We have all heard Rick Wilson’s encapsulation of the net effect of Donald Trump on his surroundings, “everything Trump touches dies” and nowadays that is literally true. You read where the Capitol Police confirmed the death of Howard Liebengood, a USCP officer who responded to the attempted insurrection at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob and killed himself three days later. This is another one of those stories where the “why” is the whole story.
Then there’s the story of a Georgia man, whose last name is Georgia, who was arrested at the insurrection and killed himself at home. Daily Mail:
A Georgia man arrested at the violent Capitol Hill siege in Washington DC last week has died, police confirmed Monday.
Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, shot himself dead at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday. He was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and died by suicide, The Fulton County Medical Examiner said. […]
According to documents from the Superior Court of DC, Georgia had been charged with attempting to ‘enter certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police.’ […]
At around 7:15pm last Wednesday, on the night of the riots, Georgia was reportedly among a group outside in violation of the District’s 6pm curfew that had been put in place earlier that day to stem the chaos wreaked by the pro-Trump mob.
When officers gave the group several warnings to disperse, Georgia and his group reportedly refused, according to the documents. They were then placed under arrest as a result.
Unlawful entry is a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
I can’t speculate on the motivations of a man I’ve never met, but I’m sure it’s safe to say that he didn’t kill himself over the potential jail sentence or fine. The Daily Mail ran a photo of his home and it’s palatial by any reasonable standards, so it’s not like he couldn’t afford a good lawyer to handle a misdemeanor. There is something else going on here — but what?
And then there’s the case of Ashli Babbitt, who to all intents and purposes committed suicide as well. She was crawling through a window into the floor of the House, draped in a Trump flag, when a policeman on the other side shot her. Without sounding callous, what did she expect? You join up with an armed mob and start destroying the Capitol and you don’t think that you might not live to tell the tale? Trust me when I tell you that the last Trump rally I attended (where I was on the anti-Trump side of the street, obviously) I never wandered more than several yards from my car, because if the tear gas canisters started falling, I wanted to be able to escape, fast. I got tear gassed at a demonstration in college. There is no way in hell I would join an armed mob, and destroy government property, not for any reason. So why did this woman? Intelligencer:
“I actually saw it first on video when I was on the phone with multiple hospitals trying to find her,” said Kayla Joyce, 29, who said she is the mutual live-in girlfriend of Babbitt and her husband, Aaron. “We found out through the news. Through live television.” […]
“I blame Trump. How could you not? I mean he is their figure, their president,” Joyce said. “Why else would they do that unless their leader tells them to do that?”
Joyce pleaded that the image of Babbitt being presented online and in the press wasn’t the real her: “She wasn’t a terrorist. She wouldn’t have put herself in harm’s way for any bad reason. If I could get into her head and pick her brain, I would.” Joyce added that Babbitt’s death shouldn’t be celebrated by anyone. “It shouldn’t be construed that because she had an opinion that she deserved it. It’s just gross what they are saying.”
Babbitt’s opinion is not what got her killed. Her action in storming the Capitol with an armed mob, who smashed glass, stole computers and furniture, and smeared human feces on the marble floors is what got her killed.
Joyce said she didn’t follow Babbitt on Twitter, where Babbitt’s devotion to Trump and conspiracy theories went beyond backyard political debates; she tweeted far-right talking points and openly backed QAnon conspiracies, including the belief that high-ranking government officials were running an elaborate pedophilia ring. Her photos show that she attended a pro-Trump boat rally, called President-elect Joe Biden a “kid raper,” and believed COVID-19 is a hoax. The day before she stormed the Capitol, she tweeted that it would be a day to remember, as QAnon prophecy foretold. “Nothing will stop us,” she tweeted on January 5. “They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
I guess she was just your garden variety QAnon fanatic. “The Storm” is a time of massive political arrests and executions, of military-backed Armageddon. I guess that these people value participation in this madness over basic human safety. Clearly Babbit was deluded, but what about the two men who committed suicide? I have no clue. I would love some answers to this. This is a death cult. All it’s lacking is the kool-aide and truth be known, it would not surprise me if the word went out post January 20 to get some kool-aide. It is that nuts.