There are really no words for what went down today.

Photo by Roberto Schmidt

I was about 17 when I got to visit the U.S. Capitol. My Dad had written a letter to our representative John Mica to ask if we could have a family tour of the Capitol Building. We got to meet Representative Mica in his office where he welcomed us and gave us mini U.S. Constitutions. Then he sent us off with his aide for a private tour. We got to walk through the tunnels that connected his office to the Capitol and were lead throughout the building, exploring as we went. Seeing the beautiful architecture and all of the statues and portraits throughout was inspirational, my favorite being the statue of Hawaii’s first King. Afterwards we got to meet back up with Representative Mica on the floor and he let my little brother and sister push the button and cast his vote for him.  My brother was about seven at the time and my sister was ten. I wish I could remember what the vote was for, but regardless it was a very cool moment. 

I was reminded of that happy time with my family today when I saw inside the Capitol again, but my feelings were much different. Watching a bunch of ‘protestors’ file through the rotunda with zero respect, and no apparent understanding of the gravity of their actions, was jarring. It was surreal to watch, and it makes it even harder to call myself a Republican if that means I am in the same company as these people. I’ll say it again that Trump is not a Republican, and anyone who went to the lengths of breaching the Capitol today aren’t true Republicans either.

The Toxicity of Trump

Trump is a toxic force in every American’s life. Whether he is creating anxiety and fear in people who are worried he will successfully change the outcome of the election, or he is creating anxiety and fear in people to the point where they storm the Capitol, there is the commonality of anxiety and fear throughout. He has led so many astray, and today he is the force behind one of the worst moments in modern American history. And how did it happen? Because he deals in lies and fear. 

Today was Trump’s fantasy come to life. The mass of supporters he wished for on his inauguration day were finally there in D.C. and ready to rain down revenge on Mitch McConnell and the rest of Congress in his name. His little reaction video on Twitter was pathetic and demonstrates that he is in fact not of sound mind.

I believe he is fully living in his lie and is not fit to lead any country, let alone The United States of America. There is real irony in the fact that he has been suspended from both Facebook and Twitter and yet he is still the Commander-in-Chief of our military and in possession of nuclear codes. He is rightly censured by social media platforms for inciting violence and spreading lies, but the United States Government does not have the protocols in place to do the same? His video today and phone call over the weekend are clear signs that he is completely divorced from reality. He is unfit to be President.

Give up the Ghost

After Trump’s behavior today, how could anyone in the Senate or House still be advocating for him to remain in office? Why would anyone want four more years of his bumbling and ineloquent self-serving speeches? Speeches completely lacking in substance and truth. Completely lacking in good-will or inspiration? Why would anyone want him to continue on when he hasn’t even been doing the work before him for months now?

And if Josh Hawley thinks he ever has a chance of becoming President, to that i say LOL. I mean, he used ‘irregardless’ unironically today. That alone should disqualify him, no matter the fact that he has no respect for democracy. Josh Hawley reminds me of ‘that guy’ in college who maybe isn’t the dumbest kid in your class (that would be Matt Gaetz), but the guy who always interrupts to offer up his unsolicited opinion on the topic at hand. A topic that he has a fundamental misunderstanding of. And once he finally stops talking he sits back and smiles in self-satisfaction while everyone else in the room rolls their eyes and the professor continues on without acknowledging him. Josh Hawley is a joke. 

Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?

Sometimes I think about Trump as a purple slime generator. Remember in Ghostbusters 2 where that evil picture man somehow covered NYC in negative vibes and everything was terrible? (Sorry for that poor description but I haven’t seen that movie in years because, frankly, it was terrifying and I’m still scarred for life by whatever was going on in that refrigerator.) 

But anyways, Trump is that awful Vigo the Carpathian dude. He’s put everyone in a bad mood for 4 years and counting. Democrats and principled Republicans see his every move as at best unpresidential and at worst unethical and super suspicious.

And his supporters are the ones covered head-to-toe in purple slime…

  1. They’re being manipulated into a life of fear: Socialism, ‘Antifa’ and the outside world are coming for their way of life, according to Trump. 
  2. They feel attacked regularly by ‘the left’, and always have to be on the defensive. It can’t be a good feeling to always feel like everyone is against you, but that’s what happens when you constantly have to defend an irrational man and his delusions.
  3. And now for a final hit of negative ectoplasm, they’re being told tons of lies about the election that simply aren’t true. If there was an iota of evidence for any of Trump’s claims they would have had some traction in court, and William Barr would have presented them. 

Today was a riot of mostly middle aged white guys, doused in purple slime. They broke into the Capitol and they brought the Confederate flag with them. A flag which is a symbol of hate and represents a deep fracture in our history.

Photo by Saul Loeb

Trump said he loved the poorly educated and today he weaponized them. I hope the people who pushed their way through the barricades and broke their way into the Capitol, bypassing security checkpoints along the way, are all identified and prosecuted. If a lone person had breached the Capitol in that way they’d be sitting in FBI custody right now. I hope everyone involved feels the gravity of what they have done and are shamed.

And in the end, Trump has once again commandeered the story of the day. Instead of headlines about Biden’s victory being certified by Congress and Georgia flipping blue, the only name we speak is Trump.

January 20th could not come faster. I am not concerned that Trump will run for President again in 2024. He is clearly losing it. In four years time I’m sure he will be sitting in a fake office, making fake phone calls, while Ivanka and Donald Jr. create fake tasks for him to do, which will be ignored in favor of yelling at the news people on his tv. Which is sadly exactly what he is doing now, only his office is oval and his phone calls have consequence. 

Until next time,