CNN just broke an exclusive, showing how the last days of the lead up to the Capitol Riot were filled with desperate machinations to strong arm Mike Pence and utter chaos. The article describes how “Trump campaign operatives scrambled to fly copies of the phony certificates from Michigan and Wisconsin to the nation’s capital, relying on a haphazard chain of couriers, as well as help from two Republicans in Congress, to try to get the documents to then-Vice President Mike Pence while he presided over the Electoral College certification.” They were even thinking of chartering a jet at one point. No expense was spared in the scheme to overthrow the government. I wonder how much of the tab that taxpayers picked up?

The new details provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the chaotic last-minute effort to keep Donald Trump in office. The fake electors scheme features prominently in special counsel Jack Smith’s criminal indictment against the former president, and some of the officials who were involved have spoken to Smith’s investigators.

The emails and recordings also indicate that a top Trump campaign lawyer was part of 11th-hour discussions about delivering the fake elector certificates to Pence, potentially undercutting his testimony to the House select committee that investigated January 6 that he had passed off responsibility and didn’t want to put the former vice president in a difficult spot.

These details largely come from pro-Trump attorney Kenneth Chesebro, who was an architect of the fake electors plot and is now a key cooperator in several state probes into the scheme. Chesebro pleaded guilty in October to a felony conspiracy charge in Georgia in connection with the electors’ plan, and has met with prosecutors in Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, who are investigating the sham GOP electors in their own states.

There is audio linked to in this piece and it ties in with audio from another CNN report two weeks ago, which described Trump being briefed on the fake electors.

Chesebro’s optimistic comments [about the slate of fake electors] immediately created problems by apparently giving Trump renewed hope that he could still somehow stay in office. Former RNC chairman Reince Priebus left the meeting “extremely concerned” about the January 6 conversation. Priebus, a Wisconsin native who served as Trump’s first chief of staff, later warned Troupis and Chesebro not to tell anyone about what happened.

This dramatic account comes from Chesebro, who sat for an interview last week with Michigan state prosecutors investigating the fake electors plot. CNN has exclusively obtained audio of that interview, which includes previously unreported details about the pivotal Oval Office meeting. […]

The “photo-op … gone south,” as Chesebro called the December 16, 2020, meeting, reveals a previously unknown instance of Trump hearing directly that he lost – which could factor into his federal election subversion trial. But it also highlights how others in Trump’s orbit leaned into his delusions and aided his quixotic effort to cling onto power.

That is the problem right there. The monster that Trump is, is not due to him alone. It’s due to the GOP playing Dr. Frankenstein and enabling him every single step of the way.

“I ended up explaining that Arizona was still hypothetically possible — because the alternate electors had voted,” Chesebro told Michigan state investigators, later adding that this made it “clear (to Trump) in a way that maybe it hadn’t been before, that we had until January 6 to win.”

And that’s what created the riot. Trump got it into his tiny mind that January 6 was the last day and so on January 6 he threw out all the stops and told people to “fight like hell, or you’re not going to have a country.” Trump should never have been allowed to get to such a level of desperation. The GOP should have explained to Trump, in no uncertain terms, that he had lost and that was that. Accept it. Deal with it.

But nobody wanted to do that because there were plenty of GOP operatives who hoped that the impossible could be made true and Trump could actually, somehow, pull a victory from the jaws of defeat. It’s just one more example of Trump being the symptom of the disease and the disease being a rotted hulk of a GOP, where once the Republican party stood.

It was said when Trump first ran that, “he’s not a Republican.” No, he is the quintessential Republican. Which is precisely why so many reasonable and sane people have left the Republican party. It’s not their party anymore. It’s MAGA, it’s something dark and twisted, but the conservative party, the Republican party of the past 40, 50 years? That is it not.

And Donald Trump emphatically is the standard bearer for the MAGA Republicans. He represents them exactly. The GOP, as it currently stands, is filled with people who are only too happy to lie, cheat, steal, do whatever is necessary to keep Trump in power.

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  1. Someone commented that ‘not all Republicans are racists’. LIE. THEY ARE NOW. So much for fact checkers who can’t seem to see the forest for the trees.

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