Donald Trump can not be allowed to hold public office again.
Donald Trump spent his last weeks in office holding fast to his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. His words on the day of January 6, 2021, showed that he had more interest in winning than in following our democratic process that put him in office in the first place.
Our president used inflammatory language that more than one insurrectionist admitted to hearing as a call to violent action. He sat by and watched the subsequent mayhem unfold on a television screen. He did not call for the rioters to stand down. He did not send assistance when it was requested by the very people being terrorized within the walls of the Capitol. He has shown his interest in himself is greater than that of our government and the people who work within it.
A doctor who commits a crime can and should be tried and convicted even though their license is revoked. A burgler can and should be tried and convicted of theft even though he left the scene of his crime. Although Donald Trump has left office he remains responsible for his callous actions while still President and can and should be tried and convicted for them.
No single person is worth more than our democratic institutions. Loyalty to a individual is not more noble than loyalty to an office, regardless of the person holding it. Any lawmaker who votes not to convict Donald Trump has just put party in front of country.
I ask that you vote your conscience and not for political gain. An assault on our democracy from the inside can not stand. C