This was a scene nobody expected ever to be seen. It left the world numbed and hang their heads in despair as visuals of President Donald’s supporters stormed the capitol hill and clashed the police and claimed the lives of four people. The shocking violence thereby interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
This violence was yet another brazen display by President Donald trump who had been bitter and angry post the November 3 US Presidential results and has repeatedly claimed it as election fraud. And simply unable to digest his loss in the US Presidential polls 2020 to Democrat Joe Biden. The violence in Capitol hill has shamed America. And criticism of Trump came from his predecessor in strongest words.
Former president Barack Obama blamed Donald Trump and Republicans for the attack on the US Congress Wednesday, calling it “a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.” “But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,” Obama said, adding that it was “incited” by Trump, “who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election.”
Bill Clinton, another former President wrote in a tweet, Today we faced an unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country. The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another.
With prospects of been removed by impeachment or criminal proceedings looming large President Donald Trump after facing severe backlash for the Capitol hill violence finally promised that there will be an “orderly” transfer of power to Joe Biden on January 20. Trump’s remarks came minutes after a Joint Session of the US Congress formally certified the Electoral College victory of Biden as the next US president and Kamala Harris as the vice president in the November 3 election.
The Capitol Hill violence could not have come a at wrong time for the country which had been battered by COVID-19 and the Black Lives matter movement. A movement which saw thousands of Americans carrying placards demonstrating peacefully against the killing of unarmed African-American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. The visuals of the 46-year-old victim, a native of Houston, handcuffed and pinned to the ground on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath shocked the world . Floyd’s death triggered nationwide violent protests with a section of the protesters resorting to looting and rioting across the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
In 2016 Donald Trump surprised all by piping Democrat Hillary Clinton to the post of US president now leaves the office scarred and leaving American image as world’s largest democracy in tatters. And also pose a question when was last time time an American President refused to accept defeat?.
For long America has played the super cop around the world issuing sermons of democracy and rule of law. Now these very attributes are seen missing America itself. Signs that America as super power is now on the wane.