All that noise you’re hearing — the cacophony of bells, whistles, drums and tambourines ringing out BLM whataboutism, false Antifa allegations, Twitter censorship grievance, and it-was-just-a-few-bad-actors evasions — it’s all an attempt at distraction.
It’s an attempt at distraction from the proven fact that President Donald Trump is a traitor to the United States of America.
In his most egregious turn, Donald Trump didn’t betray our nation for a foreign influence, or a lucrative business deal; Donald Trump betrayed America for his own fragile ego.
He betrayed America because his clinical narcissism has not allowed him to accept the factual reality that he lost the 2020 election. He broke his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and betrayed America, and every American, to serve himself.
The ham-fisted irony of it is that by doing so, Donald Trump has rendered himself the most notable loser in American history. This will be his legacy. The rest of the horrifying story will all be footnotes.
A lot of discussion has focused on his supporters who carried out the attempted insurrection: Who they were and how their actions compare to those of others. The individuals who carried this out are rightfully being arrested and prosecuted, including a West Virginia state delegate. That’s important, but focusing on the insurrectionists is a distraction.
It’s a distraction from the much more urgent and necessary conversation about their leader, the President of the United States of America, who groomed them for the insurrection and then unleashed them on Congress Jan. 6.
Donald Trump manipulated and lied to these people over and over again, relentlessly encouraging hatred of fellow Americans and distrust of all aspects and levels of our self-government.
He and his family and allies then lit the fuse at the rally for them to storm the U.S. Capitol to attempt an insurrection and prevent Congress from performing its Constitutional duty to carry forward a peaceful transition of power by the will of the people.
- 2383. Rebellion or insurrection
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
Donald Trump incited then set on foot an insurrection, and then gave comfort thereto: “We love you. You’re all very special.”
Trump has assaulted, disgraced and degraded everything that unites the American Republic.
He criminally attempted to get Georgia officials to commit election fraud, he cajoled Mike Pence to destroy the Constitution and turn America into an autocracy by unilaterally reversing an election, then he unleashed a violent mob on the U.S. Capitol who planted bombs, attacked and killed police, and shut down Constitutional business.
He put the chain of presidential succession in grave jeopardy as the Vice President, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore were all in that building. We also saw a break down in the military chain of command as Pence, not Trump, had to get the National Guard called in.
While it was happening, Trump reportedly was perplexed why others in the White House were not as excited as he, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse said White House officials told him.
One senior advisor told New York Magazine that Trump was upset, but only on aesthetic grounds, because his supporters looked “low class” and “he doesn’t like low class things.”
His disparagement of his own supporters aside, again, this isn’t really about Trump’s supporters. And it’s sure as hell not about BLM.
This is about the President of the United States inciting a violent assault on the Constitution of the United States and the seat of American government.
Donald Trump is a traitor.
David C. DeWitt is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience covering Ohio politics and policy. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS and Plunderbund.com covering topics such as education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, government, business, labor, energy, environment and social issues. His work has also appeared in Government Executive, the Columbus Dispatch, Girlfriends magazine, Bleacher Report and the Ashtabula Star Beacon, among others.
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