Whether you are still a Donald Trump supporter or not, you have to agree with one thing. He has done the one thing Joe Biden said he could do better than anybody else…bring the nation together. Alas, I don’t think Trump was really thinking about it when actually accomplished it. He brought the nation together by getting majorities of people to agree that a) he should leave office before January 20th at noon, and b) he should actually be impeached and convicted.
I was really surprised when I saw the statistics on that. I’m not sure what survey company that came from, but it was stunning. 53% of the respondents to the one survey question said that felt that after the whole attack on the US Capitol, Donald Trump should resign immediately. 56% felt that he should be impeached and convicted. I think it was an ABCNews/IPSOS poll, but I could be mistaken. I do remember seeing that 94% of Democrats, 58% of Independents and 13% of Republicans felt that way. The same poll said 52% of Americans felt he deserved the blame for the attack on the Capitol building.
Quinnipiac came out with the poll saying that Trump should resign. 56% in their poll said he was to blame for inciting the protesters, and 52% say he should be removed from office…read that as impeachment.
More and more people, including more and more Republicans in both houses of Congress are racing to distance themselves from Donald Trump. And I find this to be absolutely fascinating. The similarities between Donald Trump’s last days in office and Andrew Johnson (also impeached by the way), are very telling. Johnson grew more and more at odds at Congress after his impeachment, though he was spared conviction and removal by one vote. Trump fared much better than that his first time around. I’m not so sure how it would bode well if he faces another round of it. Johnson became bitter and morose, and withdrew during his final days, and we’re seeing the same thing with Donald Trump. Of course, Trump ended up losing his “bully pulpit” when Twitter, and Facebook shut his account down. As I understand from published reports from aides to the President, he went ballistic when that happened.
Whether you are/were a Trump supporter, or wanted to see him go, it’s a very strange situation that I don’t think any of us have lived through before. You’ve never seen a sitting president skip out on an inauguration. That’s because even though Richard Nixon skipped out on Gerald Ford’s inauguration because he was flying across country after resigning, it wasn’t considered that he skipped out. In fact, it’s only happened three other times in our nation’s history. John Adams, the second president, skipped out of Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration after a contentious election, though he was never invited to attend by Jefferson. Likewise, John Quincy Adams who was defeated by Andrew Jackson, never invited Jackson to the White House, and Jackson never invited Adams to the inauguration. And of course, there was Andrew Johnson, who skipped out on the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant, even though Johnson wasn’t the Democrat’s candidate. He was bitter that Democrats had chosen Horatio Seymour of New York in place of Johnson.
Since 1869, it’s been rather calm on January 20th at noon on the Capitol steps. As long as the president was living (other than Nixon), he was in attendance. But one thing is for sure, Donald Trump’s exit from Washington DC won’t have any of the pomp and circumstance that his arrival had. And maybe, just maybe, that is what has been needed to bring the country back together. Of course, I could be wrong!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!