Ep. 46: Who Could (NOT) Have Seen This Coming? – With Dr. Ayanna Shivers, Mayor of Mexico, MO
Adam Sommer begins the show with a note (2:20) regarding the realities of what happened on January 6, 2021. Then Dr. Ayanna Shivers, the current Mayor of Mexico, Missouri joins Adam for “Let’s Have A Chat” (6:45). Then Zack Schwartz and Sean Diller join Adam for “Talkin’ Politics” (49:00) to get into certification, the riots and insurrection, and name the names of the congress members from the Heartland who voted in favor of the objection to certification and what that all might mean. Then the crew jumps into “Last Call” (1:39) to talk about the idea that the GOP is about to break apart.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
As Wednesday’s events were unfolding, I was asked to share what was happening and wrote this summary on my cell phone after being evacuated and taken to a secure location by Capitol Police:
[….] 12:52 PM · Jan 8, 2021
You think The Faux News Channel stylebook requires “…protesters…” in place of “White Racist Fascists involved in Insurrection and Riot?” Just asking.
Some of the comments on Twitter:
And during that time did you do any self reflection? Have any thoughts on how your lies contributed to their anger and confusion?
Did you think that by objecting to a STATE not YOUR OWN, caused any of these? Your grandchildren will read YOUR name in the history books as an insurrectionist, who, was coddled by Capitol Police saving her life. You do not deserve your seat any longer, and you know it.
History will remember Seditionists. #SeditionCaucus….
hartzler agitated this into being. she should resign
“The fire that I have been slowly pouring gas on all of a sudden got out of control and burned me! HOW DARE IT!”
How dare those face-eating leopards eat MY face.
I’m a constituent & I’m ashamed of you. I don’t think you feel any remorse or even acknowledge your part in this coup.
But if you truly, truly want to start working together with Democrats for the future of our republic, VOTE ‘AYE’ TO IMPEACH.
If police officers allow you in, what kind of an assault is it???
Sorry but entering the capital to kidnap and kill the speaker of the house and the VP is not something you can put back in a bottle.
YOU helped create this insurrection. There is blood on YOUR hands, ViQy–the blood of Americans and the blood of our democracy.
14th AMENDMENT SECTION 3
“No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress who shall have engaged in Insurrection or Rebellion against the same or given and or comfort to the enemies thereof”
Have you taken steps to force his resignation today?! He sent a private army to invade our Capitol and what are the consequences?!
They took your lies so seriously that they murdered a police officer in the name of them. And you chose to still continue on with those lies after?
Vicky voted to overturn a legitimate election and push the Big Lie that the election was “stolen” but she doesn’t want to be held responsible for the violence the Big Lie was meant to elicit.
Vick. You did this to yourself.
Columbia constituent here. We are ashamed of you.
Perhaps you should think twice before tweeting any more of these kinds of tweets. Things are pretty raw for us right now, so maybe wait until 2022 when you run for reelection. Unless you decide to resign of course.
Fact check: it was an invasion of the Capitol by Trump “Patriots” that he incited to action earlier in the day and cheered as he watched them on TV enter the building.
United States Constitution says that “no Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress” who “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the Constitution, “or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Every member of the house and senate who perpetuated the lie of voter fraud is responsible for the violent act of domestic terrorism at the capitol and must be held responsible by being removed for insurrection.
I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.
It is unequivocally the spasm of the 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 to immediately create a thousand false narratives to virtualize reality beyond navigability. They will say and do anything to maintain the illusion they are civil, humane beings. This is the 𝑅𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 gaslighting you.
Speaking of phones, why is nobody answering any of the phones in Vicky’s offices? Does she think that she can just hide out until her attempt at insurrection blows over? Does she plan on meeting with the family of the Capitol police officer that she got killed?
This account has been awful quiet since then. I wonder why. Winking face
You created the monkies, deal with the circus. #ResignVicky
You cannot praise and follow Trump for 3 years and 11 and 1/2 months and now try to distance yourself when his words and actions have been consistent all the way up to and including January 6th!
You built this.
Indeed she did.
Stirred shit for 4 years. Gfy.
Yep well Kevin McCarthy you and the Republicans were complicit in all of it. You let this happen. Shame on you.
@GOPLeader was out there liking photos of the insurrectionist mob attacking you all. Isn’t that right, Kevin?
The only words, as your constituent, that I want to hear from you is, “I deeply regret my involvement in an attempted coup of our government and I resign.”
As a Missouri constituent, please resign . Whoever is running against you has a head start.
You are party to sedition against the United States. The 14th Amendment prevents you from serving in Congress. Resign or be expelled.
A gop lead failed coup attempt will forever chained around republican leadership.
Ypu should be ashamed of yourself. We will never forget your role in this, and your love for trump.
It’s your POTUS who blew his dog whistle for this to happen. Don’t try to distance yourself from your own culpability.
Vicky you are seriously delusional to believe you have no part in fueling this. Again, read the room and own up to your own misjudgments before trying to take a spotlight for getting caught up in this terrorists attack by your own party supporters.
No way do you get to gloss over the fact that you are the one who incited this insurrection by continually lying to the people of Missouri and America about a free and fair election just because you made the choice to be subservient to an autocrat. We won’t forget.
Some of the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol defecated inside the building and smeared feces in hallways.
This is your Party. Your legacy.
Chris Kelly @repckelly
This is your periodic reminder that every elected official who says there was significant election fraud is lying and knows he/she is lying. It is effectively the same as ObamawasborninKenya; an intentional lie told for the purpose of eroding the legitimate United States’s Gov’t. 10:40 AM · Jan 9, 2021
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver @repcleaver
It is clear that the President needs to be removed from office. Unfortunately, the Cabinet does not appear to have the will to invoke the 25th Amendment. For that reason I have signed on to these Articles of Impeachment. We should begin the process immediately.
[….] 5:00 PM · Jan 8, 2021
Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas was arrested today in Bentonville, Arkansas on multiple criminal charges related to his alleged unlawful activities earlier this week at the U.S. Capitol Building where he was photographed with his feet up on a desk in the Speaker of the House of Representatives’ office.
Barnett is in custody is expected to make his initial appearance today in federal court. He will ultimately be extradited to Washington, D.C.
“The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive,” said Jeffrey A. Rosen, Acting Attorney General of the United States. “Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice.”
According to court documents, U.S. Capitol Police learned that an individual had entered the restricted office area of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and was photographed with his feet propped up on furniture. Those photos were circulated on numerous news media platforms which identified the individual as Barnett. A search of law enforcement databases confirmed that the individual in the news photographs did in fact appear to be Barnett.
“This case is just one in a number that demonstrate the brazen acts that were committed at the Capitol on Wednesday,” said Michael Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. “My Office is committed to prosecuting all individuals who participated in these abhorrent acts to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The U.S. Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in our country and a symbol of the Constitution and people we have sworn to protect, and its destruction will not be tolerated,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. “This arrest demonstrates to all individuals involved in January 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol that the FBI will find you and hold you accountable for your crimes, no matter your location. We thank the FBI Little Rock Field Office for their quick assistance in bringing this perpetrator to justice.”
Barnett is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with the assistance of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the FBI’s Little Rock Field Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole McClain of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Office of the Attorney General
USAO – District of Columbia
Press Release Number:
Updated January 8, 2021
You should feel responsible, your words and rhetoric fanned the flames. Thoughts and prayers don’t work when you pray for one thing and say another. I feel disgusted that I’m represented by you and Hawley, because I don’t feel like you represent someone who loves America.
And yet you voted to dismiss the results of LEGAL elections!
You forgot “and I deeply regret and apologize for the misinformation I’ve peddled about our election which was deemed one of the most secure in recent history and with the additional oversight done by swing states I can say with certainty was a legitimate win for Joe Biden.”
“Thoughts and prayers”, right Vick? That’s the best the Right can offer, ever. How about “justice”? That’s a good word. How about “impeach” or “evict”?
Oh, and don’t forget “resign”.
Resign. You are complicit in his death.
Courageously defending the Capitol from your president’s supporters. QUIT. NOW!
The masses don’t want your platitudes now, @RepHartzler. They want your resignation.
maybe next time don’t support sedition?
Look at your hands, Vicky. You are complicit. You got these people all riled up by objecting to a free and fair election. You lied to your constituents (again) and got people killed. We here in MO-4 won’t forget what you did.
You’re heartbroken? Ma’am, you’re *complicit.* That man’s blood is on your hands.
You are a seditious bastard and should be expelled from the House. Blood is on YOUR hands.
#ResignVicky your lies caused this to happen. You are an accessory to the deaths of 5 people.
Your supporters murdered him. His family doesn’t need your prayers, they need your resignation.
You are a complicit enabler in this tragedy
He died because of you. Good job. You need to resign.
You stood on the wrong side, Vicky. You tried to subvert the votes of 81,283,485 people in a free and fair election, and this is the results of your actions.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
What was already a sobering process was heightened by the appalling lawlessness yesterday that desecrated our beautiful Capitol and threatened our lives. In the end we the Congress fulfilled our hollowed duty. We thoroughly debated objections to some state’s electors and voted. 11:19 AM · Jan 7, 2021
Ultimately, Joe Biden was certified as President-elect. I accept that and commit to working with him, Vice President Harris, and my colleagues to move America forward. I welcome President-elect’s pledge to work for all Americans and will hold him to it.
Unlike the current occupant.
There is much opportunity to find common ground and Americans are facing many challenges that need to be addressed. They deserve representatives who work together towards finding solutions. That is what I will do – not compromising principles, but finding areas of common ground.
Prove it. We’ve been waiting for over a decade.
Yesterday was a dark day in America but today is a new day and our country is still the beacon of hope, opportunity, and freedom in this world.
It will take decades to recover from the damage.
I am thankful to have the opportunity to represent the good people of Missouri’s 4th District and work for them to preserve America’s greatness.
Some of the responses:
You are a leader of domestic terrorists and rather than tell your mob they are wrong and to stand down—you have REFUSED now on three separate occasions since yesterday’s terrorist attack to affirm that the election was not stolen.
You invite more violence with these words.
Anything to keep those farm subsidies rolling in, huh?
That is an interesting way to phrase “I was on the side of sedition but it got out of hand and we lost so now let’s all move on and get along”
But if you’re willing to compromise and promote my loved ones right to marry and live their life as their true selves then let’s go
We will never forget that the false narrative of “a stolen election” drove yesterdays violence, that you amplified that falsehood and that you would have set aside the will of the people based on that narrative. 62 courts including SCOTUS deciding against it wasn’t enough for you
That “appalling lawlessness” you’re condemning was modeled very nicely by you and Matt Gaetz and friends when you stormed the SCIF to get into a hearing you weren’t supposed to be in (and called a press conference to make sure it made the news)
The lawlessness was incited by the GOP who lied about election irregularities in order to rile up their base. Those lies have consequences. An appropriate response would be to accept responsibility and promise not to participate in disinformation in the future.
Does Vicky really think that people will just forget that she took part in attempted coup if she tells her interns to ignore the phones for long enough?
Is that what that was? A thorough debate? Not some appalling passing on of lies and a near fistfight when called on it?
What did Jeff Van Drew call the inconvenient calling out of the lies? “Moral pomposity”?
It turns out the folks who prattle on about law and order and the Constitution like @RepHartzler don’t really care about law and order and the Constitution at all.
Why isn’t your office answering the phones?
Vicki’s party encouraged this treason
Hollowed duty sounds pretty damn accurate for today’s so-called conservatives!
“hollowed duty”. Oopsie, looks like you accidentally told the truth
You accept that? No you don’t. I watched the vote and you did not.
Hollowed duty, yes. Hallowed duty, not so much.
You are responsible for this.
You are complicit!
You and Hawley helped foment a failed coup, you both need removed from government and stripped of any power over other people.
I can’t imagine how terrified Rep. Hartzler felt as she watched many of her Trump freedom loving constituents she has lovingly embraced march by and desecrate the Capitol and even made her fear for her life. Don’t worry, she’ll be kissing their asses again tomorrow for votes.
You are absolutely right on this one Vicky! With your Seditionist Act, you further hollowed out our democracy. If you cared more about our Democracy than your subsidies, you would have done your Hallowed duty. #RESIGNHARTZLER
You should resign, never voted for you and never will
With all due respect, Vicky “the reasonable traitor” Hartzler, go to hell
I have supported you from the start. I live in your district and graduated with your husband. I will never vote for you ever again.
We won’t let you forget the traitorous support you have given Trump and his terrorist party. I once again affirm how embarrassing it is to have you as a representative, given how little you represent democracy.
You enable the riots with your lies. You should resign.
You should resign immediately!
What reason did you have to object to the electors from Pennsylvania? Did you have any evidence that there was something disingenuous about the votes? What was your argument in the debate?
You have played a role in the violence, Vicky. You should stop lying to your constituents about the election. Trump didn’t lose the election because it was fraudulent, he lost the election overwhelmingly because he’s a poor leader.
You and Hawley are despicable. Now by seeding the insurrection by promoting outright lies you have blood on your hands. You can’t pray it away. You can’t wordsmith it away. This will follow you the rest of your days on earth.
Embarrassed that you and other Missouri representatives and Senator Hawley supported overturning a fair election and encouraging these lawless people. Shame on you.
Now that your attempt to overthrow democracy has failed & Democrats control the WH, Senate & House… NOW you’re ready to talk about working together?? […]
#SeditionCaucus Never forget.
You lied about our elections and those lies incited an insurrection.
Garrett Haake @GarrettHaake
Traumatic events never feel fully real when I’m covering them. At home in the shower this morning it started to sink in: unhinged people attacked my workplace, my second home, because the President told them to. My God. 5:51 AM · Jan 7, 2021
“…because the President told them to…”
In the United States Constitution:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
The time is now.
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…