The most dangerous man in America

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Harriet Hausman

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'Big protest in D.C. on January 6th," Mr. Trump tweeted on Dec. 19, just one of several of his tweets promoting the day. "Be there, will be wild!"

Although some problems should have been anticipated, no one would have believed that this demonic dictator of a president was planning a coup. There was no preparedness to thwart the mobs (an estimated 2,000 thugs) that flooded the Capitol. They were equipped with guns, tear gas, metal pipes, zip cords, Molotov cocktails, clubs, Confederate and Trump flags, all the while shouting outrageous epithets — "Hang Pence", "Kill Pelosi", "Trump was cheated", "They stole the vote." One of the reporters said a group of these blood-thirsty domestic terrorists had set up a make-shift gallows, ready to kill! 

The sights we viewed on television were frighteningly horrible — people scrambling for safety, glass shattering, looting, guns drawn, locked doors battered open, eyes filled with fear, staring out from barricades. In contrast, marauders' eyes filled with hate!

As a kid, I remember bullies trying to hurt us, and we would answer, "Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words can never hurt us." How naive we were! It's lies, repeated over and over again, that are the most damaging and difficult to overcome. We see how effective Trump's lies have been — the riots he has incited — and his evil plan to supersede all the 60 court rebuffs of his lying claim that the election was fraudulent. Here is a direct quote from (Republican) federal appeals court judge, Stephanos Bibas, in response to the president's effort to halt Pennsylvania's certification in November. "Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here." 

Unfortunately, we witnessed and learned a great deal about our vulnerability on Jan. 6:

Racism and white privilege were never more apparent as when these vicious white trespassers invaded the Capitol. They were almost given a free pass of entry by the D.C. Police, some of whom actually cooperated with the marauders, and with some officers even taking photo selfies with them. We know the police would have gunned down a group of black protesters if they merely breached the marching area.

The National Guard was desperately needed to stop the madness, but they must have federal authority to be ordered to act. Trump blocked the deployment. (This answers the question of why, less than two months before Biden's inauguration, Trump fired Homeland Security officers, and re-placed them with young inexperienced men lacking knowledge and experience. Trump felt assured they would not use their newfound authority.

Trump's evil ideas to overtake the government were pre-planned long before the 2020 election. Early in 2017, Trump stated he thought he should be president for all time. (It was supposed to have been a joke.) His Pied-Piper showmanship provided him a huge following. Without concern for the nation or the worsening pandemic, and caring only for the selfish power of the presidency, Trump persisted with his grand lie.

Section 4 of Article 2 of the Constitution states, "The President, Vice President, and all Civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from office on Impeachment for and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." Certainly there is no doubt Trump qualifies for any and all of these misdeeds, and should be removed from the presidency.

The 25th Amendment of the Constitution (Section 4) may also be invoked to remove the President from office. The Vice President and a majority of principal officers of the Executive Department (the Cabinet) "must present in written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." Vice President Pence has refused to invoke this amendment. Pence, and several other Republican Trump supporters, including, but not limited to Senators Cruz and Hawley, are anxious to use Trump's popular voter base for their own political aspirations and possible 2024 presidential runs.

My fears extend beyond Trump's removal from office. His well-honed angry mob will try again, instigated by Trump even when he's out of office. I'm deeply concerned for the state of our country. Yet I look forward to and welcome President Biden and Vice President Harris to their honored and duly-elected positions as administrators of our nation's leadership. It is my hope that these domestic terrorists who caused five deaths and many injuries as well as damage to our Capitol, will be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. 

May we look forward to calming the present chaos, controlling and eliminating violence, being guided by truth and facts, and restoring faith in our government. However, how can we replace the lies with truth? And how can we reverse hate? 

Let us sincerely be the nation that can proudly prove to the world we value and represent peace, truth and justice for all.

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Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 15th, 2021 5:05 PM

Corey Gimbel In my opinion the only way to make sure for the last four years no deals have slipped into policy which would benefit the Trump rule once he leaves would require a very large team to sift through everything that took place for those four years

Corey Gimbel from River Forest  

Posted: January 15th, 2021 4:35 PM

@Ray Simpson: I couldn't help but notice the pronoun you led off with down below. " YOU ran Trump out of office, " you say. IMHO he did a pretty good job of running himself out of office by hiring and then firing a myriad of the best people. 81,000,000+ people decided, communally, and individually, that they'd had enough of his lies and whining. The fact that his colleagues in the House of Representatives decided to slap him around some on his way out the door does nothing to repair the damage he managed to do to our society and countless unique individuals in it. Hopefully his lifelong record of slipping through legal cracks is at end and he ( and his family, his collaborators and his business ) will accrue an appropriate, and painful punishment.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 14th, 2021 2:58 PM

And Ray ... cheer up, man. Your guy's inauguration crowd will definitely be bigger than Biden's.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 14th, 2021 1:39 PM

Harriet Hausman I am glad to read some one who understands the process and what took place, so well. There are Trump supporters who have been led to believe it was the opposing side that created the violence. The lies will not stop. You question what will the future hold. That is up to the newly elected President who will listen what the intelligent agencies are sending and to break a part this group who has banned together through someone they needed to believe in so they could do what they wanted. That means all intelligence sources break down and jam communications. It sounds terrible, although if you reduce communication within the masses then they will no longer be able to work together. That goes against the values of America, although not many objected to creating a Country to protect us after 9 11. Things happen for reasons. It is up to the new President to actually take action against this unwanted group and to stop turning lies into beliefs

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: January 14th, 2021 12:07 PM

No, Simpson, Trump was *voted out of office by 81M+ Americans, none of whom were stalking Pence and Pelosi last Wednesday with plans to murder them, and who were not trashing the Capitol building like the fascist thugs they are. Did you enjoy that show? Were you rooting for the insurrectionists? Because they believe Trump was run out of office, too.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 14th, 2021 11:33 AM

So, Ray-Ray... I'm wondering. Just how "small minded, petty (and) hate filled" are people who beat one police officer to death, and badly beat several others, including one who lost an eye? Is that your idea of respect for law and order?

Ray Simpson  

Posted: January 14th, 2021 10:58 AM

You have run Donald Trump out of office! Shouldn't you be telling us how wonderful the next few years will be? Our nation may just challenge Illinois for the title of "Most Corrupt" and boy that is something to put on your resume! There are now 74,000,000 voices out there that are going to challenge small minded, petty hate filled tomes like this one.

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