The storming of the U.S. legislature by a rightwing mob on Wednesday threatened to bring down the world’s foremost power and oldest democracy. The violent takeover of the Capitol was not spontaneous. It was an attempted coup instigated by President Donald Trump and his closes allies, especially his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
The violent assault suspended the Congress business, forced elected officials into hiding, and left four people dead, including a police officer, and several injured. American institutions have come under attack before. But this was entirely predictable.
Trump and his allies encouraged the wildest elements of the extremist right through gesture and insinuation that this was not only acceptable, but it was their right to attack their own government.
Right before the attack, Giuliani told a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters that it was time for “trial by combat.” Earlier on stage, Donald Trump Jr. declared to Congress: “We’re coming for you.”
Sedition is “the act of inciting revolt or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of destroying or overthrowing it.”
These two men are guilty of, by definition, sedition! They should be arrested, charged, and prosecuted for their crime.
And yes, the president must also face justice for his treasonous crimes.