Posted on Jan 07, 2021
Donald Trump’s rabble rousing, whipping his supporters into a frenzy on the National Mall in Washington, repeating discredited allegations that the election had been stolen, led to violence and death as Capitol Hill was stormed on Wednesday.
Even as the violence mounted inside and outside the Capitol building, Trump appeared on video and repeated his claims.
As a result four people have died, including a woman, a military veteran, shot in the neck by Capitol police. At least two pipe bombs were discovered, and "multiple" police officers were injured.
In a chilling example of Trump’s blasé attitude towards violence, in 2016 he told an audience at a Christian school "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's like incredible.”
Following a horrific rape in New York’s Central Park in 1989, Trump took out an ad in the New York Times calling for the execution of the five black men convicted of the crime. "Maybe hate is what we need if we're gonna get something done,” he told CNN’s Larry King at the time.
He also told Miguel Marquez, also of CNN, “They admitted they were guilty.”
In reality they had never admitted any guilt, and the men Trump would have had put to death were exonerated in 2002 when the true perpetrator confessed.
After the events of last night, following the Senate confirmation of the election of Joe Biden, debate in Washington D.C. has moved towards having Trump declared mentally unfit to hold office in order to remove him before Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. This could be achieved under the 25th amendment, but would require the support of vice-President Mike Pence and a majority of Trump’s own cabinet.
That Trump, a man with no political experience, a draft-dodger with a fondness for rattling other people’s sabres could effectively buy the U.S. presidency, and that it could all end so disgracefully should be a lesson to the American people. Oligarchy, which Trump represents, and democracy are mutually exclusive.
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