OPINION – "Go home. We love you. You’re very special."
Not exactly the words that condemn the unlawful actions of an angry mob storming the Capitol building, but I guess they were the best ones the president could muster in that video.
The president knew the level of violence he incited in people and he simply didn't care. Even after witnessing the destruction occurring in real-time, he couldn't find the words to condemn the behavior with the same energy he used to rile up the rioters.
Clearly, not everyone in attendance at the "Save America Rally" became a rioter, but those who chose to become domestic terrorists fueled their frenzy from the president's words.
In case we have any questions, domestic terrorism is defined as "the committing of terrorist acts in the perpetrator's own country against their fellow citizens."
More than 24 hours after the vicious attack, the president found the courage to tell his supporters that storming a federal building and attacking police officers was bad. But I guess we can give him credit for reading a prepared statement with a total lack of emotion.
Side note: We could discuss the President's response to BLM protestors over the summer, but I guess we won't say the quiet part out loud.
But beyond my personal feelings for the president, it was a sad day for all Americans to see what took place at the Capitol building.
Because the real argument here isn't about "counting all legal votes" or "upholding the constitution." The goal is to cast doubt that Americans could vote for someone that wasn't Donald J. Trump.
But yet they did and they did it in droves - regardless of how many times the president says the opposite on Twitter.
The same energy that drove Republicans to vote for an outsider in 2016, drive those of us who were tired of Trump to the voting booth.
Trump supporters spent the last two months screaming from the mountain-tops that the will of 74 million Americans was subjugated by election fraud. Yet the domestic terrorists who charged the Capitol building and those who support the movement would have no problem disenfranchising the 81 million people who voted for someone else.
I get it, it sucks when your candidate doesn't win, but that doesn't give anyone the right to push aside legal votes simply because you don't "believe" Biden could beat Trump.
If we talk about proof, well then I guess Rudy Guilainni is still looking. More than 60 lawsuits later, the president's allies and legal team have failed to pass the legal threshold that would allow them to pursue their claims. Because belief a crime occurred isn't evidence of a crime. If 60 failed lawsuits don't prove the cases lack merit, then I truly believe nothing will.
Furthermore, the objections only seem to apply to the votes cast in the presidential race.
The representatives of Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georiga took to the floor to disparage the validity of the votes cast for president in their state, yet had no problem claiming victory when the same ballots that elected Joe Biden as the winner also sent them to Congress. But that's an argument for another day.
The real issue now is that anyone that finds a way to justify or minimize what happened in D.C. should take a moment to reflect on what they are truly defending.
Because at the end of the day, this attack was not a fight for democracy, it was a fight for Donald Trump.
If you can explain this away, you are not supporting democratic values - you are approving a coup.
You are supporting a mob that attacked law enforcement as they waved "Blue Lives Matter" flags.
You are supporting senseless violence -- and that shouldn't be who we are as a country, regardless of our political differences.
You are telling domestic terrorists it is okay to endanger the lives of others when the election doesn't go your way.
You are telling this country that as long as the violence is being committed in the name of the candidate you support, then it's not that big of a deal.
And I get that the MAGA life might be your thing, but that doesn't mean you get to overthrow elections because you are upset.
In just 13 days, a new administration will begin its tenure, but I don't believe the Trump fever will go away anytime soon.
So, I would simply ask that you remember that years from now Donald Trump will no longer have the power and persuasion he currently holds.
He will be a part of history as those who came before him, but we will have to grapple with what we allowed to occur in our country in the name of loyalty to one man.