Invoke Amendment 25 and then Impeach Trump Again
The death toll of the attempted coup on January 6th, 2021 has now been confirmed at four. (*Edit: its now five American lives lost, as a Capitol Police officer has died. That makes the death toll greater than Benghazi.) In addition to the woman who was shot and killed in unknown circumstances, there were three others who died in various medical emergencies related to their activity on the Capitol.
Make no mistake, this is all blood that is on Donald Trump’s hands. Unlike most situations, where Trump always finds a way to shift blame onto others, the actions taken by his supporters that stormed the Capitol, were incited by his words. The words of a president matter. With great power, comes great responsibility. But responsibility is not something Donald Trump has ever been one to accept.
There are people celebrating what took place at the Capitol. On conservative forums and websites, they’re calling it a victory. They’re calling it “Trump’s Civil War.” What was predicted to happen for weeks and even in some cases years, nearly came to pass. I’ve never been more disgusted as I’ve been these past couple of months, watching Trump and his enablers openly try to dismantle democracy from the inside.
It didn’t work. It leaves one wondering, what exactly did these four Americans die for? Why were they willing to sacrifice their lives? For Donald Trump? For the chance to stroll into the Capitol, and the halls of the Senate and House, and take some selfies behind podiums and desks? To replace American flags with Trump 2020 flags? To hang up emblems of racism and sedition in the sacred halls of governance? And then to walk out like nothing ever happened?
This has to be one of the darkest days in America’s history. There’s no way around it. This will be an infamous day, one that forever calls attention to the dangers of presidential power and influence. Trump didn’t ever directly call for a siege of power. He just manipulated his supporters into believing they should want to seize it.
By all accounts, Trump watched what happened at the Capitol with glee. He was ecstatic.
Trump wanted more violence. Clearly he anticipated that these actions would cause enough chaos as to result in forcing Congress to reverse the election results. Members of this mob were potentially armed with tools to take political prisoners. A search of the area by the FBI after order was restored, found multiple pipe bombs placed for the obvious intent of killing liberal leaders. This was an act of domestic terrorism enacted by the sitting President of the United States.
Even more appalling is the fact that apparently the federal police force were in on it, as Capitol Police simply allowed protesters past barricades and into buildings. They were seen taking selfies with some costumed raiders. Whether this indicates further than obvious coordination efforts, such as orders from the president, me may never know.
Details will of course continue to be illuminated. But one cannot help but be mortified at the extreme level of disparity between police actions of other protests in recent months, and what was observed at supposedly the most secure space on American soil.
Donald Trump only has thirteen days left to hold the office of the presidency. His actions and words on January 6th prove that he is too dangerous to be allowed to finish out his term. He has proven nothing is off the table in his desperation to hold onto his power. If he’s willing to openly incite an attempted insurrection on our own soil, what else is he capable of? Are we willing to take that risk?
We shouldn’t be.
Congress should immediately begin the process for his removal, before it is too late. Social media companies have realized the inherent danger of this man. He has been banned indefinitely from Facebook and Instagram. Twitter suspended his account and threatened to also ban him permanently. If social media companies are now realizing how dangerous he is, what is holding back those like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Matt Gaetz, and others?
Members of Trump’s cabinet have already spoke about the possibility of Amendment 25. If it’s reached that level, and if armed protesters making congressional members fear for their very lives isn’t eye opening enough, maybe the fact that Trump has hinted at war with Iran should clue them in. This is beyond serious.
Charles Manson never murdered anyone himself. He just manipulated people. And he still spent his entire life behind bars. After yesterday, if Trump is not tried for treason, there is basically no longer a rule of law in America.
18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating the overthrow of Government
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
Trump should be held accountable immediately. He should not be given the chance to finish his term and then slink off to a foreign country to hide from his crimes for the rest of his sad existence. No. That cannot happen.
Congress should remove him with Amendment 25, put Pence in charge for the next two weeks. And then have Trump arrested, walked out of the Capitol in cuffs. He should then be charged with his crime. He should then be impeached so that even if he somehow miraculously gets off this hook, he can never hold political office again.
If sitting Republicans won’t vote to impeach in the Senate, just wait until after January 20th and take care of business. There’s no excuse for not getting this done. America needs some closure from this nightmare, these four years of having our joy mercilessly robbed from us by a con man.
This is how we move forward from January 6th. This is how we reaffirm the integrity of American institutions. This is how we start the long process of recovery from four years of dancing dangerously close to extinction.