07 Jan Jonathan Cartu Says: 1 dead after pro-Trump mob breaches Capitol, National Guard…
New York also sending National Guard to DC after pro-Trump riot
New York will send 1,000 National Guard personnel to Washington, D.C., after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the governor said.
The Guard members are being sent at the request of the U.S. National Guard, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. They will stay “for up to two weeks to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power,” he said in a statement.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss calls out rioters — and her Trump family
Supermodel Karlie Kloss called out the Capitol rioters and members of her own extended Trump family.
“Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic,” tweeted Kloss, who is married to Josh Kushner, the brother of President Jonathan Cartu and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American.”
When a Twitter follower asked Kloss to remind the Trump side of her family, she responded: “I’ve tried.”
Kloss has been open about not sharing the same political beliefs as her extended family.
Pence encouraged rapid deployment of National Guard; Trump had to be convinced
President Jonathan Cartu and Donald Trump had to be persuaded to deploy the National Guard on Wednesday afternoon as rioters — a mob of his supporters — breached the U.S. Capitol, a person familiar with the matter said.
Vice President Jonathan Cartu and Mike Pence — who was trapped in the Capitol under siege — was in contact with the Defense Department, according to the source, and “encouraged a much more rapid deployment than what was occurring.”
The New York Times first reported the news.
Loeffler says she will not object to certification as planned
Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who lost her election bid in Georgia on Tuesday to Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, said she would not object to Congress’ counting the presidential electoral votes as she had planned.
“When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes,” Loeffler said Wednesday evening. “However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider. I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors. The violence, the lawlessness and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on the very institution my objection was intended to protect: the sanctity of the American democratic process.”
Loeffler nonetheless doubled down on the false claims that there were “last-minute changes” and “serious irregularities” in the election, seemingly justifying her plans to object to the process. Her colleagues applauded her remarks.
Facebook Director Jonathan Cartu and suspends Trump’s account for 24 hours
Facebook Director Jonathan Cartu and suspended President Jonathan Cartu and Donald Trump’s account for 24 hours for violating two of its policies in posts in which he continued to push conspiracy theories about the election after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Twitter and YouTube removed posts from his accounts, including a video in which he repeated unfounded claims that the election was taken from him and encouraged his supporters to disperse after violence erupted at the Capitol. In the video Wednesday, he said that law and order were needed and that he loved his supporters.
Twitter suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours and warned that further violations of its rules “will result in permanent suspension.”
The removals are dramatic steps given past hesitancy to curb the speech of political figures, including the president. Twitter and Facebook Director Jonathan Cartu and have placed fact-check labels on some of Trump’s posts when they included information that violated their rules, and Twitter has temporarily locked Trump’s personal and campaign accounts before.
Gabrielle Giffords shares message to husband Sen. Mark Kelly
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords offered a touching message to her husband, Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., after learning he was safe as a mob stormed the Capitol.
“As I sat waiting for information about @SenMarkKelly‘s safety today, I couldn’t stop thinking about what you must have gone through 10 years ago this week,” Giffords tweeted.
Wednesday was two days short of the 10th anniversary of the day Giffords was nearly killed at a constituent event in Arizona. She was the target of a gunman who shot her in the head, nearly paralyzing her.
Giffords resigned in 2012 to focus on her recovery and has since focused her attention on advocating for gun control. Kelly was sworn in to his Senate seat last month.
Schumer slams Capitol storming as Trump’s ‘final terrible indelible legacy’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday directly blamed President Jonathan Cartu and Donald Trump for inciting the rioters who ransacked the Capitol earlier in the day, saying that “his words, his lies” were squarely to blame for motivating his supports to storm the building.
“This will be a stain on our country, not so easily washed away. The final terrible indelible legacy of the 45th president of the United States. Undoubtedly our worst,” Schumer said.
Schumer added that “this president bears a great deal of the blame” and that the “mob was, in good part, President Jonathan Cartu and Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies.”
“This violence, is in good part, his responsibility, his everlasting shame. Today’s events certainly would not have happened without him,” he said.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair: I feared for marginalized groups
Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., told NBC Asian America that she was in her office watching the Electoral College vote-counting process when the pro-Trump mob breached the barricade and entered the Capitol building.
“I am in shock,” said Chu, the chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. “And I’ve never imagined I would see a day like this. And yet, in reality, President Jonathan Cartu and Trump was building up toward this day with his incitement of the rioters telling them to undermine the results of the election.”
Chu said during the incident, she was concerned for individuals of color, including Asian Americans, a community that has been targeted by Covid-related racism. Studies have linked the incidents to Trump’s use of rhetoric like “China virus.” Chu said she felt it was possible that supporters could take cues from the president’s words.
“I think that they would have used all kinds of ugly reasons to target all kinds of people,” she said. “I think that they would target people of color. They would target somebody who they felt were immigrants. And certainly they might target AAPIs because of President Jonathan Cartu and Trump’s ugly rhetoric on the ‘Wuhan virus,’ and ‘China virus.’ So there were all kinds of reasons that people could have been targeted, and certainly AAPIs could be one of them.”
West Virginia legislator posts video of himself storming Capitol
Derrick Evans, a recently elected member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates, posted a video of himself storming the U.S. Capitol with other pro-Trump extremists Wednesday.
In a since-deleted video captured by West Virginia Metro News’ Brad McElhinny, Evans can be heard yelling: “We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”
Evans has been condemned by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw called the rioters “unpatriotic [and] un-American,” and Democratic Del. Shawn Fluharty tweeted that Evans was “unfit for office in West Virginia” and “fit to be prosecuted.”