'Seditious pursuit of power': Robert Reich warns 'dangerous charlatan' Trump’s 'attempted coup continues'
Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection has built a damning case against former President Donald Trump and his allies, it remains to been seen what U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will do with that evidence and whether or not the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will pursue some type of Trump-related prosecution. The committee’s series of hearings hasn’t made Trump any less shy about falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and in an op-ed published by The Guardian on July 24, liberal economist Robert Reich emphasizes that Trump’s “attempted coup” didn’t end when he left the White House, but rather, has been ongoing.
“The House of Representatives’ select committee investigating the January 6 attack has finished its hearings, at least for now,” explains the76-year-old Reich, who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton Administration. “But Trump’s attempted coup continues. He has not stopped giving speeches to stir up angry mobs with his Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen. He gave another fiery address Friday evening in Arizona.”
Reich continues, “He is actively backing congressional candidates who propound his Big Lie. Trump continues to push states to alter the outcomes of the 2020 election. Just last week, he urged Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to support a resolution to retract Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes cast for Biden.”
Trump, Reich warns, is “encouraging Republican lawmakers in several states to pass legislation allowing them to take over election machinery and ignore the popular vote.”
“Meanwhile, the lives of committee members and their families have been threatened,” Reich observes. “Witnesses have received gangster-style warnings not to cooperate. The committee’s message to all of America, including Republicans: Stop supporting this treachery.”
Reich notes, however, that the January 6 committee’s series of hearings “appear to have convinced some Trump supporters that he is a dangerous charlatan.”
“The January 6 committee has produced history’s most detailed account of an American president’s cruel and seditious pursuit of power,” Reich writes. “Will it be enough to stop Trump’s ongoing attempted coup? That depends on whether Americans heed the committee’s implicit plea to ensure that American democracy endures.”
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