In a recent tweet, the President’s niece, Mary Trump, accused her uncle of orchestrating Wednesday’s deadly riot at the Capitol.
“Make no mistake, the so-called leader of our country, who swore to protect the Constitution, directed a Horde of white supremacist domestic terrorists to stage a coup to overturn a legitimately decided election,” she tweeted on Wednesday, as the Capitol was being overrun by Trump supporters. “He isn’t just encouraging them, he IS them.”
Prior to the attack, Trump had spoken to a crowd of supporters gathered for a “Save America Rally” on the Washington Mall, telling them, “You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.” Following the remarks, the rally-goers then marched to the Capitol.
And then: “It’s not a mystery — this was allowed to happen.”
While Wednesday’s events are still under investigation, many commentators have noted the difference between law enforcement’s relatively muted response at the Capitol to that of Black Lives Matter protests. In a statement from The Black Lives Matter Global Network, and reported by CNN, the difference is “one more example of the hypocrisy in our country’s law enforcement response to protest,” nothing that when Black people protest, “We are all too often met by National Guard troops or with police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas, and battle helmets.”
Following the riot, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have laid blame for the deadly attack on the President, with some calling for his removal. Democrats today are meeting to discuss the possibility of a second impeachment, which they could proceed with next week if Vice President Pence doesn’t invoke the 25th amendment, effectively ruling Trump unfit to hold office.
Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, is the lesbian author of, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” a tell-all that delves into the sordid history of the Trump family, and her uncle’s rise to power. She has been an outspoken critic of her uncle and his administrative policies.