CAll of me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to violate the Capitol and threaten the physical security of Congress, to stay in power, I call it a coup attempt.
Wednesday’s uproar left five dead, including a Capitol police officer who was injured when he became entangled with the pro-Trump mob. We are lucky that the carnage was not greater.
That the coup attempt failed should not blind us to its significance or the stain it has left on America. Nor to the importance of holding those responsible fully accountable.
Trump’s guilt is out of the question.
“There is no doubt that the president formed the mafia, the president incited the mafia, the president addressed the mafia. He lit the flame ” said Elizabeth Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House.
Trump must be impeached, convicted and removed from office, immediately.
Letting his presidency run out and allowing Trump to seek office again would be a sign that coup attempts are part of the American system. If Senate Republicans can install a new Supreme Court Judge in eight days, Trump can be removed from office in 12.
He should then be arrested and tried for inciting violence and sedition, along with Donald Trump Jr and Rudy “trial by combat” Giuliani.
Those who attacked the Capitol must also be prosecuted. They don’t have the right of the first amendment to try to overthrow the United States government.
Trump’s accomplices on Capitol Hill, notably Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, should be forced to resign.
Knowing that Trump’s allegations of voter fraud were false, Cruz and Hawley led the move to exclude Biden’s voters, even after the assault on Capitol Hill, lending credence to Trump’s claims.
The United States constitution says that “no person shall be a senator or representative in Congress” who “has engaged in an insurrection or rebellion against” the constitution, “or rendered aid or comfort to his enemies.”
Both Cruz and Hawley are seeking to run for president in 2024. They should be barred from running.
Other accomplices are trying to distance themselves, but their conversions come too late.
Senator Lindsey Graham now He says Trump must “understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution,” and criticizes the White House for making “accusations that cannot be proven.”
Graham was one of Trump’s key attack dogs, even intimidating state election officials to change vote counts. If Graham is not forced to resign, he should at least be censured and stripped of his rank membership on the Senate judicial committee.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Michael Pence eventually broke up with Trump, but only after remaining silent while Trump lied and intimidated for the past eight weeks, thus signaling the deal with his ridiculous claims.
McConnell should also resign or be censored and stripped of committee assignments. Pence should be excluded from public office.
Some officials have resigned in response to the attempted coup. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said was “totally avoidable” and the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, told Trump There was “no mistake in the impact his rhetoric had.” Other Trumpers are reportedly jumping off the ship as well.
However, before Wednesday, most of them defended Trump’s antics, lavished him with praise and did the dirty work. Your complicity should forever haunt your reputation and conscience.
Other accessories include Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, YouTube’s parent company.
For four years, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have functioned as Trump’s megaphones, amplifying all his lies and spiel. When pressured to remove Trump’s fabrications about the election, they labeled it “in dispute.”
Twitter has now permanently suspended Trump, preventing him from sending messages to his more than 88 million followers “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.” Facebook has banned it indefinitely. YouTube should too.
But why was a coup attempt necessary to act?
Many business leaders now denouncing the violence enthusiastically funded Trump’s re-election campaign, knowing full well who he was and what he was capable of. And they have had no qualms about announcing on their largest megaphones, including Fox News. They are all complicit because they knew that Trump would stop at nothing.
The mendacious hosts and producers of Fox News are without excuse. After repeatedly telling Trump supporters that the election was stolen, they now say the coup attempt was “understandable” because Trump supporters believed the election was stolen. Morally, if not legally, they share the responsibility for this charade.
They are all part of the ecosystem that led to Trump’s sedition. That ecosystem is still in place.
Those who say we should “wait” for a new administration and forget or dismiss what happened last week are delusional. Unless everyone who participated in or was complicit in the attempted overthrow of the United States government is held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may be successful.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism