To the Editor: Donald Trump's second impeachment trial for inciting an insurrection against the United States at the nation's Capitol is literally being held at the crime scene, with witnesses and abettors sitting as jurors.

Of the 53 Republican Senators in 2020, Mitt Romney (Utah) was the only one who voted to convict Trump at his first impeachment trial.

Of the 211 House Republicans in 2021, only Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and nine others voted to impeach Trump for the second time in January.

Will America see anymore "Profiles In Courage" moments from Republicans?

Even though both 2020 Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia defeated the incumbent Republican candidates who supported Trump, some House and Senate Republicans fear they will not win reelection if they do not back him again in this impeachment trial. As a result, many will once more vote to acquit Trump and jettison their oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution.

It's called political self-preservation.

Some in the GOP still accept and bolster Trump's election-fraud lie and will not unequivocally condemn him for his attempted coup. Solipsistically, they believe this will ensure their re-election.

In my lifetime. I never had any concern of a coup d'etat in America. But after the ominous and unpropitious birth of Trumpism five years ago, I'm not so sure anymore.

And the next tyrannical Donald Trump wannabe will be smarter, more of a statesman and less of a buffoon, which will make him even more dangerous and America's democracy more susceptible to a hostile takeover, potentially putting it in political checkmate.

On Feb. 1 there was a military coup d'etat in Myanmar after military leaders alleged voter fraud because they lost many seats they held in the government. This resulted in the ousting and detention of the democratically elected officials of the National League for Democracy Party, which  won their 2020 elections in a landslide. Subsequently, a total military government was installed.

Sound familiar? Donald Trump made the same frivolous claims of voter fraud, which ultimately led to the insurrection and siege of the Capitol. Some Trump supporters had advocated activating the military and declaring martial law in America to remain in power.

Imagine if our military generals, like many Congressional Republicans, were concerned only with self-preservation instead of loyalty to the United States Constitution.

We might be in the same predicament that Myanmar is today.


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