Well, you’d be wrong.
“I don’t know if the reports are true, but the ‘Washington Times’ has just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company showing that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters, they were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group ANTIFA.”
“There’s no evidence that the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol were actually or mostly ‘ANTIFA fascists in backwards MAGA hats,”‘ as Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., tweeted.
“Similar claims appeared on Facebook and in pro-Trump media. But video and photographs from the scene show people wearing and waving Trump-branded paraphernalia and flags. Reporters covering the events have described the crowd as Trump supporters. The crowd also included supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to reporters present.”
But it was more even than the words by the likes of Gaetz and Brooks that provided clear-cut evidence that the Trump fever still hasn’t broken among Republicans — particularly in the House.
There were two actual votes on Wednesday night — one to object to the results in Arizona and the other to do the same in Pennsylvania. In the former vote, 121 Republicans — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (Louisiana) — voted to object to the results. In the Pennsylvania vote, 138 House Republicans voted to object to the Electoral College results, again including McCarthy and Scalise.
What a remarkable testament to the ongoing triumph of Trumpism over truth within the Republican Party. Because the truth is that there is no evidence of election fraud in either state.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has been blunt in his assessment of Trump’s repeated claims of wrongdoing in the election.
There’s simply no “there” there. Any reasonable — or even mildly curious — person could find that out with a few keystrokes and a Google search.
And yet a majority of the House Republican conference voted — not once but twice! — to invalidate votes, to, in essence, override the democratic process because they didn’t like the outcome.
While there’s a tendency to see what happened Wednesday as the end of something very malignant in our body politics, there’s scant evidence to believe that’s what happened on one of the darkest days in Washington in recent memory. Instead, the evidence points in another direction — the delusion holds, the fever still rages.