“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest…..?”
Well Thomas Becket’s reign as Archbishop was ended by the sword in the year 1170. The world can only hope that the current US President’s office will be ended less brutally by invoking the 25th Amendment thus protecting the world from any other crazy abomination he may have in mind for us over the remaining days he is in office.
Far from “Making America Great Again” this man and his crazy family have single handedly besmirched the reputation of the United States across the world and they have duped opportunist conservative moderates in Congress to sell their souls to the Trump “power grab” – a “philosophy” that has nothing to do with Republican politics or American patriotism. Yet perhaps even more worrying and unfathomable is that without a shred of evidence this President has managed to persuade 45% of Republican voters including members of Congress that the election really was fraudulent.
So…..who could have predicted it would end like this? Well everyone, of course!
The antics in Washington yesterday have served only to show that all those members of the House and Senate who really do support democracy, have finally come to reject the President’s entirely spurious claims of electoral fraud and pulled together to follow the Constitution. The alternatives are too awful to contemplate.
Supported by the disturbing rantings of his idiotic sons as well as his cronies – like “Macho Man” Giuliani who called for “Trial by combat” only yesterday – The President is the only person responsible for this violent insurrection that he personally incited. Trumpism has always appealed to a loutish disrespectful fringe which begs the question of why he engages with typical deferential Republican supporters? Throughout his time in office he has spawned division and hatred and this culminated, yesterday, in a mob of total morons descending on Congress…..some armed with guns and explosives, sporting body armour and gas masks resulting, tragically, in four people dead. In hindsight, Hillary Clinton’s description that half of Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables” pretty much hits the nail on the head.
You only have to look at his tweets and video messages while all this was going on to realise that the man has become even more toxic…..unhinged…..and is prepared to do anything to stay in power. He and his deranged family have done enormous harm to the reputation of democracy not just in the USA but everywhere and this has damaged our mutual security.
What are Beijing and Moscow to make of this? Could you blame them for taking advantage? I can understand that like here, in Europe, there are people who don’t like so-called “big government” but the alternative is now perhaps becoming more apparent. Four more years under a rogue family regime would be a much more scary prospect.
And finally some quotes:
Barack Obama – “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,”
George W Bush – “This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic. I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions.”
Bill Clinton – “The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost. The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final.”
Jimmy Carter – “Rosalynn and I are troubled by the violence at the U.S. Capitol today,” Carter said in a statement. “This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel – “The images of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on Wednesday had made me “angry and sad.”
French President Emmanuel Macron – “”We will not give in to the violence of a few who want to question democracy. What happened today in Washington is not American. The will and the votes of the American people must be respected.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson – “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova – “The United States will never again be able to tell the world that we are the paragon of democracy.”
Finally wasn’t the apparent inability of the police to cope and control this demonstration rather odd, given they had weeks if not months of notice? Usually the US Police are known for acting decisively but up to now only 52 people are under arrest?
UPDATE FRIDAY 8th JANUARY: What a contrast The President’s contrite video statement was last night, compared with his earlier incitement to his supporters to March on The Capitol – which was supposed to have been led by him incidentally. Last night’s statement, which was read verbatim from a promoter, reminds me of “The Grand Old Duke of York”!! Is it possible or even justifiable that I should feel sorry for the rabble who thought they were carrying out their leader’s bidding on Wednesday?
Like we needed this…..
Let’s Tour England !