Opinion: Violence at Capitol shows Trump at his worst


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President Donald Trump, pictured here at a 2016 campaign rally, has continued to claim that he did not lose the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

By Alli Schroeder, Baldwin High School - PA

On Wednesday night in Congress, senators voted 93-6 to reject the challenge to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after immense pressure from President Donald Trump to sway the election. House members voted early this morning 303-121 to accept the results.

These votes came after the violence at the U.S. Capitol building, in which rioters took over the building to stop the Congressional voting, leading to Vice President Mike Pence being evacuated for his safety. The support for overturning the election results dropped from about a dozen senators to six after this barbaric protest.

The riots, in which a woman was fatally shot, are an ugly display of right-wing terrorism that only brings out the hypocrisy of the right. Months ago during the Black Lives Matter protests, these same people called peaceful protesters thugs, but Wednesday’s protesters were able to storm the Capitol with guns and hate symbols and receive praise from the president.

The violence has led to talk of enacting the 25th Amendment, which would forcibly remove Trump as president and put Pence in charge until Jan. 20.”

Many people are angry because most Black Lives Matter protesters were not violent but received much worse treatment from law enforcement on the scene. This is what unchecked racism and bigotry looks like.

The difference in Trump’s tweets about these protests shows the full hypocrisy of the president and his supporters. On May 29, 2020, the President tweeted, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” But on Wednesday he tweeted, “Go home. We love you.” Three of the president’s tweets were deleted for violating Twitter guidelines, and his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked.

President Trump called for the overturn of the 2020 election results in an attempt to destroy the basic principles of democracy. Many Trump supporters still believe that Biden lost the election, despite the fact that Trump lost both the popular and electoral vote. Regardless of Trump’s many attempts to take the election, Joe Biden will be the next president.

Due to the violence incited in the Capitol, among other acts, the president is losing support — even, it seems, from his vice president. Pence sent the National Guard to the Capitol and made statements on Twitter condemning the violence that took place on Wednesday. In an act of solidarity, Pence changed his Twitter header image to a picture of Biden and Harris.

The violence has led to talk of enacting the 25th Amendment, which would forcibly remove Trump as president and put Pence in charge until Jan. 20. It’s hard to say if this would be a good idea, as it may cause further violence, but removing a fascist from office is probably the better route

All of the commotion at the Capitol on Wednesday put a damper on the outcome of the Georgia Senate run-off elections. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were victorious in turning Georgia into a blue state.

These victories come as a historic win, as Ossoff has never held public office, and Warnock will become the first Black senator in Georgia history.

With these wins, Democrats gain control in the Senate, as a 50-50 split means the deciding vote will fall to the vice president, who will be Kamala Harris after the inauguration on Jan. 20.

Democrats now hold slim majorities in both houses of Congress. Under Democratic control, it will be much easier for Biden to push his legislation without needing Republican support.

History was made on Jan. 6, 2021, but it will not be remembered with dignity. Trump will likely go down as one of the worst presidents in history, because of his superiority complex that has put the basic principles of American democracy in dire danger.

This story was originally published on Purbalite on January 7, 2021.