice in Tarrio’s trial for seditious conspiracy is underway in Washington.)

On-line posts about what would occur on Jan. 6 have been rife with predictions of violence.

“You can go to Washington on Jan. 6 and help storm the capitol,” wrote a consumer on the QAnon web site 8kun. “We will storm the government buildings, kill cops, kill security guards, kill federal employees and agents, and demand a recount.”

Studying concerning the deluded warriors of Jan. 6, I used to be reminded of one of many nice literary characters: Don Quixote, the person from La Mancha.

4 hundred years in the past, Miguel de Cervantes invented him, a lowly nobleman whose love for love and chivalry leads him to fantasize that he’s a knight errant, using throughout the Spanish countryside on his outdated hag, which he imagines to be a noble steed, in the hunt for outlandish adventures and glory. Amongst his many misguided deeds of derring-do, he errors windmills for giants who should be slain along with his sword.

He is a good character, and he’s additionally a idiot — paranoid and unable to tell apart between actuality and his fevered creativeness.

This model of paranoia and self-aggrandizement, minus any of Don Quixote’s endearing romanticism, lives on within the Roger Stones, Stewart Rhodeses, Enrique Tarrios and the various, many different silly individuals who performed roles within the Jan. 6 riot.

As for the person from Mar-a-Lago, he’s nonetheless tilting at windmills, pretending he received the election, fantasizing about ruling over the land as soon as once more. Right here’s hoping he can do this from jail.

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