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Trump wants everything his heart desires — including riots

Timothy L O'Brien
Timothy L O'Brien1/8/2021 07:00 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Trump wants everything his heart desires — including riots
The entire affair was Trump’s show, from beginning to end, and he is responsible for how it unwound and the chaos it unleashed.
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Donald Trump got what he wanted. He was able to give yet another rambling, ludicrous speech claiming that the presidential election was riddled with fraud and stolen from him. He told throngs of his supporters assembled in front of the White House that he loved them, and they shouted back that they loved him, too. He asked them to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol so they could give Republican legislators certifying the election “the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.” And they marched.

When the Trumpistas reached the Capitol, they breached police lines and swarmed the building, eventually breaking windows, occupying offices, parading through hallways and storming the floor of the Senate. As the “Save America” rally Trump hosted on Jan 6 erupted, prompting guns to be drawn inside the Capitol, reportedly leaving a woman shot dead and offering a searing image of democracy under assault, the president watched his insurrection unfold on a White House TV.

He initially could not bring himself to ask his seditionists to leave the Capitol. Because he was getting what he wanted. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country,” he tweeted amid the ferocity. “No violence!” Translation: “I lit the match, poured fuel on the fire, adored the flames and revelled in the heat — but please, support your local firefighters.”

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