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(370 posts)
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 10:34 AM Jan 2021

The Pro-Trump Activists Who Helped Plan The Insurrection Feel Betrayed By The President

On the website that was the epicenter of plans for the violent insurrection at the US Capitol Wednesday, some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal followers, who had for months shamed, silenced, and banned anyone who criticized the president, grappled with a new feeling after the riot ended: betrayal.

For months, the forum TheDonald has been a gathering place for people planning to try to overturn Trump’s election defeat. But when its users actually broke into the Capitol, as they had promised to do for months, the site tried to rapidly change course, saying it would “follow President Trump’s lead” and would not allow “organizing, or calling directly for, violence of any kind.”

The reversal, which moderators hinted was made under pressure from the site’s hosts, left some Trump loyalists in disbelief that they had done anything wrong: They were, they said, only following the president’s orders.

“I don’t understand the thinking,” said one popular post on the forum. “Trump told us to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. We listened to the president. They should be thanking us.”

"For weeks people were saying how ready they were to fight. The moment it happens everyone starts pearl clutching," read another popular post.

For some, Trump’s video Thursday night, where he acknowledged for the first time that he had lost the election, only intensified the feelings.

“Wow, what an absolute punch in the gut,” one post with more than 100 upvotes said. “He says it’s going to be wild, and when it gets wild, he calls it a heinous attack and middle fingers his supporters that he told to be there. Unbelievable.”



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(18,486 posts)
2. Duh
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 10:37 AM
Jan 2021

I've been telling these people for years that one day they're going to figure out they've been played for fools and that was gonna burn.


(14,131 posts)
6. Are those rubber skid marks from the trDump bus as it ran over your face,....
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 10:51 AM
Jan 2021

.... or is your mascara no running ?


(7,014 posts)
7. Some people have to
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 10:59 AM
Jan 2021

be hit by a truck before they know they are playing in traffic. Some others have to be hit over and over again. Trumps folks are still being hit and will never get it.


(10,279 posts)
8. The planners of the riot did not know this:
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 11:32 AM
Jan 2021

When Trump has finished using a person or group, he doesn't "shake hands" and say "it was fun while lasted -- bon voyage".

What he does is give that person or group a real hard, vicious screwing.


(20,610 posts)
11. I read as much last night on one of their sites, too.
Sun Jan 10, 2021, 01:42 PM
Jan 2021

Complete confusion, inner conflict and bewilderment. The party's over.

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