The Day After

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Morning Reading – Thursday, January 07, 2021

What happened yesterday was a travesty, an embarrassment, a very sad and dark day for America – provoked by a president. “I love you,” he said to his supporters. It’s time for change. Our leaders need to react.

Trump’s Reckoning—and America’s | The New Yorker

On his way out, Trump is leaving destruction—actual, not metaphorical—in his wake. What wreckage will tomorrow bring?

The day Trump broke the GOP – POLITICO

Republicans started the day losing the Senate. They ended it with President Donald Trump’s supporters losing their minds.

It’s time to deplatform Trump – The Verge

It’s time for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove Trump.

Trump and Twitter – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Turn off Trump’s account.

Update from Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook

We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.

Opinion | Trump caused the assault on the Capitol. He must be removed. – The Washington Post

Responsibility for this act of sedition lies squarely with the president, who has shown that his continued tenure in office poses a grave threat to U.S. democracy. He should be removed.

Opinion | Impeach and Convict. Right Now. – The New York Times

For five years, Republicans let him degrade political culture by normalizing his behavior. For five years, they let him wage war on democratic norms and institutions. For five years, they treated his nonstop mendacity as a quirk of character, not a disqualification for office. For five years, they treated his rallies as carnivals of democracy, not as training grounds for mob rule. For five years, they thought this was costless. On Wednesday — forgive the cliché, but it’s apt here — their chickens came home to roost.

U.S. Capitol Insurrection Was a Trump Show, From Start to Finish – Bloomberg

It was inevitable, perhaps, that one of his final presidential acts would involve stoking an assault on the Capitol. It’s not inevitable, though, that the Pandora’s Box he inherited and so gleefully opened will remain a permanent fixture.

MO Sen. Josh Hawley to blame for mob, Capitol coup attempt | The Kansas City Star

This revolt is the result, and if you didn’t know this is where we’ve been headed from the start, it’s because you didn’t want to know.

The Capitol Invaders Enjoyed the Privilege of Not Being Taken Seriously | The New Yorker

The invaders may be full of contempt for a system that they think doesn’t represent them, but on Wednesday they managed to prove that it does. The system, which shrugged off their violence like it had been a toddler’s tantrum, represents them. It’s the rest of us it’s failing to protect.

FBI — FBI Seeking Information Related to Violent Activity at the U.S Capitol Building

The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

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