Trump’s Henry II moment: He did not explicitly order violence but... | READER COMMENTARY
For The Baltimore Sun|
Jan 14, 2021 at 2:04 PM
President Donald Trump, in response to the sacking of our Capitol by a mob immediately after he addressed it, took a Thomas Becket. Henry II claimed that when he said “What miserable drones and traitors...let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born clerk,” he did not explicitly order the killing of Archbishop of Canterbury Becket (”Trump’s Senate impeachment trial could begin on day of Joe Biden’s inauguration,” Jan. 14).
Still, Henry II was forced to atone. Likewise, in response to the attack on our Capitol, Mr. Trump said that when he told the mob to march on to the U.S. Capitol, he did not explicitly say to attack it. When he said, “Fight,” he did not literally mean to fight. When he said, “Stop the steal,” he did not mean to actually stop the Congress from the counting of Electoral College votes that officially made Joe Biden the president-elect. However, Mr. Trump has not accepted responsibility and has not atoned.
A year ago, Rep. Adam Schiff said that if President Trump were not removed, he would violate his oath of office again. Now, he has done it again and worse. If he is left in office again, who knows what worse Mr. Trump might do as commander-in-chief.