Clearly, it was an attempt by Clark and other Trump allies to lead the nation into chaos by claiming that the election was so flawed that its results should be overturned, a claim that Trump’s far-right team believed would force Congress into action. meeting to clear the election data. counted the votes and somehow reinstated Trump as the quasi-illegal national leader.
All three elements of the plan came dangerously close to being successful. All three became frustrated only because people who believed the plan was madness, sedition, or both remained in place. It is the efforts of Trump-aligned officials within the federal government, using the tools given to them by the government, that elevate the events that culminated in the violence on January 6 from insurrection to attempted coup.
In a pivotal decision, Rosen rejected Clark’s attempt, sparking another internal administrative crisis as Trump pondered whether to fire him and install Clark in his post so that the plan could be carried out.
In an appearance Sunday on CNN, Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Dick Durbin said Rosen had described Trump as being directly involved in Clark’s actions. “It was real, very real and very specific.”
Significantly, the Times reports Rosen timed their testimony “quickly” to allow them to move on “before any player could ask the courts to block the process.” That may be an interested interpretation of events. Like empty wheel notes, Clark’s efforts to overturn the election and Trump’s aborted decision to fire Rosen and install Clark as Acting Attorney General was the subject of news reports in January, even before Trump’s second impeachment trial took place.. The Senate Judiciary began its requests for documents related to the plan almost immediately, and has been fighting the Justice Department for testimony ever since.
A half-year delay in obtaining testimony about a “very real” and “very specific” attempt to overthrow the next duly elected administration by coup does not make it appear that any of those involved are attempting to provide evidence “quickly”.
Most significant of all, perhaps, is that the United States Senate could have investigated the Trump team’s plot during the impeachment trial aimed at gathering evidence and reaching a judgment on Trump’s behavior. For the second time, he did not. He avoided examining the evidence and hastened the trial to reach again the inevitable end of nearly all Republican lawmakers backing Trump’s actions, even after they had resulted in violence.
The job now falls to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection: The steps Clark, Meadows, and other Trump officials took to falsely discredit the election results were intended to provide the backing through which the willing insurgents could justify their demands that the Constitution be approved. ruled out for the sake of reinstating Trump. The job also falls to federal investigators who must now swiftly examine the criminality of the schemes.
However, it was not a “Trump” coup. Donald Trump, a well-known liar and semi-delusional braggart, had few governmental powers that would allow him to erase state electoral counts alone or make official his claims that he had lost, after a single disastrous term, only through “fraud. “invented against him. . It required the cooperation of top Republican allies, GOP officials, legislators, and others who would push for false claims and work both inside and outside of government to give them false legitimacy. It was a Republican coup, an act of sedition backed by specific acts by Mark Meadows, by Jeffrey Clark, by senators like Josh Hawley, by Republican state officials who enthusiastically seized on conspiracy allegations specifically so they could be used to overturn the election. they had lost, and from the everyday Republican supporters who decided that the zero-evidence nationalist propaganda they were swallowing was justification enough to storm the United States Capitol by force in an open attempt to erase a democratic election.
Here we sit, waiting with bated breath as evidence pours out describing the full scope of what the entire world saw in real time, from last November to January: senior Republican officials spreading deliberately false propaganda claims intended to undermine the integrity of our democratic elections, so as to justify simply changing the results of that election and declaring themselves victims. It was a fascist act. It continues in the states as Republican state lawmakers use the same blatantly false claims touted by Clark to impose new obstacles to voting in order to prevent at least a fraction of Americans who voted against the party last time from being able to vote at all. next time.
A little more urgency is required here.