No more delays and no more excuses.
Donald Trump must be removed immediately. https://t.co/YTYlMtCSFD
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 7, 2021
Trump is “a dangerous person who should not continue in office…this is an emergency of the highest order.” — Nancy Pelosi
Do you think Vice President Pence and the Cabinet secretaries in the Trump administration should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office?
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) January 7, 2021
“Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.” – Bill Barr (see shocked face). Trump’s recent prepositioning of his people in the Pentagon does seem to explain the possibility of an attempt to declare martial law, signaled by yesterday’s incitement to an insurrectionary riot. Getting distance from a POTUS* self-pardon by the former AG is only part of the revisionist history tour for 2021.
Last summer Bill Barr bussed in prison guards in mismatched armor from all across the country because Trump read a tweet that Antifa supersoldiers had chartered a 727 to DC. https://t.co/WD2evtYb20
— zeddy (@Zeddary) January 7, 2021
This Bill Barr? pic.twitter.com/32AuykrZQl
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 7, 2021
Bill Barr covered up Trump's criminality. He protected a violent-minded wanna-be authoritarian who aided & abetted Putin's attack on the US and who abandoned his responsibility to protect the US from a pandemic. And Barr echoed Trump's demonization of the left. Now he's outraged? https://t.co/IZ8RiaWm88
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 7, 2021
Reminds me of a 1930s fascist group that decided to abandon the sieg heil salute because it was a little "*too* fascist." Bill Barr's the Goldilocks of fascism–he wants it just right, & since this didn't hit the spot he's going to move onto the next bowl of porridge. https://t.co/t3Cbf3iHVn
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) January 7, 2021
I don't know how much clearer online extremists could've been: They said they were going to storm the Capitol on January 6th.
They had specific plans. It wasn't Antifa. It was a combo of QAnon, Proud Boys and pro-Trump militias, openly planning online.
How didn't police see it? pic.twitter.com/IjqMMbio7V
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 7, 2021
MORE: One person arrested near Capitol yesterday had *11* molotov cocktails "ready to go", per Justice Dept
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 7, 2021
"We are here, living in a state that is teetering on collapse, because for too long the authorities have done nothing to stop violent white supremacists, now organized under Donald Trump’s banner, or their enablers."—@ElieNYC https://t.co/X4B0Ew7N1Q
— The Nation (@thenation) January 7, 2021
I wish I lived in a country where John Bolton, John Kelly, Bill Barr and James Mattis had at least half the balls of Mary L. Trump, Sally Yates, Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill, Reality Winner, Christine Blasey Ford, or Stormy Daniels.
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) January 7, 2021
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— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 7, 2021
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 7, 2021
raise your hand if you would like to see Donald Trump testify under oath in front of Congress for 11 straight hours on live television to explain how 4 people ended up dead at the US Capitol
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 7, 2021
As I write this a few hours later, rioters incited by President Donald Trump have stormed the Capitol building. Both the House and the Senate have suspended their counting because of security threats. Reportedly, shots have been fired. A photograph of a rioter occupying the House speaker’s chair shows that the Capitol is, essentially, being occupied. C-SPAN is reporting that senior members of leadership of the legislative branch are being held in an “undisclosed location.” Reporters are refusing to divulge their locations on the grounds—entirely reasonable—that doing so could endanger their safety. The National Guard has been deployed.
It’s undeniable at this point. The United States is witnessing a coup attempt—a forceful effort to seize power against the legal framework. The president has caused the interruption of the process that would certify his removal from office. The mechanics of constitutional government have been suspended. Americans are in danger of losing constitutional government to a degree unmatched even during the Civil War, a period when secession itself did not postpone either the holding of elections or the transition of power between presidents.
The moment we face as Americans, in other words, compares more closely to the August 1991 coup that attempted to remove President Mikhail Gorbachev from the head of the Soviet Union or the 1993 armed standoff between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the Russian legislature.
Yet right up until this moment a chorus of voices was telling us not to worry.
The past several years have been a boom industry for political scientists who work on topics like coups and democratic erosion, including several of the experts quoted in the Post piece. As the United States has entered seemingly uncharted democratic waters, journalists and readers alike have decided that standard horse-race journalism is not up to the task of interpreting politics.
As tensions have risen, however, there has been a profound divide between those who believed that, in the end, institutions would save us—that the United States’ democratic traditions would be preserved—and those who were clear that we faced a period that could end with a standoff of this magnitude.
Honors @umasspolsci professor @profmusgrave wrote an analysis of yesterday’s assault on the Capitol titled “This Is a Coup. Why Were Experts So Reluctant to See It Coming?” for @ForeignPolicy. Read his assessment below: https://t.co/Vyj1oWPj8n
— UMass Honors College (@UMassCHC) January 7, 2021
Why Unrest and Political Violence Is Predicted to Peak in the 2020s https://t.co/XxvcxG6Tc9
— Ninja Economics (@NinjaEconomics) January 7, 2021
BREAKING: Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer calls on the Cabinet to remove President Trump from office, saying he shouldn't be president "one day" longer. https://t.co/U9c4vMO0KH
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 7, 2021