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Since I started InReview in 2018, the focus of this blog has been largely on discussing all things entertainment, no matter the medium, with movie and video game reviews being our primary focus, and while we briefly had a section on news commentary — InTheNews — that is where our focus will remain.
But nothing operates in a bubble, and current events affect us all. Two days ago, domestic terrorists breached the capitol of our nation, successfully delaying the proceedings of Congress and forcing lawmakers to flee. It marked the first attack on the capitol since the War of 1812. I work full-time laying out and copy editing three daily newspapers and one weekly, and our Thursday morning edition of our flagship paper led with one, bold word:
Many other papers ran similar front pages. There are calls to remove the president via the 25th amendment and/or through impeachment. Jan. 6, 2021, will forever be a day that will live in infamy. I never thought I would live to see an armed insurrection attempt to take the capitol building, but I can’t say I’m surprised. We were warned about this, and as much as it would have been nice for Trump to have faded into obscurity the moment he lost the election, his words hold weight and they have consequences.
By all means, what happened Thursday should not kill our optimism for the year — including our hopes that the entertainment industry will recover — but it was a dark day we should not soon forget. Our democracy has never been closer to being destroyed than it was on that day, and it is now. Those responsible need to be held accountable for their actions, whether that means facing consequences for breaking the law, or peddling conspiracy theories that contributed to the uprising.
Or by giving the crowd permission to storm the capitol.
“Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy,” Trump urged his supporters before the insurrection. “After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Trump’s speech preceding the uprising pretty much says it all. While he did ask those who took part to go home and he later admitted his election loss, the damage was done, and Trump knew what he was doing. He cannot leave office without facing consequences, and going forward, we cannot allow a path for a smarter, more competent Trumplike figure to rise to power and repeat his actions. If Trump had entered office with a lifetime of experience working with the law and in public service, I’m not sure where the nation would be.
Wednesday’s insurrection threatened not only the United States government, but every industry, every business and every individual in this country, and everybody that relies on this country’s support and partnership. It was a threat to not only democracy in America, but democracy across the world.
And because of that, we must stand united in condemning it, and to ensure that it will never be attempted ever again.