On Feb. 13, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of any responsibility for inciting the riot that overtook the Capitol on Jan. 6. He goes free, but some questions remain:
Would the people who stormed the Capitol even been in Washington, D.C., if the then-president had not summoned them? No.
Would they have marched — Confederate and Trump flags raised — to the Capitol if he hadn’t urged them to? No.
Would they have chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” if he hadn’t called his own, ever-loyal vice president a traitor? No.
Would they have beaten a Capitol Police officer with a flag pole — Old Glory still waving from its top — while screaming he was a traitor if Trump hadn’t deputized them to fight his treasonous war on democracy while he went to his safe space on Twitter? No.
This Feb 13, 43 American senators voted to say words don’t matter, that they’re unmoved by the fact that some of their own colleagues, fearing for their lives, phoned their children to say goodbye. They voted to say, “Fine. By. Us.”
So now we get to ask ourselves: Is it fine by us?