Yes, it was dangerous and horrifying. But what it mostly did was to scare Republicans into certifying Joe Bidens win.
It was a coup worthy of a reality television host, a train to nowhere packed with morons that ended with the death of at least one protester, and it all happened during a global pandemic. The chaos started on the morning of Jan. 6 with a stop the steal rally on the National Mall. Speakers included the presidents free lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who said, really, Lets have trial by combat! Im willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation on the fact that were going to find criminality there. For those keeping track at home, trial by combat is not something we do in a democracy. The presidents large adult son mused about red-blooded, patriotic Americans and noted that they were for standing up to the bullshit. Then he cursed so much that Fox News dropped the feed.
And then Trump Sr. delivered the coup de coup, declaring, We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen. You dont concede when theres theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.
But what ensued was a tableau of stupid. A red-haired guy wearing a ski hat emblazoned with Trump 45 was photographed stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosis podium while smiling and waving for the camera. A guy who looked like he had just stepped out of an episode of Duck Dynasty posed for photos in a Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt. And then there was Bigo Barnett showing off an envelope addressed to Nancy Pelosi that he stole from her desk. He told Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times that he didnt steal it because I left a quarter on her desk. Thats not actually how stealing works. And then there was the guy with no shirt wearing an animal skin and horns. He had painted his face red, white and blue, as one does. And the crowd trashed a bunch of Associated Press equipment while a guy in the group screamed "We are the news now! Which, nope.
It was a day full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but the end of peaceful transfers of power in America. There was no endgame, no world in which Biden isnt confirmed as president on Jan. 20, but the chaos that reigned in the United States Capitol today wont be soon forgotten. Congressmen hid in their offices, the vice president and numerous politicians were evacuated, shots were fired in congressional office buildings.
It was in many ways the perfect bookend to the Trump presidency, democracy- eroding and norm-crushing. But like infrastructure week or Mexico paying for the wall, it was finally just a pipe dream on the part of his vicious and deluded supporters. The only good thing about Trumps coup is that it scared establishment Republicans into certifying the election as fast as possible.
Will they invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him? Probably not. But should they? Absolutely.