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The Runback: Dereliction of Duty
Donald Trump stopped being President the moment he needed to start acting like one
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Speaking of The Baltimore Banner, I wrote an op-ed for the Banner talking about my decision to leave the GOP and what the future may hold for the Maryland Republican Party.
The Monday Thought
I don’t go out of my way to sit down and watch the January 6th Committee Hearings on TV. I have a wife, three kids, and a life after all. But I did see part of it as I was flipping during commercials on the World Track and Field Championships. I did see the various things that were tweeted out about the committee hearings.
At this point, if you aren’t disturbed by what the Committee found, you’re just looking for excuses not to be.
Meanwhile, while Trump was screwing around making excuses for the mob, this was happening.
Mind you, his inability to say the election was over was the day AFTER Congress certified the election. Ending, without question, the election process.
At least we can all laugh at Josh Hawley.
Look, whether Trump was or was not responsible for the attempted coup, is almost irrelevant at this point. It is clear to me that Trump and his team was heavily involved in setting the events of January 6th in place. But the fact that Donald Trump did his Nero impression and fiddled for three hours while Rome burned is the most damning moment of his administration.
Trump always pretended that he was a pillar of strength. But in his moment of truth, he showed himself to be weak feeble, and delusional. He tried to abandon the Vice-President and the members of Congress to whatever fate the mob had for them. It is unprecedented that such a thing would happen in any free country, much less the United States of America.
Trump’s dereliction of duty may, ultimately, be what does him in too from a legal perspective:
If I was standing in front of a jury, I’d ask them to ponder a question—if Trump truly wanted only a “peaceful” protest, why did he passively allow the horrific violence to unfold? Why was it ultimately up to Mike Pence to skip the chain of command and call out the National Guard?
The answer, I’d argue, was that everything was happening precisely as Trump had intended. The mob was supposed to march to the Capitol. It was supposed to stop the certification. Why would Trump call it off when it was doing exactly what he wanted it to do?
And that doesn’t even begin to talk about whether or not Trump will face prosecution in Georgia.
Donald Trump was always unfit to serve. His dereliction of duty on January 6th merely confirmed it.