First Friday

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Morning Reading – Friday, January 08, 2021

What a sad week in America. Twelve days to go…

Donald Trump’s Final Days – WSJ

He has cost Republicans the House, the White House, and now the Senate. Worse, he has betrayed his loyal supporters by lying to them about the election and the ability of Congress and Mr. Pence to overturn it. He has refused to accept the basic bargain of democracy, which is to accept the result, win or lose. It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly.

Bring the Insurrectionists to Justice – WSJ (Peggy Noonan)

He is a bad man and not a stable one and he is dangerous. America is not safe in his hands. It is not too late. Removal of the president would be the prudent move, not the wild one. Get rid of him. Now.

Donald Trump must be held to account for storming of the Capitol | Financial Times

American institutions have come under attack before. Never, though, at the instigation of its own president.

First GOP lawmaker calls for invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump | TheHill

“Here’s the truth. The president caused this. The president is unfit and the president is unwell. And the president now must relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily,” Kinzinger, a centrist Republican and frequent Trump critic, said in a video message posted on Twitter.

POLITICO Playbook: A fitting end to the Trump presidency – POLITICO

We all knew President DONALD TRUMP’s term would end badly. It had to. There were just too many lies. Too many conspiracy theories. Too many times where journalists searched their syllabuses for new ways to say “unprecedented” and where Americans across the country sat aghast learning just how low we could go in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

A Self-Pardon Won’t Save Trump – The Atlantic

To grant him dismissal would allow every future president to negate every future criminal investigation of himself, and to give himself a get-out-of-jail-free card upon his exit from office. I would be very surprised if there are five votes on the Supreme Court for this position.

Editorial: Hawley should resign. Silent enablers must now publicly condemn Trumpism. | Editorial |

Hawley’s presidential aspirations have been flushed down the toilet because of his role in instigating Wednesday’s assault on democracy. He should do Missourians and the rest of the country a big favor and resign now.

Jan. 6 Was 9 Weeks — And 4 Years — in the Making – POLITICO

The “fringe” of our politics no longer exists. Between the democratization of information and the diminished confidence in establishment politicians and institutions ranging from the media to corporate America, particularly on the right, there is no longer any buffer between mainstream thought and the extreme elements of our politics.

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