I’m still trying to completely get my ahead around what happened last week in Washington DC. I’m pretty heavy reader of history, specifically the times around the first revolution and the Civil War. Given what happened last week, and the events leading up to it, Ive been thinking about how the history of this moment will get told. Short version: It’s not going to be good.
While much of the coverage was focused on the melee, I was stunned by how many elected representatives were so willing to go with the flow of their dumb, conspiracy addled constituents who had a range of ill-founded beliefs about the legitimacy of the election, running from thoughtful skepticism to raging nutjob fervor.
Its just mind-boggling to me – now – that so many republicans were willing to turn over the election results. I “get” the politics involved, but I’m stunned by the lack of awareness of the broader situation: A mentally ill guy was leading the party, manipulating everybody, lying with every breath. And they all went along with it!
From Zeynep Tufekc writing in the Atlantic:
But the most important, most dangerous part of all this was Trump’s successful attempt to convince millions of his supporters that he’d won and was being cheated out of his win—and the fact that many leaders of the Republican Party, at all levels, went along.