America will remember Jan. 6, 2021, for a very long time. Images of an angry, violent mob pushing its way into the U.S. Capitol Building are already burned into our collective memory.
Outrage across the nation is palpable, with some calling for the immediate removal of President Trump from office just 13 days before the end of his term.
It’s not debatable that some Trump supporters crossed a bright red line on Wednesday, and the people involved should pay a steep price, including fines and jail time.
Unfortunately, and perhaps unfairly, their actions reflect on Trump and the entire Republican party, and efforts by party faithful to distance themselves from Wednesday’s events are viewed by many as mere damage control. In the minds of Trump’s opponents, the insurrectionists confirmed what they’ve been saying about the president’s supporters for these last four years.
What a sad conclusion.
Whoever those folks were, they’re not the Trump supporters we know so well in Mohave County. The Republican Party we know is full of patriotic Americans who love a vigorous debate and are committed to the rule of law. These other people were anarchists, plain and simple.
What we saw in Washington two days ago was un-American.
One thing that isn’t so clear is whether President Trump himself is responsible for what happened. We’re inclined to say he’s not -- at least, not totally. Despite the national narrative, Trump didn’t tell the morons at his rally to push past police officers, destroy public property and terrorize members of Congress and Capitol staff. But Trump is hardly blameless.The president goaded the excitable crowd, and when some of them took things too far, he did precious little beyond a couple of underwhelming tweets to stop the storm he had helped set into motion.
As alarming as the news was this week, the sympathetic reactions it got in some circles were even more so.
Trump supporters ought to be clear -- as the president finally was in a video posted to Twitter late Thursday afternoon -- that they abhor and condemn the violence we witnessed this week.
— Today’s News-Herald