In retrospect, it’s clear that I should have shared my thoughts on the legacy of the Trump Presidency before January 6. My goal was to share some objective thoughts on a divisive figure, who I once felt gets too much praise from his worshippers and too much hatred from his detractors.
Yet the attack on the Capital, the very seat of our government, and the attempt to capture lawmakers who were meeting at the time forever sealed the legacy of Donald Trump. To all but those he said infamously (but shockingly prophetically) would follow him even “If I murdered someone on 5th avenue”, he will go down as the President who tried to overturn an election with violence.
Let’s not be naïve and think that his selection of January 6 to hold a rally was coincidental. It was not. Yet few of us would have imagined the events that followed. After encouraging his followers to ‘march to the Capitol’ and show some strength, he was followed by his son Donald Jr., who encouraged followers to march to the Capitol and ‘fight’ for what was ‘right’ and then by his lawyer who encouraged the mob to put lawmakers through ‘trial by combat’. The mob obliged and attacked the Capitol, several photographed holding plastic handcuffs and wearing body armor while hunting for lawmakers amid a crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence”.
Donald Trump’s legacy has been sealed for history. If you are like me, you still have trouble wrapping your mind around the events of Jan. 6 and that a number, though a very clear minority, of seemingly decent Americans excuse or minimize it. In my wildest imagination I never dreamed I would see video of someone beating a Capitol police officer with an American flag and people breaking windows to get into the House and Senate chambers, and I have not even been able to formulate words to say.
Yet, in coming days, Thinking Man will have some thoughts to share on what four years of a Trump Presidency have left us. Stay tuned.