Even the National Guard has given up on the make-believe insurrection in Washington, DC. The troops have packed up and gone home, since they haven’t had to do a single insurrection or defense-related thing in the past five months, other than dodge Jill Biden when she shows up to try to give them cookies.
Oh, sorry… DOCTOR Jill Biden.
But Democrats are not giving up on their dream of smearing all Donald Trump supporters as dangerous white supremacist insurrectionists engaged in domestic terrorism. The problem the D’s are encountering is that everything they say turns out to be a big fat lie. Like the “damage” done to the US Capitol, for example.
A week after the mostly peaceful Capitol protests, the FBI held a press conference. One high-ranking bureaucrat with the FBI blathered on and on about the “destruction” that took place during the four-hour tourism spree that delayed a meeting in the US Senate. They showed pictures of broken windows that we had already seen. And don’t forget, one insurrectionist stole Nancy Pelosi’s podium and walked around taking selfies with it. Horrific damage.
It was the worst “attack on our democracy” since the Civil War, according to the doddering puppet in the White House. It was worse than 9-11, Oklahoma City and Pearl Harbor combined. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) requires therapy for her wartime PTSD after the Capitol “attack.”
When House Democrats started “investigating” the insurrection in February, they heard testimony from a hyperventilating federal drama queen about the extensive damages done to the Capitol. A guy named J. Brett Blanton, who sounds like a Simpsons character but is a real person, is the head of an agency called the Architect of the Capitol (the AOC… no, really!). The AOC is the agency responsible for the upkeep of all the buildings and racist statues at the US Capitol and it employs about 2,000 people.
And boy, is J. Brett Blanton proud of himself for his actions during the insurrection! Here’s what he told Congress:
“As an agency, we served as a shining light of hope that day and in the days following the insurrection. I remain proud of and encouraged by the professionalism displayed by the AOC team in the face of this dangerous and stressful event.”
Wow! So stunning and brave!
Personally, I thought the curvy model in the skintight QAnon superhero costume waving an American flag from the Capitol steps was a shining light of hope that day, but what do I know? She was certainly easier on the eyes than J. Brett Blanton.
Anyway, after describing how the architects at the US Capitol were actually a bunch of heroic soldiers who stopped an insurrection, J. Brett Blanton put a price tag on how much it would cost to repair the damages done by the Trump terrorists: $30 million!
He said this under oath, by the way. And that $30 million was just a preliminary estimate. Blanton would need additional funds to pay for mental health counseling for all of the employees at the Architect of the Capitol, due to the stress that they went through while battling the insurrection. But $30 million in additional funding would be a nice start.
House Democrats immediately appropriated an extra $30 million for this obscure federal agency that none of us had ever heard of before. Naturally, the $30 million price tag for damages became an instant part of the narrative. It sounds like a huge number. And of course, it was a total lie, just like everything else we’re constantly being told about January 6th.
One of the Trump supporters pleaded guilty this month to the charges that the Department of Justice slapped against him: Trespassing, interrupting an official meeting, and aiding and abetting the vandalism of federal property. Almost none of the jailed Trump supporters have been charged with actually breaking or damaging anything, by the way. They’re all charged with aiding and abetting vandalism.
But here’s the curious thing about this Trump supporter who pleaded guilty: In the charging documents against him, the Department of Justice states emphatically that the damages to the Capitol totaled just $1.5 million. The $30 million figure was a lie (but Congress paid for it anyway, no questions asked!).
Is J. Brett Blanton going to be charged with lying to Congress? Will the Architect of the Capitol agency have to give the extra money back? I’m sure you already know the answers to those questions.