Editorial by Seth Dukes
I was watching live when all hell broke loose on Wednesday at the Capitol. I heard an aide say, “The protestors are at the door,” and then the audio cut out. I could see people scrambling, but it seemed impossible that something was wrong. I continued to watch as everyone learned that, yes, something was absolutely wrong.
Since November, Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly insisted that the election was stolen. Many lawsuits were filed, but they continued to fail. Even a Supreme Court that consisted of Trump’s own nominees couldn’t find any merit in the “evidence” presented to it. Neither could staunch Trump supporter Mitch McConnell.
“But, my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election,” said McConnell on Wednesday regarding the election fraud claims.
Former Attorney General William Barr also couldn’t find any merit in the allegations.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” he told the Associated Press.
Courts at all levels and both Republican and Democratic judges have rejected multiple lawsuits and asserted no evidence of widespread election fraud was presented to them.
“Charges of unfairness are serious,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump-nominated judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. “But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”
Trump and his allies have filed 62 lawsuits seeking to overturn election results. Of those, 61 have failed either due to lack of standing or based on the merits — or lack thereof — of the voter fraud allegations.
Still, there was enough “evidence” for these domestic terrorists — which is, by definition, what they were — to storm the Capitol. These terrorists are brainwashed. They believe anything their Great Leader tells them via Twitter. They read the headline of the article he shares without doing any research of their own. They perpetuate lies and misinformation on social media. By the way, read this now-deleted tweet from Trump on Wednesday and, with a straight face, tell me that he truly wanted these terrorists to stop what they were doing at the Capitol.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
This tweet came after news that a woman was shot and killed after she tried to breach a barricaded room in the Capitol. If you read that and think, “Yes, that is an appropriate reaction from the President of the United States while the Capitol is under attack from domestic terrorists,” then you’re brainwashed. You’re certainly not a patriot.
Trump also posted a now-deleted video in a sad, pathetic attempt to quell the chaos at the Capitol, telling the terrorists, “Go home. We love you. You’re very special.”
For the record, I am certainly not a part of the “we” that Trump references.
Early into Thursday morning, lawmakers convened and tabulated the electoral college votes. Trump began Thursday by saying that there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th.” It’s a little late for that, don’t you think? Even in his statement, he maintains that he disagrees with the results and that “the facts bear [him] out.” People are losing faith in the security of our elections based on a reality T.V. star’s unsubstantiated election fraud claims on social media. If people don’t learn to properly research things they read online, then this problem isn’t going to get better; it’s only going to get worse.
I know a lot of people reading this are registered Republican. A lot of people reading this supported Trump, and some still do to this day. I know that, by voicing my opinion, I risk negatively affecting both professional and personal relationships I have with Meade Countians. After Wednesday’s events, I cannot hold my tongue any longer. Any true American patriot should proudly denounce the actions at the Capitol on Wednesday. They should proudly uphold the states’ decisions to certify their election results. They should proudly stand behind the procedures carried out under Article 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution on Thursday morning. What they shouldn’t do is rally behind a megalomaniac whose greatest claim to fame is telling people “You’re fired.” They shouldn’t rally behind a man that thinks he can take whatever he wants from a woman by grabbing her private area.
I will be enjoying a nice glass of Kentucky bourbon and a cigar on Jan. 20 as I watch the inauguration. It marks an end to what I believe to be a dark time in America. Our leader was an unapologetic womanizer, a liar, a man who mocked a disabled reporter, a man who stole from charities and admitted to it, and a man who pardoned war criminals who massacred innocent Iraqi women and children. It has been embarrassing to call this person the President of the United States. A cult of personality’s blind faith resulted in the election of a man who will go down in history as one of the most controversial and abrasive presidents of all time. Say what you will about how Democrats acted when Trump won, but we certainly didn’t storm the Capitol and cause death and destruction in Washington D.C.