After the Assault on the Capitol: Trump Faces Second Impeachment Even As Supporters Engage in ‘Whataboutism’

Well, if he won’t resign, he has to be impeached!

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Well, the situation in the United States of America – a misnomer if I ever heard one – is not a good one. Today I woke up to see that two GOP Senators (Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) asked President Donald J. Trump to resign in the wake of last Wednesday’s assault of the U.S. Capitol building, but to no avail. Also, Vice President Mike Pence has not asked the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office on the grounds that the current President is unstable and unfit to perform the duties of his elected post.

This, of course, means that the House of Representatives now has to impeach the President for high crimes and misdemeanors, in this case, for incitement of insurrection against the government in order to reverse the results of the 2020 Presidential election.

From the Articles of Impeachment that will likely be put forward by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

ARTICLE II

In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency to incite violence and orchestrate an attempted coup against our country.

To be clear, I – and many other Americans from both parties – would have preferred that President Trump resigned, but the Inciter of Chief won’t do that. Pence is waffling on invoking the 25th Amendment, so what remains of Trump’s Cabinet – Elaine Chao and Betsy DeVos have resigned – is not going to remove him.

So, impeachment it is, I guess.

Meanwhile….

Trump supporters are having a difficult time coping with the possibility that Trump will be impeached a second time.

Take Barbara D, who posted this comment on a story about one of the men who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday:

First of all, a mob of Trump supporters did NOT STORM THE CAPITOL. Those were all YOUR antifa and blm friends who did that under the guidance of the demorats, and assistance of the capitol police who were ordered to do that by those same damn demorats.

Linda K contributed this incoherent comment:

[T]hat has been the dem for months double standards you people have disrespected our government and flah g for months they did not burn the flag like your rioters did , they did not burn the buildings like yours did . they did not fire guns into the crowd like yours did so who is the violent ones and besides they did not steal anything like yours did . a lap top stolen is bs . the contents would be all over the media by now . people r not stupid you know

Matt K also shifted the blame to “BLM and Antifa” in a classic case of “whataboutism”:

Meanwhile for months, democrats on the hill fomented riots and murder with BLM and Antifa but no one said a thing lol

Trumpism is not just a conservative political movement. It is mainly that, of course, but it is also a dangerous socio-cultural cult of personality, similar to those found in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and North Korea’s Kim dynasty. And the fact that his followers excuse all of his misdeeds by engaging in “whataboutism” and spreading conspiracy theories makes Trumpism a cult that poses a clear and present danger to America’s democracy and the rule of law.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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