Ex-President's People in Capitol Riot
Mad after Falling for Revolution Con
January 20, 2021
The GOP's hopes of keeping its statewide monopoly and legislative majorities intact in 2022 may have suffered a significant setback on Wednesday when some of their militant new grassroots allies started turning against Donald Trump in droves the moment that he left the White House.
Radical right-wing militants who'd been Trump's most loyal supporters by far began to snap to the fact that they'd been nothing more than puppets without a clue when Democratic President Joe Biden's inauguration went off without violence or bloodshed.
QAnon disciples admitted that they'd been played by a president who many see now as a huckster and hoax who pretended to buy into the countless conspiracies on which the radically right-wing movement has revolved.
The Proud Boys - another group that fancied itself as Trump's personal militia - joined Democrats and a rapidly-growing number of Republicans today when they characterized the ex-president as an epic failure who'd been incredibly weak.
But Proud Boys, QAnon and other fanatics appeared to be mad at themselves as well for being suckered into storming the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago by a con artist who'd promised a revolution and sold them a pig in a poke instead.
Trump supporters who are facing the possibility of long prison sentences for their roles in the insurrection in Washington D.C. are kicking themselves for being naive enough to believe that Trump was telling the truth when he vowed to have their backs during and after the riot.
None of the Trump fans who broke into the Capitol in the attack that killed five people were included in the final round of pardons that he passed on Tuesday night.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton can relate after failing to appear on the pardons list despite his lead role in a bid in December to have the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the elections in battleground states that Biden had won.
Paxton is currently under indictment for felony violations of state securities law. The AG also is the target of a federal investigation into accusations of bribery in connection with a donor and a former state Senate aid who's been portrayed as an ex-lover. Now Paxton has cause for concern about the potential for criminal charges as a special guest speaker at the Trump rally that triggered the mob attack. Paxton had appeared to be a smart bet for the pardon that he didn't receive.
At least one of the Capitol mob's willing participants - Dallas real estate agent Jenna Ryan - also got the cold Trump shoulder when the ex-president spurned her plea for a pardon on the grounds of monumental ignorance.
Ryan has suggested that she'd participated in the riot mostly for fun on a Facebook date with an extremely handsome man who'd invited her to fly to Washington D.C. on a private jet with an offer that she simply couldn't refuse. Ryan begged Trump for pardons for herself and the others in the mob amid the assertion that she hadn't realized that it would be against the law to break into a public building and hard to get away with it considering that her every move had been on camera.
While Ryan claimed that her business had been destroyed by the publicity that she received when arrested last week, she suggested that she has no regret for her appearance at the scene of the crime that could land her in prison for years because it gave her chance to witness history and be a part of it all in one.