The gallows set up by supporters of Donald Trump outside the US Capitol, January 6, 2021 ((Shay Horse/NurPhoto/Getty)
I joined BBC 5 Live’s Colin Murray and GOP strategist Susan del Percio on Thursday for a 25-minute, deep-dive discussion of the latest in US politics.
We look at the subpoenas on Donald Trump and his associates over the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Then we evaluate the $1.2 trillion infrastructure breakthrough, to be signed by President Joe Biden on Monday, and we conclude with a glance at Rep. Paul Gosar’s promotion of an anime video in which he kills Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and threatens Biden.
We already know much about the attempts by the Trump camp to overturn the election. The question now is how much of this was “organized sloppiness”: even though this might appear to be chaotic and spur of the moment, how much was in fact planned by Trump in a deliberate attempt to prevent the Congressional certification of President Biden.
What, in effect, would be an unofficial coup.
And on Rep. Gosar’s anime video:
Words and images lead to violence. This isn’t a both sides issue. Paul Gosar represented the killing of one of his colleagues in Congress and an attack on the President of the United States.
And he did that 10 months after crowds went through the Capitol threatening to kill legislators and Vice President Mike Pence, putting a gallows outside the building.
This is not Democrat v. Republican issue, this is not a right v. left issue. This is a decency and security issue.
And you have a complete capitulation by the Republican House leadership in particular.