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Our nation is under siege by our deranged President, Donald J. Trump. January 6, 2021 is a day that will live in infamy as has December 7, 1941, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, which led America to enter World War II. It has become abundantly clear that Trump is who we have always thought he is: an autocratic menace to the principles of democracy.

An obsequious band of his fellow Republicans led by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) and more than half of the Congressional Republican caucus aided Trump in his sedition. Donald Trump has tapped into the virulent xenophobic strands of American populism which he has stoked since he announced his run for the presidency in 2015.

This attempt to pull a coup d’état on our representative government is failing because Trump crossed a political line that even his most ardent supporter, Rep. Liz Cheney, could not support. As the third ranking member of the House Republican conference, she has declared her vote for the second Trump impeachment put forth by House Democrats.

The current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in private conversations “has concluded that President Trump committed impeachable offenses and believes that Democrats’ move to impeach him will make it easier to purge Mr. Trump from the party …”

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Jerome Marcus, who represented the Trump campaign in one of its early baseless election challenges, told a federal judge last Thursday that “(his) client has used the lawyer’s services to perpetrate a crime,” the day after a mob of Trump supporters turned violent and stormed the U.S. Capitol Building. The rats are abandoning the rapidly sinking Trump ship of state.

He also said that Trump had used his filing and other court cases to incite the violence, specifically referring to Wednesday’s riots by pro-Trump supporters perpetrated on the Capitol. Rioters overwhelmed the Capitol Police Force (CPF) during the attack. There is emerging evidence that the seditionists had a fifth column inside the CPF ranks to facilitate the demonstrators’ access to the Capitol and to specific Congressional offices, including that of Speaker Pelosi.

Two CPF officers showed singular acts of heroism during the attempted takeover of the federal government. BRIAN SICKNICK, a White police officer, gave his life preventing access to the Capitol when he was clubbed to death with a fire extinguisher by the marauding mob. EUGENE GODMAN, a Black officer, deftly led the insurgents away from an unlocked door to the Senate chamber that could have resulted in mass murder. These two men faced down domestic anarchy.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has placed Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, along with Iran and North Korea, which security experts have labeled a lie. At the same time, Pompeo has ignored the antics of his boss, Donald Trump, a prominent state sponsor of domestic terrorism who is intent on leading our democracy to ruin. This is Pompeo’s craven attempt to endear himself to Florida’s Cuban community as he prepares to make a run for President in 2024. But his ardent support of Donald Trump is likely to doom his chances as it is doing for his most prominent erstwhile opponents, Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.

Hawley is fading quickly because of his un-endorsement by Missouri’s largest newspaper, the Kansas City Star, in a scathing editorial. In addition, his benefactor and major backer, former Missouri Senator, Pete Danforth, accused his protégé of sparking the insurrection. Danforth said, Hawleys role in championing outgoing President Donald Trumps effort to contest President-elect Joe Bidens Electoral College victory based on conspiracy theories, which helped turn Capitol Hill into a powder keg, should disqualify him from a future White House run. I thought he was special. And I did my best to encourage people to support him both for attorney general and later the U.S. Senate and it was the biggest mistake Ive ever made in my life.

Trump and his merry band of insurgents have sparked actual and proposed attacks against democracy and minority citizens across the country. All 50 state capitals are being fortified against threatened attacks, and the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City has become a target of vandalism.

To hold on to power, Trump seems to be determined to recreate a modern day Kristallnacht, a 1938 Hitler-led attack on Germany’s Jewish community, which was a precursor to the shameful Holocaust a few years later. Domestic terrorists and White supremacist groups across the country have been emboldened by Trump to act out their basest instincts which could lead to a national Armageddon.

Donald J. Trump is an evil cancer in American democracy that must be removed from office post haste. January 20, 2021 could be too late to let him leave because his term will end. Given his pathology, he is unlikely to leave quietly, and we must prepare for the worst even if we successfully impeach him.

Meanwhile, Trump has taken no responsibility for the riot he fomented. While making remarks in Alamo, Texas to celebrate his building of the wall last Tuesday, he threatened Speaker Pelosi and Democrats again by saying that the impeachment was “…a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger, and division and pain. Far greater than most people will ever understand. Which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time (sic).”

He will not go away on his own. He must be removed! Columnist, Dr. Walter C. Farrell, Jr., PhD, MSPH, is a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has written widely on vouchers, charter schools, and public school privatization. He has served as Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Professor of Educational Policy and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Contact Dr. Farrell and BC.

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