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Support 25th Amendmenting Donald Trump: Contact the Cabinet!


We all know the events that happened on Wednesday 6 January when MAGAs stormed the capitol and the Congressional police welcomed them with selfies and removed barriers and allowed them to ransack the offices and chambers of the Congress. A mob that acted at the behest of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. But, also with the tacit approval and encouragement of 140 representatives and 12 senators who said they would challenge the electors from swing states based on the known lies of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber about the election.

Nothing makes it clearer that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is a clear and present danger to our democracy. That the mob didn’t know what to do once the Capitol Police allowed them inside the building is a testament to Trump’s lack of ability to even organize a coup. It is a feature of Trump, luckily. But, he now sits in the WH trying to figure out Parler and plot his next step because planning is not his strong suit. Still, he is a danger inept and incompetent as he is. It warrants removal.

Trump’s twitter account has been suspended for 12 hours, but not before he was able to tweet or perhaps because he tweeted:

These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021

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The least that we can do is remove the Ol’ Pussy Grabber from office. There are two methods of removing the president: (1) The cabinet can 25th Amendment his dumb ass or (2) Congress can impeach and convict him of high crimes and misdemeanors. I think both should be pursued. Here’s how you can support both happening.

25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment have addressed the issues of succession of a sitting president since 1967. It clarifies issues that were not specified by the Constitution. It addresses four scenarios in different sections:

  • Section 1 specifies that the Vice President becomes president should the sitting president resign or dies. Funny that wasn’t in the Constitution, but it wasn’t.
  • Section 2 provides for the approval of an appointed Vice President to fill a vacancy. Spoiler: it requires the appointment be approved by a majority of both Houses of Congress. Again, the Founding Fathers didn’t think of specifying this? Okay. It’s there now.
  • Section 3 allows the president to temporarily cede his duties to the Vice President by declaring in writing to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House that he can no longer meet the requirements of his office. He can resume his duties by notifying both in writing that he is now capable.
  • Section 4 outlines the procedure for the Vice President and a majority of the principle officers of the executive departments (the cabinet) to remove the President.
    • They must notify the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House in writing of their belief that he is unfit to continue serving in office.
    • The Vice President then assumes the duties of the President and is known as the Acting President.
    • The President may notify the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House that he is so able to meet the requirements of his office in writing and resume his duties.
    • If the Vice President and cabinet persist, though, they can write to the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House that the President is not capable of completing his duties, and then the Congress shall decide.
    • Congress has 48 hours to assemble if it is not in session and then 21 days from receipt of the last letter or from assembly to decide the matter.
    • A two-thirds vote of both Houses is required to remove the President and transfer his powers to the Vice President who will serve as Acting President.

There are 23 cabinet positions including VP Mike Pence, so Pence and eleven of them would need to sign the letters. Whether or not two-thirds of the Congress would vote for removal, I don’t know, but that makes two pivotal roles for you a member of the electorate comes in. you can call cabinet members and your Members of Congress and urge them to 25th Amendment his dumb ass.

I’ve listed the Cabinet positions and contact information at the end of the post. I’ve done my best to collate the most direct contact information that I could for each one. It hasn’t been easy to find this information. It is almost like that some of the offices don’t want you contacting the secretaries heading the departments. I have managed to include a twitter account for each one. Try tweeting them.

The Tweet

The starter tweet is within the count for a tweet. Just copy and paste it into your tweeter! Use it as a script if you call or write a postcard.

Trump is a clear and present danger to the US. Last year he was impeached but not removed. Now, he’s attacked the Congress with rioters. He must be removed. Please sign the 25th Amendment letters required to remove him from office. The American people support you.

The Cabinet

Here is Trump’s cabinet as of this moment. I understand that Secretary of Transportation and Mitch McConnell’s Chinese buisnesswoman wife, Elaine Chao, is considering her options: resign in principle or stay on and grift for the next two weeks. Tough choice Chao. There may be others.

I know these are not exactly profiles in courage, but they might could sign off on removal if they knew we had their backs. Follow the links to find contact information for each of the Secretaries.

Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue
  • Mailing address: 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20250
  • Department phone number: 1-202-720-2791
  • Department email: askusda@usda.gov
  • Twitter: @SecretarySonny
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen
  • Mailing address: U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001
  • Department phone number: 202-514-2000
  • Department email: If you can find an email for Jeffrey Rosen, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @TheJusticeDept
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel
  • Mailing address: Central Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs Washington, DC 20505
  • Department phone number: 703-482-0623
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Gina Haspel, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @CIA
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.
  • Mailing address: U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20230
  • Department phone number: (202) 482-9043
  • Ross’s email: WLRoss@doc.gov
  • Twitter: @SecretaryRoss or @WilburRoss
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller
  • Mailing address: Acting Secretary of Defense1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000
  • Department phone number: If you can find one, let me know in the comments.
  • Department email: If you can find one, let me know in the comments.
  • Department contact form: Contact form
  • Twitter: @DeptofDefense
Secretary of Education Elisabeth Prince DeVos
  • Mailing address: Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Department of Education Building 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20202
  • Department phone number: (202) 401-3000
  • Department email: If you can find one, please let me know in the comments
  • Twitter: @BetsyDeVosED
Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette
  • Mailing address: U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585
  • Department phone number: 202-586-5000 (Main Switchboard)
  • Department email: The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov
  • Twitter: @SecBrouillette
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler
  • Mailing address: Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator Environmental Protection Agency William Jefferson Clinton Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Mail Code: 1101A Washington, DC 20460
  • Department phone number: (202) 564-4700
  • Department email: Wheeler.andrew@Epa.gov
  • Twitter: @EPAAWheeler
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar
  • Mailing address: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building HHS Office of the Secretary 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201
  • Department phone number: 202-690-7000
  • Department email: Secretary@HHS.gov
  • Twitter: @SecAzar
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
  • Mailing address: The Honorable Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528
  • Department phone number: 202-282-8000
  • Department email: If you find one, please tell us in the comments.
  • Twitter: @DHS_Wolf
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.
  • Mailing address: 451 7th St., SW Washington, DC 20410
  • Department phone number: 1-202-708-1112
  • Department email: If you have an email for Sec. Carson, plese include it in the comments.
  • Twitter: @SecretaryCarson
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia
  • Mailing address: Secretary of Labor 200 Constitution Ave NW C-2318 Washington, DC 20210
  • Department phone number: 202-693-6000
  • Department email: executivesecretariat@dol.gov
  • Twitter: @SecGeneScalia

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought

  • Mailing address: The Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20503
  • Department phone number: 202-395-3080
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Russ Vought, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @RussVought45
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe
  • Mailing address: Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, DC 20511
  • Department phone number: 703-733-8600
  • Department email: If you have an email address for John Ratcliffe, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @DNI_Ratcliffe
Administrator of the Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza
  • Mailing address: US Small Business Administration 409 3rd St, SW Washington DC 20416
  • Department phone number: 1-800-827-5722 (note it’s a toll free number, I don’t know how effective it will be)
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Jovita Carranza, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @SBAJovita
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Mailing address: 2201 C St., NW Washington, DC 20520
  • Department phone number: 202-225-6216
  • Department email: If you have an email address, please let us know in the comments.
  • Contact form: Contact form
  • Twitter: @SecPompeo
Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao
  • Mailing address: US Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC 20590
  • Department phone number: (202) 366-4000
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Elaine Chao, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @SecElaineChao
Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin
  • Mailing address: Department of the Treasury 1500 Room 3330 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20220
  • Department phone number: (202) 622–1100
  • Department email: If you have an email address, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @StevenMnuchin1
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
  • Mailing address: Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508
  • Department phone number: 202-395-9477
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Robert Lighthizer, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @USTradeRep
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
  • Mailing address: 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420
  • Department phone number: 202-461-4800
  • Department email: If you have an email for Robert Wilkie, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @SecWilkie
Vice President Michael R. Pence
  • Mailing address: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20501
  • Department phone number: 202-456-7549
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Mike Pence, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @Mike_Pence
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows
  • Mailing address: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20500
  • Department phone number: 202-456-1414
  • Department email: If you have an email address for Mark Meadows, please let us know in the comments.
  • Twitter: @MarkMeadows

Tips for Calling

When you call or otherwise contact the cabinet member’s office, please remember the following:

  • Be polite! No matter whose office you’re calling. No matter what their positions are. No matter how inflamed you are about sedition — and you should be very angry — be polite.
  • Remember that the people you are talking to are people! So, be nice.
  • Call during business hours of the area code their office is in. Typically, that is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Have a script or notes to follow so you don’t forget anything.
  • Maybe call with friends. You know like a party.

In Addition to Calling

I’ve heard back from readers that some MoC’s voice mail boxes are always full! It’s as if they don’t want to hear from their constituents. Kinda like those MoC’s who don’t hold town halls or other open forum meetings. Here are some other ways to contact your MoC:

  • Send a postcard to their office. Nothing says I care like kicking it old school and using snail mail.
  • Email their office. Lay out your concerns in a brief email and send it in. We all know how easy it is to email. Make sure you include the issue you are addressing in the subject line.
  • Use the contact page on their website. This is the surest way of getting a message to them. Each MoC has an official government website and each has a contact page that comes with it automatically.
  • Contact them using social media. It’s hard to break through all the noise on social media, but it can’t hurt to try given all the time we all spend using it. Be sure to tag your MoC’s when social mediaing about about a specific issue. Be clear and respectful, though, when addressing an issue that you want your MoC to act upon. Make sure you let them know you are a constituent.

Contacting Your MoC

Find out how to contact your MoC using these links!

  • Common Cause will give you the names, party affiliation, direct phone number, website link, and social media platforms of all of your federal, state, and local elected officials.
  • USA.gov is the official guide to information and services of the US government. This page explains clearly how to contact everyone from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber to your representative to specific government agencies. Through it you can find the following information about your MoC’s:
    • Their phone numbers: DC and state offices
    • Their mailing addresses both in DC and their state offices
    • Official website with their contact page including email, request a meeting, town hall schedules, and social media
    • And, the committees they sit on
  • 5 Calls: Sign-up for 5 Calls because they help you contact your member of Congress and keep you abreast of on going issues that are important to you! Now, that is a good deal.
  • The Capital Hill Switch Board: (202) 224-3121.
  • MassacreMitch and #MoscowMitch: His DC office, (202) 224-2541.
  • Nancy Pelosi: Her DC office, (202) 225-4965; her California office, (415) 556-4862
  • The Ol’ Pussy Grabber: The WH switchboard, (202) 456-1414 or the comments line at (202) 456-1111 during business hours

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  1. January 17th 2021 is the 30th anniversary of the start of Desert Storm in 1991. That is the only remotely related historical item I could find. Possible connection: Many in the White Supremacist community and Qanon, etc. talk of The Storm as the end game takeover and cleansing of the nation.

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      • Probably. They are definitely making sure everybody knows. It’s interesting tha some of the right wing media are trying to sell the idea that the Capital invasion was a false flag operation by Antifa. Perhaps allowing the idea of such infiltration in the ranks to take root would sow significant suspicion between the disparate groups to limit effective coordination.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        I’ve also read that some of those militia-types are pissed that they’re not being given credit for their work! It does seem that their is a lack of professionalism, at the very least, in their ranks. And, given the amount of FBI surveillance and infiltration trust within and between groups is probably pretty low.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • I keep remembering a story from the 1950s about a meeting of the national convention of the American Communist Party. When the delegates assembled about half of them looked around and realized that other delegates were under cover FBI agents. One of the things that happens in most, if not all, revolutions is that when they run out of “oppressors” to eliminate, the criteria and litmus tests for “true loyalty to the cause” become more narrow and stringent, resulting in purges and infighting. It happened in the The Terror period of the French Revolution (the murder of Marat), The Russian Revolution (murder of Trotsky), and others. The same will eventually happen among the already fragmented elements of the militia “movement”.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        It is interesting to see how social media has changed some of the dynamic that we’re seeing in fringe groups. It makes it much easier to connect and provide social support for their beliefs and plan activities like occupying the Capitol, which was their stated aim on their social media according to reporting I’ve heard.

        If the feds and states actually hold these folks accountable, which the rank and vile are being picked up right now, it will be interesting to see how they will change when an arrest, bail, fines, court appearances, and possible jail time turns their lives upside down. There will be more than one turning state’s evidence to save their hides if they actually know anything useful.

        Because Trump isn’t much of a leader, there is a leadership vacuum which means there will be plenty of room for power struggles and backstabbing. The kind of crowdsourced planning used for the insurrection riot won’t serve for much longer if the “movement” is to grow and mature. One of the things that has held the militia movement back is their isolated, fractured, and competitive nature. God help us if some charismatic leader ever pulls those disparate yahoos together, though. Luckily, that person isn’t Trump.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • I have the general impression that a lot of the leaders of the militia groups may be mini-Trumps, and very turf guarding, which makes consistent coordination difficult. They are good at getting their own gang to show up somewhere, but that’s about it. Then, there are the undercover infiltrators and informants. Messing with their heads with disruptive disinformation tends to work well on the paranoid mindset.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        I figure I’m gathering all of our disparate conversations into this one reply since the topics are converging anyway.

        There is a theory of the professions that states that there are personal reasons that people chose their professions that some how the professions answers some need in their personality or personal life. Social workers trying to fix their families, psychologists, themselves, doctors, curing a relative or inflating their egos, lawyers, argumentative, and that kind of thing. There probably is something there, but not much.

        Similarly, during my years teaching abroad, I’ve observed that everyone has a reason for having left their home culture to live and work abroad. When I was teaching ESL, which was much dodgier than the licensed and accredited world of international schools, many of those people folks were practically unemployable back home. There were some damaged goods teaching ESL in South Korea in its heyday.

        I think the same can be said of militia members and, especially, of militia leaders. There’s a reason these people are living and existing on the fringes of society. There is something missing that conspiracy theories and paranoid secret societies and play soldiering meets. And, whatever else the people have going on in their lives, there is a large degree of instability rather like Trump has. Mostly, they are personality dependent organizations meaning dependent on the personality of the leader. There’s no organizational structure to operate independently of the leader or a mission to guide the organization absent its leader. I figure this is the reason they have not wrecked as much havoc as they like to think they are capable of.

        In terms of MAGAnation and Trumpism, Trump turns on everyone eventually. He has turned on the GOP as a whole. Some individual members he may favor, but only in so far as favoring them meets his needs. His needs out of office will be raising funds and being the center of attention. He doesn’t share either very well with anyone.

        Hawley and Cruz are in for rude assed awakenings if they think they’ve curried favor with him. As soon as they start competing with him for funding and attention, he ain’t gonna have much use for them any more. Their mistake is that they think Trump will help them become president in 2024. I don’t think Trump cares who is president if it isn’t him or in any other office.

        Likewise, he sure doesn’t have any need of a militia after he is out of office. He’ll enjoy whatever chaos they can spread in his name, but he isn’t going to be giving them strategic direction, funding, or any other assistance. He’ll try and wind them up and get them to avenge his loss to #BidenHarris, but that is about as far as it goes. If they do, the FBI and Secret Service will roll them up quite quick. Attacking Congress is one thing, attacking a president is another.

        The only benefit any of them may get is being tolerated on whatever social media platform or media company he starts because he’ll need their patronage for his advertising revenue.

        Once Trump is completely removed from any possibility of over turning the election and is on his own, I think they’ll all be surprised at the change in tone he has towards them. He’ll become an equal opportunity asshole resenting them for trying to leech off of him when he is trying to grift off them.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • I saw a report on the now arrested leader of the Proud Boys (for vandalism at a DC church) describing a life long string of lost jobs, business failures, and broken relationships. Yep, a lot like a mini-Trump.

        Trump sees, as he must, all those people, politicians, militia members, and MAGAs as losers, fools, and just so many marks to be exploited. He sees anybody whom he cannot see that way as dangerous (Putin, Kim, Xi, BIbi, MBS, etc,).

        I still wonder at what point, if they see their inheritance being sucked away by hordes of lawyers trying to defend Daddy, the Trump kids will decide to start moving him out of the family businesses and assets or going for a guardianship. After all, Donald and his siblings did it to their father, so maybe we will be hearing another Trump generation singing that song by Hank Williams Jr., “Family Tradition”.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        Trump reminds me of the old Woody Allen line about a country club that would have him as a member wouldn’t be worth joining. Trump seems to think that anyone who is taken in by his grift is a loser and sucker — they are — and not worth investing in. The irony is that he needs those people not only for income but for electoral success.

        The Trumps will gladly throw each other under a bus to save themselves money, inheritance, or jail time. There is not honor among that family of thieves.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • My bet is the Ivanka/Jarred come out on top. Eric and Don Jr are doofus, and Baron too young. Melania may have to either divorce Donald or separate to protect him. Anyway, in the coming legal swamp, both civil and criminal, Trump’s only real defense is that he believed everything he said, which could be used a evidence of Diminished Capacity or dementia.

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      • Howdy Bob!
        But, any admission of dementia or any other disease is defined as weakness and would be a narcissistic wound. He just won’t do it even if it is true. I’m convinced that Trump and Ewic are both dyslexic — it’s something about the shape of their faces and look in their eyes. I could be wrong — which has gone untreated, at least in Trump. It’s a shame since it can be overcome and they have the resources to do it.

        Ewic is definitely the candidate for being left holding the bag. Don Don is next in that line. Iwanka and Le Jejune are trying hard to insulate themselves from any of the financial and legal fallout, but I doubt it is possible. She’ll turn state’s evidence before she sees any serious accusations, though. She maybe the only one of the three children who knows that they are in the end game here and the time for covering your ass is now.

        I’d love to see Melania’s pre-nup. I know they had it renegotiated. I’m sure she has money that he can’t touch, though, as the price of the marriage. She’s a lot of things and gold digger is one of them. She knew how to set herself up and is now looking for the exit from a life that she never wanted in the first place.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Trump would never agree to a defense based on dementia or other weakness. But, the kids could use his delusional defense arguments as evidence to use to go for a guardianship.

        I’ve often wondered whether Melania had help getting into Trump’s path ( and advice on setting herself up) from interested parties in Eastern Europe or Russia. It’s not likely, but would make a fine conspiracy theory.

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      • Howdy Bob!
        As I understand it, the Czech secret service had a thick dossier compiled on Trump in part because of his marriage to Ivana. Whether she was feeding them information, I don’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she were either directly or indirectly. The same maybe true of Melania. The Yugoslav and later Slovenian governments may have had a vested interest in keeping tabs on Trump and used her to do it.

        I don’t know how close either of them are to their families that remain in the Old Country, either. But, if they ever called, emailed, or corresponded with them, those communications could easily have been intercepted and relatives worked for gathering information.

        The interest that Russia and its affiliated secret services have had in Trump is unusual. They have been very close to him and very active in his career. If they weren’t using Ivana or Melania as honeypots, I’m sure they used other prostitutes and women as such.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • It had to be apparent to those services early on that whatever the path of Trump’s career might be, he is especially vulnerable to such methods and manipulable. Encouraging his political ambitions would be part of that.

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      • Howdy Bob!
        I’ve always said that it didn’t take Putin actively conspiring with Trump, it just took him manipulating Trump. I think, Putin recognized Trump’s vulnerabilities immediately, knew exactly how to manipulate him, and set about figuring out a way to use such an asset. In that sense, Trump is the perfect useful idiot.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • That’s my sense of it exactly. Putin is, (if I recall correctly) second generation KGB, a spy and commander of spies, in a real sense, a professional psychopath. He knows how to read a dossier. I saw how he and Trump came out of that meeting in Helsinki. Trump was gob smacked, disoriented, and clueless as to what just happened. He went there to have a making friends session between Donald and Vladimir. Putin went there for a meeting between Russia and the United States on matters of geopolitics, and to establish dominance over Trump. Putin won, and Trump never got over it.

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      • Howdy Bob!
        One of the characteristics of authoritarian personalities is their tendency to arrange themselves into pecking orders of stronger more dominant personalities. Putin has a very domineering personality. Trump less so, and gravitates to those who would be more dominate. It isn’t the intuitive outcome, though. It also explains Lindsey Graham’s sycophancy. Graham has a weaker personality than Trump, if you can image that.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Another difference between Trump and Putin is that Trump is reactive to the moment, while Putin is a strategic and tactical planner with clear agendas. That is a character Trump simply cannot understand or compete with. Graham is obviously easily intimidated. And that reminds me of a song somewhat homo-phonically titled whose lyrics might be reworked, “I Am Easily Assimilated” from “Candide” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxopSGzjKu8] Always fun.

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      • Howdy Bob!
        Wasn’t the line from Candide, “the best of all possible worlds”? If I recall my university reading of it. It seems somewhat appropriate, but most MAGAs aren’t going to be easily assimilated.

        Putin has executive functioning in spades. Trump was like some fat juicy orange fly trapped in his web. He never stood a chance. Graham is just a weak little man. First palling around with McCain and when he departed, switched to Trump.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • The word about the Pelosi laptop is that is was in a conference room and used only for presentations, so not email or classified materials. Apparently the woman who took it hoped to sell it to the Russians and they weren’t interested (may have alredy seen everything on it anyway?).

        In large measure I tend to think that the response of the Russians and others to the insurrection and it’s planning on social media was very likely another case of letting Trump be Trump and the MAGAs be MAGAs. Why exert yourself when they are doing all the work?

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  2. The rats are quickly leaving the sinking ship. DeVos and Chao have resigned in the last 24 hrs. Were they truly horrified, or are they avoiding being involved in an A-25 process, of having to actually take a stand one way or the other? I would bet on the latter. Of course, in Chao’s case, Trump did put her dear Hubby in harm’s way which might piss her off.

    Somebody has persuaded The Donald to read a prepared message about peaceful transition and such. Well, we know he lies. We also know that those yahoos who attacked the Capital know what he really wants now as well as they did on Wednesday. They are not gone. Whatever actions might be taken to remove Trump, they will be in Washington. Many more than on Wednesday will be armed or have their guns within easy reach. Those charged with the security of the Federal Government and the city have to be prepared. Anyone and everyone taking action against Trump will be a target. Their families will be targets both in the cyber realm and real life. On Wednesday, some were talking about lynching all the “enemies of the rightful President”. It may be a fantasy, but at least some of them seem to believe it could be done. They will be in town for the Inauguration. They have made that clear.

    Anyway, even if Trump were to write the letter to kick an A-25 action to the Congress, the process would eat up his remaining days in office.

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    • Howdy Bob!

      I think this has been a wake up call for many in the GOP who were going along to get along and letting McConnell and others worry about what to do about Trump. Impeachment or the 25th Amendment route will be swift once the trigger is pulled.

      With the news coming out today, there will be even more support for removing Trump one way or the other.

      DeVos and Chao are leaving just to avoid taking a position on the 25th. Chao to protect McConnell’s political future, which isn’t long or bright.

      There are two remaining flashpoints: the removal of Trump, which isn’t inevitable at this point, but is looking more likely, and the inauguration. Hopefully, the Joint Chiefs, governors of states surrounding DC, and the DC government will be better prepared. And, I hope that #BidenHarris are well protected. Someone will take a shot at one or both of them. Probably, John Roberts, too. No one will be safe during the inauguration. They probably need to scrap any public event and do it all virtually.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • Howdy Bob!

        By Trump tweeting that he won’t be at the inauguration means that a bomb or other area affect weapon can be used without risking harming him. However, the disavowal of the MAGA Nation insurrectionists has gone over like a lead balloon and turned a lot of them off of him. The violent murderous insurrectionists who would assassinate Pence and others will still be in play, but they won’t be getting the mass cover of the confusion caused by thousands of MAGAs being MAGAs en masse.

        And, the authorities need to be prepared to treat them like the insurrectionists that they are. If they are threatening the inauguration, I hope they do.

        Hopefully, they’ll be arresting the worst actors on whatever charges they can in the next few weeks. For some reason 17 January has been designated as the next date of agitation for them.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • I’m a bit mystified about the significance of the 17th other than it being the Sunday before the 20th. Of course, if either A-25 action or impeachment go forward, they will respond.

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      • Howdy Bob!

        I am, too. Like so much else associated with Trump, I don’t think there is any significance for it. I think it is just a date of convenience. A weekend date before the inauguration like you said.

        Maybe the serious actors are hoping to use any mob action on 17 January as cover to achieve some action like planting a bomb or other acts of sabotage. I think that was the purpose of the mob on 6 January.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Howdy Bob!

        I haven’t heard much reporting on how they’re being hunted for or the implications of their loss. I figure that is deliberate and improving their chances of recovering them.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • In an interview on NPR, the Acting Federal Attorney of DC did mention among possible charges for the Capital invaders the theft of National Security data. It is a safe bet that the hackers at NSA and Signals Intelligence are hard at work.

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      • One would hope there is tracking software, but even if not, if it is connected to any network without changing the network interface hardware, the hardware address is trackable.

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      • I’m hoping that Pelosi being Pelosi, she took good care of her cybersecurity, so we’ll see. Eventually, something will come out about the fate of that computer. Of course, with the big Russian breach of the entire governments cyber infrastructure, it might not matter much in the long run.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      • Howdy Bob!

        Well, it does raise the specter of Russian involvement in the insurrection riot. There has been some reporting on foreign money funding travel for some of these yahoos.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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