Last week, an unprecedented terrorist attack on the Capitol took place. It was an attack on our Constitutional structures, and it was an attack on our government by the people, of the people, and for the people.
In my entire life, I have never felt the fear for the state of our democracy that I did when I read an announcement from my AP U.S. Government teacher that read, “Every single one of you needs to turn on a television right now and watch what is happening as the U.S. Capitol is under occupation.”
There have been horrors, injustices, and disgusting deeds in the past four years of this presidency, but I would never have imagined receiving an assignment like that one.
However, upon further reflection, it is clear to me that we have reached this point due to the actions of the current occupant of the White House over the past four years. After months of discrediting the press, a daily diet of lies, and rallying against the results of the election, it is no wonder that violence resulted. Donald Trump told his supporters that the election had been stolen, he told them to fight, and then, once his words were actually needed, he refused for hours to tell them to go home.
When he finally issued a statement, he shirked all responsibility for the attack and instead chose to validate the terrorists’ cause, calling them “very special” and saying that he loves them.
These are not the actions of a president of the United States. These are the actions of an insurrectionist. There is no question that Trump is responsible for the events of January 6, 2021. Now, the only question is whether or not our politicians will do what’s right and impeach him.