As more is revealed regarding impeached President Trump's orchestrated coup d’état - a coup, mind you, that he has been planning for the last three months, if not much longer - we must remain valiant, vigilant, and vociferous in both our condemnation of this terrorist leader and in sharing all information even tangentially related to the events of January 6th.
Trump is directly responsible for the insurrection against our Capitol, which saw an overwhelming crowd of national-anarchists and fascists, i.e., MAGA extremists, Proud Boys, white supremacists, and various militia and far-right groups - in some cases aided and abetted by law enforcement - infiltrate and take over a federal government building with the intent of abducting, harming, and possibly killing government officials in a clear attempt to subvert democracy and to stop the democratic process.
The attack on the Capital was preceded by both the infiltration of the initially peaceful Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020 by the aforementioned national-anarchist and fascist groups, who in many instances instigated looting and violence, and in other cases, harmed and killed protesters using bricks, knives, guns, and vehicles, and by the plot to kidnap, rape, and murder Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. These are just a few of myriad alarming events that this demented individual we are still forced to call "president" has normalized with his rhetoric, behavior, and encouragement.
In my opinion (is it still an opinion?), Trump's abrupt removal and replacement of senior defense officials with inexperienced loyalists resulted in the lack of and delayed responses by the Department of Defense, i.e., Pentagon, and Capitol Police. However, I am counting on the more knowledgeable posters on this forum to share more information regarding these sudden top-level shifts and changes. Also, please share other instances in which he "set the stage" for a coup and in which he was aided and abetted by government officials and law enforcement to carry out the attack on the Capitol. (We cannot get mired in and become distracted by the more inane discussions and arguments this assault on our country and government has incited.)
Although I considered changing the title of this thread to something a bit more serious, I opted not to because I think the title's message is truthful and succinct. Also, there are two other threads with the same title that I would like to keep linked to this one. Finally, please forgive any errors in grammar and punctuation; I wrote this in a flash. (Oh, dear! There, done.)
Thanks in advance for your replies and for the help and information they will hopefully contain.
[Links to Part 1 and Part 2 of this thread have been posted below.]