…after impeachment, Trump, Don Jr. and Rudy Giuliani should be arrested for inciting violence and sedition…(Impeachment is only a step, it is followed by a real criminal trial)
Robert Reich for the Guardian
Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress, in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup.
The rampage on Wednesday left five dead, including a Capitol police officer who was injured when he tangled with the pro-Trump mob. We’re fortunate the carnage wasn’t greater.
That the attempted coup failed shouldn’t 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 culpability is beyond dispute
“There’s no question the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame,” said Elizabeth Cheney, the No3 House Republican.
Trump should be impeached, convicted and removed from office – immediately.
To let the clock run out on his presidency and allow Trump to seek the office again would signal that attempted coups are part of the American system. If Senate Republicans can install a new supreme court justice in eight days, Trump can be removed from office within 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 should also be prosecuted. They have no first amendment right to try to overthrow the US government.
Trump’s accomplices on Capitol Hill, most notably the Texas senator Ted Cruz and Missouri senator Josh Hawley, should be forced to resign.
Knowing Trump’s allegations of voting fraud were false, Cruz and Hawley led the move to exclude Biden electors – even after the storming of the Capitol – thereby lending Trump’s claims credibility. read more…
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If it goes past Monday afternoon, without removal, the indication is systemic self protection at the expense of the people, throughout the legislative body, and the judicial., not just the executive.
“We will never give up; we will never concede,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “We will stop the steal. We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol…We’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones…the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.” DJT
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Trump said. “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
I can not even find the tweets that got Agent Orange kicked off Twitter.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), addressing the Senate, directly blames Trump for “inciting” the riot that forced lawmakers to evacuate the Capitol. “What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States,” Romney says, urging his Republican colleagues to not be “complicit” in an “unprecedented attack against our democracy.”
“The best way we can show respect to the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth!” he says. “That’s the burden, that’s the duty of leadership.”
“Be Best” – Melanie
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