One question many people have been asking themselves daily for more than a year now is about Donald Trump will be held criminally liable for trying to overthrow the government, and given the whole coup attempt, it is a perfectly reasonable thing to wonder. Unfortunately at the moment we have no idea what the answer is. On the one hand, the public prosecutor Merrick Garland said last week that the Ministry of Justice will go after the people who caused the deadly uprising, “whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the attack on our democracy”, which seems to include the guy , who spent months lying about the election being stolen, then got his supporters agitated and told them to “fight” just before attacking the Capitol. On the other hand, Trump has a long history of getting away with it all. So there it is.
Yet Monday brought a glimmer of hope that the 45th president could at least be held accountable for the events of that dreadful day, in the sense that he might have to pay for what he did.
According to CNN:
As Mehta noted, if Trump did not believe that his supporters should literally “fight” the election results at the Capitol, as his allies have suggested, he would have plenty of time to ask them to stop. “Wouldn’t someone who is a sensible person say, ‘That was not what I meant?'” Mehta asked a lawyer who argued against the rebellion lawsuits. As we now know, of course, Trump not only said something for hours when lawmakers at the Capitol were attacked, he even refused prayers, including from his children, to take action, only much later told the troublemakers to “go home,” and in the same breath: “You are very special” and “we love you” and shortly after that: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide victory in the election campaign is so unpretentiously and viciously removed from great patriots who are have been treated badly and unfairly for so long. ” Last Thursday, on the anniversary of the January 6 attack, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump “gladly” saw it unfold on television, noting, “Look at all the people fighting for me,” and rewind to watch again. Republican senator Ben Sasse said in an interview days after the attack that the president “walked around the White House confused about why other people on his team were not as excited as he was … He was delighted.”
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