I have asked myself since January 6, 2021, the question what do the Trump supporters expect? On that date we saw Trump inspired insurrectionists invade our Capitol, shut down the vote for certifying the election results in the states, cause the death and injury to police officers and others, and cause extensive and unnecessary damage.
What did Trump, his friends and followers think would be the result of this had they succeeded? No one seems to have focused on this. Did they really believe that if they prevented the vote from being certified Trump would remain as president? Would Trump have claimed that he was still president?
I have to think that is what Trump hoped the ultimate outcome would be. He posits the idea, still to this date, that he won by a landslide having attained millions of more votes than President Biden. We are told that somewhere, somehow, and cleverly, votes for him were changed to votes for Biden. He believes in his mind that he is still the president. Those who went to Washington on January 6, 2021 believe that to be the case. There are still some Republicans in Congress who refuse to recognize Biden as president.
I do not have to say this because you know it: nothing like this has ever happened before in our country. It is an historical aberration applauded by a person who was elected president. Rather than being ostracized by the Republicans who know all this he is embraced by the leading members of the Republican Party in Congress. Are these representatives of the people happy to have the will of the people thwarted by one person who decides for himself what the outcome of the vote is?
Those who rioted in Washington are ardent followers of a person who openly derides election results and claims without proof that he won the election? What then is the need for an election if the results can be disregarded or if one can launch his followers to sabotage the results? How close do we come to destroying democracy when this happens and no consequences follow.
Ah, there’s the rub. Some though will suffer for their folly. Those Trump followers who were part of the insurrectionist mob that invaded our Capitol will be charged for their actions and punished when convicted. Those Trump followers who believed they were doing the will of Trump who refused to concede defeat and that because he urged them to come to Washington to have a “wild time” they would be protected. Did they really believe they could launch violence against our nation and gain impunity? Did they really believe they could overthrow the United States government and install their own guy as president?
The thing about this is that as they languish in their prison cells they will have plenty of time to think about it. They came to participate because Trump called them. They did this because they believed their president, Trump, wanted them to do it. In saying that they are correct.
They had to expect there would be no consequences for their action. That somehow having done the work by the incitement of Trump they expected he would help them. Just like their expectation that they could overthrow the nation by violence came to naught but their prosecutions; so did their expectation that Trump would aid them during their peril.
Their expectations have been dashed. Why could they not understand Trump had no plan or intention to help them. He is not paying for their legal expenses nor will he support their families when they go off to prison. Did not they know Trump’s cardinal rule: “You don’t succor suckers.”