Tonight, the chyrons on MSNBC:
That sums up the last four years.
Ep. 47: What’s A Little Riot, Among Friends? with Thomas McCormick and Rachel Parker
Adam Sommer gives an opening statement (1:30) then jumps into “Let’s Have A Chat” (4:15) with Thomas McCormick, a veteran, a father, and a voice for reality who’s willing to sit down with a white country boy and help him understand the realities of being a black man in America, and the heartland. Then Adam is joined by regular co-hosts Zack Schwartz, Sean Diller, and special guest co-host Rachel Parker for “Talkin’ Politics” (1:04) and Rachel hangs around to dig into the issue of the day: Censorship! on “Last Call” (1:59) digging deep into the cross section of big tech censorship and the first amendment.
“Madam (Vice) President” March – Major Brian Dix
SAN DIEGO — Retired Major Brian Dix, Director Laureate of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, will debut his recent work “Madam (Vice) President” in a performance by an all-volunteer, all-female orchestra hailing from the state of California. Appropriately scheduled in time for the 59th presidential inauguration, the virtual concert honors Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris.
Last year, Dix was in discussion with the Rhode Island Philharmonic to debut this symphonic march, originally titled “Madam President,” until the COVID-19 pandemic suspended live performances and the work had to be shelved. Following last year’s historic election, Dix was inspired to rededicate the march to both the first woman vice president and all of the extraordinary women who enter the American political arena.
“When the Associated Press called the election on November 7, several colleagues said, ‘You’ve got to change the title!” Dix said. “Just as the vice president of the United States is also the president of the Senate, this march can pull double duty.”
Dix then assembled an all-volunteer orchestra featuring musicians from professional, semi-professional, college and community orchestras. “This performance is not only for women, but by women,” Dix said. “I want to pay tribute to their hard work over the past 100 years and to inspire younger women to march forward with their dreams, where becoming Madam (Vice) President is the ultimate brass ring.”
This is a wake-up call for republicans.
America elected Joe Biden by over 7 million votes and you’re confused because you didn’t see us flock to his rallies and cheer his smackdowns like we were at a pro wrestling event during a global pandemic.
We don’t wear matching hats or have “No More Malarkey” flags waving from the backs of our trucks. Do you know why? Because Biden is not our tribal warlord. We believe the job of a U.S. president is to represent more than one interest group. That’s why 81 million of us turned out to stop a narcissistic personality cult that embodies all seven of the deadly sins, most of all pride, which you’ve taken to levels of blasphemy, claiming your political leaders are handpicked by Jesus Christ.
This country is called the United States and we have multiple converging crises that need adult supervision. But we are being distracted trying to get control over a critical mass of you who no longer believe in reality, who’ve been hypnotized to fear a Joe Biden presidency whenever you hear the trigger words radical socialist.
Never mind that Biden is backed by America’s billionaires whose existence depend on corporate capitalism. So your cognitive dissonance is staggering but understandable because the most sophisticated mass media tools ever created have eviscerated your powers of discernment. And there’s a gold rush on slinging alternative facts making millions for opportunists who’ve taken you for quite a ride.
But you need to wake up now and start the deprogramming. The election was not stolen. All that proof you kept sharing about suitcases and duffel bags of discarded ballots? It’s all been debunked.
All the affidavits claiming widespread fraud have been thrown out – over 60 lawsuits contesting the election in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin – republican states, many of the cases overseen by republican and Trump appointed judges.
61 cases tossed out. Trump’s hack attorneys are being sued or are under threat of disbarment. That’s consistent with the countless criminal prosecutions of many former Trump associates.
But the PR stunt worked on the tens of millions of americans primed for mass hysteria. You succumbed to Salem witch trial levels of mental lapse, believing our elections were stolen based on spectral evidence, dreams about krakens which are make-believe.
It’s time to wake up now.
Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist organization any more than Martin Luther King, Jr was a terrorist or Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. Peaceful protests and strikes and boycotts. That’s how a society creates change without violence. Everybody reasonable knows that violence and looting and murder are wrong and counterproductive to a peaceful society. That’s why everybody reasonable condemns militarized cops executing citizens over cigarettes, cell phones, driving, jogging, walking, sleeping, resisting execution. That’s what Black Lives Matter has been protesting. This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s the largest civil rights movement in the history of the nation.
You need to wake up now.
If you join Black Lives Matter then all lives will matter. If it helps you understand it better, shut your eyes. Say to yourself, my life matters and Black Lives Matter.
If we unite there’s hope we can end the savage practice of imprisoning millions of people for the crime of being black or brown or poor.
Atoning for and correcting the mistakes of our ancestors does not mean the next logical step is white genocide, unless you think the legitimate purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect white supremacy like it has up until this moment. If that’s your underlying premise you’re a racist. That’s why you wave a confederate flag. You just doxed yourself and you need conversion therapy.
Time to wake up.
There’s no national Antifa network pretending to be Fascist Trump supporters who want civil war. Antifa are anti-fascists who only exist right now because there are Fascist Trump supporters threatening civil war, inspired by the official republican platform which doesn’t have anything in it other than clinical paranoia re-educating you to believe there’s a conspiracy to seize your guns and gender identity at the same time so you’re so disoriented you can’t defend yourself against a mass immigrant invasion threatening your livelihood.
The real danger came from putting a recklessly uneducated man with a personality disorder in the White House who spent his one catastrophic term branding America’s Democratic cities enemies of the country while taking credit for economic growth rates he inherited from a Democrat.
He and his republican Senate, under the smoke screen of your disassociation from reality and the brand name “drain the swamp,” filled the cabinet with profiteers like themselves. Billionaires made a trillion bucks while they gutted our State Department, our FBI, our CIA, our dDHS, our Post Office.
Whatever Trump touched he wrecked. They attacked our U.S. education system, they tore down the minimal regulations that we have protecting america’s water and air, they turned our already abysmal borders into a human rights crisis, they smeared america’s top scientists and doctors, our health care system. They attacked our entire U.S. media.
Their willful incompetence has been so destructive the USA is the epicenter of the worst pandemic in a hundred years. Hundreds of thousands of us are dead, millions are hungry and struggling to survive, and their final act was a massive campaign to try to sabotage the bedrock upon which we stand, American Democracy itself.
This is on you, the republican party.
The majority of white America elected a man whose business model is lying, who demands total obedience while swindling and eventually turning on all of his employees and followers after years of abuse. You elected a perfect cult leader. Our enemies are ecstatic. Our allies are horrified because of the suicidal republican ideology of opposing any limits on gluttony and greed. What was once a beacon of hope all over the world, American Democracy, is no longer a given. Your right-wing leaders and shouting heads, they’re not going to stop clawing their way down a bottomless pit of excuses to continue profiting off of selling you a virtual alternate reality made up of false accusations and revenge fantasies giving you a persecution complex. They won’t stop feeding no matter how many of you are driven right off the deep end.
Any citizen of the United States continuing to fall for it, some of you thinking of taking up arms against the strongest military power on earth, others making excuses for these terrorists because you share the same beliefs, you’re delusional. You don’t have a political party anymore. Come back to reality.
January 6, 2021, that was your come to Jesus moment. Armed insurgents threatened to hang the Vice President, kill the Speaker of the House. They dragged a cop down a flight of stairs and brutally beat another with an American flag. They killed police. A suicidal Q anon follower gave her life trying to break into the House chamber. For what?
The most significant terror attack on our country since 9-11 happened because republican radicals believe Democrats are Satan worshiping pedophiles who stole their country and they’d rather die than lose the protection of their leader.
Defending truth and democracy and equality for all people against any tyranny, foreign and domestic, is the only thing that unites us and protects our freedoms. That’s why Trump is being held accountable for his crimes, along with every Congressperson, every official, every officer, who conspired or continues to wage a mass deception campaign to overthrow American Democracy, especially under the threat of violence.
The First Amendment protects our right to express ourselves without fear of arrest. The right to free speech does not include threats of violence and it certainly does not grant the authority to force media platforms to broadcast single-party hate propaganda that claim only its members are the real America.
For the former republican party who call themselves patriots, this is your wake-up call.
Your nightmare of a brainwashed radical anti-American movement trying to destroy the country was you.
Here we are.
Hartzler Statement on House Impeachment Vote
January 13, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement this afternoon rejecting the House’s vote on an article of impeachment against President Trump:
“America is hurting. After a year of riots in our streets, COVID restrictions and health challenges, and a contentious election, our citizens need healing — not further actions which tear us apart. This latest push by Speaker Pelosi and Democrats to impeach a duly-elected president seven days shy of leaving office does nothing to bridge this gap or work towards President-elect Biden’s declared ‘Unity’ message, instead further dividing our nation.
It’s already been made clear: Congress certified the 2020 presidential results and this election is over. We owe it to our nation to move past these divisive tactics and work towards bringing America — and our communities — together.”
Some of the responses on Twitter:
Yes, America is hurting.
America will heal.
But America will only heal when those that seek to tear it apart have been punished appropriately.
That’s called Law and Order.
You should make yourself aware of the concept.
And it should apply to everyone equally.
Investigate, charge, and sentence every traitor to the maximum penalty under the law.
Be they Congress members, members of the executive or judicial branches or average Americans.
No one is above the law, especially traitors.
You helped tear us apart by spreading the misinformation about election fraud. SHAME ON YOU!
I’ll explain this to you in terms from personal knowledge, @RepHartzler: Healing comes after the cancer is removed, not when the tumor is still inside the body.
Nonsense. America needs strength, not capitulation.
And true strength would be recognizing that #WhiteSupremacyIsTerorrism.
I needed you to vote for impeachment.
You tried to help overthrow the government, Vicky
Healing begins by removing Trump from power. We can unify behind agreeing that his words and their actions were not acceptable.
Actions need to have consequences, Vicky.
We owe it to our nation to drive those who would seek to violently overthrow our “nation of laws” into the light where they can be held accountable, or they will continue to fester until they do it again.
We don’t negotiate with terrorists. Even if they’re our white neighbors.
America is hurting because—after the sacking of the Capitol—the likes of @RepHartzler voted to deny Arizona and Pennsylvania citizens the right to choose their own electors…on the basis, shamefully, of Trump’s big lie of election “theft”.
This is just driving me mad. You pushed and pushed and pushed when it was unprovable and non-existent fraud, but now as soon as the tables are turned we hear…
“Bullshit” is what it is.
Before wounds can be healed they must be cleaned. Before this nation can heal there must be accountability. I’m sorry – and I mean that – that this seems to escape you.
You encouraged a mob to try to over turn an election.
No healing without contrition.
If you can not see that you are supporting a criminal then you should not be in the position you are in. I’m all for unity, but, im also in support of seeing criminals punished.
So we “needed” false election misinformation pretending Trump won inciting division and mistrust but now we don’t need to hold criminals accountable
Kumbaya is a few weeks & a call to decertify too late. You can’t back pedal calls to fight and combat. Consequating insurrection isn’t the divisive act or theater here, it’s justice. The divisiveness was feeding a narrative that the election wasn’t legit. You are complicit.
We need justice. Republicans lied about outcome of a free and fair election for months. Then called a mob to DC, told mob to go into combat, and tweeted location of Speaker as mob was yelling threats to harm her. Only way we move forward is to prosecute every criminal in GOP
After everything you’ve said? Really?! Yeah…no. Impeach.
Local woman more afraid of being primaried than of the potential long term consequences of breaking her oath to defend the US Constitution.
No moving past the insurrection until all parties involved are punished.
How dare you call impeachment “divisive?” You know what’s divisive? An attack on the capitol – which you enabled with your lies, Vicky.
This is called accountability. Your words are hollow. As a Missourian, I am ashamed of you. History will despise you, and you deserve it.
There can be no unity without accountability.
You disgust me. You always have.
A few of the Facebook comments on the same press release:
I am heartbroken to see our nation as it is today. I wish people could realize we are all Americans wanting to live each day as peacefully as possible. This impeachment is just driving our nation further apart. We have witnessed for 4 years the hate Pelosi & the Democratic’s have had for President Trump. They wouldn’t even let him actually be the president he could have been , from the first day he took office.in all my years I have never seen such treatment of a president. I pray for calm , and a dignified transfer of power. May God Bless America!
What color is the sky in their world?
I thank you so much Congresswoman Hartzler, for your comments. Yes, AMERICA HAS BEEN THROUGH AN AWFUL TIME! I wish we could heal, but the truth is, that isn’t what certain Democrats want to happen. I dread what lies ahead under their leadership….
A taco truck on every corner.
Agree and further more this is doing the same thing that the Democrats are accusing President Trump of doing. Such hypocrisy and it needs to end. What good is coming from this? None except for driving the wedge further and invoking more of what has been happening for the last 4 years. Unity does NOT equal conforming everyone to one view.
Not to mention how blatantly Socialistic/Communistic those on the Democratic side have said time after time that they are GOING to make our Country into . I didn’t serve in the United States Marine Corps to simply walk away from this kind of Tyranny . Our Freedom and our Rights are being Choked to Death !! Mrs Hartzler I respect what your saying but the Truth is the new administration is not and will not be thinking of the people of this Country they will only think of pandering to other countries to pad their bank accounts
Vicki I honestly dont know how its possible to unify the country with Pelosi, Schumer and Harris at the controls of Congress. Good luck and God bless
Wait, isn’t it supposed to be Vicky?
it is clear that there is an attempt by the Democrats to have one party only. From boycotting firms that provided support to the President or Republicans to BLM/Antifa riots in multiple cities simultaneously with bussed-in agitators, to main stream media collusion instead of reporting.
You’re right,they incited riots by telling Dems to push back at us and run us out of restaurants, etc. then violence kept going by them.
Have you tried curbside pickup?
And we haven’t spent the last 4 years cleaning up the mess from obuma, and his senile partner?
Now we’re going to see how bad that senile old buffoon can really screw things up!
God help us!
A hug won’t work on this one.
I don’t think we should ever embrace evil and call it unity! What has happened to common sense, I know it has turned to radical socialism! Many people know it was Antifa acting like Trump supporters and NOT Trump supporters . The corruption is so deep we have brain washed millions of people! May God have mercy on America.
How can we possibly unite and possibly heal after the way they have treated President Trump the last four years, how?
YOU DEMOS ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO LEAVE AMERICA AND GO TO A COMMUNIST COUNTRY AND LEAVE AMERICA ALONE YOU ALL ARE EVIL AND GODS GOT YOUR #!!!
It’s a special device, the knobs go to 11.
I completely agree. Democrats (including Biden) are speaking out of both sides of their mouths. On one hand they say “it is time to move forward and heal the nation” and on the other side they say inflammatory remarks such as Pelosi saying that those who are Trump supporters are racists. Biden went so far as to compare one politician (I think it was Josh Hawley?) to the infamous Nazi butcher, Dr.Joseph Goebbels. What the heck?!! Under any circumstances is that comparison right, fair or just! Dr. Goebbels committed vile, heinous acts on human beings. Such comments are made to shut down dissent. When I hear prominent politicians making those kinds of remarks, it does nothing towards healing our nation! In fact, it shows the opposite, that they really have no intention of trying to heal our nation. They would rather continue to feed the very tension they say the Republicans are guilty of. As far as I’m concerned, the Democrats are equally to blame for the tempers and tensions that have been flaring up since the election. Actions speak louder than words. In other words, I’ll believe it when I see it!
“…We can’t bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell ’em stories that don’t go anywhere – like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ’em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…”
Once again (January 13, 2021)
Impeached. For the second time.
H. RES. 24
Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 11, 2021
Mr. Cicilline (for himself, Mr. Lieu, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Adams, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Allred, Mr. Auchincloss, Mrs. Axne, Ms. Barragán, Ms. Bass, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Bera, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Ms. Bonamici, Ms. Bourdeaux, Mr. Bowman, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Brown, Ms. Brownley, Ms. Bush, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Carson, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Case, Mr. Casten, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Chu, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Correa, Mr. Costa, Mr. Courtney, Ms. Craig, Mr. Crist, Mr. Crow, Mr. Cuellar, Ms. Davids of Kansas, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Ms. Dean, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. DeGette, Ms. DeLauro, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Delgado, Mrs. Demings, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Deutch, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Escobar, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Evans, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Foster, Ms. Lois Frankel of Florida, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Gottheimer, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Harder of California, Mr. Hastings, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Higgins of New York, Mr. Horsford, Ms. Houlahan, Mr. Huffman, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Jacobs of California, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Johnson of Texas, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Jones, Mr. Kahele, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Keating, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Kim of New Jersey, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, Ms. Kuster, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Ms. Lee of California, Mrs. Lee of Nevada, Ms. Leger Fernandez, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Mr. Levin of California, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lowenthal, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Malinowski, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Manning, Ms. Matsui, Mrs. McBath, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McEachin, Mr. McGovern, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Meng, Mr. Mfume, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Morelle, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Mrvan, Mrs. Murphy of Florida, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Neal, Mr. Neguse, Ms. Newman, Mr. Norcross, Ms. Norton, Mr. O’Halleran, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Omar, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Payne, Mr. Phillips, Ms. Pingree, Ms. Plaskett, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Porter, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Quigley, Miss Rice of New York, and Ms. Ross) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
ARTICLE I: INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION
The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Further, section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States from “hold[ing] any office … under the United States”. In his conduct while President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States, in that:
On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College. In the months preceding the Joint Session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, DC. There, he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide”. He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore”. Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.
President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Those prior efforts included a phone call on January 2, 2021, during which President Trump urged the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to overturn the Georgia Presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do so.
In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. Donald John Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 17
H RES 24 YEA-AND-NAY 13-Jan-2021 4:33 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
—- YEAS 232 —
—- NAYS 197 —
—- NOT VOTING 4 —
Written down for all time.
Today from Johnson County, Missouri Community Health Services:
Johnson County, Missouri
Cumulative Positive Cases: 3950
62 additional cases and 3 additional deaths since the January 8th report.
Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.
Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
Today. I kid you not.
First Lady Melania Trump: Our Path Forward
January 11, 2021
By: Melania Trump
Like all of you, I have reflected on the past year and how the invisible enemy, Covid-19, swept across our beautiful country. All Nations have experienced the loss of loved ones, economic pain, and the negative impacts of isolation.
As your First Lady, it has been inspiring to witness firsthand what the people of our great Nation will do for one another, especially when we are at our most vulnerable.
With nearly every experience I have had, I found myself carrying many individual’s stories home with me in my heart.
Most recently, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Roseanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time.
I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week. I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.
Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.
As an American, I am proud of our freedom to express our viewpoints without persecution. It is one of the paramount ideals which America is fundamentally built on. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that right. With that in mind, I would like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives.
I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.
It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence. Our path forward is to come together, find our commonalities, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.
Our country’s strength and character have revealed themselves in the communities that have been impacted by natural disasters and throughout this terrible pandemic that has affected all of us. The common thread in all of these challenging situations is American’s unwavering resolve to help one another. Your compassion has shown the true spirit of our country.
As I said over the summer, it is these defining moments that we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through empathy, strength, and determination, we were able to restore the promise of our future. Each of you are the backbone of this country. You are the people who continue to make the United States of America what it is, and who have the incredible responsibility of preparing our future generations to leave everything better than they found it.
It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your First Lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans who supported my husband and me over the past 4 years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms which are dear to me.
Most importantly, I ask for healing, grace, understanding, and peace for our great Nation.
Every day let us remember that we are one Nation under God. God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.
Uh, she’s a birther, too.