I was following the Georgia Senate election results on US media, when I realised that despite their historic importance, a possibly even bigger story was Trump supporters storming the Capitol building and the US government actually fleeing the Senate chamber for their own safety. This was an attempted coup d’état in the most powerful democracy in the world!
Fortunately, one feels secure that the forces o f sanity will prevail, not least because their opponents aren’t very bright, but it’s still scary stuff. In his book, about his first visit to America, th e French philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote that the United States is the “only remaining primitive society.”These Trumpites and Quanonistes are at least as delusional, if not more so, than the Taliban and their promises of martyrs’ countless virgins in Paradise. In fact, the only real differences are that the former have more sophisticated weaponry and vastly inferior dress sense!
I hope you’re right, but I don’t believe their beliefs and values are going to disappear just like that. Over seventy million voted for Trump and it’s a mistake to assume they were mainly elderly voters - look at the media footage of activists.
The great error of the Trumps era has been the dismissal (usually by the media, but by many others) of serious crimes as harmless on account of the incompetence of their perpetrators.
The failure to take treason, sedition, and other unconstitutional acts seriously because those carrying them out have been hapless morons does not mean that those acts did not take place, nor that they should not be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, said in a statement that he discussed the deployment of national guard troops to the Capitol with Mike Pence, not Donald Trump.
“Chairman Milley and I just spoke separately with the Vice President and with Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative Hoyer about the situation at the US Capitol,” Miller said in the statement.
“We have fully activated the DC National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation. We are prepared to provide additional support as necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities.”