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Panic buttons were inexplicably torn out ahead of Capitol riots

“Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” Sarah Groh, Pressley’s chief of staff, recalled to The Boston Globe.

The buttons had been used before, and Groh said she had not switched offices since then. Exactly why they were not there when supporters of President Donald Trump sieged the halls of Congress was unclear to the staff, she said.

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by Anonymousreply 65Last Friday at 12:01 AM

Holy hell.

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

Apparently someone removed the panic button from her beauty salon as well.

by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

Screams insider job.

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

Inside job. They probably thought more Capitol police than the ones who helped enable it would come on board or step aside once everything started.

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

Holy Christ democracy had a close call!

by Anonymousreply 501/13/2021

I honestly don't think Pressley is ugly but her face is beat like a drag queen so she can look ridiculous at times against that backdrop. Does her health condition(s) and/or treatment cause cause skin problems, so maybe she actually needs heavy foundation?

by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

Anybody know if every Congressperson’s office has panic buttons? If so, why just hers being torn out? Or are we just not hearing about it?

by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

R2 probably thinks Trump is hot

by Anonymousreply 801/13/2021

This is terrifying but I kinda had a feeling after reading that a congresswoman tweeted out Pelosi’s location during the riot. Between that and the wheelchair Nazi guy, nothing would surprise me. And yeah, it was a VERY close call for democracy.

by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

What is this person's health condition(s)?

by Anonymousreply 1001/13/2021

I thought she was bald because of some serious disease or treatment for a disease. Maybe I'm wrong.

by Anonymousreply 1101/13/2021

I believe they all have panic buttons in their offices. I am sure there is tons still to come out about all this.

Considering at least one member of Congress was showing some of the insurrectionists around the day before, there is no doubt they had help on the inside. When it all comes out there are going to be more than one member of congress expelled.

by Anonymousreply 1201/13/2021

It's all coming out now.

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021


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by Anonymousreply 1401/13/2021

What makes you think it’s over R5? They’re planning attacks all over the country. A perfect opportunity for Trump to site the Insurrection Act and enact Martial Law.

by Anonymousreply 1501/13/2021

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by Anonymousreply 1601/13/2021

Who loves you baby!

by Anonymousreply 1701/13/2021

She just announced that her husband testing positive for Covid. Continued fallout from the 1/6 riot.

by Anonymousreply 1801/13/2021

AOC said her life was threatened but they are not supposed to disclose it now so there will be a lot of info coming out later

by Anonymousreply 1901/13/2021

Assuming that the Senate under Schumer will take up the conviction trial, a lot of bad stuff is going to come to light (contrast how McConnell didn't allow evidence or testimony at the trial a year ago).

by Anonymousreply 2001/13/2021

[quote] “Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” Sarah Groh,... recalled to The Boston Globe.

The word 'recall' means remember or bringing back something into one's mind, such as 'I can still vaguely recall being taken to the hospital'.

'Recall' is the wrong verb in this situation.

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by Anonymousreply 2201/13/2021

What doing word would you use?

by Anonymousreply 2301/13/2021

Her name was probably on that list they found of good people/bad people.

by Anonymousreply 2401/13/2021

[quote] Alopecia

I thought it was Ayanna.

by Anonymousreply 2501/13/2021

How is Trump going to distance himself to this?

FYI- With severe cases of Alopecia, you also don't have eyebrows or eyelashes.

by Anonymousreply 2601/13/2021

Well, was she the only one whose panic buttons were taken out? Or did it happen to other House members and they're just not talking about it?

by Anonymousreply 2701/13/2021

[quote] What doing word would you use?

I'd be shrieking, R23. The panic button are to be used in a time of panic.

This theft (if it's true) is a major issue.

by Anonymousreply 2801/13/2021

[quote] Or did it happen to other House members and they're just not talking about it?

I suspect this.

But the other thing that is nagging at me is the commonality of the people who are speaking out. Pressley had her panic buttons ripped out. Clyburn had his private, unmarked office ransacked. The Muslim rep was on a target list. AOC is terrified about something she can't disclose. While I believe the main objective was to shut down the government, I also think there might have been a faction who just wanted to kill some minorities. The video from this morning with the bullhorn woman from AZ shows that they had a plan and nooses.

And now we are learning that they had set up a walkie-talkie system.

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by Anonymousreply 2901/13/2021

I don’t believe she voted in the late session, at least not that I saw on the earliest rolls. I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn she was too traumatized to return. I know folks are trying to downplay the insurrection, but it was a terrifying ordeal for those who weren’t in on it.

Is this why Trump came back early from Florida? To round up his accomplices and make plans?

by Anonymousreply 3001/13/2021

Yep, R30. I just heard that some R senate aides are threatening to quit if their bosses don't vote to impeach, because the aides are the ones who were hiding under desks, traumatized.

Whatever the even darker underbelly of this insurrection was, the truth WILL come to light. Too many witnesses, too many people terrorized for this to remain under wraps.

by Anonymousreply 3101/13/2021

God, I hope you’re right, r31.

by Anonymousreply 3201/13/2021

Democrats and their persecution complexes.

by Anonymousreply 3301/13/2021

Just F&F it.

by Anonymousreply 3401/13/2021


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by Anonymousreply 3501/13/2021

Oh do fuck off, R6, critiquing people’s complexions while Rome burns. Setting those priorities!

by Anonymousreply 3601/13/2021

R23 I think the correct verb there would be "nostalgicated."

by Anonymousreply 3701/13/2021

I love her style and her smooth head.

by Anonymousreply 3801/13/2021

This is shocking

by Anonymousreply 3901/13/2021

[quote] God, I hope you’re right, [R31].

I pray that R31 is right.

by Anonymousreply 4001/13/2021

She's on CNN now!

by Anonymousreply 4101/13/2021

If people don't go to actual jail for this, I'm going to be so pissed off.

by Anonymousreply 4201/13/2021

Seeing the earpieces is indeed another part of the puzzle. The Shaman and the guy on Pelosi's desk are obvious media darlings because of the entertainment value but the real baddies were not showy. Likewise the footage that shows a huge mob storming the door while using stolen shields and screaming 'heave ho' were not idiots in costumes who decided on the spur of the moment to try to break in. Those guys came to get in and had military backgrounds because 'heave ho' and living up your men to charge forward is not something a few idiots off the street can do. Also very easy to see how that women foolish enough to be in the mob was crushed to death. They did not come to play.

by Anonymousreply 4301/13/2021

I don’t necessarily believe this woman. She looks a little histrionic. Show proof.

by Anonymousreply 4401/13/2021

All the proof morons like R44 needs will be forthcoming. Congresswoman Mickie Sherrill is asking for an investigation into her allegations that members of Congress led “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol a day before violent supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building.

Sherril is a decorated Navy vet and has a law degree from Georgetown. While in the Navy, she was both a combat pilot and an intelligence officer. She knows how to assess a battlefield.

[quote]In a letter sent Wednesday to the Capitol Police and acting sergeants at arms for the House and Senate, Sherrill and 33 other lawmakers said they noted “extremely high number of outside groups” in the Capitol complex on Jan. 5, which they said was unusual because access had “been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic.”

[quote]The letter said the visitors “appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House the following day” and “seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol complex.”

Pressley's experience with the disabled panic buttons is consistent with prior complicity by parties with Capitol access. All this won't be swept under the rug this time.

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by Anonymousreply 4501/13/2021

Has she heard of wigs? I believe some black women wear wigs on occasion. At least it's not unheard of.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Thursday at 5:45 AM

This is why we need statehood for Washington DC. We need more than a few rent a cops guarding our democracy when the federal government falls into the hands of a maniac like Trump. DC needs a governor snd its own national guard unit.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Thursday at 5:57 AM

R44 is the type of kneejerk reactionary we need to all ignore right now. Of course some troll on DL is going to call a woman “histrionic,” and the demand to “show proof” is the usual “fake news!” in a new dress. Predictable and disappointing.

Learn to spot these types and recognize that “pointless bitchery” often has a very definite point in times like these. People are brainwashed by the right wing trolling and social media onslaught. People mimic their talking points under the guise of “bitchery” without even realizing it. It’s very disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Thursday at 6:02 AM

Ayanna, gurl, call me. I have a fabulous perruquier.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Thursday at 7:09 AM

It is no surprise that they went after AOC, Presley, Omar, and Talib. They are very high-profile women of color and are routinely vilified by the reich-wing nutjobs.

I suspect that as this is further investigated, we are going to discover that this was a planned, coordinated attack.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Thursday at 7:26 AM

[quote] Sherrill and 33 other lawmakers said they noted “extremely high number of outside groups” in the Capitol complex on Jan. 5

I remember we had people asking if Sherrill were lying or mistaken. Guess those 33 others who saw the same groups were also just mistaken, too?

by Anonymousreply 51Last Thursday at 7:28 AM

Rep. Pressley looks just like Kevin Aviance.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Thursday at 7:32 AM

R46, Ayanna Pressley was wearing wigs for a while, then decided to stop.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 7:33 AM

R27, it was Pressley's aide who said something, and I suspect it's because she didn't know she wasn't supposed to. I doubt that there would have been a way for every office's panic buttons to be removed without someone noticing first, but it's easy to imagine some select Representatives that really upset the Trumpsters had their offices specifically targeted.

We're only getting a few snippets here and there of the details like this, which makes sense, especially if the FBI thinks the same people could be behind future attacks.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Thursday at 7:37 AM

why it aint gots no hair???

by Anonymousreply 55Last Thursday at 8:01 AM

R55, why ya aint gots no brain? Dropped on your head as a child?

by Anonymousreply 56Last Thursday at 9:37 AM

[quote] Ayanna, gurl, call me. I have a fabulous perruquier.

That’s sweet, Doris, but they’re Congresspeople, I’m sure they have water available.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Thursday at 9:52 AM

Did they snatch her wig at the same time they tore out her panic button?

by Anonymousreply 58Last Thursday at 9:58 AM

The stupidity around here is painful around her. Like a bunch of 5 year olds on a sugar high.


by Anonymousreply 59Last Thursday at 10:21 AM

Peter Meijer, a freshman GOP congressman, said he also saw a lot of groups on 1/5.

It happened. Congress members are complicit and I don’t think the names will surprise us when they come out.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Thursday at 10:23 AM

The capitol police installed panic buttons in all the members of the squads offices in 2019 after the criminal president started tweeting about them and there were multiple threats to their lives. I would have so many hidden weapons in my office if I was one of them or armed body guards.

by Anonymousreply 61Last Thursday at 10:31 AM

You have to admit, r59, it’s not exactly something one sees every day.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Thursday at 10:38 AM

This was posted in the MAGA thread (Part 4).

What is the possibility that what I posited at R29 relates to some of these allegations? Again, while I believe the main goal was to subvert the Electoral College process, if someone knew that chaos was coming, why wouldn't they take advantage of it?

[quote] Since 2001, hundreds of Black officers had sued the department for racial discrimination. They alleged that white officers called Black colleagues slurs like the N-word and that one officer found a hangman’s noose on his locker. White officers were called “huk lovers” or “FOGs” — short for “friends of gangsters” — if they were friendly with their Black colleagues. Black officers faced “unprovoked traffic stops” from fellow Capitol Police officers. One Black officer claimed he heard a colleague say, “Obama monkey, go back to Africa.”


[quote] Already, officials have suspended several police officers for possible complicity with insurrectionists, one of whom was pictured waving a Confederate battle flag as he occupied the building. One cop was captured on tape seeming to take selfies with protesters, while another allegedly wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat as he directed protesters around the Capitol building. While many officers were filmed fighting off rioters, at least 12 others are under investigation for possibly assisting them

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by Anonymousreply 63Last Thursday at 11:31 AM

[quote]The stupidity around here is painful around her. Like a bunch of 5 year olds on a sugar high.

R59, bear in mind that the alt right/4chan/Russian troll brigades are still here. Rep. Pressley triggers them deeply on so many levels - she's a woman, she's black, she's a progressive - and being all these things, she's also a US Representative, with the authority that entails. It just kills them.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Thursday at 11:01 PM

Investigate! Investigate! Investigate!

by Anonymousreply 65Last Friday at 12:01 AM
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