I fear that my fellow Americans have taken too lightly the assault on democracy carried out by Donald Trump and his Republican supporters. The January 6 attack on the Capitol was and continues to be a direct attempt to overthrow the government installed by the 2020 election. It was and still is an endeavor to empower in place of the elected president a tyrant who would take power in defiance of the will of the people.
The effort to install a dictator continues. According to the Washington Post, more than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false election fraud claims. And 147 Republican lawmakers, including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, voted to overturn the 2020 election results. A Washington Post analysis of results in federal and state elections shows that an embrace of former president Donald Trump’s baseless theories about the 2020 vote has become the price of admission in most Republican primaries. Trump and McConnell are pushing 425 Voter Suppression laws in 49 states. In addition, 43 Republicans voted to acquit Trump of all charges in the Senate Impeachment Trial. Nearly every Republican in the Senate voted against forming a commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. And Republicans have sworn to impeach President Biden if they win Congress in 2022.
In short, the Republicans are doing everything in their power to overturn a legitimate election and install a dictator. Their most spectacular effort came on January 6, 2021 when they attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to reverse the 2020 election.
Be warned, Americans. We face a direct assault on our democracy.