The President Must Be Removed
Yesterday, a group of armed white supremacists breached the US Capitol and attempted to subvert a Constitutionally mandated process that is central to the democratic, peaceful transition of Presidential power. That peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of the US democracy — a democracy that has, in the past, been an exemplar in the world of a government that is of, for, and by the people.
This armed insurrection was planned. We know this because the President of the United States as well as many white supremacist group leaders posted about it days in advance on social media. We also know this because many of the insurrectionists were seen wearing pre-printed sweatshirts marking the date under the words, “Civil War.” They also brought long guns, hand guns, and homemade explosive devices with them — and some of these devices were planted in advance at sites other than the Capitol. The intentions of this group were clear and premeditated.
We know that they were white supremacists because many came wearing or displaying relevant gear — like one man, who wore a sweatshirt that said, “Camp Auschwitz” on the front, and “Staff” on the back. Some of the attackers set up a noose outside of the building. Many also carried Confederate flags, and one of the most jarring images of the day was a Confederate flag being carried, unfurled, through the halls of the Capitol — for the first time in US history.
And worst of all is the fact that this armed insurrection was aided and abetted by the President of the United States, who posted about it before the fact, enthusiastically spoke to the crowd on the morning of the attack, and himself commanded the armed group to walk down to the Capitol. Furthermore, knowing this large group of armed “protesters” was coming to the nation’s capital, he declined to organize meaningful protection for the US Capitol and environs. In fact, once the armed conflict had begun, even after one person had been shot and attackers had taken control of the US Senate floor and the office of the Speaker of the House, the President declined to authorize deployment of the National Guard, and eventually the Vice President had to intervene — stepping outside the chain of command to ensure that possession the Capitol was returned to duly elected officials of our government.
Astonishingly, the business of the House and Senate resumed late last night, and while many speeches were made that decried the events of the day, not one single action has been taken to acknowledge the deeply concerning involvement of the President.
It is simply unacceptable to allow the events of the day to be normalized as just another day of protest in our free country. Elected officials, including the person in the highest office in the land, encouraged and fueled this insurrection by propagating unfounded lies about election fraud, about the electoral process, and about their opponents themselves. The lies continued — from the floor of the House and Senate and from the White House itself — after the armed conflict had subsided. This leaves the democracy on very shaky ground, with those who would subvert it remaining in power and continuing to have a platform from which to encourage and incite violence.
As a citizen and a resident of this country, I demand that those in power take action to show the country and the world that this type of armed assault on our democratic institutions will not stand — and that white supremacy and fascism will not be tolerated in the US Capitol and the White House, nor in state houses and city councils across the country. We must take steps to remove this President and other elected officials who claim that our most recent Presidential election was rigged and who encourage armed attackers, displaying homages to lynching and genocide, to invade our federal buildings.
The voters have made their preferences clear. It is time for Congress and any pro-democracy leaders left in our Cabinet to step in and declare that white supremacy and fascism have no place in US politics and political institutions.