Why Trump's "Capitol Coup" Succeeded : The Hand Grenade

Why Trump's "Capitol Coup" Succeeded

by Webster Bernell Brooks lll on 01/07/21

This article is updating the original publication on January 7. Events are fast moving. A draft article of impeachment against Donald Trump titled "Incitement of Insurrection" is now circulating and gaining momentum for a vote on Monday. In part it reads, "Donald John Trump engaged in High Crimes and Misdemeanors by willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States." 

Nancy Pelosi spoke with Joint Chief of Staff Mike Milly about precautionary measures to prevent Trump from initiating military conflicts and accessing the nuclear codes. 

Talk is thickening of complicity between the Capitol Hill security establishment and Trump's coup plotters. 

News accounts revealed the dead Capitol Hill policeman had his head bashed in by a fire extinguisher. 

On Friday morning Twitter employees besieged management saying they could no longer work there if the company continued posting Trump's tweets. 

Twitter permanently suspended his account "due to the the risk of further incitement of violence." Facebook and Instagram followed, depriving Trump of the oxygen that fueled Wednesday's practice-run for a real future coup.         

By every measure, Tuesday's "Capitol Coup," was a success for Donald Trump. 

History will chronicle January 6, as the first coup attempt to topple the U.S. government. It was also the opening shot of the coming civil war in the 2020's. It fused Hitler's 1923 Beer Hall Putsch and bombardment of Ft. Sumter in 1860,  into a spectacle of subversion. 

That's exactly what Trump wanted: that's what he got. The January 6 coup which Trump plotted for months wasn't meant to succeed as an actual takeover. 

It was staged as a test run that would also maximize political and psychological effect. The Capitol Coup conjured visions of a sensational surprise attack, memorable imagery, dead martyrs and jailed hero/warriors. 

It shattered the hallmark of peaceful transitions of power, and legitimizing the unthinkable--a White Nationalist takeover unfettered by legislative laws and jurisprudence.

The trashing and defilement of the Capitol as the crown jewel of American Empire, was a metaphor for Trump's frontal assault on the charters of democracy. 

He alone, not weak legislative bodies or courts represents the will of White people. The ease in which the protestors penetrated the fortress of imperial rule symbolized the hollowness of Pax Americana and its precipitous state of decline.        

Knowing for weeks that Trump called his jackboots to Washington, D.C., to disrupt Congress, the Capitol Police were severely undermanned. Two offers by the FBI to provide additional support to earlier in the week were rejected by Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund. 

In the middle of the attack one Maryland congressman called the governor of Maryland, and told him the capitol was under siege. He agreed to send Maryland State Troopers, but they couldn't enter the District of Columbia, without the permission of the "Acting" Secretary of Defense who couldn't be reached for two hours. 

The "Capitol Coup" simply repeated the White militia occupation of Michigan's state capitol three months ago. Just like Trump instructed his jackboots to "liberate" Michigan" his high noon speech to "the faithful" green lit the Capitol Coup and inflamed the passions of sedition. 

Trump triggered his mob into believing that Vice-President Pence had the power presiding over the vote to make Trump President-for-Life. Pence said no. It's no mystery then why the White Nationalist mob chanted "Kill Mike Pence" as the swarmed the hallways banging on the doors of his office.   

At the rally, Trump told the mob he was going to stay in power. Then he said, "After this, we're going to walk down there ...to the capitol. We're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we're probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong."  

An hour later, White Nationalists easily overran Capitol Police, as if they were under order to offer the least amount of resistance. The MAGA fascists brushed the police and light barricades aside, bum rushed the doors, broke out the windows and roamed the Capitol corridors at will, defacing offices, scaling walls, and seizing the Senate chambers. 

White Nationalists rioters hung nooses on wooden beans in the Capitol and took selfies with Capitol policemen,  When they finished pilfering the Capitol, they were allowed to just walk out the building and go home. Meanwhile, across town pipe bombs were found at the Democrat and Republican Party headquarters. 

Where was the FBI, AFT, Justice Department or the Attorney General holding a press conference to explain what happened? Why weren't they ready for the rioters when the internet was humming with Qanon and Proud Boy White Nationalists plans to breach the capitol the past two weeks?     

Trump got his martyr: a young dead woman protestor shot by the Capitol police. Three other people mysteriously died of undisclosed medical emergencies. 

Trump got his images: Senators hiding under chairs and tables; protesters sitting in the Senate's president's chair, and Secret Service agents with guns drawn inside the House chambers. Biden's coronation was suspended, as the Capitol was placed on lockdown, and congressional members were forced to "shelter in place."   

Black House Majority Whip James Clyburn's unmarked private office was ransacked and his laptop computer stolen. How did the terrorist know where his undisclosed office was? Another white terrorist was apprehended with 15 Molotov Cocktails, and several others with plastic zip cuffs, as if they planned to capture and detain hostages.    

Undaunted, the House and Senate reconvened business at 8:30 p.m. They had to demonstrate the strength and resiliency of American democracy.  Crawling out from under their desks they proclaimed  the U.S. government would never surrender to monarchy and fascists. "Really?"  

The base hypocrisy of partisan speeches urging acceptance or rejection of Biden's slate of electors to certify him as president was on full display. So was the fear etched on the faces of these mouthpieces of American Empire, knowing the country just crossed the Rubicon and could never return to the pre-"Capitol Coup Moment."  

Over the next two weeks, no one should be surprised by the "Capitol Coup" spreading to other state capitols across the country. Nor is Trump done. Fourteen days in his hands is an eternity.      

History tells us that successful coups and extra-legal grabs for power are often preceded by failed coup attempts. January 6, was that day. On January 20, Citizen Trump will return to Mar a Largo, Florida to lead a White Nationalist government in exile. 

Along with Steve Bannon, Steven Miller, Ret. General Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Ivanka, Jared, and Don Trump JR, the "Sith Lord of White Nationalism" will resume his coup plotting. No doubt Team Trump are temporarily transferring their accounts to Parler's platform and preparing to stand up alternative right-wing media outlets and television stations.  

The "Capitol Coup" and Trump's eviction from the Oval Office, is not the end, but the beginning of a new phase of struggle for power. Think what you will, but Donald Trump has an army, with an estimated 20% that are willing to be motivated to action. Trump has access to unlimited financing to bankroll his subversive enterprises, from fellow authoritarian nationalists like Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Victor Orban.         

So should it be for Black communities. We must begin to disabuse ourselves of notions that Trump is a one-off phenomenon--an exotic outlier. Trump's successors lie in wait, scheming to inherit his base, when he can be pushed aside.

Black people must come to grips with the fact that there will be no returning to normal. Buried in the news today, was the heavy lifting Black women performed marshalling Black voters to flip Georgia's two Senate seats and hand Biden the majority. The question now is what are Black progressives and Social Democrats doing to drive a more radical agenda? 

The same question must be asked of all self-identifying Black Nationalists, who hold that bourgeois democracy is nothing more than the dictatorship of the imperialist ruling class?    

We end by correcting some revisionist history constantly repeated on Tuesday by media hacks and historians. Repeatedly, they chimed the Capitol has only been breached two times; once in 1954, when four Puerto Rican Nationalists penetrated the House of Representatives and shot five congressmen, and second, when the British torched the capitol in the War of 1812. 

Actually, it was ex-Black slaves enlisted in the British Army, who burned the Capitol to the ground, after they kicked Americans ass in the Battle of Bladensburg. They were rewarded by being granted their freedom and safe passage to Canada, England, and the British West Indies to establish free communities when the war ended. Remember that.  

Since August, New Black Nationalist forecasted in several articles that Donald Trump was plotting a coup contingencies by Inauguration Day. We are there now. 

Last week New Black Nationalists released the text of its new thought paper:  Crisis Theory: The Collapse of American Empire. Right now American Empire is in the midst of a Constitutional Crisis: not an existential crisis but a significant crisis that foreshadows things to come. We commend the document for your review. 

These are interesting times we live in, and 2020 was just the start. On behalf of the stateless maroons of New Black Nationalism, we urge the Darker Nation to "stay woke."     

 
 



           




 




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