Like many Americans I was distressed by the violent attack on our Capital on January 6th, but sadly I was not surprised. Then President Trump had been stoking the fires of insurrection for quite some time with his false narrative about a stolen election, and then he set his angry mob loose upon the capital on January 6th.
Much like Osama Bin Laden, he did not directly participate in the actual attack, but he set the stage, radicalized those who would do violence and then sent them out with his blessings.
Violent insurrection should never be seen as a remedy for losing a fair election. If Republicans fail to convict Former President Trump for his attempted violent coup, then you are sanctioning such behavior and leave the door open for another attack after an election loss. Next time such an attempted coup could be successful and our democracy could be lost.
I am asking you to put your country above your loyalty to a would-be dictator. Vote to convict those who would overturn the will of the people with violence. Take a stand that says the integrity of our democracy is more important than partisan politics. Vote to convict Former President Trump for inciting the violence that lead to five deaths, and a traumatized nation.