It should be no surprise. The advent of Donald Trump as president spelled disaster for America’s democracy. His political uprise was nasty and disgusting. His campaign involved attacks on people across the US, and showed us just how despicable of a man Trump truly is.
Once Trump became the Republican nominee, it became apparent that his campaign was based on his own personal wealth. He most notably ran on a campaign promise of building a massive wall along the southern border, something he failed at miserably. But while president, he awakened a part of America that many cannot believe actually existed.
These individuals, followers of a JFK Jr. conspiracy and an anonymous 8chan poster named Q, have integrated with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan MAGA (Make America Great Again) to create an American movement that threatens the sheer fabric of our democracy.
On January 6th, 2021, the entire world witnessed as a full-frontal attack on The US Capitol was televised. Purported to have been orchestrated by President Trump, Alex Jones, Steve Bannon, and others from Donald Trump’s camp, members of MAGA and other Trump followers marched towards the Capitol, and breached its doors.
The worst breach on the Capitol since the War of 1812, Americans and other nations watched in shock as members of Congress were barricaded inside as members of the incurring assault clashed with Capitol police. This all occurred while the Senate held a session in attempt to verify the presidential election.
The world now knows just how fragile America’s democracy is. September 11, 2001 was a terrible day for America, but we all had a common enemy that day. After January 6th, who is the enemy?
Of course, the United States will never fall to its own people, for it is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. But on January 6th, the world witnessed the exact priority of many Americans living in the US.
Today, the US is in recovery. President Biden has slashed unemployment, and has created vaccine mandates to ensure the safety of Americans against COVID-19. As a matter of fact, 69.7% of Americans have the first vaccine, while 54.9% have the second dose. Biden may have turned the nation around, but Trump and MAGA still exist at large. They loom out in the open, awaiting the 2024 Presidential Election, as it is apparent that both Trump and Biden will run for re-election.
I suppose the question is: if Trump loses, how bad will the end result be? Will MAGA attack the Capitol Building again? Will they attack the White House? Anything is possible, and I pray for the best. But I believe that America’s democracy has taken an awful turn for the worst. Peaceful protest is one of our God given rights, but a physical attack on our democracy, a literal coup d’état, only shows us all that America’s democracy is failing, and the world now knows.