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Donald Trump It took thirty hours to condemn the attack carried out by his own followers on the Capitol, the building that houses the United States Legislature, when it was ratifying the result of the November elections, which the opposition candidate won, Joe Biden.
The president has done so in a video posted on the social network Twitter after it raised the 12-hour lockdown that had been imposed for “the unprecedented violent situation in Washington” that his words at the rally prior to the assault on Congress and his ‘tweets’ during the attack had created. In the video, the president of the United States declares himself “outraged” by the “atrocious Capitol attack”, and by the “anarchy, violence, and chaos” caused by several thousand protesters who broke into the building and carried out vandalism inside. Five people were killed in the riots, described by former Republican President George W. Bush and incoming President Joe Biden as “insurrection”, as a few minutes after Trump left his message on Twitter, the death of a police officer was announced by the injuries sustained during the assault.
In the video, Trump also acknowledges for the first time that “a new Government will be invested on January 20”, the date established for the transfer of powers in the United States. The president’s statements have come just as the United States Attorney has opened an investigation to determine whether Trump can be formally charged with inciting violence. The mob stormed the Capitol after the president addressed tens of thousands of supporters gathered near the building and told them that “you have to go to the Capitol” because “you can never get our country back if you are weak.” At the rally, Trump once again called Joe Biden “illegitimate president”, and reiterated that he does not accept the results of the elections despite the fact that, of the more than 80 legal appeals filed alleging electoral fraud presented by his team, Justice did not has agreed with none.
However, Trump’s sudden turn does not seem to have changed the attitude of the Democratic opposition, which controls the House of Representatives and in the next few days will seize power in the Senate and the White House. The Democratic position is clear: either the cabinet, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, initiates the procedures to remove the President of the United States, Donald Trump, or the Congress of that country will. This is how clear the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, expressed herself in a public appearance yesterday.
Pelosi’s statements coincide with those of the Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, who two hours earlier had described the assault on the Capitol as “an insurrection against the United States incited by the president” and affirmed that Trump “should not hold office another day”. President-elect Joe Biden, whose victory at the polls was ratified by Congress after the assault, had recently declined to discuss the Twenty-Fifth Amendment “for now.”
Pelosi and Schumer’s statements open up an indistinct political situation in the United States, perhaps corresponding to what has been the first assault on the Capitol – the building that houses the United States Congress – since the British Army burned it down 206 years ago. If Trump is submitted to the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution, he will be the first president to suffer such political and institutional humiliation. In the event that he was disqualified by that procedure, which requires the support of his cabinet and a large majority of Congress, to enter American history through the door of ignominy. That option, however, seems unlikely: the process should be initiated by the vice president, Mike Pence – whom Trump described as a “coward” before the assault on the Capitol, for his refusal to the president’s demand that he violate the law and will not accept the electoral result – and it seems little or not inclined to do so.
But, if Trump is impeached, it will also set a record. To be the first head of state and government to receive a vote of ‘no confidence’ twice – and both in his first term, since the first was just a year ago, for the ‘Ukrainegate’. In the event that the Senate finally agreed to dismiss him, it will be the first time in US history that the Legislature has fired the Head of State and Government. Be that as it may, Donald Trump has already entered history, although not through the front door. Everything, accompanied by a surreal touch, given that it was an ‘exprs cease’, since Trump has thirteen days left in the White House.
At the moment, all options seem open. According to the American media, the invocation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment has been raised by various members of Trump’s cabinet. Other legislators – mostly Democrats, although there are also some Republicans – have begun circulating drafts for an ‘impeachment’ that should conclude with the removal of Trump, to which they have added the explicit prohibition that he return to public office. Perhaps the most striking thing about the debate is that, to date, no Republican has rejected either option. Still, Trump has tremendous popularity among his base. An online survey by the YouGov company carried out on Tuesday, shortly after the assault on Congress, revealed thatl 45% of Republican voters and 20% of citizens supported the action.
Meanwhile, the president is keeping a very low profile after the images of violence and devastation on Capitol Hill. At dawn today, a few minutes after Congress ratified Joe Biden’s electoral victory in the November 3 elections, President Dan Scavino’s adviser posted a message on the social network Twitter in which Trump declared that “although I totally disagree with the outcome of the elections, and the facts are on my side, there will be an orderly transfer of power on January 20. ” Trump couldn’t put the message on his own account because
Apart from that, the head of state and the US government did not have a public agenda. And it doesn’t look like he’s going to have it until at least Monday. All that transcended his activities was the delivery of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three athletes, and a brief telephone address to the Republican National Committee in which he did not mention Tuesday’s assault, which has resulted in four deaths, one of them by firearm. Another video message, also to the Republican National Committee, has been canceled. On Friday the president goes with his wife Melania to their official weekend residence at Camp David, in the state of Maryland.
Trump thus seems isolated. The weight of the decisions in the United States appears to be borne by the vice president, Mike Pence, in coordination with various members of the Cabinet and the leaders, Democrats and Republicans, of Congress. The president, in addition, is witnessing a cascade of resignations from middle positions in his team. The most relevant is that of the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, who is also the wife of the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell. The alliance between McConnell and Trump, motivated by pragmatism and the need for mutual support, has exploded in recent days, in a dramatic example of the civil war in the Republican Party between the wing that controls it and the sector. proTrump. Also significant is the resignation of the deputy director of the National Security Council, former ‘Wall Street Journal’ journalist Matt Pottinger, practically the only senior US official who a year ago sounded the alarm about the severity of Covid-19, in a time when China hid much of the information about the pandemic. Late yesterday night (early this morning in Spain) the Wall Street Journal reported the resignation of the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, sister of the founder of the mercenary companies Blackwater, who later changed her name. by Xe’s and now it’s called Academi.
Those resignations reveal that Trump has become a sucker for many republicans. His own former attorney general until 12 days ago, Bill Barr, one of his closest collaborators, has called Trump’s attitude a “betrayal” of the Presidency, and has accused him of “orchestrating” the assault on Congress. Equally spectacular has been the change in attitude of Republican senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, who, after being one of Trump’s biggest advocates for four years, stated in the Senate that “Trump and I have had a great trip together, but that’s enough, “he supported the choice of Biden, and stated that” Joe is my friend. “
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism