While calls for his resignation from liberal outlets such as New York Times and Washington Post was expected, some of the harshest criticism came from the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, one of whose editorial writers called him sick, and suggested he was mentally unstable and dangerous.
“Mr. Trump is a sick, bad man and therefore, as president, a dangerous one. He has grown casually bloody-minded…No one seems to be certain how Mr. Trump spends his days. He doesn’t bother to do his job. The White House is in meltdown,” Peggy Noonan, a former Presidential speechwriter and Conservative grand dame wrote, adding, ” 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.”
Noonan also characterized Trump and his hardcore legislative flock as the “Devil and his apprentices” who pandered to the “sickness within the base.” Calling rioting Trump followers “idiots,” she said they should be dragged out of their basements and brought to justice.
But after a brief moment in which appeared chastened by the events on Wednesday, the belligerent President found his voice again on Twitter (which restored his frozen account on Thursday night) tweeting, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a G… https://t.co/D1YuWzkn15
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1610117198000
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” he added.
To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1610120668000
There have been reports that he will host a rally at the same time as the Biden inauguration (Noon on January 20) and some militia groups have been posting that they will descend on Washington DC again on that day.
Trump’s vice-president Mike Pence meanwhile is reported to have said he will attend the Biden inauguration if he is invited. So will almost the entire Congress on both sides of the aisle — leaving only Trump and his family out in the cold.
Informally if nothing else, the Republican Party split is evident. It now remains to be seen whether the half dozen Senators who fronted for Trump in is efforts to challenge the Biden election despite the terrorist attack on the Hill (eight others returned to the mainstream Republican fold) will stay with the defeated President. Some 120 Congressmen, more than 2/3th the Republican House strength, also stayed with Trump attesting to the power he exercised over his base.