January 6th was the Price for Two Failed Impeachment Convictions
Maine Senator Susan Collins said at the time she thought that the president had learned his lesson. "I believe that the president has learned from this case," she told Norah O'Donnell of CBS News. "The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson."
When the Senate failed to remove him last year, it all but guaranteed that Trump would try to overturn the election. (for example, as I write this on January 6, 2021, he just sent the following tweets:
During his two impeachments, Trump’s critics, including me, said emphatically that if he were not removed in the Senate trial, he would feel emboldened to commit similar offenses over and over again. Trump’s current, brazen attempt at a bloodless coup is the price of the Senate’s failure.
Trump won't get away with the coup attempt because it is highly unlikely that he can do anything to prevent Biden from becoming president on January 20. But he will probably get away with not facing any criminal charges for his attempted subversion of the Constitution, which will sadly do little to deter any future authoritarian presidents. (this may not be true as I edit this on October 20, 2022)
The damage to our democracy by Trump, and what he is doing right now will continue for years or maybe even decades. Again, future corrupt politicians will try to use the same methods to try to overturn elections, you can count on that.(I guess I was right about that, unforntunately)
Meanwhile, the fraudulent claims by Trump and his enablers will do lasting damage to voters' faith in free and fair elections, which will damage our democracy further.
All of this chaos could and should have been prevented.