November 30, 2022

CASTRATION: January 6 militia leader wondered if Trump had the balls to seal the deal

CASTRATION: January 6 militia leader wondered if Trump had the balls to seal the deal

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As the trial for five Oath Keepers members charged with seditious conspiracy proceeds, new evidence has been entered into the record, showing that, in an encrypted chat, the extremist group’s leader postulated that Trump didn’t “Have [the] balls” necessary to carry the mission to fruition.

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Oath Keepers messages revealed in court show that the group was prepared in advance to try to breach the Capitol, and they stand accused of preparing Quick Reaction Forces, or QRFs, that they argue would only have been deployed if Donald Trump, still POTUS at the time, called for it.

However, the messages exchanged in the group suggest that Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes always doubted Trump would do so, and he spoke derisively of the man he wanted so desperately to keep in power, calling for him to “man up” in language ironically similar to Trump’s own pressure on then-VP Mike Pence.

Leaning on the trope of genitals as a representation of courage, Rhodes trashed Trump, who had almost 5 years earlier shown his sensitivity on that topic when he insisted to a debate audience that all his body parts were of sufficient size.

Law & Crime reports:

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“Now it’s nut cuttin time,” Rhodes wrote in a subsequent message. “Does Trump have balls or not? We’re about to find out.”

Even after the Capitol was breached, the group’s messages show Rhodes was still derisive about Trump’s inaction, posting to the chat, “Trump has one last chance to man up and fulfill his oath. Will he?”

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Meanwhile, according to testimony the January 6th Committee has shared, Trump was not taking much action of any kind at this point, either to support the attackers or to protect the legislators inside the building. After being prevented from joining the mob at the Capitol Building, as he said he would do following his speech, he spent most of the duration of the attack watching on television from the White House, occasionally with an interruption as a family member, legislator, or cabinet member contacted him in person or by phone to beg him to call off his fans.

While it’s not yet clear if Oath Keepers were in any direct communication with the then-president, CNBC reported last week that there were multiple calls between the extremist group and a member of the Secret Service.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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