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Opinion | The Aftershocks From the Capitol Attack

To the Editor:

Re “Pelosi Threatens Impeachment if Trump Doesn’t Resign ‘Immediately’” (nytimes.com, Jan. 8):

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view that President Trump should be impeached if he does not resign immediately is understandable but impractical. Too little time remains until the blessed day when Joe Biden will be inaugurated. In any event, rushing through the impeachment process — no matter how egregious the current circumstances — sets a precedent that could be cited under far less compelling cases.

However, there is a remedy that can and should be implemented: censure.

In this case, the violation is so severe, and the time urgency so great, that a joint resolution of Congress should be passed. I believe that many Republican senators and representatives would patriotically vote for it, thus both expressing the outrage of our nation and commencing the healing of the wounds in our society. Those who choose not to vote for it would be accountable to their constituents.

Joseph Feit
Lawrence, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Calls Grow to Remove Trump as U.S. Officials Head for Exit” (front page, Jan. 8):

How can anyone who was there at the Capitol not feel completely betrayed when President Trump has gone from “I’ll be there with you” and “I love you” to “those who broke the law, you will pay” in 24 hours? How can the base not now see how badly they’ve been duped, how they will suffer the most from their loyalty to this toxic man? How can they not now wake up and channel their rage to seek to renounce this cultist leader?

David Tanner
Collingwood, Ontario

To the Editor:

After viewing President Trump’s video Thursday evening, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was recorded after someone handed the script to Mr. Trump and said, “Record this, don’t ad-lib, and sound like you mean it, or the cabinet will invoke the 25th.”

Bruce R. Meier
Bethesda, Md.

To the Editor:

Betsy DeVos, Elaine Chao and the other cabinet members are using a protest resignation as a shield. They don’t want to confront President Trump. They don’t want to carry out their responsibilities under the 25th Amendment. Cowards, all of them.

Michele Clark
Plainfield, Vt.

To the Editor:

The officials who are resigning now from the Trump administration, especially Mick Mulvaney, remind me of Captain Renault from “Casablanca” closing Rick’s cafe because he is “shocked, shocked to discover that gambling is going on in here” while pocketing his earnings.

Those officials knew all the time the type of person, and president, Donald Trump was, and they enabled him until it was not prudent to do so anymore. They do not deserve any praise or respect for leaving now. The stain is on them forever.

Avner Taler
Brooklyn

To the Editor:

“Let’s have trial by combat!” shouted Rudolph Giuliani, urging the mob to march on the Capitol.

You can favor trial by combat, or you can be a lawyer, but not both. Rudolph Giuliani should be disbarred tomorrow.

James S. Kunen
Brooklyn

To the Editor:

There seems to be mass hysteria around the world that American democracy was somehow damaged by the events at the Capitol on Wednesday. What really happened is that Donald Trump declared war on democracy, and democracy won. In the end, order was restored and Congress finished its work. The results of the Electoral College were accepted, and on Jan. 20 Joe Biden will become president. That is exactly how the democracy established by the Constitution is supposed to work.

David K. Rees
Tel Aviv

To the Editor:

Reporting on the havoc in the Capitol places the blame squarely on the president for inciting it. However, let’s not forget that four years ago he was put in place by his base of voters, with some 74 million of them voting for him in 2020. We need to hold every Trump voter accountable for this tragic event.

Over the past four years, President Trump has shown that he is a pathological liar and a racist, and is willing to openly engage in criminal activity to advance his own power. Yet Trump supporters chose to turn a blind eye to his crimes and incompetence, enthusiastically showing up at his rallies, cheering at his insults and slurs, and wildly applauding his conspiracy theories.

I do not for one second believe that Wednesday’s rampage was the work of a small group of extremists. What we saw was the natural conclusion of a massive number of voters who have completely lost their moral integrity. The challenge to our country is not how to get rid of Mr. Trump, but how to restore a sense of morality and social responsibility.

Suzanne Matthews
New York

To the Editor:

Overshadowed by events on Wednesday at the Capitol, another failure of American democracy took place Tuesday in the Pennsylvania State Senate, when the Republican majority refused to swear in a duly elected and certified Democratic senator.

Is this where we are now with democracy: If we don’t like an election result, we can ignore it? Both the event in Pennsylvania and the storming of the Capitol Wednesday need to have severe consequences, such as immediate impeachment or removal from office. If not, politicians will act with impunity and our democracy will surely fall.

Anne-Marie Corner
Philadelphia

To the Editor:

Donald Trump promised us a wall. The wall he delivered is the one now surrounding the Capitol, to protect our democracy from his thugs.

Stephen Polit
Belmont, Mass.

To the Editor:

Re “Denying and Deflecting, Loyalists Defend Trump” (news article, Jan. 8):

I am tired of listening to President Trump’s enablers excuse those who participated in this week’s violent insurrection, as Sean Hannity did this week when he claimed that “people feel like their voices aren’t being heard, and they’re angry.” What about the voices of millions of Americans who voted for Joe Biden?

The Republican Party and right-wing media outlets have irresponsibly contributed to the toxic partisanship that directly led to the storming of our Capitol, knowing full well they were peddling dangerous lies.

Do any of them really believe that there is a cabal of satanic pedophiles trying to take down Mr. Trump, or that Democrats stole the election? Of course not. But it has been good for their ambitions and their bottom lines, so they continue to fan the flames regardless of the costs to the country.

Well, it is time for the rest of us — the majority of the U.S. population — to be heard. Enough is enough! Stop this reckless insanity.

Dorothy Supp
Cincinnati

To the Editor:

You know you’re a bad tenant when the landlord is trying to evict you and you’ve got less than two weeks left on the lease, and yes, for purpose of clarification, I am referring to the president of the United States.

John W. Waldrop
Richmond, Va.

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