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How to explain the storming of the Capitol?

According to media reports, a number of members of the U.S. president's cabinet are discussing the possibility of removing Donald Trump from the presidency. Earlier, Trump supporters attempted to seize the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where the official confirmation of Joe Biden's election victory was to take place. Only four hours later, police were able to escort the demonstrators out of the Capitol building. As observers note, this is a day that will be remembered for a long time.

Coup attempt

In the run-up to his departure, Trump went on a spree,” Vecernji list notes:

“There are many words with which to describe what happened yesterday in Washington. But one thing is clear: it was an attempted coup d'etat, inspired and supported by the behavior of the American president himself. Trump is a dangerous president, that was clear from the beginning. But yesterday took that fact to a whole new level. ... American democracy is stronger than Trump — and it's easy to argue that, but it's painful to watch how Trump's behavior has destroyed the independence of many institutions; at the same time, we watched as the Republican Party proved damaged in its sanity — and acted as a hostage in the hands of a terrorist.”

For this, he must pay in full!

According to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, Trump has crossed the final line — and now he should definitely be held accountable:

“He is making a mockery of the country, destroying democracy, calling for a coup. In any other democracy in the world, this would be considered an attempted coup d'etat. That's what Trump should pay for. ... If there is any positive aspect to the storming of parliament, it is this: those who support Trump's insanity will go down with the president. So the protesters kicked not only the lawmakers out of the Capitol, but also Trump himself out of the White House. On this day, he himself put an end to his tenure as president. And he must now be led out in handcuffs.”

Even the best democracy is a fragile thing

Trump is once again testing the strength of U.S. democracy, writes Kleine Zeitung:

“His behavior shows that even the best constitution, the most experienced lawmakers, the liveliest democratic tradition are too fragile, they have their gaps and gaps that can bring down the whole structure. ... Those who thought Trump was a lame-duck now realize they were wrong. ... All hope now is that the vast majority of Americans have no interest in a civil war — and that the National Guard can take control of the situation. But it will long be remembered as the night of the day when even the world's oldest existing democracy peeked over the edge of the abyss.

Congress shows strength

The fact that Congress continued its session later in the evening sends an important message, according to the Sydsvenskan newspaper:

“Is this the end of a very dangerous political period? Or is it the beginning of something new — even wilder? The fact that Congress continued to work after the storm is in any case a strong message to American citizens and the outside world alike: American democracy is strong and will stand up to threats and violence. At the moment, that's the best message we could have gotten.”

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