Gov. Andy Beshear denounced the people who filed a petition seeking his impeachment on Tuesday, sharing previous social media posts and actions by some of the four men that Beshear said were aimed at terrorizing him and his family.
“These people who signed this petition have tried to commit terror for me and my family before,” Beshear said. “And when that hasn’t worked, I guess they’re trying something new.”
One of the men who signed the petition, Jacob Clark of Leitchfield, posted a video on Facebook in April titled “A warning for Governor Andy Beshear” in which Clark had a handgun sitting on the shelf above his shoulder while he recorded the video. Clark, who told the Herald-Leader Saturday that he is a part-time Baptist minister, read from the Bible while denouncing Beshear’s COVID-19 restrictions on churches.
“This is a warning to Gov. Andy Beshear, this is not intended to be physically threatening,” Clark said before reading a passage about King Jerboam. “I would say it’s a warning from God to Gov. Beshear to not be stretching forth your hand against God’s people.”
Clark also made a post in May opposing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, implying McConnell is a “traitor and should be hanged.”
Another man on the petition, Tony Wheatley, helped organize the May rally at the Capitol that ended in Beshear being hung in effigy. Wheatley also posted about having “people in D.C.” during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and that they were safe. Beshear said Wheatley also helped organize an armed rally at the Capitol Saturday.
Andrew Cooperrider — the owner of Brewed coffee shop in Lexington, which was sued by the Lexington Fayette County Health Department for not complying with COVID-19 restrictions — shared a photo of one of the pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol and said “you reap what you sow.”
The group collected signatures for the petition at a Capitol rally last week in which one person had a sign that said “make hanging traitors great again.”
House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, said he is taking the petition seriously and has refused to comment on whether he believes Beshear should be impeached. On Monday, the House formed a seven-member committee to investigate the claims laid out in the petition.
The chairman of the committee — Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville — said Tuesday that the first action of the committee would be to seek a formal response from Beshear.
While impeachment would be a drastic step, as no Kentucky governor has ever been impeached, there are many Republican lawmakers who are angry with Beshear because of how he’s handled the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly his decisions to put restrictions on in-person gatherings at businesses and schools. Some Republican members have floated bringing their own articles of impeachment against Beshear.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
As Kentucky Republicans in the General Assembly continue with their plans to impeach and remove Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear over COVID-19 closures, it's important to remember that this clown show is state Republican lawmakers giving in to the anti-science, anti-democracy Trumpist terrorists, and Beshear at least has the courage to say as such.
Again, they've gone after Gov. Beshear with open threats against his life, his family, his home. They've hung him in effigy for the crime of protecting Kentucky against a pandemic. They remain willing to use terrorist violence against him. And now, state Republicans are giving in to the terrorist demands and moving forward with impeachment based on those demands.
The "this isn't a threat" right before the actual threat part that these psychotic bastards are getting away with are just more of their vile tactics. Don't come to me bleating about "cancel culture" or "wokeness" being the problem.
The problem is Republicans are terrorists.
Trump is in the bunker now, facing his final week in the White House and quite possibly his final days as a free man before the charges are leveled against him after Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. Facing the long, orange darkness of his own abyss, he turns now to punishing those who have failed him.
When Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president ever impeached twice, he did so as a leader increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful.
With less than seven days remaining in his presidency, Trump’s inner circle is shrinking, offices in his White House are emptying, and the president is lashing out at some of those who remain. He is angry that his allies have not mounted a more forceful defense of his incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol last week, advisers and associates said.
Though Trump has been exceptionally furious with Vice President Pence, his relationship with lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of his most steadfast defenders, is also fracturing, according to people with knowledge of the dynamics between the men.
Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states. They said Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giuliani’s moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election.
As he watched impeachment quickly gain steam, Trump was upset generally that virtually nobody is defending him — including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to a senior administration official.
“The president is pretty wound up,” said the senior administration official, who, like some others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. “No one is out there.”
As King Trumpoden sits on his pyrite toilet throne in his Golden Hall of Shame, he is attended by Grahama Wormtongue.
One of Trump’s few confidants these days is Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who broke with the president last week over attempts to overturn the election only to be welcomed back in the president’s good graces a couple of days later. Graham traveled to Texas on Tuesday in what was Trump’s last scheduled presidential trip, spending hours with Trump aboard Air Force One talking about impeachment and planning how Trump should spend his final days in office.
“The president has come to grips with it’s over,” Graham said, referring to the election. “That’s tough. He thinks he was cheated, but nothing’s going to change that.”
Trump asked Graham to lobby fellow senators to acquit him in his eventual impeachment trial, which Graham did from Air Force One as he worked through a list of colleagues to phone. A few senators called Trump aboard the presidential aircraft on Tuesday to notify him of their intent to acquit. During the flight home, Graham said, he tried to calm Trump after Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the No. 3 House GOP leader, announced she would vote to impeach.
“I just told him, ‘Listen, Mr. President, there are some people out there who were upset before and are upset now, but I assure you, most Republicans believe impeachment is bad for the country and not necessary and it would do damage to the institution of the presidency itself,” Graham recalled. He said he told Trump, “The people who are calling on impeachment are not representative of the [Republican] conferences.”
I mean technically Graham is right, the majority of Republicans back Trump over McConnell still. But the trick is that it only will take 17 Republican senators -- just one-third of the caucus -- to convict. The "majority" of the GOP isn't needed to bring Trump to justice.
Besides, he may be indicted before the Senate trial even gets underway.
At this point even the US Secret Service is openly warning of lethal violence from Trump's armed insurrection cult in the days ahead.
The Secret Service earlier this week flagged potentially violent protests in Washington, D.C. planned for the days leading up to Joe Biden’s inauguration as President, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday.
The warning adds to those from the FBI and in a congressional briefing to members of Congress Monday, about potential follow-up violence to the siege of the Capitol last week.
The Monday Secret Service bulletin mentioned a pre-inaugural event in D.C. by adherents of the so-called Boogaloo movement, a heavily-armed anti-government group that takes its name from internet slang for a sequel to the Civil War.
“Although no civil disobedience has been confirmed, organizers have encouraged attendees to bring weapons to the event,” the bulletin said, per The Daily Beast.
The extremist internet — corresponding on platforms including Telegram, Gab, and other lesser-known forums out of the public eye — has been abuzz about Jan. 17, when Trump supporters and others plan to make a show of force outside of state capitol buildings as well as in D.C.
The Secret Service bulletin mentioned these planned demonstrations as well, according to The Daily Beast. But the agency reportedly noted that the disruption of certain social media sites popular with the right, like Parler, has limited law enforcement’s “situational awareness of these events.”
Biden’s inauguration, on Jan. 20, is another potential target. The Secret Service bulletin reportedly cited the so-called “Million Militia March” planned that day, for which attendees have been encouraged to bring guns.
Don't know how many more times I have to say it, but we're in for a very dark time in America's history.
- Acting ICE Director Jonathan Fahey is resigning just weeks after assuming the post after the departure of previous Acting Director Tony Pham.
- Citing no possibility of a "fair" trial that can be held in the waning days of the Trump regime, Mitch McConnell will postpone any further Senate activity until January 19.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Representatives will be fined if they fail to pass through metal detectors installed in the US Capitol building on Wednesday after last week's attack.
- House Republicans are targeting GOP Rep. Liz Cheney for removal from her No. 3 position in the GOP caucus after voting for the second impeachment of Donald Trump on Wednesday.
- Housing rental service Airbnb is refunding all DC inauguration reservations as the governors of Maryland and Virginia and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser have asked visitors to stay home.