“I never thought I’d see it happen in my lifetime…not here, not in this country.“
—Pretty much every talking head on TV yesterday
I’m not surprised about the attempted coup yesterday, as it’s what I and many others have been fearing since Trump was elected. To call him a tyrant or fascist at this point seems, well, boring. Of course he’s a fascist. We’ve known this for so long. But still—still—STILL—we have Republican politicians getting on record to “condemn violence” even while they continue to perpetuate the Trumpian myths that led us to this place to begin with. They’re afraid of losing. They don’t know they’ve already lost. That’s sad as hell, but again, not surprising.
Where do we go from here? Impeachment? 25th? All that seems utterly beside the point now, because the truth is, Trump deserves to go to prison. The problem is, he gets away with everything, no matter what. I have no reason to think he’ll suffer any consequences for what he’s done. I hope I’m wrong.
It’s been interesting comparing the various news stations’ reactions. I don’t want to get too far into this, but I bring this up because I was concerned when a commentator on PBS said that Trump told the crowd at the rally to “Walk down to the capitol” and “take back this country.” I worry we’re being led to believe that Trump actually formed of a complete, grammatical, incriminating sentence. That didn’t sound quite right, so I looked it up. The relevant section begins around 2:51:52:
The problem is, Trump is slithery with language. It’s not stupidity, it’s calculated slithery-ness. Being litigious himself, he’s constantly wary of getting into legal trouble, and I think he’s trained himself to speak ambiguously so no one can pin him down. So, what about now? I have no doubt that he incited a riot. But can he be charged for it? Can the charge stick, I mean, legally?
If anyone can shed some light on this, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.