“That’s not how we do things in the United States.” –Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone
That’s at the core of all of this. It was an un-American conspiracy that led to an un-American insurrection, fomented by an un-American president and his cowardly un-American lackies.
Un-American and unhinged.
“He didn’t wave them off. He urged them on.”—House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson
That’s not the way we roll around here.
“It was not just a call to action, but a call to arms.”
And that call was heeded. People died. Democracy almost did.
The facts are not in rational dispute. The president of the United States set the stage for his Big Lie months before the 2020 election when he repeatedly said the only way he could lose was if the election were rigged, a juvenile position that rarely works in casinos. But he walked up to the craps table, rolled the dice, and his juvenile cult eagerly gobbled up his crap.
He did this, of course, because he knew he was going to lose at the ballot box. And when that premonition at least proved true, he then literally blamed the ballot boxes, going as far as to draft an executive order to direct our military—our military—to seize voting machines. With Sydney Powell—Sydney Powell—in charge.
“That’s not how we do things in the United States.”
It was a lie that almost destroyed the country he claimed to lead. And he cared not at all.
But who says Trump is not a uniter? He managed to unite the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and the Florida 3%-ers, unguided ballistic missiles who at least had previously followed separate loony trajectories.
Their collective boosted velocity then produced not only a sonic boom, but a dog whistle as well.
“Stand back and stand by.”
“All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
“White revolution is the solution.”
And the dogs came running.
So now he and his sycophants are claiming he was “poorly served,” and merely got bad advice from the cabal now widely known as Team Crazy.
But remember, as one staffer said, “He likes the crazies.”
The truth is that he had plenty of rational counsel telling him to drop the Big Lie and give it up. McConnell. Barr. Cipollone. Eugene Scalia. His own daughter and son-in-law.
“And still he persisted.”
Fake slates of electors. (Organized in a Power Point presentation, no less.)
Knowingly sending armed protesters to the Capitol.
And finally, a willingness to surrender the vice president to a lynch mob, which he finally dispersed by telling the seditious insurrectionists that he loved them.
“A sitting president asking for civil war.” –a text sent by former Trump senior advisor Brad Parscale
How was it anything less than that?