Impeach Him, Tonight
Trump’s has not been a stellar presidency. Nevertheless, those of us in the United States have been forced to endure it because he was our duly elected president.
Our tolerance, however, need not have to be infinite. In the past few weeks, it was revealed that Trump impeded justice through pardons of his associates who refused to testify while not pardoning those who cooperated.
Trump told Mueller in written answers that he recalled no conversations with Stone about WikiLeaks.
SSCI: "The Committee assesses that Trump did, in fact, speak with Stone about WikiLeaks and with members of his Campaign about Stone’s access to WikiLeaks on multiple occasions." pic.twitter.com/zQYuwkCeP5
— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) August 18, 2020
Second, in an hour-long phone call that really needs to be listened to in its entirety to be fully grasped, Trump pressured Georgia officeholders to find 11,000 votes for him to overturn Georgia’s election results.
Third, the president has insisted that the election was stolen from him. He told his “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” That was arguably in the interest of at least delaying violence till today.
Trump says the election was stolen from him. Whether he believes it himself or not, his supporters earnestly believe him. They think they are staring at the end of American democracy. Faced with such a threat, today they had understandable responses:
rioters incited by President Donald Trump have stormed the Capitol building. Both the House and the Senate have suspended their counting because of security threats. Reportedly, shots have been fired. A photograph of a rioter occupying the House speaker’s chair shows that the Capitol is, essentially, being occupied. C-SPAN is reporting that senior members of leadership of the legislative branch are being held in an “undisclosed location.” Reporters are refusing to divulge their locations on the grounds—entirely reasonable—that doing so could endanger their safety. The National Guard has been deployed.
It’s undeniable at this point. The United States is witnessing a coup attempt—a forceful effort to seize power against the legal framework. The president has caused the interruption of the process that would certify his removal from office. The mechanics of constitutional government have been suspended. Americans are in danger of losing constitutional government to a degree unmatched even during the Civil War, a period when secession itself did not postpone either the holding of elections or the transition of power between presidents.
The group left at least one pipe bomb. At least one woman was shot and killed.
Elected politicians insisted in the run up to this that this bloodshed that theirs was a noble revolution, or at least the continuation of one:
Today is 1776.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 6, 2021
In response to the violence, President Trump released a video on Twitter reiterating that the election was stolen from him and that his supporters fighting for him with literal bombs in the Capitol Building were in the right. The video was deleted by Twitter.
A president who cannot be trusted to post videos on Twitter should not be trusted as president for any length of time. Many have objected that we are days away from swearing in a new president anyway, but Trump’s presidency must be ended before that.
A rule that allows presidents to do whatever they want as long as they don’t have very much time remaining in office is a bad one with many easily foreseeable downsides. This should be obvious, and yet it is the most common argument put forth.
Trump has long relied on the fact that no one will ever do anything to stop him. He knew he could call politicians in friendly states and pressure them to influence elections because he knew he would suffer no consequences for it. He knew he could slow down Postal Service mail processing to delay ballot delivery because he knew no one would hold him responsible for it. He has been proven right at just about every point in his accomplished 74-year life.
Perhaps he will continue being right and no one will hold him responsible today or any other day for anything. Perhaps we really are so weak that we will accept literally behavior from him.
I am writing this on the off chance that this country’s leaders have strength to do the right thing:
Impeach him. Tonight.