Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the Miami-based leader of the Proud Boys who was arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic church, is banned from the nation’s capital until June, a judge ruled Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
On Dec. 12, a chaotic night in Washington, D.C. that included fistfights with protesters and property destruction, Tarrio lit a historic Black church’s Black Lives Matter banner on fire in the streets, police say. He later issued a challenge to authorities online.
“I did it. Come get me if you feel like what I did was wrong. We’ll let the public decide.”
Paul Courtney, a district attorney, requested that he be banned from the nation’s capital. Judge Renee Raymond agreed because Tarrio admitted to burning the Black Lives Matter banner at the church and used his Parler account to make it clear that he had no remorse and would do it again.
Not that this thug cares much for the rule of law. His pseudo-military fascist klan is marching, today, the 6th in DC. Will he be there to challenge the court? Though, face it. Even a corrupt thug like this may have several chances to appeal before the judge’s ruling is sustained.
To summarize: Six pre-election and seven post-election lawsuits by the Trump camp have all been tossed out. They are, as President-elect Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said, “noise.” Campaign counsel Bob Bauer cautioned that what is going on is “theatrics, not lawsuits.” Judges have described claims that the mail-in ballot system is rife with fraud as “fiction” or entirely based on speculation. None of the allegations about excluded poll watchers have been supported by facts. None of the social media memes about changed ballots or other shenanigans have stood up in court.
Clearly, the plot to “steal” an election exists only in Trump’s twisted mind. There is no “there” there. But what is going on is something equally sinister: Trump is receiving support from a range of Republican figures, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who says congratulations to Biden are premature; a flock of members of Congress from Georgia, who baselessly attack their state’s Republican secretary of state and inexplicably claim their own election victories valid while Biden’s is fraudulent; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who declares the transition will be to a “second Trump administration”; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who perpetuates the fiction that the outcome is in dispute. The aim is not to steal an election, but to sow doubt about the legitimacy of our democracy — just as the Russians intend. These Republicans aim to keep their base in a constant state of anger and crazed denial. Right-wing media fan the flames; right-wing social media groups pour gasoline on the fire.
And the shiny new fascist jackboots march on and on…
IF we make it past Trump’s attempt at a coup…
IF we make it to an inauguration in January…
IF we have enough Congresspimps willing to indict Trump for his crimes…
We should be ready to indict a helluva lot of Republicans as co-conspirators!
Overdue. Yes, I understand the process; but, if we had anything resembling political ethics in Congress [that may be a contradiction in terms] this fumblebrained fascist would have been impeached and kicked out of office in the first place.
Count the silverware. There’s nothing in the Crooks Handbook that says a fraud can’t also be a thief.