Monday, January 11, 2021
Consequences matter. President Trump has had no consequences for his despicable behavior over the past five years. When he bragged that he sexually assaulted women, he had no consequences. When Donald Trump mocked a disabled woman he had no consequences. When he endangered Hillary Clinton by encouraging his followers to "lock her up" no media came to her defense by commenting on the inappropriateness of inciting violence against her despite the lack of evidence.
The birther movement was a trial balloon for Trump. He needed to see how many people he could convince that Barack Obama was not born in the United States in order to know the level of manipulation needed to control a large segment of voters. No medial pointed out how these lies were the act of a dangerous man. Instead, every outrageous comment from Trump became media entertainment. No one said that these outrages were the acts of a dangerous man.
If Trump is not prosecuted there would have been no consequences for his dangerous acts, which now assumed the level of sedition. There is little justification for anyone saying they didn't know that Trump's acts would reach this level of danger. The time of denial and no consequences must end. The failure to impose consequences for actions leads to an escalation in the unwanted behavior. Ask any parent, But Donald Trump is not a child. He is a dangerous man.
We are in for a rough time ahead. There is more violence to come. These seditionists and brutes must experience consequences. They are well-organized haters. As time-consuming and risky as enforcement will be, it must happen. Appeasement does not work.