The attack on the US Capitol has a culprit: Donald Trump. There is no doubt about that, and even the Senate Republican leader admits it. Mitch McConnell made it especially clear that the former president “was morally responsible for causing the January 6 invasion.” New revelations reinforce Trump’s direct or indirect involvement in what happened.
An investigation by the New York Times on Sunday found that at least six security officers of Roger Stone, a friend and former adviser to Trump, had participated in the Capitol invasion. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress for obstructing and manipulating witnesses during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign, but his sentence was commuted a week before Trump’s detention took effect. Your security forces are part of an extreme right-wing anti-government militia that provides security services … There are no alternative facts to make the truth out.
The ex-president’s acquittal was more than expected. However, this was the most bipartisan impeachment in the United States, and most Republican senators found him innocent on constitutional grounds, as was the case with Mitch McConnell. The disgust of his behavior, his long and continuous attempt to dismantle institutions and undermine the entire democratic process, should put off any democrat. That didn’t happen. The vote would not be much different if the dismissal of a Democratic Party-elected president were at stake.
The Republican Party remains hostage to Trump and his huge support base, which avoids hostility through political calculations. Many of their congressmen are already considering the 2022 elections. Trump’s hostility is sure to have an election campaign. A compromise with Trumpism will destroy the party.
The same party that tried with perverse glee to exonerate Clinton on the Monica Lewinsky case has lost all authority to assert itself as usual as a guarantee of virtue, values and conservatism. Party logic has overridden republican ethics. Trump’s political and legal future, which could be prosecuted in Georgia or invoking the 14th amendment that would keep him from running, is uncertain. Republicans too. The uncertainty of these depends on the uncertainty of the former.