Our Opinion

Some called it disheartening; some it called it unbelievable.

Their feelings may have been in the right place, but their words weren’t.

Nothing was unbelievable about the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump forced their way past police and into the building. Six people have died, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher and a woman who was shot during the break-in.

Sadly, the riot was perfectly believable and in synch with what Trump called for in November following his election loss.

Many people on both sides of the political aisle are now calling for Trump to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment or by impeachment.

However, for those making such statements after months or years of supporting Trump, it’s too late. They cannot erase their show of support that easily.

The voting process is an American cornerstone. But, elected officials who voted two months ago to have four more years of Trump and are now voting to immediately remove him from office have some explaining to do in rationalizing their change of heart.

Sadly, as disturbing as Jan. 6 turned out to be, the violence was predictable. Americans shouldn’t have been surprised by seeing thousands of zealots waving Trump flags and storming the Capitol.

Some people say that the harsh critics of the insurrection are hypocrites, and they question if those critics were as upset about retail stores and buildings being looted during riots last the summer regarding racism and police brutality.

Rioters and looters of any mindset should be arrested, charged and convicted.

Nonetheless, looting pales in comparison to the crimes committed during the siege of the Capitol building, one of the beloved symbols of American democracy, where elected officials were inside and then hid in fear of their lives.

The rioters carried a Confederate flag into the building. That piece of cloth represents treason, tyranny and racism.

Perhaps, the 25th Amendment will be enacted, and Trump will be removed from office only a day or so before Joe Biden’s inauguration, but that won’t change much.

Regardless, Trump and his supporters, for the rest of their lives, will have to bear responsibility for the death and destruction.

Americans must vow to never elect another Trump into office, regardless of political party. America will be better when Trump leaves the White House.