In Chapter 44, on pages 237-239, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Bob Costa provided evidence in their book “Peril”, that Donald Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence not to certify the electoral college vote that elected Joe Biden as the next U.S. president. The days leading up to the insurrection included extensive pressure placed on Pence by Trump to ” steal the election” that he was accusing the Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans of stealing. The gaslighting was in full force by Trump on Jan. 6th when he incited his supporters to violently storm the Capitol and stop the certification of the electoral vote to save America, by reinstating as president.
The new norm created by Trump and GOP elected officials is to dismiss facts and label truth as politicized lies. Like gullible young children whose brains are neurologically yet able to use reason and logic, millions of Trump supporters dangerously support Trump’s use of Russian propaganda tactics. The facts are, this unpatriotic, incompetent idol:
Dodged the draft with a phony medical claim, evaded paying federal and state taxes, has told 30,000 provable lies, was convicted of racist discrimination of minorities in the apartment buildings he owned with his father in the 1970’s, ran a fraudulent university scamming students out of large sums of money, ran a fraudulent charity, paid off a porn star during the 2020 to silence her about their affair, constitutionally misused the military during his presidency for political gain, profitted financially during his presidency by violating the Emoluments clause of the Constitution, lied under oath in a written statement to Robert Mueller during the Russia investigation, used a secret, private server while president, favored and aligned with our foreign enemies and alienated our allies, LIED ABOUT COVID NEEDLESSLY CAUSING THE INFECTION AND DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS, INCITED AN INSURRECTION AT THE CAPITOL ON JAN. 6TH AND DID NOTHING TO STOP IT , AND IS THE FIRST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER TO BE IMPEACHED TWICE BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Republicans could have gotten rid of Trump in the impeachment trials. However, their moral weakness and opportunism caused them to support a man they KNOW attacks the foundation of democracy in pursuit of corrupt power. The States are watching the moral decline of their representatives. Although the MAGA mouths are loud, they are a fringe minority. They are encouraged by lies that address their white identity fears, their underlying bigotry, and a misunderstanding about what being an American means.
Passing voting rights legislation and prosecuting any official who knew about the plan for rioters to break into the Capitol, threaten to kill members of Congress, and physically block the official process of certifying the certification of the presidential electoral vote should be the priority of all Democrat and Republican members of Congress. However, it isn’t. Zero Republican Senators will support the importance of saving democracy. Instead of defending their oath of office, they govern to keep their jobs and maintain bank accounts. Remember what the definitions of democracy and traitor are when we vote in 2022.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger say the Jan. 6th Committee is dedicated to finding out about is WHAT TRUMP KNEW AHEAD OF TIME ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE CAPITOL ON JAN. 6TH AND DID HE DO NOTHING TO STOP THE ATTACK OUT OF INCOMPETENCE OR LACK OF PREPAREDNESS OR WAS IT A CORRUPT COMPLICITY WITH THE MOB’S ATTEMPT TO STOP THE PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER?