Having watched PBS Newhour for years, I have been impressed with the wisdom and experience of historian Michael Beschloss. Colby Hall of Mediaite wrote an article called “Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss on Trump: ‘He Did Literally the Worst Thing an American President Could Ever Do’” A link to the article is below. Here are a few paragraphs that tell much of the story.
“’This is the only president in American history who incited an insurrection against Congress that could have resulted in assassinations and hostage-taking and, conceivably, the cancellation of a free presidential election and the fracturing of a democracy,’ Michael Beschloss, the presidential historian, told me. ‘That’s a fact, and it won’t change in 50 years. It’s very hard to think of a scenario under which someone might imagine some wonderful thing that Donald Trump did that will outshine that. He did, literally, the worst thing that an American president could ever do.’
Beschloss’s clear assessment of Trump’s actions on that fateful day should resonate with a potentially divided Republican party that is currently struggling with the albatross of holding the former president accountable for, what some see, as a clear encouragement of insurrection.
Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy have both publicly blamed Trump for the capitol violence, but a number of Senators fear the impeachment of the former president could force the MAGA set to leave the GOP forever. There are whispers that Trump is considering a third “Patriot” party, that would not only be a disaster for future Republican efforts but also seems to be a bit of a threat against GOP lawmakers who want to proceed with conviction.“
It should be noted McCarthy has backtracked on his assertion and I read a piece that said only six Republican Senators would now vote to convict the former president. So, much for widespread political courage. So, my guess is the Senate will not proceed with a trial if they don’t have the votes. The former president is guilty in the majority of public opinion and remains unfit to run for office in the view of even a few more. But, he left that hyper partisan base to deal with, so courage will continue to be sparse.