Yesterday we observed the day the insurrectionists stormed the Capitol….Uncle Joe made a speech commemorating the day and the retort from Donald the Orange was inevitable…..
President Biden spoke Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the riot at the Capitol and made clear he places the blame for that day squarely on his predecessor, though he never mentioned Donald Trump by name. Trump has responded with slams of his own. Highlights:
- Biden: “For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol,” said the president, per the AP. “But they failed. … Democracy was attacked … [but] we the people prevailed.”
- Biden: “We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie,” he said, per NBC News. “A former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest. He can’t accept he lost.”
- Biden: “They didn’t come here out of patriotism or principle,” said the president, referring to the rioters, per the Washington Post. “They came here in rage—not in service of America, but rather in service of one man.”
- Biden: The president accused Trump and his supporters of “trying to rewrite history” in his speech. “They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on January 6th as a true expression of the will of the people Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America? I cannot.”
- Trump: “Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America,” Trump said in a statement. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.” He ticked off a number of issues, from the Afghan exit to rising inflation.
- Trump: He called members of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot “totally partisan political hacks” and said they should instead be investigating the “Big Lie” of the “rigged” election.
- Trump: “The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America,” Trump said. “I say, let them have it because America sees through [their] lies and polarizations.”
Placing blame is all well and good but something needs to be done to prevent this sort of stupidity from ever happening again…..words are news making but will do little to stop this erosion of American way of life.
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Not sure if I mentioned this in your blog here, chuq, or not.. but might bear repeating for perspective. The nation’s experience with the Trump years (which are technically not over) has been pretty much all about skirting traditional Constitutional norms simply to evade responsibility for his various self-serving misdeeds. What makes a “Constitutional norm” seems to be those fill-in-the-gaps where there are “holes” in the Constitution… be it interpretation of meaning, ambiguous legal precedence, quirks in language, and just plain incomplete legal application where the law isn’t quite specific, where in the past Presidents and serving politicians might accept a higher American morality in fulfilling their roles without challenging those “gaps”, or in the least working in the nation’s best interests.. thus the “traditional norms”. Traditional norms also include performance and behavior while in office, to civility, honesty, and some form of integrity to represent the country.. not self. His willy-nilly authoritarianism itself is not a traditional norm.
Trump, being completely self-centered, uses the Constitutional “weaknesses” as a dodge to escape responsibility. His use of the court system.. the inherent delays… to wear out his adversaries or run out the statute of limitations clock is his consistent method of operation.
To my original point.. and what you are partially echoing here in your post… there are some avenues where a future Congress can and should set some guardrails, rules of conduct (without sacrificing in flexibility), and legal “hole filling” enhance current laws to limit any future idiot that manages become president.
I agree and the vagueness of the Constitution only helps the batcrap crazies….SCOTUS will be no help in the changes that is nothing but a society for political hacks. We need someone to step up and try to bring change….sadly I see no one with the gonads to do that. chuq
To add to what I just replied… one such issue Congress might address is to fine tune committee subpoena challenge process in the courts. Challenges to Congressional subpoenas should go to the top of the court docket.. thru the appeal process. SCOTUS should still have the option to hear on their own terms.
Just one example.
Plus their should be stiff penalties for the ignoring of a congressional subpoena….be well chuq
I fear the page has already been turned on the American way of life.
Sadly I agree and will not right itself before I take a dirt nap…..chuq
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The anniversary was featured heavily on the BBC, with special reports. Sad to see so many of those interviewed still believing in Trump.
Best wshes, Pete.
About 40% of the country still rallies to his side. chuq