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It feels like years ago now, but back in May, two former US Special Forces members, along with 60 Venezuelan mercenaries, attempted to kidnap dictatorial Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and inspire a coup to overthrow his government.
The anti-Maduro squad planned the raid for months, but a series of mind-numbingly stupid miscues prevented them from even stepping foot in Maduro’s compound. They were eventually captured by local fishermen.
In a constellation of dumb miscues, there was one particularly head-scratching mistake. Silvercorp, the private security firm that backed the coup attempt, was inexplicably live-Tweeting the beginning of the attack.
Besides the fact that “strikeforce incursion” sounds like the subtitle for a Call of Duty game, one could not even begin to wrap their head around how dumb this was. You don’t have to study at West Point to know that a secret coup attempt requires an element of…secrecy.
Thankfully for those involved in this colossal failure, it may only rank as the second-most embarrassing attempt at seizing power this year. Despite President-elect Joe Biden’s commanding electoral and popular vote margins, sitting President Donald Trump is refusing to concede and attempting to throw out the legitimate results of the election.
At the behest of the country’s chief angry man, his lawyers — most notably former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — are trying to overturn the results by undermining the vote-counting process and forcing delays anywhere they can. Much like the attempted coup in Venezuela, there are a lot of dumb things happening right now.
Stop the presses
There has been some debate about whether Trump’s actions qualify as a “coup d’etat,’ or the removal of an existing government. While Joe Biden’s administration is still attempting to transition, it’s clear that Trump is trying to stop the whole process. Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried told the Boston Globe that “if it succeeded, it would be a coup.”
Giuliani has consistently argued — through tangents, lies, and thinly-veiled racism — that a large portion of the votes against Trump shouldn’t count. They aren’t interested in the Democratic process because it’s a process that doesn’t allow them a path to victory. This is an attempted coup, regardless of how inept it is.
One of the hallmarks of Trump’s attempted coup has been the nonsensical press conference. First there was the November 7 presser that was held in the lot of a landscaping company in Philadelphia. Trump’s team meant to book the luxury Four Seasons hotel to formally launch their voter-fraud case into the public eye, and Trump even Tweeted as much.
Somehow, a mistake was made, and the crew ended up at a different “Four Seasons,” Four Seasons: Total Landscaping, a gardening business in north Philly. This is an image that serves as a perfect visual parallel for the proponents of this coup. They started off with a whimper, broadcasting their election conspiracy theories from a small landscaping business located in between a crematorium and a sex shop.
Then there was the scene …read more
Source:: Business Insider