On the Monday after the president of the United States conspired against the very government he took an oath to uphold, he is still a free man. He should not be.
Last Wednesday, in our nation’s capital, in the very Capitol Building itself, there was an armed attempt to obstruct the duly elected representatives of our nation from discharging their constitutional duties, orchestrated by none other than the president of the United States of America.
This violence we witnessed was presidentially engineered to prevent those representatives from certifying an election which will in fact remove him from office on Jan. 20.
The president tried to prevent that from happening by encouraging a gathering crowd to become instead a riotous mob, employing inflammatory rhetoric to facilitate an armed assault on the Capitol Building.
This was not honorable dissent. The president is not outside of the government looking in. He is the government, charged with the responsibility of holding it together, not tearing it apart.
For the first time since 1812, over 200 years ago, the nation’s own capitol building was invaded. What Confederate soldiers, Nazis and terrorists were never able to accomplish, President Trump’s followers did.
Police officers died defending that building. Lawfully elected constitutional officers had their lives threatened. Democracy itself was jeopardized.
The would-be insurrectionists failed. Like everything else Donald Trump has done these past four years, this effort was marred and marked by disorganization and ineptitude. But that does not make the attempted acts any less treasonous or traitorous. They were high crimes, constitutionally impeachable.
Sunday morning talk shows were asking whether he should be removed from office before his term is up.
I have a better suggestion. He should be put in jail before his term is up. The president is criminally responsible for aiding and abetting a seditious act that led to death and destruction. We have his words on video. The whole world has seen them, and now a jury must rule on them.
The president knowingly and purposely conspired to prevent new and lawfully elected leaders from assuming their duties.
He consciously and intentionally obstructed the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. His actions were insidious.
If the United States had an Attorney General who had the courage not to resign, he could have indicted the president on Thursday, arrested him on Friday and brought him before a federal judge on Saturday.
Americans today should be debating only whether Donald Trump is entitled to a bond while awaiting his criminal trial for insurrection, his impeachment trial notwithstanding.
Our nation cannot afford another moment or hour, day or week, with him in charge of the government he tried to sabotage and undermine. He must be arrested at once.
If there is a protest in Washington this week, it should be 150 million voting Americans surrounding the White House demanding the president’s immediate removal therefrom.
After the outrage of the sitting-president last week, our nation can demand more, but accept nothing less.