It didn’t end well.
Dishonorable criminals invaded the Capitol, leaving the rest of us to deal with the aftermath. The mob was not really anyone’s supporter. You have to support principles first and people second. The rioters were unprincipled; they didn’t represent anyone except themselves.
President Trump’s usually sound instincts failed him after the election including on that day. He forgot that when the score is being kept (game or election), right or wrong, the winner is decided when the buzzer sounds. The Houston Astros are the 2017 World Series champs. The Rams instead of the Saints moved on in 2019. Revisiting the particulars for a contest deemed decided is too much of a threat to the system. It is the American way. President Trump was too slow to understand that and here we are.
Still, the notion that President Trump provoked a violent riot or rebellion is ludicrous. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” It is hard to interpret these words (his) as inciting an insurrection, but many are sure going to try.
Some of those many are going to want to punish some of you for daring to support the president’s policies. You are going to be asked to atone for your sins, to renounce your beliefs, to beg forgiveness.
I suggest you do none of those things. Your beliefs are developed by your life experiences, your traditions, and your private thoughts. No one is allowed to take those away. Even if you believe President Trump let you down in the end (leaders do that sometimes), you can take satisfaction (pride?) that you buttressed policies that did not start any unnecessary wars, helped secure the borders, helped negotiate fairer trade deals, weakened those who would destroy America, promoted prosperity, supported the military, police, and veterans, and brought life-saving vaccines to market at a record pace. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Move forward with a conciliatory attitude. Elected officials are subject to the same stresses as everyone else and they do their jobs best when they can work in a fair environment free from harassment. Such courtesies were often denied President Trump and it did take a toll. We can and should do better.