Trump left behind a monstrous predicament. Here is methods to sort out it | Trump impeachment (2021)
N.Last week’s Senate trial is unlikely to convict Donald Trump of inciting rebellion against the United States. At least 17 Republican senators are required for the sentencing, but only five have signaled they will go along with it.
Why don’t Republican senators condemn him? After all, it’s an open and closed case. As summarized in the letter submitted by the impeachment managers of the House of Representatives, Trump spent months leading up to the election telling his supporters that he could only lose through “a dangerous, far-reaching conspiracy against them that threatened America itself.”
Immediately after the election, he lied that he had “won by a landslide” and later urged his supporters to stop the vote counting by making plans to “fight like hell” and “fight to the death ”Against this“ act of war ”by“ Radical Left Democrats ”and the“ weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party ”.
If this isn’t a criminal offense, it’s hard to imagine what it is. But Republican senators will not condemn him for being accountable to Republican voters, and Republican voters continue to believe Trump’s big lie.
A shocking three out of four Republican voters don’t believe Joe Biden legitimately won. About 45% even support the storming of the Capitol.
The crux of the problem is that Americans now occupy two separate worlds – a fact-based world for democracy and a Trump-based authoritarian world.
Trump has spent the past four years seducing voters into his world and turning the GOP from a political party into a grotesque projection of his pathological narcissism.
Whether or not he is convicted, America must now grapple with the dire situation he has left behind: one of the nation’s two major political parties has given up reality and democracy.
What should I do? Four things.
First, prevent Trump from running for president in 2024. The very possibility stimulates his followers.
Impeachment conviction is not the only way to prevent it. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits anyone who has taken an oath to protect the Constitution from holding public office for “leading an insurrection against the United States.” As constitutional expert and former professor of Yale law Bruce Ackerman has noted, a majority vote that Trump revolted against the United States is enough to trigger this clause.
Second, you give Republicans and independents every incentive to give up the Trump cult.
White, uneducated working class voters, who make up a large part of their base today, need good jobs and a better future. Many are understandably angry after being left in vast enclaves of unemployment and despair. You shouldn’t have to rely on Trump’s fact-free fanaticism to feel visible and respected.
An employment program on the scale required to reach many of them is expensive but well worth the cost, especially when democracy is in balance.
Large corporations that used to have a home in the GOP need a third party. Democrats shouldn’t try to woo them; The Democratic Party should aim to represent the interests of the bottom 90%.
Third, disempower the vast media empires that reinforced Trump’s lies for four years – Facebook, Twitter, and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and its copycats. The aim is not to “abolish” political law, but to concentrate public consultation on facts, truth and logic. Democracy cannot flourish when big lies are systematically and repeatedly exploited for commercial purposes.
The aim is not to abolish political law, but to concentrate public consultation on facts, truth and logic
The solution is to enforce antitrust law and regulate social media more strictly while balancing financial pressures. Consumers should boycott products advertised in these factories of lies and advertisers should avoid them. Big tech platforms should lose legal immunity to violent content. Broadcasters like Fox News and Newsmax should be responsible for knowingly spreading lies (they are now being sued by voting machine and software makers who accused them of being manipulated for Biden).
Fourth, protect democratic governance. This requires that businesses and the rich be prevented from buying off politicians, ending so-called “dark money” political groups that do not disclose their donors, defend the right to vote and ensure that more citizens are heard, not less.
Let’s get the challenge ahead clear. The main goal is not to convict Trump of inciting insurrection. It’s about moving a large part of America back into a fact-based pro-democracy society and away from the Trump-based authoritarian society.
Whether or not he is convicted, the end of his presidency has given the nation a respite. But unless America uses it to end Trumpism’s impact on tens of millions of Americans, that reparation can only be temporary.
Fortunately, Joe Biden seems to get this.