Who among us will ever forget what we witnessed yesterday? Thousands of rioters, incited by the President of the United States himself, storming the US Capitol, breaking into the building, running rampant through the halls, rummaging through private offices, stealing souvenirs, and lounging in the House and Senate chambers.
I watched in horror and disbelief. Not unlike watching 9/11. How could this be happening in the United States of America? How could anyone have imagined doing something like this or have considered it even for a moment?
And as with 9/11, there are certain images I’ll never forget. From yesterday, it’s the scene above. Plainclothes Capitol police, guns drawn, literally manning a barricade to keep the rioters out of the House chamber. Reports say there were no locks on the door; no one had imagined ever needing them.
How did it happen? Why did it happen?
Unbelievably — or perhaps not surprisingly — it was the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, who rallied those people in Washington and who urged them to march on the Capitol.
It doesn’t matter that he’ll be out of office in 13 days. He should be out now. Today. Escorted out of the White House and preferably into a jail cell. Or perhaps a rubber room. One dare not contemplate what he might do if given free rein for two more weeks. And anyone who still supports him after yesterday should go with him.
Another impeachment will take too long. The 25th Amendment should be invoked now.