January 6, 2021: A day that will go down in history as one of the most shameful and notorious in American history. The day the President of the United States called on an armed mob to invade the US Congress and actually overthrow the US government. The day the son of the President of the United States called on the Republicans of Congress to be “heroes” by supporting the president’s insurrection. The day that Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, called for “trial by struggle”. The day that, despite the most inflammatory acts since the Civil War, six US Senators and 121 members of the House voted against the confirmation of the Arizona election results later that evening.
January 6, 2021: The day on which the GOP inevitably faced the deadly consequences of a four-year toleration of a demagogue. The day the cretinous, opportunist Republican Party was forced to face the fact that, as JFK once put it, if you want to ride the tiger, you end up in your belly. If you tolerate a president who calls neo-Nazis “very good people”, if you tolerate a president who tweets support for militias trying to invade the Michigan state capitol, if you tolerate a president who does the free press referred to as ‘enemies of the people’, “If you indulge in a president who threatens private individuals, if you release a president who has been charged with overt criminal activity in order to get the Ukrainian government to tarnish a domestic opponent, if you turn a blind eye to a president who repeatedly demands. ” that election officials commit fraud by “finding” him a predetermined number of votes … If, in short, you deal with demagoguery and mob rule (both in the political and criminal sense of the word “mob”), if you are for it decide as a deadly personality cult, these chickens will come home to settle down at some point.
January 6, 2021: As the whole world observed, the U.S. Capitol was occupied at the urging of a president who sought nothing more or less than absolute power. One international leader after another reacted in horror, denouncing this attack on democracy and pressing for the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden to be completed. This wasn’t just slightly abnormal. It was an event with black swans that was so extraordinary that it shook the world. American democracy has bowed to the breaking point today. And America’s place in the world has been correspondingly devastated.
Trump’s failure in his treacherous acts speaks less to the GOP’s courage – or to law enforcement agencies who stood inscrutable, unforgivable and let the mob run rampant – than to the sheer ineptitude of these gang of traitors. It turns out that this ragged gang of madmen, thugs, thugs, conspirators, fascists, and Confederate nostalgics couldn’t organize a piss in a brewery or a coup in a Capitol.
As thousands of people raged through this Capitol, Trump first poked them, then refused for hours to activate the National Guard, and then reluctantly asked his mob to “go home” while also praising the insurgents – they said loved her – because he defended him and complained about what he called a “stolen election”.
At the end of the day that pathetic excuse for a coup attempt had failed. More importantly, Trumpism as a political project was in tatters and the GOP as a viable ruling party was just as torn.
Trump remains president, but probably only in his name. He was blocked by Twitter and Facebook in the late afternoon. His Secretary of Defense had activated the National Guard after consulting Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the military leaders – but Not with Trump. His cabinet was reportedly considering removing him from office by invoking the 25th amendment. Close advisers told every journalist within earshot that Trump was completely insane. MEP Ilhan Omar prepared impeachment proceedings. A who’s who of current politicians, ex-politicians and military leaders had accused Trump of instigating an insurgent uprising. And a number of senior Trump advisors and agents were close to resigning.
However, that is not enough. It’s not enough to isolate Trump, not enough to silence him, not enough to just ignore him and try to work around him for two weeks. Trump, his son, his lawyer Giuliani – all actively encouraged treason on that day of shame. They must be prosecuted along with their shameful followers. Anyone who participated in the US Capitol invasion must be prosecuted by law enforcement. Anyone who incited this mob must not only be removed from office – and he is forbidden from running for public office ever again – but must be arrested and charged with sedition.
Trump’s politics and personality have acted as cancer in American body politics for the past four years. January 6th was the day cancer became so prevalent that even morally malleable individuals like Pence and McConnell were forced to take a stand. Now Trump has to be ground to dust. He doesn’t just need to be removed as president; It must also be completely destroyed as a public presence.
Rarely has an American public figure deserved such exemplary punishment. Trump clearly qualified for such punishment in his actions this week. At this point there is simply no good reason not to remove him from office and immediately prosecute him for his actions. For the sake of this damaged democracy, it is important that both measures are taken.
Trump has lost public confidence. Because of this, he cannot remain the commander in chief. It has proven to be psychologically unstable and therefore cannot be responsible for an apocalyptically huge atomic arsenal. He has shown a clearly criminal attitude towards the Constitution, and for this reason he is not allowed to hold high office for the next two weeks in the lead up to the transfer of power. In short, it is a clear and present threat to the constitutional order, to the country and to the world. Congress will not fulfill its duties if it does not forcibly remove the traitor Donald J. Trump from the White House in a short period of time after confirming Biden’s election victory.