After four years of abysmal leadership which included cozying up to white supremacists, botching the response to the coronavirus pandemic, compromising the safety of the nation through tweeting his every move on an unsecured device and general ineptness, there are now conversations of invoking the 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump from office.
Which is interesting considering that he has less than two weeks remaining in office before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.
January 6, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy in the larger American narrative. Thousands of pro-Trump supporters masquerading as patriots took the Capitol building by storm, staging a coup at the behest of Trump’s command.
Trump may be a few days from officially leaving the office or an invocation of the 25th amendment might expedite the process, but either way, the last-hour departure of the American despot is a little too late.
From the minute he came down the escalator in 2015 to announce his run for president, Donald Trump was ill-qualified to hold the office. He was able to bulldoze through a field of Republican presidential hopefuls to get the nomination in 2016 because the American right needed an extreme reversal from eight years of a Black president.
He was able to convert former GOP rivals into allies (Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham) and exacerbate a growing defection from governmental norms by the Republican Party that began during the Tea Party era of the Obama administration. He trafficked in xenophobia, racism and sold pipe dreams of a restored “great America” to his most gullible supporters.
Marginalized Americans had been sounding the alarm for years about the need to remove Trump. He was impeached in the House, but the Senate refused to relieve him of his duties. His dog whistles to white supremacists morphed into a thunderous roar, and they felt validated by him.
The siege on the Capitol was inevitable, as was Charlottesville in 2017. Forcibly removing Trump at this hour does not undo the stamp of approval his ascendance to the highest office gave to every white supremacist with a dream of power.
The era of Trumpism will not dissipate on account of Biden’s call for “decency.” A moderate Democratic president or even a majority Democratic Senate will not quell the fire sparked in Trump’s most devoted followers.
White supremacists across the land had their ideologies affirmed and advocated for at the highest level of government. Getting rid of Trump at this point is more ceremonial than anything.
The damage began the minute he took the oath of office and should have ended as soon he proved himself unfit to lead. Which was immediate.
About the Author
Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate, and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be
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