Buckle up, folks. It’s time for a political post!

Today is a historic day in American history. For the first time, the United States Senate is convening to try a second impeachment case against the same President (now former President). Given the unprecedented nature of this trial, I thought I might share a few thoughts on the incident that forced Congress’ hand.

We all remember the riot at the Capitol a month ago in which Democrats have made the claim that Trump whipped up his supporters into an insurrection against the government.

Trump’s defense team, notably, is set to sidestep this issue entirely. Instead, they will claim the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer the President.

Now that’s a question for the scholars and lawyers, so I won’t get into that. I will say, however, that the US Senate has already once carried on an impeachment trial for a person who was no longer in office.

What I want to talk about is Trump’s role in the riot, specifically. I’ll not be talking about Trump’s administration as a whole or Liberal vs Conservative policies, so don’t expect any sweeping endorsements or condemnations of Trump’s time in office.

“The words of the President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately.” – Calvin Coolidge

A simple truth spoken by the 30th President of the United States. Look over the past 4 years, sometimes a mere tweet from Trump was sufficient to send the markets or foreign officials reeling. Why? Because the President of the United States is one of the most influential people in the world. His words, as Calvin Coolidge noted, carry an almost unparalleled weight.

Trump knows this. He is many things, but an idiot he most certainly is not. He knows not only the power of his words, but also how to use his words to get what he wants without ever saying so. The man’s a decorated hotel mogul with decades of experience. He literally wrote the book on making deals.

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He was always known as the kind of guy who would make a deal that gets him exactly what he wants all while making the other guy think he’d be getting what he wanted. People used to love the cutthroat, no-holds-barred nature of Trump the businessman, which is why he was mentioned prominently in many rap/hip-hop songs throughout the 90’s and early 00’s.

So when I heard Trump speaking to his supporters (who he knows are fanatically in support of him) and saying things like “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore” or “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong”, when I heard him say these things to an angry crowd of his most ardent supporters, I simply do not believe Trump said these innocently or carelessly.

Now I don’t know what exactly he wanted his supporters to do. Maybe he just wanted a huge rally on the steps of the Capitol. I’m not a mind reader. What I do know is that this wasn’t just another rally or just another speech. After two months of insisting the election was stolen and then telling his supporters to fight, I believe that was a deliberate message.

Maybe I’m wrong about all this, it’s certainly possible. What then Then we are left with Trump as a brash buffoon who doesn’t think about what he says, a man who either doesn’t understand or doesn’t respect the power of the office he held and accidentally sparked a riot in the halls of Congress.

So whichever way you slice it, whether Trump shrewdly speaks to his supporters with subtext or bandies words carelessly, I think it’s clear that Trump should not hold office again based on the evens of January 6. The words of the President have an enormous weight, and we need a President who understands and respects that.

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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  1. Complicated issue… First, let me start by saying that I don’t think Trump will ever be elected to any public office again. He’s too easy a fodder for the Far Left, and most people on the Right (I believe) now realize he’s just too toxic. Conservatism needs somebody like Reagan who can fight with charm and wit as opposed to mud slinging. I’ve been saying that for four years despite occasionally attacking Trump critics. Note the wording there also; attacking the critics, NOT defending Trump.

    THAT gets into the whole what was said thing also. I’ve seen every president blatantly spun and misquoted since I first started paying attention in the Reagan era. My favorite with Trump is his infamous “bad hombres” quote that is constantly used to point out that he’s a racist. If you listen to the entire speech like I did, his full remark was that he realized the vast majority of people come from Latin America to work and raise families, BUT there are a few bad hombres that come across the border also, and that is why he felt the wall and immigration policy were needed.

    Instead of debating the merits of the wall and policy on what was said, almost every news outlet worldwide took the easy way out and blatantly misrepresented what he said to slander him. It was an every day thing. How does one govern effectively under those circumstances? What we’ve seen for 4 years is a media and political class (on BOTH sides) that would rather destroy the country than NOT get their way. Yes, just to be clear, Fox and the conservative media don’t get a pass when they pull stupid crap like blaming Antifa for the capital riots.

    I guess that long winded rant is my way of saying Trump and Pelosi aren’t the root problem, they’re just manifestations of a disease rotting away at the heart of society. That disease is as much responsible for the impact of Trump’s words as he is.

    Getting back to the specific issue… There are larger clips where Trump says to peacefully protest, etc… but even with that factored in, I agree that there was at least an undertone of “go tear it all down”. That’s especially true when you read his body language, facial expressions and tonality during that speech. It reminds me of other business and political leaders who play word games to leave themselves wiggle room and say “I never said to do that”.

    THAT said, I think the impeachment trial is a waste of time. Much like Nixon, he’s leaving office a broken, bitter old man. Unlike Nixon, it’s unlikely that there would be a 2/3 vote of the Senate to convict. Some republicans are still sticking with him. *IF* Fox is to be believed, Chief Justice John Roberts has called the trial a farce and said he refuses to participate also. Which, sadly, will only encourage Biden to try to pack the court IF true. Maybe, like with Nixon, now that he’s gone, we’re better off just focusing on healing instead of perpetuating the infighting.

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    1. I agree with much of what you say there. I should note I thought the first impeachment was largely an exercise in partisan political theater. This one I actually feel is pretty justified. As I said, maybe he didn’t intend for a riot to happen. Well, that just proves to me that even after 4 years in one of the world’s most prestigious offices he *still* failed to appreciate and respect the power he held.

      And I agree that the last 4 years was a non-stop political show on both sides. Manufactured outrage, clickbait, and more. It’s frankly one reason I was glad to see Trump go.

      It’s all a bit tiresome to me. I’ve begun to focus far more on my town and state politics as a result of all the theater at the Federal level.

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      1. Yep, you’ve mentioned the local and state thing before. It’s the best path. Cut off the Pelosis and Trumps of the world before they hit the national stage.

        As for the circus, that was kind of my point. The show is still going on, just as it was in existence before Trump took office. Remember the phony draft dodging letter with Bush? The difference now is that the targets are more divided. The communist Dems like AOC are going after the more moderate dems and republicans, etc…

        Trump himself; a train wreck. The sad thing is there was far more than enough to attack him on without making stuff up. His abuse of eminent domain laws to build his resorts, his using illegal alien labor and manufacturing his clothing brand in China while ranting against both, the way he couldn’t differentiate between his bully pulpit as a corporate boss, and how politics worked, etc… I think he wanted just short of what he got with the riots; a loud, highly disruptive demonstration that would put him back in the spotlight. As you said though, he should have had enough common sense to recognize the impact of his words. I won’t argue that impeachment isn’t justified, just that it’s not productive at this point.

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  2. As a Canadian I grew up across from Detroit. My home area felt like it was part of America.
    If I am watching what is happening with great dismay, then how does the rest of the world think.
    America almost became an autocratic country. Words do matter, I am old enough to remember the saying, “you are only as good as your word”! Deals use to be made with just a hand shake.
    It is my opinion that history will not be kind to this period of time in America. Just my opinion, right, or wrong.

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