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Letter from the Trump Rally: Some Observations and Suspicions

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I left the house at 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 6 along with my daughter and two of her teenage children. We hit the road for D.C., joining up with a few other families on our way.

When we arrived near the rally point, the vast lawn below the Washington Monument was already filling with participants. Unbeknownst to me, one of the moms I was traveling with had acquired VIP tickets for the rally. After a 45-minute hike, we finally found the entrance gate. Following a security check that required us to get rid of large tote bags, we seated ourselves about 30 yards from the speakers’ platform.          

Soon loud music began playing, and then a number of speakers addressed the crowd, including Eric and Donald Trump, Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Rudy Giuliani.

The thousands of people surrounding me were in a festive mood, which, given the reason they were there, may seem strange. Some were dancing, others were singing along to music played from loudspeakers, and nearly everyone was smiling or laughing. To the amusement of the rest of us, one middle-aged guy with yellow hair, silver earrings, and golden sandals kept dancing up and down the aisle. People held the doors to the port-a-lets open for the next customer, said “Excuse me” as they pushed through the crowd, and waved American flags and Trump posters.         

I met people from Tennessee, Hawaii, and Georgia. A group of Dominican nuns had traveled from Hartland, Minnesota, and spoke with several Catholics in our group. Here, too, were men in Amish dress, an ICU nurse from Wisconsin, and some Chinese-Americans calling for the end of the Chinese Communist Party.

An onlooker unaware of the purpose of this rally would have guessed everyone present was celebrating rather than protesting an election.

On this gray, cold day, President Donald Trump spoke from a few minutes past noon until about 1:05 p.m., delivering a long speech, filled with highly specific allegations of election fraud. I wondered aloud why the president indulged in so lengthy a list of specifics, and one of the moms in our party pointed out that the media would cover Trump’s address, making this his last opportunity to publicly state his case.

When the rally ended after Trump’s speech, our party decided to head home rather than march down Constitution Avenue to the Capitol. We were cold, the kids looked worn through, and we were going to meet our ride home at the Lincoln Memorial.

It was on our way to the Memorial that one of the moms reported the breach  of the Capitol building. This news came about 35 minutes after the president had finished speaking. That building is approximately 1.9 miles from the speaker’s platform at the rally. Some of the tens of thousands of participants would have been closer to the Capitol than we were.

Given the contrast between those I saw around me, whom we might once have called “normal Americans,” and those who stormed the Capitol, it’s clear to me that someone planned this attack before the rally ever took place.       

Were those planners Trump supporters? Or were some of them members of Antifa intent on sabotaging the MAGA movement and the president?

Many people who believe this election was stolen, whose businesses were closed by the government during COVID-19, or whose stores were burned and looted by rioters while the government stood idly by, are frustrated. As such, I do not dismiss the possibility that the infiltration of the Capitol was indeed undertaken by Trump supporters.

However, anyone can buy a MAGA hat, and the videos I’ve watched and the news I’ve read identify most of the thugs breaking into the Capitol as young men. An example: Sprinkled among the rally-goers I saw were two stone-faced men, one white, one black, in their mid to late twenties, who clearly had no interest in the rally or what the speakers were saying.

On the morning after this battle in the Capitol, the New York Post reported that at least two of those who led this charge were Antifa members. In another account from the American Thinkerwe learn that some Trump supporters recognized Antifa radicals trying to break into the Capitol and tried to pull them away.

Many questions besides who led the charge on the Capitol also remain. Why did the police allow rioters go gain admission to the Capitol grounds? Why, as columnist Thomas Lifson asks, did they fail to protect the Capitol? Was it negligence? Were they under orders to stand down?

In 1933, four weeks after Adolf Hitler became chancellor, someone set fire to the Reichstag, the German Parliament house. The Nazi regime accused a communist of setting the fire and executed him, and then used this incident to crack down and ban certain newspapers, restrict free speech, and limit other human rights.

Will we see the same process here? And if so, who will be at fault?

Ours is the age of deception, and when we rush to judgment we participate in that deception. In the coming weeks and months, we can expect to see our media not only continue to support the radical agenda of the left, but also joining the left and Big Tech in suppressing outsider voices, including those at Intellectual Takeout.

The greatest blame for all this mess goes to our mainstream media. Their ongoing animus toward the president and his supporters, their refusal to cover stories like Hunter Biden’s computer or a rigged election, their labeling the riots of last summer as “peaceful protests,” their positive coverage of cancel culture, all have contributed to the country’s current state of division and unrest. The great majority of our news outlets don’t need an edict from the government to muzzle their coverage. They are ideologically disposed to do a fine job of that all by themselves.

After the melee in the Capitol, one of my relatives who takes his news from television texted a group of us, asserting that Trump supporters were “dogs and Fascist thugs.”

We can expect a blizzard of such smears in the future.

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Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick lives in Front Royal, Virginia, and may be found online at jeffminick.com. He is the author of two novels, Amanda Bell and Dust on Their Wings, and two works of non-fiction, Learning as I Go and Movies Make the Man.

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Kalikiano
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I watched all this unfold yesterday on the commercial mainstream media that we loathe so intensely and it was hard to ignore all the 'cute' little female media reporters who were so worked up in their alto excitement that I almost half-expected to see puddles of suspicious yellow fluid pooling under their the soles of their expensive leather calf-boots! What struck me (aside from the near hysterical nature of this 'on the scene (shriek-shriek!) 'reporting', was the fact that they without exception reflexively referred to all the gathered Trump-supporting multitudes as 'rioters', rather than 'protestors' (as they always did when the AntiFa thugs and BLM radicals were rioting, looting, rampaging and creating public acts of destruction, and taking parts of major cities by siege this past year). It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make this observation, after watching just a bit of the breathless media condemnation of 'all those terrible, vile (*Trump) rioters'...dot-dot-dot...that the major networks featured. Personally, I have little doubt that, for whatever it's worth, that there WERE a number of AntiFa provocateurs at work at yesterday's 'rally' (this is, after all, a proven FBI deception tactic that worked well back in the 60s, to discredit student activists, and I am sure that particular lesson was NOT lost on today's rabidly extremist leftist radicals!
 
 

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Zwolle1836
This was the Democrat's (and Republican) Reichstag. It will get dark as Biden said. There are already calls for Trump supports/Tea Party types to be "eliminated."
flyfisher111
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Saul Alinsky's Rule #11: Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don't try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame. According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. "The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength." Just one more of his rules was used here.
 
 

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clb3092@icloud.com
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What did I tell you just last week Jeff? About agent provocateurs? I have posted several times to Intellectual Takeout warning people that agent provocateurs are a big part of modern political life. I'm just saying this is the world we live in.
 
 

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SystemBuilder
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I do not argue some of this could have been suspicious, but quite a few of the protesters were from Texas and I have met some of them. I am also a constituent of Senator Ted Cruz from San Antonio, TX. You cannot wave Confederate flags at home and say "succession" without leaving suspicion that you wanted to instigate the succession that you prayed for - for decades before all this. It leaves that particular strike of Trump supporters - who by the way have their roots in Libertarianism and not Republican thought. These are the same kinds of people who smirked at me at gun shows for wanting a 9mm Carbine rifle instead of a "neat-o" AR-15. If what you had caught their eye, the poorer people (often on disability) wanted to hang out with you and offer to buy your guns for less than you paid for them while following you around doing pot. Since the left does want to ultimately replace the Constitution, it looks like they have gloated these idiots into going along with it. The woman who was killed inside the Capital was in no way Antifa. She was a 14 year Air Force veteran killed in the process of trying to climb over a barrier while the Senate was in session. Another person arrested was a leader of the "Proud Boys" - a para-military group I find to have been quite a bit nuts. Again, a far-right group. My point? They lost in court, and they don't have a perfect reputation even within their own party. Trump's cabinet is largely resigning. Just about the all the goodwill I as a Republican was trying to make to get people to understand that law and order are crucial and not pork projects is gone. Bexar County TX's Republican party is beyond ineffective because of the image these people create by their actions.
 
 

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chip4200
I was there, and only saw 1 Confederate flag out of thousands of American and Trump flags. Other people saw it, and were saying to each other, "what an asshole." The liberal Atlantic Magazine did a story with a picture of the guy in the Capitol, called "The Whole Story In a Single Photo," https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/confederates-in-the-capitol/617594/ . Where are the Republicans? Time for a new third party, and the Republicans to go the way of the Whigs.
Zwolle1836
I have to disagree with you on some things here. 1- Trump supporter, a cofounder of a Tea Party organization, and I can assure you that we conservatives are not Libertarians. We are more towards law and order, no open society, no open borders, and damn sure NOT Republicans. 2 - The woman killed was perched in an internal side-light window that was broken out. There was no order for her to halt. 3 armed riot police were 5 feet behind her. She was shot by another "plain clothed" officer at point .
Zwolle1836
..blank range with no warning. The woman posed no threat. 3- the arrested Proud Boy was arrested on the 5th for burning a BLM flag belonging to a church from a previous visit to DC. Finally, there is plenty of proof that the violence was caused by known Antifa fools. There is also video/audio proof that the "protesters" were let in. This was a good rally turned bad a la the 1933 burning of the Reichstag. One last thing... the Republican party will go the way of the Whigs within 4 years.
Zwolle1836
@systembuilder. The TeaParty floated the idea of a third party for a while but by majority, decided to work within the Republican party -to influence its course. Didn't work out. The swamp is too vast and unfortunately we were conned more than once by a RINO. We never talked Secession as a majority. Sure - there are outliers in every group. From more in depth investigation - it turns out that the Metro Policeman died of a stroke, not an injury. The other people who died were of natural cause.
Zwolle1836
I hate that I even have to say this, but I do not condone the assault on the Capitol. Those involved should be prosecuted according to the laws of the US. That should be everyone's stance; however, as the Communists say, "some are more equal than others." The Marxist BLM and Antifa can set fire to whole cities, including set fire to DC and nothing. The Utah man who is a known Antifa provocateur who was arrested Wednesday for violence in DC was released last night with no charges pending....
SystemBuilder
Washington DC Police lost a man from injuries. Just because you are some Tea Party founder doesn't mean you are being honest about the fact that people who have said "Succession" for years didn't seize this opportunity to make a ruckus. We now know offices were ransacked (potential Espionage) and the senate chambers were photographed with the stupid Buffalo anarchist sitting in the VP's chair. A great MANY of our local Texans were Libertarian before switching sides. You saw it today. Own up.
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