Regarding the September 18th “Justice for J6 Rally.”: It was a bust. The crowd was estimated at 400 to 450, more than 1/2 being journalists covering the near non-event.
There are many typical excuses already floating around about the poor showing, but that is a post for another time. What seems to be clear is that the devout cult of Trumpism doesn’t show up and swagger around unless it is assured that it vastly outnumbers any opposition. Thousands attacked and overpowered a thin blue line on January 6th, 2021. (Not “J6”. That is a weak attempt to downplay the stunning assault on our government that day by reducing it to two syllables). But this time it was different. The police were ready, willing and able to handle anything thrown at them.
It turns out that demanding justice for the “political prisoners” (criminals, to use the technical term) while facing pissed-off cops in full riot gear and in sufficient numbers to protect their turf wasn’t going to be nearly as much fun as breaking through sawhorses, wooden doors and glass windows. These cops were not going to be sprayed with toxic chemicals, surrounded and beaten individually, or crushed against walls by the mob. Suddenly, all those Trump supporters had better things to do on this September 18th. Wash the car. Watch football. Get their hair done. Anything that kept them away from the Capitol in Washington, D. C.
So much for the cult. What about Trump himself, and the GOP lawmakers in Congress? After all, it was his whining his Bigly Lie of a stolen election that incited the January 6th insurrection in the first place. Surely the Dear Leader was there to show solidarity, at least? Umm. No, actually.
He had important work to do and couldn’t be bothered.
What about Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell? Or the really loud, Trump-loving voices on conservative TV shows, online and or wherever two or three or more are gathered in his name? Where were Cawthorne, Greene and Gaetz? Did they fear to show up and mingle with the common folk, the base they all profess to love?
Was it cowardice or cynicism that kept them away? Surely it was not an indication that Donald Trump’s influence and attraction is waning? Surely he is still all that and a bag of chips?