Will former US President Donald Trump be brought to justice and convicted, or will anyone who wanted to sabotage the outcome of the regular election and thus democracy be spared?
The Commission of Inquiry in Washington is currently trying to clarify the background to a process unprecedented in US history: On January 6, 2021, after the fiery speech of their statue, Trump fans attacked the capital of Democratic Party Joe Biden’s election victory. To be confirmed systematically. Five died – 140 security guards were injured. Senators and lawmakers fled in panic, besieging themselves in their offices.
Systematic psychological terrorism
Meanwhile, numerous Republican politicians and top officials have described how in the days leading up to the presidential election, there was a systematic pressure by Trump and his team to falsify the decision. Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, who is in charge of organizing the referendum in Georgia, described how Trump bombed him with calls. Trump bluntly asked him to garner enough votes to win his election.
Others who refused to submit to Trump’s pressure were harassed by the president’s rabid supporters in the weeks and months after the election. Russell Powers, Republican leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, said protesters marched outside his home each week, calling him a pedophile, a pervert and corrupt, and inciting the entire neighborhood to revolt.
To date, Donald Trump claims that the election was “stolen” from him and his supporters, and that Joe Biden is illegally in the White House. According to opinion polls, half the Republican electorate share this view and believe that justice must be done and that Trump returns to the right place in the presidency.
If that happens, democracy in the United States will cease to exist and pave the way for a semi-dictatorship.
Pass in a hair width
The question now is whether US Attorney General Merrick Garland will decide to pursue Trump in court. There are many indications that the president should have known that he lost the election for himself and then began a planned coup. Garland speaks of “unprecedented attack on the seat of our democracy.” It is becoming clearer than ever that on January 6, 2021, the United States escaped a coup d’etat in a shorter time than initially assumed.
Viewers, such as Edward Loose, a columnist for the Financial Times, point to the dilemma that Attorney General Garland finds himself in. If he starts campaigning against Trump, he will face a major upsurge by serious Trump fans. Above all, Pitton’s declared goal is to reunite the deeply divided country and fill the gaps. If Carland rests on this matter, he risks Trump undermining American democracy in a second attempt.
As Trump continues to dominate among Republicans, he is clearly targeting his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election. Republicans who openly opposed Trump were fired, while others at least feared for their careers or remained silent in fear.
But there are those who do not want to be intimidated and those who want to run against Trump in the primary election. They are the ones who have no chance by any means. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But: there is danger and it hangs over America like the sword of Tomocles.
Although Trump and the Republicans do not need to overthrow American democracy with brutal force. Attempts to rob Democrats of victory by changing electoral laws have been going on for a long time – for example, by redefining constituencies and making it more difficult to access the ballot box.
Time is running out
If Garland – if he is brought to power by Biden – actually starts taking action against Trump, the accused in the Democratic view should be punished ultimately. Otherwise, Trump may emerge strongly from the matter. For this it must be proved beyond doubt that the former President acted with criminal intent. Therefore, it must be clearly demonstrated that not only did Trump want to change the outcome of the election, but he was fully aware that he was guilty.
Evidence has shown that countless advisers, Republican politicians and officials have warned Trump that everything in the election is legal and that changing the decision is unconstitutional. As biographers have repeatedly emphasized, Trump, suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder, does not take this justification. The question is how a judge will evaluate this matter.
After all, the defenders of American democracy have little time. By-elections are scheduled for November 2022, and it is now likely that the Democrats will lose a majority in Congress. It may be the result of a panel of inquiry into those horrific events that took place on January 6, 2021.
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