Bernal News The Student News Site of Bernal Intermediate School Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 January 6th Events Timeline Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:11:12 +0000 January 6th was the day that Congress certified the electoral votes that each state in the US had submitted. Usually this would be a quick and easy process, but there has been much controversy over the validity of the election results, so each time a state with a disputed outcome would be certified, members of Congress would debate the legitimacy of the electoral votes submitted. The members of Congress were debating the results of the Arizona election when they were told that they were on lockdown. There was a gathering of armed Trump supporters that were under the impression that the election was ¨stolen¨, breaking into the Capitol building where they were accrediting votes. Many believe it was the intent of the mob to disrupt Congress so that they could not certify votes that they felt were invalid. Trump’s response to events throughout the whole thing had many shocked, and it began with a Trump rally that was held in Washington D.C.

Before: Speech

The speech that Donald Trump made at his ¨Save America Rally¨ held only a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol began like most of his speeches. Trump first began by bringing up a common topic with him and his followers, ¨fake news¨, even saying ¨The media is the biggest problem we have as far as I’m concerned.¨ Trump made a quick turn from talking about ¨fake news¨ to the topic he spent most of the speech talking about, which is what he states to be a ¨rigged election¨, and revisiting the topic of pressuring his Vice President, Mike Pence, into overruling congress on their decisions of the electoral votes, something that he is legally not allowed to do. 

Throughout the entire speech Trump had gotten a positive reaction from his supporters with clapping, chanting and cheering, and the speech proceeded as expected but a few quotes and moments turned heads, especially when connecting them to the events that followed the rally. Donald Trump, for instance said, ¨We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.¨ and the more famous one, ¨We will never give up, we will never concede.¨ Not only Trump made remarks like these, Lara Trump said, ¨We are in this fight to the bitter end.¨ His son, Eric Trump said, ¨We need to march on the Capitol today, and we need to stand up for this country.¨ His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani even saying, ¨Lets have trial by combat.¨ These, however, are only some of the incriminating things said at the rally implying violence, and many others, before the rally, dating all the way back to November using words like ¨ the fight¨ and ¨revolution¨ and several even saying we need to fight on January 6th.

During: Social Media

At around 1 pm in Washington D.C., the mob moved from the rally to the Capitol and began to feud with security and police at the Capitol steps, where they would soon break into several chambers and offices including the Senate Chamber where at the time, official electoral votes were being debated. 

This progressed for quite some time and while many awaited the president’s response, they were only followed with silence until 2:24 pm, nearly one and a half hours after the riot began, when he tweeted this: ¨Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a correct set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!¨ The tweet of course referring to Trump’s expectations that his VP would invalidate the electoral college votes, which is not a legal function of Pence’s position. 

A few minutes later, at 2:38 pm, we heard from Trump again when he tweeted: ¨Please support our Capital Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!¨ That came long after chaos and violence at the Capitol erupted. 

Trump tweeted again at 3:13 pm. ¨I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in a Blue. Thank you!¨ That was posted roughly twenty minutes after reports of his supporters forcefully entering the chamber in which Congress was meeting, and reports of shots fired went public. 

After several hours of news and media calling on Trump to do something and discourage what was happening, including president-elect Biden saying in a speech during the attack, ¨Therefore, I call on president Trump to go on national television now.¨ Trump released a video that has since been taken down during his media collapse for inciting violence and praising rioters by saying things like, ¨we love you,¨ and ¨you’re all special.¨ when referring to his followers at the Capital. 

After: Silence

The video he posted caused so much commotion and uproar that several social media platforms felt the need to suspend, ban, or in some way punish his accounts, to prevent him from causing more damage after the attack. The most newsworthy of these of course being Twitter. Twitter had already begun taking minor actions by labeling some of his posts discussing his opinion on the election with ¨This claim about election fraud is disputed.¨ 

The company, however, took much more forward action after the events of January 6th unfolded. They locked Trump’s accounts, saying that access would not be returned until he deleted 3 tweets that Twitter deemed a violation of its content policy. Twitter also banned @POTUS and @TeamTrump accounts after Trump tried to circumvent the ban of the @realDonaldTrump account by posting on those. On top of that, several Pro-Trump accounts were banned, flagged or restricted, such as pro-trump lawyer Lin Wood, Trump’s lawyer himself Rudy Giuliani, a former White House Cheif strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and more. Each was banned because they made false claims about the riot and conspiracies about the events. Twitter even came out with a statement, released and 3:21 pm on January 8th saying, ¨After close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.¨ Several more companies and owners or leaders of companies came forward with a statement clarifying their action involving the president’s accounts including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit, and Twitch. 

Meanwhile, Congress resumed the process of certifying electoral college votes, and after being targeted by Trump supporters, many had shifted their views on the election results, leaving us with several momentous statements from members of Congress supporting the results in the submitted vote-count. After the attack several signatures supporting the objections were retracted, and all but one were denied before being debated because they did not meet the standard of being signed by a Senate member and a House of Representatives member. The only one congress debated was the last objection, Pennsylvania. In the end, they had certified each submitted vote for each state in the US and declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris president and vice president elect.

After each of these events unfolded, the house of representatives voted on January 13 to impeach the now former president, Donald Trump, on the charge of inciting insurrection. 232 members voted in favor of the objection, 10 of which were from Republican members, the others being Democrats. 197 members voted against the objection, all of which were Republicans. It is, however, still debated whether or not it is constitutional to impeach a president that is already out of office. Throughout this process and the many political events following the attack on the capitol, Trump has stayed fairly silent.

Since one of the most traumatic political events in modern US history, 5 people have died and several more are severely injured as a result of the riot on January 6. One of the most important things, however, is the action authorities have taken to charge the rioters. At least 150 people have been charged by the justice department, with charges ranging from conspiracy to commit offense, to obstruction of an official proceeding, to violent entry/disorderly conduct, and several more. As of now, the justice department has more than 400 open cases being investigated. Still, there are so many questions to ask and topics to discuss; the comparison between this mob and the BLM protesters, the Capitol police’s response, how society will change after this attack, how the Biden administration will handle things differently, and so on.

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Stickers and Rubber Duckies Day Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:33:55 +0000 As you’ve heard in advisory, today is National Sticker Day! I hope you all had fun showing off your stickers, I know I did. But I figured since there are multiple national holidays on each day and Leadership was already covering one, we could have a double holiday. So along with National Sticker Day it is also National Rubber Duckies Day. Here are some fun facts about each:

  • The largest sticker is 209 ft. 10 in. by 417 ft. 6 in.
  • Stickers were first made to track taxes and in the way we use them today on mail as postage stamps
  • Despite their name, rubber ducks are usually made of plastic not rubber
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Advice: Procrastination and Tik Tok obsession help Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:16:50 +0000  

Date 9 July 2020
Author Solen Feyissa (Solen Feyissa)

Dear Miss Smarty Pants,

I’m addicted to tiktok and my screen time for the app is almost 56 hours a week. I usually go on tiktok when I procrastinate.


Addicted to tiktok





Dear Addicted to Tik Tok,

I understand that you have been watching Tik Tok for like 56 hours a week, and I can help. Here is a way that you can reduce your screen time. There are apps that can help you set time limits on your phone. Such as my circle which you and or your guardian can download. Also some other tips are you can go to settings and then go to your screen time and set a time where you can’t access the app(These tips so far are for an iPhone or apple device). Tips for android devices you can go to setting and then go to apps and notifications and then you can set your screen time. Some other just in general tips for reducing screen time and procrastination are going to and viewing our advice column articles, another thing is to get another hobby so then you don’t immediately go straight to Tik Tok.


Miss Smarty Pants

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National Youth Day Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:14:19 +0000 Today is a not very well-known holiday, but with quite the powerful message. India recognizes National youth day today to honor Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest social leaders. He believed that every child was the future and that they could bring social change. We can see this now with several movement lead or faced by youth, like Greta Thunberg leading changes for climate justice, or how Parkland school students lead the gun control movement.

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National Holidays Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:15:57 +0000 Monday, January 11

Although many of us do not like this, today is National Clean Your Desk Day and seeing as we go to school from home most of us should take advantage of this. I myself really needed this and now, working at a clean desk is so much better. Fist, I took out everything from the drawers, cleaned and disinfected them, and put pack only the things that I thought I would need. Next I clean and disinfect off the actual desk part, and finally put pictures and post-it notes. I really encourage participating in this holiday because you do not know how messy your desk is until its clean.

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New Year’s Eve Thu, 31 Dec 2020 16:46:53 +0000 Thursday, December 31

Today is quite a special day as many of us are celebrating New Years Eve/New Years. So congratulations everyone, we made it! We survived so many things this year. We survived wildfires so big the sky turned orange. We survived a worldwide pandemic. The presidential election, the passing of supreme court justice RBG, protests for racial equality. Weve made it. Now, we can only have hope for 2021. So have a great day, and down with 2020!

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National Resolution Planning Day Wed, 30 Dec 2020 16:07:33 +0000 Wednesday, December 30

As many of us prepare to celebrate a new year, a common thing we do is make resolutions. Today is a great day to take advantage of that because it is National Resolution Planning Day. Today is the day to come up with hopes and goals for the new year, 2021 that many of us have anticipated the entire year of 2020.

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National Still Need To Do Day Tue, 29 Dec 2020 17:12:25 +0000 Tuesday, December 29

Today’s holiday, Still Need To Do Day, I’m sure can apply to so many of us as students. Basically, Still Need To Do Day is a day to be productive, which as a professional procrastinator I know can be difficult. So today is for turning in that assignment, taking those notes, writing that essay, emailing that teacher, or any other non-school related thing that you’ve been putting off.

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National Call A Friend Day Mon, 28 Dec 2020 16:52:03 +0000 Monday, December 28

I’m so excited for today’s holiday because it is one we desperately need in distance learning. It’s National Call a Friend Day! We often forget this now but now is when we need to do this most. I would highly recommend participating in today’s holiday and have fun calling or texting your friends.

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National Mathematics Day Tue, 22 Dec 2020 19:52:02 +0000 Today for National Mathematics day we have one of our favorite math teachers, Ms. McFarren to say something about it. ¨I did not even know that National Mathematics day existed, probably because I celebrate mathematics every day of my entire life. Why dedicate just one sad day to mathematics, when you can dedicate the whole year and your whole life to this glorious and mysterious subject?¨ So what do you think, one day, or everyday?

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