America's Darkest Political Day
As shameful images were projected around the world to a global audience of horrified allies – and gleeful enemies - surely, President Trump must be removed from Office, immediately.
JANUARY 7th, 2021
he country dubbed a “beacon of hope” darkened yesterday. For a horrifying moment, out of that darkness a violent, disturbing mob of domestic terrorists surged into the Capitol Building, leaving unsolicited devastation in their wake. Emboldened by a deluded outgoing President – whose incapacity to accept a fair election defeat – this mob dragged the stars and stripes of the United States of America into one of its darkest days in history.
It started with a “stop the steal” rally and ended with a full-blown attack on the building which has long been the emblem of America’s heart of democracy. Windows smashed, Senators, Members of Congress and the Vice-President evacuated, four people dead – including a 35-year-old Trump Supporter killed by police – and the democratic soul of America tainted. What unfolded in Washington, D.C. was a horror story, and its architect was none other than President Trump.
After months of endless conspiracy theories and claims of wide-spread election fraud – all of which have never been proven – the grenade that has been Trump’s presidency finally exploded. It detonated with such force, with such brutal clarity that the GOP, even the President’s most loyal defenders, couldn’t distract or defend the destructive aftermath. Their usual justification for the President’s behaviour was pointless, this didn’t just cross the political parameters of decency and respect – it was potently undemocratic and unamerican.
And perhaps what was starker, was the reason Vice-President Mike Pence, Senators and Members of Congress were in the Capitol Building yesterday – to finalise and confirm the election results which saw Joe Biden become the 46th President Elect of the United States. A simple, yet formative act that has transpired for every American President in history – a symbol of the peaceful and dignified transfer of power that keeps the democratic heart of the U.S. beating. Yesterday, that process suffered a cardiac arrest. Yesterday, an attempted coup d'etat tried to undemocratically stop any attempted CPR.
As the chaos ensued around Capitol Hill, with Trump supporters forcing their way into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, ripping off her office plaque as they went, sources close to the President claimed he watched the events unfold with “restrained glee”, as it meant the process for confirming the election results would be delayed.
Trump’s response to yesterday’s attempted coup is a dire confirmation of the President’s mental state and therefore he should be removed from Office immediately. Piers Morgan, a now former friend of President Trump, today wrote a blistering op-ed summing up the danger now posed by the 45th Commander-in-Chief: “If Trump can’t be trusted to Tweet, he can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes,” he wrote.
Morgan’s comments come after Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat banned the President’s accounts for breaking numerous violations. The decision was made after Trump released a video asking his supporters to “go home in peace”, though not before – once again – falsely claiming the election was “stolen”.
“This was a fraudulent election,” said the President, “but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace, so go home. We love you. You’re very special.”
It was a speech, which instead of dowsing the fire engulfing Capitol Hill, poured even more petrol onto the flames. These “special” people Trump claimed he loved, brainwashed by the deadly concoction of the President’s ego and social media, decided to forgo the law and order he had promoted amongst the Black Lives Matter protests last year, and take those sacred elements of democracy into their own hands. In his speech to the nation, President Trump did not disavow their behaviour – he legitimised it – and it will forever haunt and taint his legacy.
It is a legacy that could have been different. Of course, there are his critics who would never accept Trump did any good for America. But even those who believe he did; their protestations or declarations of how Trump “Made America Great Again” will eternally fall on deaf ears. Their words will always be contrasted with the dire, undemocratic and shameful images projected around the world to a global audience of horrified allies – and gleeful enemies.
Yet, against the horrors of yesterday, there is a silver-lining, one which can return the shining “City on a Hill”. Even against such blatant dissent, and an act of forceful insurrection, American democracy prevailed. The Constitution – so often criticised, and far from perfect – remained unmoved. As the dust settled and the mob was finally displaced, Congress returned to finish the job they had started, to certify the election results and ensure the peaceful transfer of power is absolute.
There are just under two-weeks left of Donald Trump’s presidency. There are also fears of what he will do next. It is clear that the job of being President no longer interests Trump. Instead, his desperate attempts to hold onto the reins of power are simply to protect himself from any upcoming criminal charges, which are certain to arise. It is this desperate grapple for continued control which has many politicians in America concerned – on all sides. Enacting the 25th Amendment, by which removing the President from Office, is now a potential manoeuvre his former loyal administration could very well take.
Either way, as the clock ticks down to January 20th, 2021, when Joe Biden is sworn in as the new President of the United States, Donald Trump will leave with or without his consent. In doing so, Trump’s time in office will end defined by the country he was elected to lead’s darkest day. It will follow him to the grave; it will follow his children too, and the American people will be left with the mammoth job of picking up the pieces. Because we can be sure of one thing – Trump’s time as President may end, but his rhetoric and divisiveness will continue into Biden’s presidency. We can only hope that one day soon, America’s beacon of hope will shine brightly again and heart of democracy will beat stronger than ever.
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