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Thu Jan 7, 2021, 11:10 AM

Trump Must Pay

By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Mr. Continetti is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

January 6, 2021, is not over, but it already lives in infamy. A sitting president of the United States, having lost reelection, incited a mob to storm the Capitol as the Congress sat in joint session to certify the Electoral College vote. This act was without precedent. It was based on a lie, fed by myth, and culminated in violence, in vandalism, and in the desecration of the people’s house. The lawbreakers cannot go unpunished. Nor can the person ultimately responsible. His name is Donald Trump.

The men and women who breached the House and Senate chambers were doing it for him. They carried just as many Trump flags as American (or Confederate) ones. They were not chanting “Make America Great Again” as he fueled their anger during his speech at the Ellipse this morning. They were crying, “Fight for Trump.” It wasn’t an idea or even a country they stood for as they knocked over barriers, climbed walls, bashed windows, forced open doors, and desecrated public property. It was one man. And this irrevocable loyalty to an individual, this devotion that places his interests above the plain text of the Constitution and the rule of law, is not characteristic of democracy. It is tyranny.

What do the rioters expect? That after they trash the offices of the people’s representatives, majorities in the House and Senate will send the election “back to the states”? That preventing the inauguration of the duly elected president will allow Donald Trump to remain in office? That it will give him the pretext to declare martial law in the recalcitrant states, or nationwide? Such expectations are as wild and disturbing as the conspiracy theories that gave rise to them. Perhaps the vandals don’t really want anything. Maybe they just want to “fight.” Maybe they just enjoy the chaos. The word for that is nihilism.

Nihilistic lawbreaking is exactly what the American conservative movement and Republican Party have stood against since the cultural revolution of the 1960s. To see a significant portion of that movement and a large segment of that party participate in the run-up to this terrible day is sickening enough. But the truth is that the problems of the conservative movement and the Republican Party are nothing compared to the threat to the Constitution that President Trump has unleashed.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/trump-must-pay/

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 11:23 AM

1. Trump must go to prison

Along with all of the people who helped him commit crimes against our Nation, the people who are "abandoning" him now the he has officially lost are doing so to save their own skin, not to out of some moral objection, no matter what they claim.

Trump and his supporters have drug this Country through hell and when we voted him out, they tried to overthrow our government.

Every Trump supporter is guilty, some more than others, and while we'll never be able to punish them all we can get the high profile people that perpetuated the travesty that was his Presidency.

It will be tough, but we can't let a single one slide or we're condoning every crime committed

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Response to Jason1961 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 09:39 AM

14. The maximum security facility in Florence, CO.

And with no delay.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 12:47 PM

3. He'll award one to himself. n/t

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Response to Chin music (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 01:40 PM

8. Too right!

He'll be selling signed memorabilia like Pete Rose at a baseball card convention.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 01:17 PM

4. The National Review and AEI

are part of the problem and their opinion is not credible. Sorry.

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Response to Glaisne (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 01:46 PM

9. The National Review and AEI have turned on him

That's newsworthy, even if they promoted him in the past.

It's like Fox News turning on Trump.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 01:18 PM

5. K and R..Thank You for Posting..

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Jan 7, 2021, 01:35 PM

7. trump, pay for wrongdoing? I guess there's a first time for everything.

I wouldn't get my hopes up, however.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 02:04 AM

10. Trump and all his comrades, and spawn

The ReTrumpliCONs lied, and Hundreds of Thousands of people have died......and the carnage of them is far far far from over

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:35 AM

11. AEI

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 08:01 AM

12. There can be no pardon for Trump

or his love interests.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 08:02 AM

13. Don't you get the death penalty

for murdering a police officer?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 11:59 AM

15. All must pay. This must never ever happen again. What a stain for democracy, we're no longer a...

beacon for the poor, the oppressed, and others seeking aid and comfort. Instead, it is we that are seeking such relief, that our own republican leaders and their leader, the PINO are denying us.

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