Column: Lessons from January 6th: January 6th is not over yet

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Lucky countries have celebrations that remind their citizens of what binds them together—think about Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true: they commemorate the divisions that divided them.

In Northern Ireland, Protestant militants marched loudly on July 12 to remind the Catholic minority which party won the Battle of the Boyne River in 1690. war.

After the American Civil War, the southern states celebrate Confederate Memorial Day A different date from Northern Decoration Day; the holidays did not merge until the First World War.

Last week, with the anniversary Capture the parliament building On January 6, the United States slipped into the list of unhappy countries.

This day became a festival of ethnic division—not a single, unified commemoration, but three distinct commemorations.

President Biden He delivered an unexpectedly fierce speech, accusing Donald Trump of inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol and continuing to instigate the toxic myth of being stolen in the 2020 election.

Biden said: “The former president of the United States of America created and spread a web of lies.” “He did this because he values ​​power rather than principles… and his wounded self is more important to him than our democracy.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump took the bait and made four angry statements during his exile at Sea Lake Manor, all of which reiterated his false claims.

“The biggest lie is the election itself,” he wrote. He said that the result of the election was “a real rebellion.” He accuses the Biden administration of “shockingly abused political prisoners,” which obviously refers to the defendants accused by the federal government after the riots-this is the favorite reason for his most despicable followers, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor. Green (R-Ga.).

In the middle are the leaders of the Republican Party. They know that Trump has lost the election, but they don’t want to say that because it will anger the former president who is eager to retaliate.

They issued a messy statement against the riots on January 6, but accused the Democrats of “politicizing” the issue-as if there was any way to avoid linking the invasion of the Capitol with politics.

“The behavior that day was lawless and ridiculously wrong,” the leader of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said. He complained that the problem now is that the Democratic Party is “using it as a party political weapon.”

As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discovered when he inadvertently described the riot as a “violent terrorist attack,” this is a difficult leap, a phrase he has used in the past.

heresy! Cruz competed with Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, was attacked by Trump supporters, and was questioned by Tucker Carlson of Fox News. “This is not a violent terrorist attack,” Carlson insisted.

In a scene reminiscent of Mao Zedong’s performance in China, Cruz immediately denied his deviation from party doctrine.

“This is a mistake,” he said, referring to his statement, not the riot.

A lesson for other Republicans seeking re-election: Don’t deviate from Trump’s point of view, or you may become a victim of the Republican Party’s own cultural abolition.

Trump, who is proud of watching thugs rampage in the Capitol, doesn’t seem to want this battle to end. This is the main obstacle to overcoming the remaining differences. It’s not about whether the firing of the Capitol is right or wrong; even McCarthy can answer this question accurately. Whether Trump’s mythology used to provoke mobs—his infinitely debunked claim of election theft—should be accepted or denied.

This is not a debate that provides a basis for compromise. Either Trump is right, and the current US president is illegal-or Trump deliberately overthrows democratic elections and makes other members of the Republican Party submit to his wishes.

So far, he seems to have succeeded, at least in terms of the radicalization of his party.

This is why Biden pretended that Trump was not there for a few months, upgrade last week.

“We are fighting for the soul of the United States,” he said, and reiterated his campaign slogan in 2020. “I didn’t seek this battle…but I won’t back down either.”

Trump’s continued denial of the president’s legitimacy — and no reason to compromise — leaves him no choice.

In the weeks following January 6, 2021, one may hope that the trauma of that day will unify the country. That didn’t happen; the following year only confirmed our split.

The lesson of January 6, 2022 is that January 6 is not over yet.