On the Morning of January 6, Führer Donald Trump spoke to thousands of his upset and angry supporters in Washington, DC in front of the White House before the Congress was to schedule to accept the electoral college vote as mandated by the United States Constitution.
As usual, Trump’s speech was inflammatory and full of lies. Trump told the crowd that the election had been “rigged” by “radical democrats” and the “fake news media” and he said in part:
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. … Our country has had enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
Not at all surprising, Trump stoked his followers to take action and head to capitol hill to protest and said:
“And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. … And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
“You’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down this nation.”
Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.”
STORMING THE CAPITOL
Soon after Trump spoke, supporters believing all Trumps lies that the election was rigged went to the United States Capitol to protest. The Congress had already begun the process of counting and certifying the electoral college vote. A mob was able to breach security and successfully enter the building, where one person was shot and later died.
Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they engaged with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked. Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.
The protesters first breached exterior security barriers, and video footage showed protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. A number of protesters climbed up the side of the Capitol building to gain access. Windows were broken to gain access. Protesters roamed the interior of the building and went to the House Chamber and congressional offices and did property damage. In the end, 6 people died, one domestic terrorist shot and killed by capitol police with one capitol police officer succumbing to his injuries.
Within 7 hours after protestors took over the Capitol building and after they were evacuated from the building, the Congress returned to work and about 4:30 am in the morning on January 7, President Joe Biden was elected the new President of the United Sates. The final electoral college vote was Joe Biden 306 electoral votes, Donald Trump 232 electoral votes.
ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT
On January 8, it was reported that 3 House Democrats will be introducing on Monday, January 11, an article of impeachment against President Trump for incitement of insurrection after the January 6 Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol. The one count article of impeachment accuses Trump of “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States “ while Congress was counting the Electoral College votes. The article states that Mr. Trump “willfully made statements that encouraged, and foreseeably resulted in imminent lawless action at the Capitol.”
The Article of Impeachment is a mere 4 pages long, double spaced, and reads as follows:
Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
RESOLVED, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and mis-demeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and mis-demeanors.
ARTICLE I: INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION
The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives ‘‘shall have the sole Power of Impeachment’’ and that the President ‘‘shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors’’. In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed- Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States, in that:
On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College.
Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump addressed a crowd of his political supporters nearby. There, he reiterated false claims that ‘‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide’’.
He also willfully made statements that encouraged—and2 foreseeably resulted in—imminent lawless action at the Capitol. Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel menaced Members of Congress and the Vice President, interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.
President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021 was consistent with his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Those prior efforts include, but are not limited to, a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which President Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘‘find’’ enough votes to overturn the Georgia presidential election results and threatened Mr. Raffensperger if he failed to do so.
In all of this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
AN UNHINGED PRESIDENT WHO COULD START A WAR
The president of the United States has exclusive authority to order a nuclear strike. It is a decision that does not have to be approved by Congress or the military. Military leaders have previously stated they understand their responsibility to not carry out illegal orders. The “nuclear football”, which is a suitcase with communication tools and plans for using nuclear codes, is carried by a military aide near the president at all times.
On Friday, January 9, it was reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke with the nation’s top military officers about preventing President Trump from launching a military attack or nuclear strike in his final days in office. Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats:
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. … The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
A spokesman for Milley, Army Col. Dave Butler, responded to Pelosi in a brief statement:
“Speaker Pelosi initiated a call with the Chairman. He answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”
The former top commander of U.S. nuclear forces Air Force General John E. Hyten, who is now the vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, ranking directly under Milley said in 2017 that he would push back on any illegal nuclear strike and said:
“I provide advice to the president. … He’ll tell me what to do, and if it’s illegal, guess what is going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?'”
WHAT HAPPENS NOW
A simple majority of members in the House of Representatives is required for impeachment. Because Democrats control the House of Representatives, the impeachment resolution once introduces will move to the floor and could get a vote very quickly because there would be no hearings to present evidence. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has yet to appoint The Judiciary Committee for the 117th Congress, so an impeachment resolution would go directly to the floor under what’s known as a “privileged resolution” so it is highly likely to pass.
Once the Article of Impeachment is passed officially charging Trump with the high crimes and misdemeanor and sedition, it is then is forwarded to the United States Senate for a vote. Although the United Sates Senate is now split evenly with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, Democrats are control the Chamber with Vice President Kamala Harris, once sworn in, would break any tie. The Senate two thirds vote to convict and remove Trump is required and the vote would have to be 67 to 33, meaning all 50 Democrat Senators and 17 Republican Senators would have to vote to convict.
Once the Senate receives articles of impeachment, it is required to consider them before acting on any other business, including confirming any nominees for President Joe Biden’s cabinet. A confirmation hearing is scheduled for Biden’s pick to lead the Defense Department, retired General Lloyd Austin, on January 19, the day before inauguration. That would potentially be delayed. The Senate would also have to delay a vote on a waiver to allow him to serve as defense secretary, given his recent departure from the military.
On January 8, The Washington Post reported it had obtained a memo from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Republican senators that outlines how a potential Senate trial would work for President Trump. McConnell’s memo sates that the Senate will not reconvene for substantive business until January 19, which means the earliest possible date that impeachment trial proceedings can begin in the Senate is the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
Although the Senate will hold two pro forma sessions next week, on January 12 and January 15, it is barred from conducting any kind of business during those days including “beginning to act on received articles of impeachment from the House” without agreement from all 100 senators. With a number of Trump-allied senators in the Republican conference, that unanimous consent is highly unlikely.
The United States House of Representative impeached Trump in December, 2018 on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, but Trump was acquitted by the Senate in early February 2019. Only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney, voted to remove Mr. Trump from office.
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
What happened in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, and the images of what happened are indeed another “day of infamy”, such as Pearl Harbor, that will no doubt be remembered for decades to come. Pearl Harbor was an attack on our country by a foreign enemy that started World War II. What is shameful and disgusting is that what unfolded on January 6 was an attack on our country, our very democracy, by an elected President of the United States who lost his election for a second term and then attempted a COUP D’É·TAT of his successor who won not only the electoral college vote but the popular vote.
Those who stormed the Capital on January 6 were not patriots like Texas Senator Ted Cruz referred to them before, but domestic terrorist’s hell bent on destruction of our democracy. The full rath of the Department of Justice and an criminal justice system needs to come done hard and swift on as many of the domestic terrorists that can be identified and arrested.
It is clear that Trump is the first fascist ever elected President of the United States who put himself above the law and his own country and who has no respect for our constitution nor free elections. Trumps strongest and closest allies and supporters need to come to their senses and the realization that Trump is a traitor to his own country, to them, to all of us and to our democracy. Attempting to set aside the vote of the American people was an attempt to undermine our very democracy. It was a coup d’é·tat that failed.
The same goes for the clown car full of the Republican House and Senate members who initially sought to seek to set aside the 2020 victory of Joe Biden by voting not to certify the electoral college vote. Their conduct likewise is nothing less than in insurrection or rebellion against the United States and are democratic form of government. They too should be removed from office by their constituents.
Trump is saying he is refusing to resign. It is painfully obvious that Vice President Mike Pence does not have the backbone and will not seek to remove Fascist Trump from office as allowed by the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
For these reasons the United States House of Representatives need to Impeach Trump for a second time and the United States Senate needs to convict and remove him from office immediately. Any Republican United States Senator who does not vote to convict Trump is an enabler and a disgrace to their country claiming acts of sedition are acts of patriotism denying the will of the American voter. If convicted, Trump will lose his lifetime pension of $200,000 and lose his $1 Million in yearly travel expenses and secret service protection. Most importantly, with a conviction Fuhrer Trump will be barred and unable to run for any office again in the United States.