In his “Don’t Impeach Me” video, Trump said “This moment calls for healing[.]” Other Republicans have joined this rhetorical bandwagon. House Republican Leader McCarthy issued a statement opposing impeachment, arguing that “[e]ach passing day will offer us an opportunity to heal[.]”. NY Republican Rep. Tom Reed said “I'm opposed to impeachment. I think at this point in time, it's more important to focus on healing[.]” Lindsey Graham (opposing impeachment) tweeted that “it is time to heal and move on.” And so on. (And, yes, Pres. Biden has used similar language.)
Umm, when did this country’s leaders ever argue that we should begin a process of “healing” with terrorists? You see, these calls are at bottom an attempt to say that what we just witnessed was not a crime, was not an insurrection and was not an act of Domestic Terrorism. That is wrong, cowardly and very dangerous.
The term “domestic terrorism” is legally defined under Section 802 of the Patriot Act as follows:
A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.
Well! This Republican insurrection meets all of the various elements of “domestic terrorism,” including even alternative subpart (iii) — as photos emerge of insurgents holding plastic handcuffs to kidnapp hostages.
Republicans are arguing that we need to “heal” these criminals and terrorists? Or anyone who gave support – aid and comfort – to these deadly insurrectionists?
Let's forthrightly and publicly call out this sick bull-shit. The folks who need to heal are the millions of sane, law abiding citizens who have not voted for Trump, did not support Trump’s treasonous conduct and have witnessed a large Republican mob invade the nation’s Capitol to steal an election, while beating to death a Capitol police officer. All Republicans, and particularly Republican leadership, need to take immediate and substantive steps to help the rest of the country believe that Republicans will stop their recklessness, dishonesty and sedition. That is what “healing” would mean.
As a baseline, this “healing” would require Republican leadership to go to Trump — as Republicans did previously with Nixon — and tell him to resign, or face removal and a ban on ever holding any office or position of trust under federal law.
What “healing” does not involve is excusing the terrorism committed by Republican supporters, incited and aided/abetted by Republican leadership.
To our Republican colleagues, I quote a former Republican President who also faced terrorist attacks on the U.S.: “You’re either with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
So Republicans, which side are you on?