for Trump's conviction must be directed more for the public than the Senate.
So when Trump tweeted that there
will be a “wild” rally on January 6 to protest the “steal” and pressuring Vice
President Mike Pence to violate the Constitution by overturning the election
results that day, thousands of enraged, amped-up supporters—many of them armed—gathered
at the Ellipse near the White House.
They listened to the likes of
Donald Trump, Jr., Senator Ted Cruz and Rudy Giuliani who decried the stolen
election and urged the angry mob to take action. Then they heard from President
“We’re going to walk down.
Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the
Capitol…Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to
show strength and you have to be strong,” Trump said in the midst of a rambling
speech dominated by lies about individual states’ voting results and other
false grievances. The crowd had been whipped up to a state of frenzy and was
frothing with a desire to take action.
As just about everyone in the
world witnessed on that horrific January 6, the rabid mob attacked, desecrated
and looted the Capitol. Five people lost their lives including a police officer
who was bludgeoned to death. Members of Congress and Senate who were going
through the process of putting their stamp of approval of the Electoral College
results had to be escorted out of their respective chambers into a safe haven
as their lives were in jeopardy. And for good measure, some of the mob were out
to kill Mike Pence with a makeshift gallows erected outside.
From even before the election
through January 6, Trump laid the foundation for the insurrection on our government
by violent domestic terrorists with his false and ridiculous claim that the
election was rigged against him. During the siege of the Capitol, Trump, his
family as well as others watched the proceedings on TV (his major activity
during any day of his presidency when he’s not out golfing) and yucked it up celebrating
Trump banners replacing American flags and the numerous violent acts taking
place during the riot. He also did nothing to stop it.
But here’s the sad upshot of
this event: Trump will avoid conviction at his impeachment trial next week for
inciting an insurrection because the overwhelming majority of Republican senators
remain terrified of Trump and his supporters and the votes they represent.
The able Democratic House
managers who will lead the impeachment trial against Trump will lay out all the
evidence in great detail—Trump’s lies about the election results, his attempts
to pressure state election officials to “find votes,” the footage from Trump’s inciting
speech, the acts of violence perpetrated by the mob, and the on-camera comments
from the rioters claiming Trump put them up to it. This damning evidence should
not be directed towards the senators who will be serving as jurors, witnesses
and victims. They have already made up their minds.
The case, in excruciating and dramatic detail, must be brought to the American citizens who witnessed in horror an attack on our Capitol—the people’s house—not seen since the War of 1812.
While Republicans argue dubiously
that the trial itself is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer president,
they are merely seeking an off ramp so they don’t have to judge him on the
merits of the case. They want to “move on” unlike the way these folks moved
Let them cower to the inciter-in-chief.
The American people—heck, most of the world—witnessed what happened and understand
that the violence was stoked by Trump with his lies about the election. The
American people will ultimately be the jury.
Every Republican congressman who
objected to the election results even after the riot and every senator who
votes to acquit Trump should be branded as supporting sedition. The images from
this manifestation of domestic terrorism, already seared into the souls of most
Americans, must be included in every campaign ad against these Republicans up
for election in 2022. The Republican Sedition Party, I call it.
It’s been said that Democrats
tend to bring a ladle to a gunfight. The events of January 6 should be a millstone
around the necks of those seditionists. If they do not punish those Republicans who
put the party of Trump before our country then it would be clear political