Donald Trump is Richard Nixon’s heir | Opinions
So Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chair of the Jan. 6 congressional committee, said that day: As her shock troops stormed the US Capitol chanting “hang Mike Pence,” Donald Trump told advisers that the next man for the presidency “deserves it.
This astonishing sentence bears repeating: The former President of the United States of America has declared that the former Vice President of the United States of America “deserves” to be executed.
Trump agreed with his furious, white supremacist shock troops, who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, that his crawling toad, Pence, deserved to be hanged for disloyalty, for not interrupting the certification of his rightful successor, Joe Biden – who beat him soundly on November 3, 2020.
Trump’s furious, white supremacist shock troops have brought the gallows with them. They erected them. They looked for Pence. They would no doubt have tried to lynch Pence if they had been able to track him down and drag him out of the underground bowels of the Capitol where he had taken refuge.
All the while, Trump was comfortably in the White House watching television — approvingly — as his armed, marauding shock troops went about their preposterous business doing whatever he wanted them to do. : attack and, if necessary, ransack the Capitol to support the illusion that he was still president.
This fact should pierce the complacency and denial of the sinister purpose of the insurgency and the definitive role a seething president played in planning, fomenting, directing and ultimately refusing to stop the madness that had take place at this place, on this day.
For too long, far too many beyond Trump’s band of bankrupt sycophants have dismissed the violent coup attempt as either a “protest” gone wrong or an unfortunate “dust.”
Last night’s live televised opening session of the bipartisan committee confirmed – on screens big and small – that the insurgency was instead engineered and staged months before with Trump’s knowledge and blessing.
The committee argued persuasively that Trump was the primary conspirator in a sprawling and coordinated plot to sell a lie, deny his opponent’s victory, thwart the peaceful transition of power and desecrate a constitution he has sworn solemnly, as Commander-in-Chief, to defend himself against all enemies – foreign and domestic.
Complacency and denial must stop. Now.
To that end, the committee wisely directed its sights to Trump. For two sobering hours, he gathered and revealed new evidence implicating Trump as the central figure in a calculated plan to overthrow the rule of law and truth in pursuit of power.
Trump was the fifth column.
This astonishing phrase is also worth repeating: The former President of the United States of America was and remains an existential threat to the tottering republic known as the United States of America.
Trump’s deadly insurrection was based, of course, on a lie: that the election was stolen; that fraud was rampant. The voting machines had been rigged.
Trump knew that was a lie. It was all “bull***t,” according to his attorney general, William Barr. Barr told him it was a lie. His campaign aides told him it was a lie. White House lawyers told him it was a lie. Even her daughter, Ivanka, knew it was a lie.
Rather than concede, Trump called a secret White House meeting of like-minded lunatics who hatched a seven-part plan to repeat the lie, bend the machinery of government to promote the lie, and bribe the Department of Justice. Justice to defend the lie – culminating in a bloody insurrection.
Rather than act, Trump unsurprisingly rebuffed calls to enlist the military, National Guard or order other reinforcements to round up and push back the crowds.
A frantic and hidden vice president called the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to request the arrival of the cavalry.
Meanwhile, Trump reveled in the crowd. He elated in the crowd, hoping his shock troops would succeed where Pence had failed: to prevent Congress from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to certify the election of the new and true president.
Again, Trump was the fifth column.
If Richard Nixon had an illegitimate heir, it would be Donald Trump.
Like Nixon, Trump – driven by hatred and revenge – intended to use the powers and authority of the presidency to pervert what he was obligated to protect: the US Constitution.
Like Nixon, Trump has treated Congress and the constitution as inconveniences for his dangerous and disfiguring will and parochial designs.
Like Nixon, Trump was more potentate than president.
Like Nixon, Trump orchestrated an all-out assault on the constitution, convinced that the president and his enablers were above the law, immune to the retributive arm of the law.
Like Nixon, Trump was impeached for cause – in his shameful case, twice.
And, like Nixon, Trump escaped the dock.
This is the test and the challenge facing America today.
The careful work of the committee continues. In the coming weeks, he’ll be sharing more of his findings, more of his taped interviews with all of this president’s men and women, and more testimonials from other people in the know who know what Trump did and didn’t. did not do and why he did and did not do it.
The Department of Justice can no longer take the position of an intrigued bystander.
He can no longer rely on a Georgia district attorney to assemble a special grand jury potentially charged with indicting Trump after he ordered — in a recorded phone call — the Republican Secretary of State in Georgia to ” find” the precise number of votes to win a state. he lost.
He can no longer anonymously assure journalists and scholars that methodical Attorney General Merrick Garland fears no one and is determined to hold another rogue president to account.
The committee has already drawn up a cogent indictment that Trump was at the center of an illegal and premeditated enterprise to steal an election.
The Department of Justice must no longer dither and wait.
He must honor the duty and sacrifice of Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who told the committee that she was an American who “held on” on Jan. 6 to defend the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney General Garland must also stand firm and defend the US Constitution.
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