This is what happens when people fall under the spell of an authoritarian cult leader.
A woman died today in the Capitol building after a mob incited by Trump stormed the building in an insurrection aimed at stopping Biden from being declared president-elect by Congress.
Who is responsible for her death? Who is responsible for the first invasion of the Capitol since the War of 1812? Easy answers.
-- Donald Trump, of course. He urged his cult members to march to the Capitol today. Trump deserves to be impeached for this act of sedition.
-- Everybody who voted for Trump in 2020 after watching him trash every norm of decency, truth, and patriotism.
-- All the cowardly Republican politicians who stood by as Trump lied about the election being stolen from him.
-- Each of the Senators and Representatives who signed on to the coup attempt that sought to replace the will of the voters with Congress choosing to give Trump a second term.
-- Whoever in law enforcement who did an amazingly crappy job at protecting the Capitol from a totally predictable angry Trump mob.
The only good news out of today's disaster is that maybe, just maybe, it will cause those who have joined the Cult of Trump to find the guts to abandon the worst president in our nation's history.
There's so much blame to pass around for today's horrific insurrection it will take quite a while to sort out who the worst offenders are.
Fortunately, Democrats will control the presidency and both houses of Congress following the highly encouraging wins of Warnock and Ossof in the Georgia Senate runoffs on Tuesday. An investigation by the Justice Department should make sure that this debacle never happens again.
It seems clear that the insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol were treated much more gently by law enforcement than Black Lives Matter demonstrators who actually had a good moral reason for their protest. Why? This needs to be looked into.
Most importantly, let's try to never forget how fragile our democracy is. A good share of the Republican Party, a majority, seemingly, is OK with Trump trying to steal the election from Biden.
This is scary. The coup attempt by Trump and his cronies will fail. However, there's no guarantee that a smarter, and equally malevolent, president couldn't hatch a similar plot that would succeed. We can't become complacent about our democracy or we'll find one day that it has been taken away from us.
Here's some of the tweets that popped up in my Twitter feed today. They paint a disturbing picture of today's insurrection by Trump cultists.