I can explain why in two words: Mike Pence.
Last Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be remembered along with Pearl Harbor Day and 9/11 not because it caused a staggering death toll, but because the United States came face to face with a terrifying monster inside the house.
A crazed, predominantly white, mob, whipped into a seditious frenzy AT THE WHITE HOUSE by Donald Trump, erected a gallows outside the U.S. Capitol…
Then they stormed the building screaming “Hang Mike Pence!” among other things. Some came with zip ties for binding hands and feet. Whose? Their hostages? Prisoners they’d condemn on the spot to hang? They wandered through the Senate Chamber where Pence would have been, had there been no time to hide him…
The clown above in the helmet holding zip ties is retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock from Texas. He was identified from photos by his ex-wife, arrested and charged.
Brock claimed to journalist Ronan Farrow that he found the zip ties on the floor and meant to give them to police, but shoved them in his pocket and “forgot.”
The FBI, aided by armchair detectives on social media, seems to be doing a fair job with IDs and arrests. For instance, they’ve nabbed Jake Angeli of Arizona, the shirtless guy in the furry horned headdress…
And Richard Barnett of Arkansas, the one with his feet up on a desk in Nancy Pelosi’s office…
Every day seems to produce more horrifying video of the violence, including the point-blank shooting by Capitol police of a female rioter trying to break through a door, and of rioters dragging, swarming and beating with flagpoles an officer on the steps outside.
Yet Pence and his dwindling band of gutless treason-weasels in Trump’s Cabinet (including Ben Carson, Wilbur Ross, Mike Pompeo, Steve Mnuchin, Mark Meadows et al.) STILL won’t invoke the 25th Amendment.
Pence’s has said he might consider the 25th if Trump becomes “more unstable.”
What the hell might that look like? Trump running naked through the Rose Garden, pounding the button to launch the nukes?
Nancy Pelosi is moving ahead today with one article of impeachment, “Incitement to insurrection.”
This came after a resolution from the House that tried to compel Pence to invoke the 25th got shot down in the Senate. After having all THEIR lives endangered by Trump last week, Mitch McConnell and his gang of traitors are still protecting him.
Or perhaps it’s because the resolution cited the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which “prohibits any person who has ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States” from holding office.
If they threw Trump out on that, Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and the others who supported the insurrection by continuing afterwards to vote against Biden’s certification would have to go next.
Trump only has nine days left. Thankfully, his ability to create chaos has FINALLY been crippled by being cut off from all his favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter).
Amazon checkmated him by refusing to continue hosting Parler. Parler has evolved into an extreme right-wing forum where Trump’s cult planned a lot of the insurrection. After losing Twitter, Trump presumably intended to anoint himself king of Parler, but it’s got only a tiny fraction of the reach he had.
And since Google and Apple have removed the Parler app from their stores, new users can’t download it, so it seems doomed to remain fringey.
In a nutshell, I see these as the compelling reasons to boot Trump out NOW:
- To keep him from pardoning himself, his family, his criminal cronies and ALL the Capitol rioters.
- To prohibit Trump from running for or holding elected office. In addition to making the world safer, he’d have no reason to ever hold another stupid rally. AND it would end his stealing from his gullible cult because he could have no campaign fund.
- To make him a private citizen so state and federal prosecutors can proceed with all the indictments and lawsuits they’ve been working on.
- To begin fumigating the White House.
The country does need to move on. But it can’t heal until Donald Trump has no power, no money and no effective means of communication to spread his poison to anyone stupid enough to listen to him.