It was the shameful assault of America, and it was led by the president himself.
In light of all the details known about Donald Trump, it should come as no surprise that a frenzied crowd would storm the Capitol, or that scenes of violence would shock us.
Former President Bush made the analogy between the present state of Washington and a “banana republic.”
Dismayed and exasperated, several officials resigned, including Mick Mulvaney, the US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, who noted, “Donald Trump didn’t build the bomb that went off yesterday, he didn’t build the fuse, but he lit it.”
On Wednesday, the president sought to inspire his supporters by telling them that they would “never take back our country with weakness.” The man warming up, his legal advisor Rudy Guilliani, had been more specific when he told the rally that what they wanted was a “trial by combat” against Democrats.
It was no wonder, then, that a crowd descended upon the Capitol.
Members of Congress escaped under tables and barricaded themselves in their offices as violent demonstrators ravaged their neighborhood. They left bombs in their offices. Four people were killed, including one shot in the face.
Some would object to Trump’s actions and say he has blood on his hands.
But the riot was a predictable outcome of a series of deplorable incidents, decisions, and attitudes that preceded it.
In his bid to win the presidency, Trump made an incredible argument, telling his followers they were wise, but telling everyone else that they were risky. “If I walked into a crowd of people and shot someone, I wouldn’t lose any votes.
His four years in office have been one of constant isolation.
Staff turnover in the White House increased and traditional allies like Britain were forced aside as the president entered a more authoritarian and unhinged era.
He also disparaged the rules-based international system, disdaining organisations like NATO and the World Health Organization while withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.
Months before the election, when Biden was leading, rumors started to circulate in Washington that if Biden won, Trump would not recognize the election. In dictatorships, democracy is only meaningful if you win.
In reality, on election night, the president proclaimed himself triumphant even though the polling data indicated that he had lost.
The president’s controversial assertion fuelled negative feelings about the regime. It didn’t matter that the project had 62 previous cases, most of which had failed.
The weekend saw a leaked phone call in which the president encouraged his former colleague to fix his election and find more Republican votes to change the result.
An extraordinary and alarming moment came when 10 former defense secretaries warned, “Efforts to involve U.S. forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful, and unconstitutional territory.”
They had reportedly learned from intelligence officials that Trump had intended to use the military to hold him in control.
Many in the Republican Party, who usually run on a strong law and order agenda, must be searching their hearts today after watching as their Commander-in-Chief trashed America’s reputation.
Indeed, the scenes of carnage in Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing were greeted with varying degrees of schadenfreude.
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani articulated how frail and fragile Western democracy is.
Now that even the president’s previously loyal deputy, Mike Pence, prefers the Constitution over his boss, there are reports that high-profile figures are using the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from office claiming that his incitement to violence renders him unfit for office.
However, Biden’s inauguration is very close. In Medical.