Trump’s Attempted Coup
I learned something important yesterday. It’s one thing to write about possible civil war or insurrection, but it’s another thing to actually witness it in my own country. I am still deeply shaken by the mob attack on the Capitol.
The coup attempt yesterday should not have been unexpected. It had been planned for weeks on Facebook. But more importantly, Trump had run out of options to overturn the outcome of the election.
His lawsuits had all been thrown out, many by federal judges that he appointed. Republican governors and state legislators ignored his pleas to overturn the results of the election in their states. His own vice president had refused to throw out electoral votes for Biden.
Trump had nothing left except his base. His fanatical fans who believe that the election has been stolen from him.
So on the last day of the election cycle when Congress was meeting to certify the election, Trump gathered his supporters, whipped them into a frenzy and then told them to march on the capitol.
An enraged Trump used his supporters to try to overthrow the government. It was a temper tantrum by proxy.
Here’s something interesting that those supporters didn’t seem to notice. Trump told them he would accompany them to the capitol. In fact, he said that he would walk with them. Instead, he got into his limo and hightailed it back to the White House.
Trump is a coward. He has always had his underlings do his dirty work for him and suffer the consequences. Trump watches from the sidelines, taking credit when an effort is successful or blaming the participants if it is not. He had no intention of going to the Capitol to be gassed, shot at or arrested.
Trump supporters view him as a great leader, but a truly great leader leads from the front, not from the rear.
I’ve said repeatedly that Trump has spent his entire life living in a bubble surrounded by sycophants. He is so out of touch with the real world and real people, that he couldn’t anticipate that violence would only strengthen the resolve of the VP, the senators and congresspersons. Instead of intimidating them, it made them more determined than ever to defy Trump and certify the election of Joe Biden.
It also emboldened social media companies who had been allowing him to break all of their rules because he was a world leader. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram have all frozen his accounts for 12 hours and threatened to delete the accounts if he continues to call for violence or encourage violence.
He may have been defanged, but he is still dangerous. Yesterday’s attempted coup is proof of that.
Trump should not be allowed to remain in office even one minute longer. He is clearly unfit and a danger to the country.