After the insurrection last week at our Capitol, we clearly need to reunite our country. Some in Washington are saying that we should not impeach the president for his role in inciting the riot, because it will divide our nation. I respectfully disagree.
Everyone should be able to unite around the principle of defending our nation’s democratic process. I have many Republican friends. None of them support using violence to overthrow our government, nor destroying public buildings, nor beating a policeman to death. As a Democrat, I disagree with many of Mike Pence’s positions, but I would never support a mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” We can all unite to say that these actions were unacceptable and that anyone who participated in these actions, or gave comfort and encouragement to those who committed those acts, should be held accountable under our legal system.
President Trump directed these events. He tweeted that this would “be wild.” He instructed the mob to march on the Capitol and “fight like hell.” His lawyer spoke to the mob and called for “combat justice.” He incited this riot. He conspired to set this insurrection in motion, in violation of the law (18 U.S.C. 2383 & 2384). He needs to be held accountable for his actions.
The events of last week were not political activity. Political parties work hard to win support for their side and get people to vote for them. But once the election is over, the political process is done. The votes had been counted, and recounted, and there is a clear winner. Any attempt to overturn the outcome after the votes have been counted is no longer a political activity, it is an attack on our democratic process.
We need to heal the divisions in our nation. To heal, we address the problems we are facing. Anyone who advocated, planned, supported, or committed the insurrection needs to be accountable for their actions. If we fail to address these criminal acts now, by enforcing the law, this insurrection will grow to an insurgency. All Americans, of any political party, should unite to hold the insurrectionists and their leaders accountable.