In the shadow of January 6, the day-after crept stealthily into being in the middle of the night, uncertain of its place in history but destined to be reactionary. By dawn, the storming of the Capitol by MAGA’s coup klutz klan, made all the more devastating by a mind-boggling lack of defense, dominated national and international conversations. Social media was awash with outrage and heartache which melded into a single voice calling for law, order and justice.
The transgressors were shuffled into two groups: perpetrators and instigators. The first was a mishmash ranging from gullible cult followers to violent white supremacists. The second group comprised the organisers and enablers. Atop the pile: Trump, boated with narcissist self-aggrandizement, the vainglorious leader of a treasonous plot to overthrow democracy.
For four long, agonizing years, America suffered through Trump’s contempt for the law, his disdain for order and his evasion of justice. The Mueller investigation was abruptly curtailed when Bill Barr was nominated for AG. Impeachment failed to get a conviction in the Senate because of blind and belligerent partisanship. Pence, the insipid lickspittle, doesn’t have enough pluck to approach the Trump toadies in Cabinet and suggest a 25th Amendment intervention.
So the coverup-in-plain-sight continued, bolstered by an historic mountain of republican lies swallowed whole and normalised by the media. All the while the MAGA movement gained numbers, gathered conspiracy theories, and sank deeper into the mire of a dangerous cult.
The rest of America held on, waiting for November 3, 2020, when they could finally act to rid themselves of Trump and his corrupt administration. The depth of their need drove over 80 million to vote for Joe Biden, over 80 million votes for decency, over 80 million to decisively and lastingly dump Trump. And when victory was finally announced, the relief was palpable.
But for Trump, loss was unacceptable and constituted what psychiatrists called a narcissistic wound. They instantly went on alert and warned anyone who would listen.
We're only 2 days into the elections being called and look at trump go man! Folks, he's going to burn it to the ground. The narcissistic wound is too much for him to handle without serious retribution and vengeance. This country will pay, dearly, unless he's stopped. Watch.
— Larry Fine (@LarryFinesGhost) November 10, 2020
Meet Bandy X Lee, forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and president of the World Mental Health Coalition. For five years she and other mental health professionals tried to get the media to interview them, to listen to them, to heed their warnings. But they didn’t and they constantly got it wrong, missing every indication of danger.
The most dangerous weeks lie ahead, for mental health reasons. And there is not a single mental health expert speaking in the major media.
— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) December 28, 2020
The day before January 6, Dr Lee wrote of her concern for the public’s safety.
Whether by forced resignation, immediate impeachment, an emergency evaluation, implementation of the 25th Amendment, or arrest for criminal charges and prosecution, our concern as medical professionals is to ensure that the imminent danger to society is removed.
— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) January 4, 2021
The following day, 5 people died and more than 50 were injured in the storming of the Capitol, a coup plotted in Trump’s presence and carried out by his order. He ensured a large gathering by holding a rally in the Ellipse, a park near the White House. There he spent an hour igniting the fires of grievance entitlement then whipping the flames into vengeful rage and rebellion. At the end of the speech, he aimed his newly-forged weapon at the Capitol.
…we fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.
…So we are going to–we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give–give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try–going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Of course Trump lie and didn’t walk with them. He went straight to his armoured car and was whisked back to the White House where he could watch the insurgency unfold on C-Span and CNN in comfort.
But almost all the rally crowd went; the wolves in front leading obedient sheep. What organisation there was beforehand cracked and broke in the mindless fervor of a mob unleashed, causing indiscriminate damage wherever they went.
The coup ultimately failed but in the attempt, Trump crossed the red line. No longer was it Democratic vs Republican Americans. As insurrectionists entered those hallowed halls, chanting their disrespect, escalating their grievance into violence, moderate Republicans became one with Democratic Americans in expressing horror at what they were seeing.
The first calls for legal repercussions were aimed at the insurgents. They had photographed and videoed themselves breaking the law, oblivious to the fact that in doing so they were providing evidence for law enforcement and destroying any possible defense in the process.
They were quickly joined by calls to arrest, censure and/or expel the Republicans who’d objected to congressional certification of electors in a handful of states. Their verbal venom had further inflamed hostilities that led directly to the uprising.
But the loudest calls were aimed at Trump and echoed Dr Bandy Lee’s call on January 5 which she reiterated 3 days later.
The World Mental Health Coalition calls for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office, either by resignation, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Intervention must be swift and firm to be effective, while ensuring guardrails.
— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) January 9, 2021
Resignation wasn’t going to happen so focus narrowed to two options: 25th invocation or impeachment. Social media was instantly awash with stories about both, the facts lost in a sea of speculation.
The trick to bringing order to disorder is to choose reliable sources. Christine Pelosi has a direct link to her mother, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and is a stickler for accuracy.
#BREAKING? “It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign. But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s #25thAmendment legislation and a motion for #impeachment.” –@SpeakerPelosi pic.twitter.com/JucNSPF3ch
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) January 8, 2021
Trump did not resign. Pence not only reneged on his promise to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he’d discuss invoking the 25th with Cabinet chiefs, he refused to take their calls the next day. So, impeachment it is.
As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff is a senior member of the House leadership team. Many believe him to be the Speaker-in-waiting. His voice carries a lot of weight in the House.
The American people can expect the House will do its duty. And we will move swiftly.
But the Senate must undertake its Constitutional obligation, as well.
If McConnell stonewalls, he will bear responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits in the days ahead. pic.twitter.com/zcIgYo2JcK
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 9, 2021
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep Jerry Nadler, is also urging quick action and supports bringing Articles of Impeachment directly to the floor.
Precisely when it will happen is still under discussion. However, we can narrow it down to next week, sometime between Monday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 13. The sooner the better in most people’s views.
It’s been a circuitous route but finally we’ve circled back to the headline. Trump knows he’ll be impeached a second time. He must be expecting a Senate trial soon too because he’s already choosing his defense team.
President Trump is expected to be represented by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in the event of an impeachment trial, two sources said, and is also considering hiring controversial attorney Alan Dershowitz for his impeachment defense team. https://t.co/XZKJaFqexi
— CNN (@CNN) January 9, 2021
Also interesting is who will not be on his defense team the second time round.
Trump considering Giuliani, Dershowitz for impeachment defense team. But, more interestingly Jay Sekulow, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and attorney Jane Raskin are not expected to be involved for a second impeachment trial. They were there the 1st time. @PamelaBrownCNN
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) January 9, 2021
So was Pam Bondi, the blonde who bombed. Evidently she’s not being reconsidered – by anyone.
Turning now to more practical considerations: what would be the betting odds with this defense duo?
Wow odds of a Senate conviction in a second Trump impeachment trial just went way up!https://t.co/jvPiHZ8LpY
— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) January 10, 2021
Lev Parnas, former friend and business associate of Rudy’s, weighs in with his suggestions for Trump’s defense.
Trump impeachment dream team II – 1.- Rudy Giuliani
2.- Alan Dershowitz
3.- Sidney Powell
4.- Victoria T. and Joe diGenova
5.- Lin wood
My question is, as enablers and co-conspirators cans they still defend him ? https://t.co/IkOLtN8vAy
— Lev Parnas (@levparnas) January 9, 2021
Now that’s a very interesting question, Lev – let’s ask former Nixon White House Counsel, John W Dean.
Giuliani can’t represent Trump in a 2nd impeachment proceeding. House of Representatives prosecutors will object, strenuously. He’s a witness. Not that Rudy cares but it is prohibited by the American Bar Association’s rules of professional conduct-Rule 3.7 https://t.co/LPj1CqSm1o
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) January 10, 2021
My favourite not-a-lawyer tweet goes to Tom Straw.
Rudy files motion for change of venue to Four Seasons Total Landscaping.https://t.co/e7IQUeyzrG
— Tom Straw (@1tomstraw) January 10, 2021
I wonder if Dershowitz has enough sense to stay away? 🙂
— Ned Ludd (@CaptainNedLudd) January 10, 2021
Nope, he doesn’t. He promptly accepted and is already trying out his defense on the media. (He’s claiming constitutionally protected speech.)
Watching Guiliani and Dershowitz defend Trump is enough reason to vote for impeachment.
— Derek Salcido (@SP_Longie) January 9, 2021
Good point, Derek!
So roll on Monday and may you carry impeachment over the line in the House.