There’s an easy sense that internet violence is just some fantasy. Just cosplaying. Just nothing.
I’ve long thought that was a mistake when it came to the vicious threats thrown at women. That regularly bleeds over into real life.
But I wrote off the radical right wing yammering about destroying the government as stupid fantasists full of cosplay.
That’s the transformative power of not being the target.
Well, these goonies with their GoPros and gear and internet messages asking for the snacks are obviously cosplayers. The part I missed was that doesn’t stop it from bleeding over into reality.
They believed the stuff about this being the beginning of the real war which would put them on top. (evidence: all over Parler)
They had a President telling them to go to it. Jenn Budd:
They had collaborators inside the Capitol Police (and elsewhere no doubt?). The “Pentagon” (i.e. Trump’s very recently installed Acting Secretary of Defense, Chris Miller) put significant restrictions on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests.
The rioters constructed hangmen’s platforms with rope nooses near the Capitol.
Their fantasy included the execution of the “enemies of the people.” (evidence: all over Parler)
Some of them carried zipties to handcuff people.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see the people, “enemies,” being led off to those newly constructed gallows.
The President who told them to go to it had a tent with video feeds and drinks and food and cronies where they could all watch the progress of the Glorious Victory.
Their grip on reality was so pathetic they couldn’t see that their Klown Kar Koup was never going anywhere. But that changes nothing.
They were hoping for a coup.
It won’t be enough to laugh and move on. They were hoping for a coup. It has to be treated like one. The whole mentality that led to it has to be rooted out. That has to start with evicting Trump from the Presidency now. Yesterday. Anything less shows stupidity about the scope of the disaster.
Otherwise this is our last warning. Next time the Klowns will have more than cosplayers. They’ll have a planner or two.
Update Jan10: Something heartening: Igor Bobic filmed a quick thinking Capitol Police officer, by himself, as he eggs on a mob to chase him (toward his backup…) instead of charging in to the Senate room with Senators still inside.