July 12, 2022:
Thoughts on yesterday's hearing:
“Trump attempted to make the Jan. 6, 2021, march on the Capitol appear spontaneous even as he and his team intentionally assembled and galvanized a violence-prone mob to disrupt certification of his electoral defeat.” --NYTimes
Donald Trump was at the insurrection’s center.
As shocking to me as the mounting evidence that a sitting president incited an insurrection -- in essence, to wage war against his own country -- are the waves of commenters who think we ought to just forget about this. Trump is out of office, gasoline is expensive, let's move on. This proclivity for political amnesia is sadly common but still appalling.
The events surrounding January 6 are the worst thing to happen to the United States in my lifetime. Imagine if we declined to investigate the JFK assassination, or Watergate, or the Challenger disaster because it's tedious work, and we've got other problems. "Turn the page!" is the worst possible advice.
We've learned that Trump mentioned keeping the insurrection plans secret from relevant government agencies, specifically the National Park Service, that prevented the deployment of personnel to protect the Capitol. This is just another example of his intent to have his mob successfully overcome the understaffed Capitol police and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
We must move forward and make Trump legally accountable. Those of us who have been paying attention from day one have already known of his 100% guilt. Finish the job and get him to court with the many charges we know are against him. He is the one who invited his paramilitary mobs to act on his violent wishes. He should not be allowed to put himself forward as any candidate for ANYTHING, ever!
Nothing about the former president was ever real, from his staged descent on the Trump Tower escalator into the cheering crowd, who turned out to be paid actors, to the attempt to make the Jan. 6, march on the Capitol appear spontaneous. Trump's notion of wanting the march to seem "spontaneous" is a tell on what makes him tick. He's not a politician or a businessman; he's an actor. And actors always wants their performances to seem spontaneous in order to appear "real."
As the witness Jason Van Tatenhove, former spokesman for The Oath Keepers, stated "let's not mince words."
What was outlined yesterday was an act of sedition, incited by the former POTUS, Donald J. Trump, to stop the certification of electoral votes: An attempted coup perpetrated on the United States of America for the first time in our history.
Throw his seditious rump in prison!