Whether Mr Trump is condemned, the extremism that flourished under his administration is embedded in our politics

As a crowd of rioters stormed their way through the halls of the Senate, Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman ran past Senator Mitt Romney and desperately ordered him to take cover.The former Republican presidential candidate started one sprint and started the other Direction He most likely had reason to run: The day before, Trump supporters had Mr. Romney on the way to Washington and sings “traitors, traitors, traitors” in a crowded airplane

The world has seen so much material from that painful day.But almost everything has focused on the attackers themselves. In the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump in the Senate, we saw a new angle: Members of Congress are running for their lives

I heard almost every moment of the process and moved through my apartment over the course of the hours First in the living room I saw it on TV Then I listened to the radio from the kitchen while still making coffee And later on my computer in the bedroom, When the kids got home, I could avoid explaining why these people had flagpole windows and all the other questions that â ?? despite the detailed presentation â ???? I still couldn’t answer with much confidence questions like are they all going to jail and are they all really safe now

It’s the last question left open Mr Trump seems ready to be acquitted. But does this unprecedented moment in American history mark the beginning of the end of a particularly violent era? Or the end of the beginning?

In the trial, the property managers tried to show how things that once seemed extraordinary became the standard political struggle Like chants of “Lock her up” ???? and violence during political protests? yes, both right and left

“In 2017, it was unfathomable for many of us to believe that Charlottesville could happen,” Colorado representative Diana DeGette, a Democratic House manager, told Senators that Mr. Trump’s acquittal could increase violence promote “To be honest, what unfathomable horrors could await us if we didn’t get up and say,” No, this is not America “????? ????

But what if that question has already been answered? Whether Mr. Trump is condemned, the extremism that flourished under his administration has become embedded in our politics

Robert Pape, a specialist in political violence at the University of Chicago, analyzed the backgrounds and statements of nearly 200 Capitol attackers. His analysis showed that most people were middle-aged and middle-class or richer. Many had good jobs ???? 89 percent â ???? had no obvious affiliation with any known militant organization

“The Capitol Rebellion revealed a new force in American politics” not just a mix of right-wing organizations but a broader mass political movement that has violence at its core, even in places where Trump supporters are in the minority , Draws strength he wrote in The Atlantic

This force shows little sign of withdrawal: two weeks ago, the Homeland Security Department issued a rare terrorism warning that violent extremists were encouraged by the attack and motivated by the passing of president as well as other perceived complaints fueled by false narratives becomeâ ????

There is evidence that such acts of violence are supported by some Americans, particularly within the Republican Party. A survey conducted by the American Enterprise Institute this week found that 55 percent of Republicans support the use of force to prevent the decline of traditional violence American way of life compared to 35 percent of Independents and 22 percent of Democrats

In their impeachment defense, lawyers for Mr. Trump did not focus on the attackers, but on the former president, arguing that he was not about to unleash a violent attack. The parts of his rhetoric quoted by impeachment executives at the house have been “selectively edited” and the video was rigged, they said the Trump team showed video montages of Democrats with the word “fight” on???? further torture of an already worn political rhetoric (of course, none of these politicians have been tried for riot)

And they have Mr. Trump’s comments in 2017 following the events in Charlottesville, Va a ???? that there were “very good people on both sides” ???? to argue that his words have long been misunderstood. Former Homeland Security officials cited these remarks as a pivotal moment in encouraging extremists

Many Republicans in Congress are likely to take up this question of intent with Mr. Trump out of office to cross the former president would mean alienating a significant part of their base from those like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud that led to the Capitol raid show no sign of change in their minds. It is very likely that the final number of Republicans voting for a conviction will be well below the required two-thirds majority

Eventually the debate about Mr Trump’s guilt is left to the history books, however, it remains undisputed that his words played a role. Extremist violence flourished under his watch and uprooting will be a far more difficult national endeavor than a long few days in the Senate. p>

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Earlier this week, the Louisian made headlines after being the only Republican in the Senate to change his position and vote to proceed with the impeachment process

Mr Cassidy said he was from the poor performance of Mr. Trump’s lawyers in their introductory arguments

“It was disorganized, random” They talked about a lot of things, but they didn’t talk about the problem at hand he said

It doesn’t seem likely including Mr. Cassidy, only six Republicans voted with Democrats this week to win Mr. Trump’s Constitutional Objection to a Former President’s Attempt At least 17 Republican Senators would have to join all 50 Democrats to condemn Mr Trump by a two-thirds majority

That would require a change of mind. According to a whip count by the New York Times, three dozen Republicans have opposed a conviction. Another 13 senators are undecided

Reports from our Senate colleagues offer some glimpse into the current mindset of Republicans

Senators Ted Cruz from Texas and Mike Lee from Utah walked into a room with Trump’s legal team Thursday night. The next day, the Senators briskly argued in favor of acquittal of some of their Republican counterparts

Others flaunted their lack of interest as the property managers advanced their arguments In some places, a dozen or more Republican Senators were away from their mahogany bowls North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis retired to his party’s dressing room to look on his phone To read Senator Rick Scott filled out a blank card of Asia, inviting speculation as to whether the Florida junior senator would rather be in Wuhan than Washington this week

And on Friday even Mr. Cassidy signaled that he might soon join the herd, keen-eyed reporters spotted him carrying a draft statement stating that he was going to meet Mr. Trump

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