In a valentine to the vandals of the Capitol, Trump proclaimed, “We love you,” and, “You’re special.” The rabble was a mélange of true believers in conspiracy theories, paranoid delusions and twisted history. For the QAnon followers, their presence at the Capitol was the moment when the storm of the rapture would bring about the revelation of Trump ’s final plan and his restoration to perpetual power.
Or, alternatively, it was a heroic last-ditch defense of Trump ’s bunker from the onslaught of hordes of impure infidels led by Joe Biden. It’s not even past.” But the warped history that the Trump mob thinks it is enacting, reenacting or conjuring is a costume drama of militant ignorance.
The true history sheds more light on their feeble attempted coup than their fervid visions of pedophile liberal celebrities acting in concert with the deep state and the Illuminati. In August 1864, when a Confederate army came within sight of the Capitol, Lincoln himself rushed to Fort Stevens to participate in the battle, and was shot at.
Lincoln directed the rebuilding of the Capitol dome, originally a wooden structure that had rotted, as a symbol of confidence in the ultimate victory of democracy. Six months later, on 11 July 1860, Charles Sumner came to Cooper Union to support Lincoln’s candidacy by speaking on the subject of The Republican Party: Its Origins, Necessity, and Permanence.
He defined the new liberal party as the antithesis of John C Calhoun, “chief in all the pretensions of slavery and slave-masters,” who attacked “the self-evident truths of the declaration of independence as ‘absurd,’ and then to proclaim that human beings are ‘property’ under the constitution.” But now, it should be apparent in the last days of Trump, as he invokes the spirit of Calhoun’s nullification, that original Republican Party has ceased to exist.
Johnson, a southerner who became president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, had undermined the efforts of the north to enfranchise Blacks and impose anti-slavery governments in the former Confederate states. He, like Biden now, was seen as a unifier who could bring the country back together with an emphasis on fairness and decency, Nottingham told Al Jazeera.
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott urged Trump “to reconsider his decision to skip” Biden’s inauguration. Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware earlier on Friday, Biden said “it’s a good thing” Trump will skip the inauguration.
Meanwhile, the invasion of the US Capitol on January 6 by a mob of Trump supporters recalls similar events at the state level in the post- Civilian period. Tear gas is released into a crowd during clashes with Capitol police as hundreds of protesters broke past security and forced a halt to certification of the 2020 US presidential election results “We have never had this at the seat of our government,” said Jeremy Sure, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sure likened the invasion of the US Capitol by pro- Trump forces to the “Colfax Massacre” in Louisiana in 1873, when a white militia overthrew a democratically elected governor and killed 100 Black freedmen. It was the worst episode of racial and political violence in the post-Reconstruction period after the Civilian and reflected divisions that led to competing slates of electors being submitted to Congress in the 1876 presidential election.
In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists entered the US Capitol and fired bullets at members of Congress from the visitor’s balcony in the House chamber. In the September 11, 2001, attacks by al-Qaeda, the US Capitol was evacuated, and senior leaders of the House and Senate were removed to safe rooms after hijacked airplanes hit the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York.
On the Tuesday before Christmas, Donald Trump welcomed Kellyanne Conway for lunch at the White House. According to a source familiar with the lunch, Trump appeared to be wistful to see Conway back in the West Wing.
He also insisted that he had rightfully won reelection in November, but admitted that his bid to overturn the results was doomed. On the eve of Wednesday’s Congressional vote to certify the 2020 election, Trump is escalating his scorched-earth campaign against American democracy.
Earlier today, Trump tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence has the power “to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” a claim that’s baseless. Republicans I have spoken to in recent days agree that Trump ’s unconstitutional pressure tactics have no realistic chance to overturn the election.
Case in point: The move to challenge the electors led by Missouri senator Josh Hawley is being widely seen as a chance for Republicans with 2024 ambitions to appeal to the MAGA base. Republicans like Ted Cruz who also want to carry the MAGA mantle are pushing the unprecedented challenge, which is opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke out on Friday to nonsensically warn that Donald Trump may try to start a Civilian,” adding that he “has got to be stopped dead in his tracks,” whether it’s by impeachment or by invoking the 25th Amendment. Waters, who is chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has also called for an investigation to be launched into the U.S. Capitol Police’s failure to stop Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol building.
Not stopping there, Waters also slammed U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sound, who has already handed in his resignation. I was thinking about John Kennedy and Martin Luther King in opposite buildings and windows near the top of those buildings, and how they target people, and they snipe, and they could kill people,” she said.
This won’t topple our republic, because Trump doesn’t command enough Republican support in state and federal governments to create a real crisis. The latest test of America’s tensile strength comes from Georgia, where Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger exposed Trump ’s tawdry threat against him because Raffensperger refused to help the president overturn Biden’s victory in that state.
In a tape recording released to the Washington Post, Trump tries to bully Raffensperger and his attorney, but the two easily defy him, knocking down his phony conspiracy theories one by one. Soon the tape went public and Trump ’s threats spilled across the nation’s front pages.
He has recruited Republican members of Congress and the U.S. Senate to formally object to the Electoral College count. That still leaves about one-fourth of the GOP caucus in the House and three-fourths in the Senate who are expected to join Democrats and crush this insurrection.
Trump ’s gambit is “the political equivalent of barking at the moon,” said Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill. Trump ’s post-election plotting imperils the election of two Republicans running for U.S. Senate in the Georgia runoff.
If it does, Trump will be to blame and the more mannered Republicans will have a powerful argument for weakening his grip on the party. “(It is) difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president,” said U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
The party will and should pay a price for nominating and electing Trump to the White House. Trump, to quote Robert Oppenheimer’s timeless recitation from the Bhagavad-gt, is “The destroyer of worlds.” He has laid waste to the American political landscape.