“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it’.” – Abraham Lincoln 3/4/1861
On January 6, 2021, Trump and his co-conspirators attempted to overthrow the government of the United States of America, a coup d’é·tat. Their “reasoning”, their “rational” was because in their “mind” the election was “stolen” from Trump. No one, NO ONE has ever provided one shred of evidence that Trump was robbed. Not Mike Flynn. Not Rudy Giuliani. Not Mike Lindell. Not Steve Bannon, Lin Wood, Sidney Powell, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, not you. All we have, all we have ever had are the irrational, deranged lies of one man, the person you have designated as the supreme leader of the GOP. The man you allow to speak on behalf of your party.
“Mark, president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.” – Laura Ingraham text to Mark Meadows during the coup on January 6th
Senator, your party is out of control. What I see, what I hear is a group of men and women, Republican Senators and Congress members terrified to speak the truth and call the “Big Lie” what it is, a fabrication created by a madman interested in burning this country down to the ground to satisfy his own ego and fill his pockets.
“It’s absolutely disgusting that @SenateGOP allows this to happen. Republicans in the Senate could stop decades of Marxist judicial tyranny but instead either don’t bother to show up and vote or actually vote to confirm Biden’s noms. R Senators are clueless about the R base!!!” – Marjorie Taylor Greene tweet December 18, 2021
The evidence was clear on January 6th that this was an orchestrated, planned coup attempt as MAGA stormed the castle in the name of their King. Lives were endangered. I bet you thought your life was in danger. As I watched this unfold on television I prayed for you, and the people around you. I prayed for my country. I prayed that this would finally put an end to what was a sad, and ugly four years in our history. I had hoped that people, you included, would finally see what I have seen since Trump took office, that this was never about his service to America, this was always about him. But I was wrong. The madness continues and you continue to pay homage to this man.
“He’s got to condemn this sh*t ASAP. We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.” – Trump, Jr. text to Mark Meadows during the coup on January 6th
Over the last 11 months the GOP has whitewashed the events of January 6th. You might have “condemned” the actions of Trump’s thugs back then when the fear was still fresh in your mind, but you have never acknowledged, or blamed the root cause of their activities, the root cause of the evil. One man caused this. One man takes full reasonability for the division this country is experiencing. And you Senator are guilty not just by your association with his continued efforts to destroy our country but by your silence of his instances of propagating the lie.
“This is what happens in communist countries and dictatorships, and they don’t think they’ll be held accountable for rigging the 2020 Presidential Election. The Jan. 6 Unselect Committee is a coverup for what took place on November 3rd, and the people of our Country won’t stand for it.” – Trump “statement” December 18, 2021
For generations, Americans have fought, shed blood, against authoritarian regimes. We have preached about Democracy, free elections, and doing the will of the people. Trump lost in a free and fair election. It hasn’t been proven otherwise, and honestly it wasn’t a big surprise that he lost. The majority of Americans were tired of the daily hate that he spewed. Tired of the fear that he inspired to use against us and each other. Tired of the wedges he drove between us and other countries that have been our allies for decades while he sucked-up to strong men like Vladimir Putin, Mohammed bin Salman and Kim Jong Un.
“Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol.” – Sean Hannity text to Mark Meadows during the coup on January 6th
I have no doubt there is another Trump like want to be dictator waiting in the wings. One that is smarter, more organized, more brutal, and potentially more deadly beyond having a mob of rednecks willing to storm the castle. The Senate and Congress are supposed to be the guardrails that protect us from the actions of a President, a would be king, that decides to take matters, like ignoring the will of the people, into their own hands. You Senator are one of those guardrails and you have failed us. You failed us because you are more concerned about appeasing Trump and his MAGA base than upholding the Constitution.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever!” – Trump tweet during the coup on January 6th
“In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest than is realized by everyone. There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed.” – Abraham Lincoln 8/18/1864
“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” – Romans 14:12