Well, Trump** manages to skate again, thanks to hapless Republicans who have given up on the Constitution. A vote of 57 to 43 was ten short of a 2/3rd majority required for conviction.
As senator Ron Wyden put it: Senators swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Instead, those 43 senators committed themselves to authoritarianism, not the Constitution.
On January 6th, 2021, the nation watched Trump’s** out of control mob swarmed the Capitol scream stop the steal, the Big Lie. Those senators were victims of his insurrection. Their place of work defiled and desecrated. Discarding the Constitution and the oath they swore, instead, bent the knee and pledged total submission to an insurrectionist. Fortunately, the insurrection failed. Arrests are being made, and people are starting to realize they have been duped. Although some QAnon nitwits still believe on March 4th, Joe Biden will be removed, and Trump** will be sworn in as President.
Trump’s** acolytes (Hawley, Cruz, Graham) and others move from demagoguery to tyranny as Hamilton wrote in Federalist 1, “began their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.”
The Republican party is transitioning from conservative values and civil liberties into the Bizarro Trump** party. Where everything is ass-backward and authoritarian is viewed as something to be desired instead of abhorred. Republicans will be in a state of utter disarray.
The GOP is no longer grand. Instead, it has become representative of white male resentment of which Trump** which he is the personification.
In Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny, he writes, “most power of authoritarianism is freely given. His book is a guide to help understand we need to pay attention to our history. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, who were demagogues who became the type of tyrants, Hamilton described.
What took place on January 6th should not be taken lightly. This was an insurrection instigated lead by a sitting president to invalidated a lawful election. An election he lost by 7 million votes, and in a loud and thunderous roar, the people said to him the words he knows so well, YOU’RE FIRED!
Unwilling to accept this rejection, he did what all tyrants do. He incited an insurrection, where five people died. They created millions of dollars in damage. And now face prison time and potentially significant fines. Why? Because they to believe Trump’s** lies. He will not come forth and bail them out or supply them with legal support. As far as he is concerned, their legal woes are the price of participation to be part of his phony stop the steal bullshit.
Those who came to Washington with addled minds full of QAon falsities around the election cannot claim they are victims. They were there willingly and for a specific purpose. To disrupt and stop an official Congressional act, the certification of the 2020 election by which Biden won.
The anarchy of January 6th was indeed disturbing. The illogicalness of it and how easily these people accepted apparent lies as factual truths were far more troubling. Giving more credence to what P.T. Barnum said, “there is a sucker born every minute.”
Trump** skated on impeachment and conviction again. Definitely believes he is above the law and would get away with shooting someone on Fifth Avenue.
Momentarily he is pretty full of himself. A number of his acolytes face serious charges who now realize everything he told them was a lie. However, he is not out of the woods yet. He is facing some significant legal issues that are civil in nature. So if by chance he has given himself a pocket pardon, it will be useless in the case of civil action.
Some are saying a failed coup attempt without repercussions is a dress rehearsal. For the moment, it does feel like Trump** may skate on his botched coup. But some things are stirring, which could result in server repercussions for him. Several civil legal actions are being taken against him.
The most recent is the lawsuit filed by the NAACP on behalf of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. He, Rudi Giuliani, the Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers are named defendants for conspiring to prevent him and other Congressional members from discharging their official duties. This is in violation of 42 USC Section 1985, known as the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Congressman Thompson was in the Capitol on January 6th as required to certify the results of the 2020 election. A process that would have been completed quickly had it not be for Trump’s** little insurrection. He is listed as the lead defendant in a lawsuit for violating the Ku Klux Klan act. All I can say is KARMA IS A BITCH!