“Do you believe me or your lying eyes?“
The soon to be ex-president of the United States was fully aware that he was the loser in the Presidential election that legally relieved him of his job. He knew we the people had spoken and that we the people had declared: Donald J. Trump, your services are no longer needed.
On June 9th we heard from witnesses who were part of his administration and who testified that they severally told Mr. Trump that he had lost the election. Either Trump decided his own advisors and appointees were all lying to him or, perish the thought, he had become delusional and in those moments was no longer fit to serve as President for reasons of his own mental health.
There is little more to be said regarding this circumstance. In those moments of Trump’s state of denial, we the people very much needed an orderly transition, not a choreographed riot intended to intimidate the country, other political leaders or worse: allow the denial-driven president to invoke the Insurrection Act which, among other things “permits the president to deploy troops to suppress “any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy” in a state that “opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.” –Brennan Center for Justice
In one last desperate move to stay in office, what could Mr. Trump have accomplished with the Insurrection Act? I’ll speculate that given the stubborn will that Trump demonstrated over the course of his presidency, invoking the Insurrection Act was one daring step away from martial law and a suspension of the formality of declaring Biden the winner which would have formally removed Trump from his job. He could have and in my opinion would have then ordered the returning of electors to the states and/or replacement of those electors with his choir of fake electors that had no legal standing whatsoever.
Which brings us again to Mike Pence who wanted no part of the fake elector scheme:
“President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone. And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.“
Aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the President responded with this sentiment, ‘maybe our supporters have the right idea.’