Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather choosing to turn the Capitol into one.
After Jackson’s swearing-in ceremony and address to Congress, the new president returned to the White House to meet and greet a flock of politicians, celebrities and citizens. Very shortly, the crowd swelled to more than 20,000, turning the usually dignified White House into a boisterous mob scene. Some guests stood on furniture in muddy shoes while others rummaged through rooms looking for the president–breaking dishes, crystal and grinding food into the carpet along the way. (White House staff reported the carpets smelled of cheese for months after the party.) In an attempt to draw partygoers out of the building, servants set up washtubs full of juice and whiskey on the White House lawn.
Republican senator: White House aides told me Trump was “delighted” as Capitol was stormed https://t.co/ddQc5gznqc
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) January 8, 2021
Punchbowl News: Trump and Kevin McCarthy got into a screaming match as the mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol, according to a source familiar with the episode.
McCarthy demanded that Trump release a statement denouncing the mob. Initially, Trump would not agree.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 8, 2021
While Jackson pursued numerous reforms designed to eliminate waste and corruption, his presidency marked the beginning of the ascendancy of the party “spoils system” in American politics. In 1830, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, which forcibly relocated most members of the Native American tribes in the South to Indian Territory. The relocation process dispossessed the Indians and resulted in widespread death and disease. Jackson opposed the abolitionist movement, which grew stronger in his second term.
On March 4, 1829, Andrew Jackson became the first United States president-elect to take the oath of office on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol. In his inaugural speech, Jackson promised to respect the sovereign powers of states and the constitutional limits of the presidency. He also promised to pursue “reform” by removing power from “unfaithful or incompetent hands.” At the conclusion of the ceremony, Jackson invited the public to the White House, where his supporters held a raucous party. Thousands of spectators overwhelmed the White House staff, and minor damage was caused to fixtures and furnishings. Jackson’s populism earned him the nickname “King Mob.”
The show is a comedic historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.
Near the end, the musical reviews Jackson’s legacy and the views attributed to him. Some believe he was one of America’s greatest presidents, while others believe him to be an “American Hitler.” The final scene shows Jackson receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard. He reflects upon his achievements and his questionable decisions. The show telescopes out and we get a bird’s-eye view of Jackson’s damning legacy and our collective culpability (“Second Nature”).
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 8, 2021
This psychopath has finally crossed the red line: He must be stopped now | Via Salon https://t.co/Sk66xk96zb
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) January 8, 2021
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) January 8, 2021
Calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked came amid fears that Trump would incite more violence following the riots that damaged parts of the Capitol and left four people dead.
By next month, "75 million" will become "80 million"… by next year, they will be claiming Trump won 90 million votes.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) January 8, 2021
Just like in their own homes https://t.co/teqOP0maQj
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 8, 2021
They took a dump on the seat of American democracy — literally.
Some of the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol defecated inside the building and smeared feces in hallways.https://t.co/qtvOJGoTWE
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 7, 2021
Some of the unhinged pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday defecated inside the historic building and “tracked” their feces in several hallways, the Daily News has learned.
— Antonia Juhasz (@AntoniaJuhasz) January 7, 2021
New: “National security equities” may have been among the records stolen from the Capitol on Wednesday when pro-Trump insurgents looted several congressional offices—but it’s still unclear what exactly was taken, per DOJ.https://t.co/XBefeiaTKs
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 7, 2021
"Fiona Hill said a public intervention from all 10 living former defense secretaries this week had prevented armed forces from becoming involved in the coup attempt, so Trump had opted instead to incite his supporters."#Sedition #SeditionHasConsequences https://t.co/ARDAC9i3vk
— Peter – #ForThePeopleAct Eliminate the Filibuster (@RougePeter) January 8, 2021
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.
Extremists made little secret of ambitions to 'occupy' Capital in weeks before attack. On the fringe message board 8kun, which is popular with QAnon followers, for example, users talked for weeks about a siege of the Capitol and planned killings.https://t.co/7kxeCBGf8P
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) January 8, 2021
UCS believes that science and scientists have a critical role to play in our society. Scientists cannot be bystanders as our very democracy is attacked by President Trump, his henchmen in Congress, and his rioters attacking the Capitol. https://t.co/eHZ39M09rl
— Union of Concerned Scientists (@UCSUSA) January 8, 2021