Elizabeth Drew / Washington DC
The first anniversary of Donald Trump’s devotee’s assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, is a new play investigating what happened by Congress in an attempt to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Consistent with the stage. And what measures are needed to prevent such violence from happening again?
The US House of Representatives investigating an attack on the US Capitol on January 6, consisting of seven Democrats and two Republicans (most Republicans disagree with any investigation) for several days until the anniversary. The selection committee has begun to reveal that vast amount of material. Have gathered so far. Not surprisingly, Trump and his allies will hold the Commission’s proceedings on the assumption that the Republican victory in the midterm elections in November this year will allow the Commission to close before it completes its work. We have adopted a strategy of trying to stretch.
However, in a recent interview, Commission Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said he would stop the investigation whenever necessary to produce and distribute the report to the public. Obviously, they want it to be before the midterm elections.
Maryland Parliamentarian Jamie Raskin, who may have the most intellectual burden on the committee, recently told me: We need to give a comprehensive and detailed talk about the attacks on the United States that lead to our recommendations to strengthen American democracy. ”
This suggests that the Commission is trying to follow the model of the 9/11 Commission, which scrutinized the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and wrote a compelling story. In fact, the Capitol riots and the September 11th attack are known by date, but there are other similarities.
Both shocked the country as they broke long-anticipated boundaries. Neither was surprising. In both cases, there was enough information to warn of what was happening. However, in both cases, the critical person ignored the information.
Ruskin told me how the January 6th Commission saw the mission: The middle circle of a violent rebellion led by Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Millitiamen and the QAnon network. And the inner circle of the coup where Trump, Banon, Stone, Flynn, and various parliamentary allies reverse the majority of Biden’s electoral college and force the contest into house conditional elections determined by state-by-state aggregates. We are working to understand all the strategic coordination and interactions between these three levels of activity. “
The question lurking around the investigation was hundreds of violent actions in response to then-President Trump’s call to “fight like hell” to prevent Congress from verifying Biden’s elections. It was not just the prosecuted demonstrators, but whether they should seek prosecution. .. But should believers be punished while the instigators are free? Another question is whether it is more important to get the charge of the key figures or to get more information by giving an amnesty.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has been widely criticized for not being willing to prosecute senior officials who worked to overturn the 2020 elections. In fact, Biden’s White House understands that the president has informed the Department of Justice that he wants Trump to be prosecuted from a civil investigation by the New York Justice Secretary on suspicion of involving Trump, Donald Jr., and Ivanka. Has been tax avoidance and bank fraud, not from actions by the Department of Justice. (Another criminal investigation into how the Trump business was managed is also pending in New York.)
It is understandable that Biden may hesitate to prosecute opponents and potential opponents of the 2020 elections in 2024. In addition, it will probably lead to even more violence than it was a year ago.
In fact, violence against political issues has gained tremendous respect in the United States. Several recent polls have shown a surge in the proportion of Americans, especially Republicans, who believe that violence against government may be justified. Also, according to a CBS News-YouGov poll, 62% of Americans expect the loser in the presidential election to react violently.
The United States has long had violent sources, whether it was a western settlement or a partial economic problem, including slavery. Attempts to win constitutional rights have been hit by violence.
I think the recent adoption of violence to resolve the presidential election began in 2000 when troops in support of George W. Bush staged what was called the “Brooks Brothers Riot” in Miami. Therefore, elections. The thread linking the event to the Capitol riots was prominent in both Republican operatives and long-time Trump ally Roger Stone.
Talking about “how close” to losing democracy in 2020 and 2021 has become fashionable these days. I disagree because Trump’s efforts were so flawed, amateurish, stupid and striped. Trump would have had to reverse the outcome in many of three of the six closely contested states, a difficult challenge.
Overturning the legitimate outcome of the presidential election goes against the grain of American tradition. In addition, neither state courts nor federal courts have purchased Trump’s allegations that the voting process in various states is corrupt.
But Steve Bannon, Trump’s close political adviser on and off, noted where Trump could have won the reelection if Trump’s army had more control. Changes are being made across the country to gain that enhanced control: the Voting Rights Act, and more importantly, how votes are counted. This is called “counting right”. Republicans have long been more sensitive than Democrats to the benefits of winning in the legislature.
Therefore, regardless of the validity of the January 6th Commission report, the nature and security of the American democratic system remains unmanageable. — Project Syndicate
* Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and most recently the author of the Washington Journal: Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Report of the Fall.
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