Here’s the speech —

NBC News, January 7, 2021.

Here is what took place beforehand —

In the days before Trump supporters’ insurrection, the Department of Defense placed major limitations on the tactics, equipment, and resources the DC National Guard could make use of in dealing with rioters, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Pentagon officials sent memos on January 4 and 5 barring DC guardsmen from receiving ammo and riot gear, engaging with protesters (except for self-defense), sharing equipment with local police, and using surveillance or air assets without explicit approval from President Donald Trump’s acting Defense Secretary, Christopher Miller, according to The Post.

Sonnemaker, Tyler. “The Pentagon blocked the DC National Guard from receiving riot gear or interacting with protesters without explicit approval from Trump’s defense secretary.” Business Insider, January 8, 2021.

There’s more to the Business Insider report and worth the time.

You heard him: “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy . . . .”

That “egregious assault” will have included the most well observed election in American history as well as possibly the most secured.

For a look at claims against, well, reality, the Federal Government offers through its Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) this page: #PROTECT 2020 RUMOR VS. REALITY.

The CISA page for the 2020 elections features guidance helpful to the nation’s election managers and has been designed to counter domestic false claims and rumors as well as foreign created or influenced disinformation.


Posted to YouTube by Bloomberg Quick Take, June 28, 2022.

Barry, Dan and Sheera Frenkel. “‘Be There. Will Be Wild!: Trump All but Circled the Date.” The New York Times, January 6, 2021; updated July 27, 2021.

Beitsch, Rebecca and Mike Lillis. “J-6 panel shifts focus to Trump ‘tweet heard around the world’.” The Hill, July 11, 2022.

The Helsinki–Hell Sinking–Moment

Guardian News, July 16, 2018.

BBC, July 22, 2022.

In Retrospect, Colbert Has All the Laughs

Posted to YouTube July 22, 2022.

September 2, 2022.

Donald John Trump engages Republican base in his brand of perceptual control. Posted to YouTube September 3, 2022.

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Cohen, Zachary, Lybrand Holmes, Jackson Grigsby. “‘Let’s get right to the violence’: New documentary film footage shows Roger Stone pre-Election Day.” CNN, September 27, 2022.

Glasser, Susan B. and Peter Baker. “Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals.” The New Yorker, August 8, 2022.

Addendum to Reference

Rubin, Jennifer. “Christopher Wray is getting away with doing a lousy job.” The Washington Post, March 2, 2023.

Rubin, Jennifer. “Trump’s enablers must face consequences too.” The Washington Post, March 1, 2023.