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The Day That Donald Trump Declared War on America

As the new year began there was the faint flicker of hope that 2021 would be a better year because at least it would not be 2020. But the fact that Trump was still president meant that his capacity for creating chaos would remain.

There are a number of dates in American history that are remembered with dismay and pain.

  • April 15, 1865 – the day that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The first time that an American president had ever been killed while in office.
  • December 7, 1941 – the day that the Empire of Japan attacked the United States without a prior declaration of war. Thousands of Americans died in the attack and America entered World War II.
  • November 22, 1963 – the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the first time that an American president had been assassinated since 1901.
  • April 4, 1968 – the day that Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.
  • September 11, 2001 – the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of over 3,000 Americans
  • January 6, 2021 – the day that Donald Trump declared war on America

That last bullet might sound extreme except that it is true. If any foreign power or individual invited a huge mob of disaffected, well-armed true believers to come to Washington and then incited and invited that mob to attack the United States Capitol it would be considered an act of war. An individual would be charged with capital crimes including sedition, inciting to riot and treason.

Trump took these actions with the clear goal of derailing the certification of the presidential election results so that he, Trump, could remain in power. This is a clear and present case of treason and sedition. These are certainly impeachable offenses with which no American president has ever been charged. But if there were ever a time, now is the time.

An historical note – Andrew Jackson was arguably the most disruptive president in American history pre-Trump. Upon his inauguration he invited hundreds of his drunken supporters into the White House who virtually trashed the place as they celebrated. Very bad taste indeed – but not treasonous.

Now Trump comes along – with a portrait of Andrew Jackson in his office – and directs his supporters to attack the Capitol and the members of Congress to keep himself in office. And they actually go ahead and do it – Trump calls them patriots and beautiful people and as of this writing remains absolutely remorseless. And lack of remorse is just one more indication of how damaged a human being Trump is.

It should also be noted that the Trump mob was virtually all white. This all white mob virtually waltzed passed the Capitol police who were happy to take selfies with these invading rioters. The all white mob terrorized the members of Congress who were forced to cower and hide. The all white mob destroyed property, defaced the Capitol and generally acted like the deranged fools that they clearly are.

And their grievances are hard to discern at first? There were no poor people in the crowd. Most were reasonably well dressed and it is doubtful that there were many homeless or jobless white men and women in the mob. Their grievance was that their sense of White Privilege was being eroded by the progress of Black people, LatinX people, Muslims, LGBTQ communities and any “other” group that offended them.

And then, the DC polic4e allowed this mob to exit with few arrests failing only to give them souvenir gifts commemorating their visit to the nation’s Capitol. Four mobsters died under circumstances that are not yet clear. But there was no wholesale violence or brutality suffered by this all white mob.

Now change the narrative of the past two paragraphs from all white to all Black and think about how different the outcome would have been. After all, peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors have been shot, killed, maimed and arrested en masse without attacking any governmental buildings or committing acts that could be called treasonous or seditious in any way.

Think what the body count would be if thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors had invaded the Capitol and harassed and threatened the members of Congress while trashing and defacing the building in the process. The body count would not be complete as of the writing of this column.

Two things are clear from yesterday’s staged debacle. First, White Privilege is real. The overwhelmingly white men and women who made up the mob felt that they had a right to act in an illegal and violent fashion because they didn’t like the election results. Such is the perspective from the ivory tower of White Privilege. Such behavior would have been suicidal for Black Americans.

Second, Donald J. Trump did indeed promote a civil insurrection against the United States government and should be held accountable. There may be only thirteen days left in his Reign of Terror but his actions on January 6, 2021 should not be without consequence.

He was already going to be ranked as the worst president in the history of the United States. He should now be the first president ever convicted of treason.

After all, Trump did declare war on the America.


4 thoughts on “The Day That Donald Trump Declared War on America

  1. Chinyere Egbe says:

    I have an issue with the way this matter is being discussed. Mr. Trump laid the foundation for all of this over a long time, beginning from 2016. During the Presidential campaign of 2016, Trump stated that he would not accept the results of the election unless he wins. In effect he intimidated America into electing him in the first place. For that reason he carried on for four years with impunity.

    Finally, the election of 2020 came around. He began by asserting that the only he would lose is if the election is rigged. Once more warning America that he had better win or else. Much like the legend or true story about the Emperor Nero of Ancient Rome (54 ce to 69 ce) at a certain Olympic game. It is alleged that the Emperor entered a chariot race and said, “… if everyone here knows what is good for him, the Emperor will win the race…” Of course, what else? The Emperor won. This Emperor Trump did not win the American election after his threat. So he became Trump the conqueror. He went through the courts, called and pressured law makers, governors, secretaries of state and canvassers with no success. He then assembled an army, addressed them like good old ancient warfare warlords and promised to march on Washington to actually assault the lawmakers in the US Congress of all places. This was clearly a military coup. Statements from the Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs and others that stated that the Military had no role in resolving elections and even reports of discussing Marshall law are all indications of Trump’s treasonable scheme. With all of this, Nancy Pelosi and Congress are still giving Pence some ultimatum to act. I think they are passing the buck in a cowardly way. By Thursday night January 7th, they should have drafted articles of impeachment and removed Trump no later than January 12th.

    Passing the buck to Pence is like playing games to buy time. Trump should resign or be removed. He made war on America. There is other way to describe what happened on January 6th 2021.

  2. Lee A. Daniels says:

    Remind me: Exactly what stage of the Civil War that began in 1861 is this? Isn’t this another violent “skirmish” along that long road from Fort Sumpter? Per haps this time, the forces of The Good will apply the resources to smash the White Supremacist rebellion without worrying about having tea groups with them to discuss their “grievances.”

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