No, Mr. President

“These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for thus lengthy. Go residence with love & in peace. Keep in mind at the present time endlessly!”

That’s the lately posted, now eliminated, tweet from President Donald J. Trump within the wake of the revolt on the Capitol.

It’s simple to take away it from social media. (And I’ve argued that his Twitter account ought to have been silenced lengthy earlier than this, owing to its explosion of lies and libel.) However we shouldn’t erase this one from public dialogue. Certainly, we should memorialize it – recognizing that it both marks the day MAGA hit its inevitable rock-bottom, forcing these enslaved to it (or moderately to its “base”) to lastly reject it, condemn it, and heal from it. Or it marks the day our democracy — about which we’ve been too complacent, too satisfied this too shall move — formally dies.

I’m hoping it’s the previous, or at the least, it’s the start of it. And when that is throughout, when this darkish and shameful chapter in our historical past is behind us, we might want to do some deep soul looking. Not solely about why this nation was so ripe for the rise of a demagogue, not solely about why so many felt so beholden to a person that didn’t share their rules, not solely about why we now have an virtually insatiable starvation for conspiracy and conspiracists, however about why, regardless of all of the discuss – on TV, on radio, on social media – we may not hear one another.

That social/psychological investigation is, nonetheless, for an additional day after we are previous this. Within the meantime, within the right here and now and coronary heart of the disaster, it’s as much as the remainder of us to say: No!

No, Mr. President. These will not be “issues and occasions” that inevitably occur. These are the issues that occur when a republic is changed by a cult of persona. When any man (or lady) — and significantly this man — is idolized. After we model our nation with its chief’s identify, waving flags in salute to a person as a substitute of an concept or a great.

No, Mr. President, “this stuff” aren’t par for the course of defeat. They’re cultivated by a rejection of shared actuality. When civil, partisan debate over coverage and its execution is changed by a disagreement over the reality, itself. And after we enable ourselves to feed from the teat of different info, turning to memes and social media not as distraction however as our supply of precise info.

No, Mr. President, “nice patriots” will not be owned by one aspect. Certainly, these are the issues that occur after we label the opposite aspect as “evil” or “sick” and even as our “opposition.” We have been purported to have completely different philosophies, and completely different paths, not completely different targets.

No, Mr. President, this election was not “stolen.” It was misplaced. There isn’t a legislative-state-judicial trifecta conspiring in opposition to you. There are solely extra folks that reject you than such as you. Extra folks that acknowledge your hazard than those that don’t, received’t, or settle for it in return on your insurance policies or your favor.

No, Mr. President, you don’t get to outline sacred. What’s sacred is the contract we now have had with all 44 of your predecessors and that we’ll have once more along with your successor. The contract with a pacesetter who sees residents not partisans, who focuses on the job, not the (tweeted) jab.

So sure, Mr. President. Let’s “keep in mind at the present time endlessly.”

Let’s keep in mind this because the day we are saying sufficient is sufficient.

Let’s keep in mind at the present time as a bipartisan rebuke of tyranny and treason and sedition and all these ugly phrases we don’t like saying out loud.

Let’s keep in mind at the present time that much more of us than the 81,283,485 who rejected you in November, reject you and your perverse model of “patriotism” once more and for good.

Let’s keep in mind at the present time because the day that regardless of your finest efforts, Congress renounced their prior (and fraudulent) objections and resumed conducting their enterprise — the folks’s enterprise — in formalizing the election of Joe Biden.

Let’s keep in mind at the present time because the day we united to say no, as soon as and for all.

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