An attempted coup against the President of the United States occurred on Wednesday.
The coup was attempted by a right-wing mob in the form of a violent riot that stormed the Capitol building. The proceedings that would have ended with the acceptance of the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were interrupted. Elected officials who made malicious allegations that the election was not valid and was only designed to bring about a continuation of Trump’s presidency had previously undermined the process. This, too, was an attempted coup, an attempt in this election to breach the Constitution and circumvent the will of the people.
Two faces of the same thing were within and outside, and both were encouraged by the representatives of the Republican Party and the U.S. president. Without the leaders inside, the crowd outside does not exist. These insiders will make horror and rejection noises, but they own this. Trump tells mob that “we love you” stormed Congress as Biden rejects “siege” – follow liveRead moreHad Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders accepted the rightful election winner at the beginning of November, there would have been no challenge to a legitimate choice from within the government, there would have been no challenge to a legitimate choice from within the government. The Republican Party and the Trump administration agreed, after failing to suppress sufficient votes to ensure a Republican presidential victory, to attempt to suppress them retroactively. As surely as if he had lit the fuse of a bomb, Trump invited the mob and whipped it up for months, and lit it today. I call it a coup attempt because, while I presume it will not prevent Biden’s presidency, it is definitely planned, and is part of a plan to delegitimize and thus undermine the incoming administration.
From Trump himself to the National Rifle Association, Fox News and the numerous right-wing analysts, the Republican Party, the various faces of white supremacy, and the far-right groups such as the Proud Boys, it has been a long time coming, building for years with white rage, particularly white male anger.
It is a rage against the fact that all persons must be equal before the law, that as power starts to be distributed more fairly, women and people of color may also rule, the same rage that has tried to delegitimize a black president with birtherism and obstructionism.
It’s a rage against equality. Democracy is a collection of agreements that make decisions together, whether you like it or not, and respect the result. On Capitol Hill, the type of abuse we’ve seen is totalitarian, an effort to compel other citizens to adhere to the perpetrators’ will. This violence comes from white men, who have been the only people in this country with power for a long time, who imagine themselves as outsiders who are marginalized and oppressed because others may have power and a voice as well. We saw these kinds of men last summer when, while carrying semi-automatic rifles, they stormed the Michigan Capitol, and we saw them again when a number of them were arrested for attempting to abduct Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. We saw them in racist shootouts from the Texas border to the Pennsylvania synagogue…. The increasingly unrestrained culture of violence that we have seen regularly in the mass shootings that have become the norm in America in the 21st century, the fetishization of weapons and gun rights that have made killing machines and the death they inflict more common, has built this coup attempt, so that death by gun has recently surpassed death by car as the leading American mode of death. As I write, I hear a Republican leader on TV saying, “Remember, we are the party of law and order,” and the insurgency in the Capitol is theoretically lawless, of course, but as a slogan of the right, “law and order” means that they are the law and impose their version of order.
Authoritarianism is often an ideology of inequality: I make the laws, you follow them, I alter them at will, and I punish those who disobey, or who do because I can, if I feel like it. Frank Wilhoit once said, “Conservatism consists of exactly one sentence … There must be ingroups that the law protects but doesn’t bind, alongside outgroups that the law binds but doesn’t protect.” They show that nothing binds them and that they intend to get whatever they like. Authorit, Authorit