A mob of terrorists swarmed Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon. Donald Trump, and the republicans that enable him, should be held responsible for the harm they caused.
On Wednesday afternoon (January 6th) Donald Trump held a rally near the White House. During his speech, he repeated the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. The president told his supporters to head about two miles over to Capitol Hill — where congress was counting electoral votes. “I’ll be with you,” he told the crowd.
Within the hour, mobs of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill, forcing members of congress to evacuate and hide. There was some tussling but there was little resistance from police, who seemed to be outnumbered. Trump supporters — wearing camouflage and waving Trump and confederate flags — broke into the building, ransacked the halls. They smashed windows, trashed artifacts, broke into offices — including Nancy Pelosi’s — while mocking Capitol Hill halls.
The man pictured in Nancy Pelosi’s office took a piece of her mail, made it out safely, then posed for a pic pic.twitter.com/UckbTRHZsW
— Kayla Brantley (@_KaylaBrantley) January 6, 2021
The footage was everywhere. All over social media — as phrases like “civil war” and “Amerikkka” trended — and cable news gave all their airtime to what was happening. A video of a woman being shot and killed spread around. And there were reports of multiple explosive devices being found in the area. And throughout all of this, Trump, one of the most loathsome figures this country has ever produced, said nothing. Politicians from both sides of the aisle pleaded for Trump to turn down the temperature. Even president-elect Joe Biden made a speech where he asked Trump to put “an end to this siege.”
After only sending out a tepid tweet, Trump eventually tweeted out a video. In the video, which was so grotesque and full of misinformation Twitter made it impossible to share, the president double-downed on his claim that the election was stolen. He encouraged the mob to stop the violence but also told the terrorists that stormed the capitol that he loves them, calling them “special people.”
Hours after releasing the video, he tweeted:
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
(Twitter also made that tweet impossible to share.)
We can’t say this plainly enough: Donald Trump is one of the worst things to ever happen to this country. The book on Trump was written years ago — he’s an amoral, petty, cowardly sociopath who is willing to watch the world burn if it means he could pocket an extra $100. Not only was he never fit to be president he was probably the worst person in America to lead this country. Just as bad as Trump, who is nothing but a goon, is politicians who enabled him or did little to stop him including Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell and Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who are both currently fundraising while this attempted coup happens. For five years republicans coddled him, encouraged his temper tantrums, and fed his petty ego. Why? Because he had a base of people that love him. (Just last week he was named the most admired man in the country by Gallup.)
Over the last couple of hours, a number of House members have called for impeachment, including Rep. Ilhan Omar. That’s not enough. Trump should be in prison. The same goes for the mob he encouraged.