During her Tuesday night program, Rachel Maddow launched a blistering goodbye to Donald Trump's failed coup in the US Capitol, saying his violent stunt puts him in the same category as "Confederate traitors."
"Did you think it would work?" Said Maddow directly to the camera and spoke to Trump. "Did you think with the support of a private army with their hockey sticks and their AR-15s you would be in power?"
The MSNBC host told Trump that the exact opposite happened as a result of the uprising he instigated last week.
Instead of becoming more powerful, Maddow pointed out that Trump is weaker and more isolated than ever and is on the verge of a second impeachment.
Rachel Maddow speaks directly to Trump about his failed coup: "Would you have thought that with the support of a private army you would hold power with your hockey sticks and your AR-15?" #maddow pic.twitter.com/gouKM6VI1U
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) January 13, 2021
Mr President, what did you think? Did you think it would work? Did you think if you had enough violent and potentially armed supporters brought into the Capitol during Congress and they did what they were there for, what kind of power do you think you would have? How did you think it would benefit you? What do you think would happen in five days now? Mr President, if you get an angry mob to attack the U.S. Capitol while Congress is sitting, you're getting them to attack the Capitol because you're telling them that if they get inside they will somehow manage to hold you Capitol will go to power and prevent election results from being processed. Mr President, if you do that, you will be asked to be removed from office as it is not appropriate for the 25th amendment. You will also invite certain impeachments and possibly convictions and impeachments for the first US president to ever go through this. Mr President, you will be inviting the fourteenth amendment to forbid you from ever holding public office in the United States like the Confederate traitors before you for whom this fourteenth amendment provision was written. And yes, Mr President, you can actually file criminal charges in Washington, DC. And you can file federal criminal charges for inciting a violent attack on the US government that would land you in jail for decades. All of this can be yours for the low, low price of what you did after losing voting to Joe Biden. What did you think would happen? Did you think it would work? Did you think with the support of a private army you would keep power with your hockey sticks and your AR-15? Maybe the military would turn around and become your Praetorian Guard? Is that what you thought
The attack on the US Capitol will forever be Trump's legacy
Even before the events of January 6, Donald Trump's presidency would be considered one of the worst in US history because of his unmatched corruption and incompetence.
But the attack on the U.S. Capitol instigated by Trump and his henchmen will be his legacy forever. If the history books are being written about his presidency, a failed coup attempt will likely be in the first paragraph.
Donald Trump had sealed his fate as a failed president long before he sparked an attack on the US government. But the MAGA coup on January 6th will cement his legacy as an American traitor.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.