A query many individuals have requested themselves every day for greater than a yr now’s whether or not Donald Trump might be held criminally responsible for attempting to overthrow the federal government, and given the entire attempted-coup enterprise, it’s a wholly affordable factor to surprise. Sadly at the moment, we don’t know what the reply is. On the one hand, Legal professional Common Merrick Garland said final week that the Justice Division will go after the individuals who brought on the lethal riot, “whether or not they have been current that day or have been in any other case criminally chargeable for the assault on our democracy,” which would appear to incorporate the man who spent months mendacity in regards to the election being stolen, after which received his supporters all riled up and instructed them to “combat” simply earlier than they attacked the Capitol. On the opposite, Trump has a protracted historical past of getting away with every thing. So there’s that.
Nonetheless, Monday introduced a small glimmer of hope that the forty fifth president would possibly not less than be held responsible for the occasions of that horrible day, within the sense that he could should pay up for what he did.
As Mehta famous, if Trump didn’t imply for his supporters to actually “combat” the election outcomes on the Capitol, as his allies have advised, he had loads of time to inform them to cease. “Wouldn’t any person who’s an affordable individual say, ‘That’s not what I meant?’” Mehta requested a lawyer arguing in opposition to the riot lawsuits. As we in fact know by now, not solely did Trump not say something for hours as lawmakers on the Capitol got here underneath assault, he even refused pleas, including from his children, to take motion, solely a lot later telling the rioters to “go dwelling,“ and in the same breath, “You’re very particular” and “we love you” and, shortly after that, “These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for therefore lengthy.” Final Thursday, on the anniversary of the January 6 assault, former White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump “gleefully” watched it unfold on TV, remarking, “Take a look at the entire individuals preventing for me,” and hitting rewind to look at once more. Republican senator Ben Sasse stated in an interview days after the assault that the president “was strolling across the White Home confused about why different individuals on his crew weren’t as excited as he was.… He was delighted.”