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US Democracy under Threat?

By Shaikh Moazzam Khan

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By Shaikh Moazzam Khan

The attack of United States Capitol Hill by white supremacist backed by President Donald Trump has triggered another debate in the world. The world has witnessed kind of anarchy in the American capital where session of US Congress was underway to certify President Elect Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump. After the mob attack, it is now clear that President Trump instigated the mob to carry out siege on the capitol building. He even refused to condemn the attack. All who entered the capitol building were preacher of white supremacism in the country. They suspended the routine business of Congress for hours. Entire world condemned the attack besides criticizing President Trump for instigating the mob. The storming of the US Capitol building in Washington DC stunned viewers around the world.

In the aftermath of attack, US nation, parliamentarians and government are divided. The speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Palosy and her fellow Republicans Congressmen are calling for impeachment proceedings. Nancy Palosy also spoken with the US military chief and urged him not to follow Trump’s order for launching the attack on adversaries. She asked the General not to launch nuclear attack as well.

It’s clear that Trump supporters have been organizing, we’ve seen this was going to happen, yet we subconsciously did not think that white people are a threat. That is the construct of this country and how law enforcement viewed it. Republicans senators termed the siege ‘shameful act’ for US democracy. It was just heart-breaking to watch what was going on and the behaviour of protesters is just not like the Trump people I’ve been around. If it did come from any conservatives, then I condemn it. There’s no excuse for violence.

President Elect Joe Biden termed the attack an attempt of coup by President Donald Trump. He also said that the attack is the darkest day in US democracy. He strongly condemn the attack. Some international experts linked the attack with the political situation of developing countries where such kind of incidents occurs during the transition of power. People also link the situation with banana republic.

Former president George W. Bush, the last Republican president prior to Trump, condemned the event, stating: “This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic.” In banana republic, they typically force changes in government via coup or assassination in order to seize power. They often have populist leaders or strongmen who take power by force or refuse to relinquish it. Banana republics are therefore politically unstable, with unreliable transfers of power and frequent assassinations. .

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney described the assault as an attempt to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty to review the results of the 2020 election. Republican senator Mitt Romny said what happened was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.

Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. National Guard troops, FBI agents and US Secret Service were deployed to help overwhelmed Capitol police. Guard troops and police pushed protesters away from the Capitol after the curfew took effect.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who had remained silent while Trump has sought to overturn the election result, called the invasion a “failed insurrection” and promised that “we will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation”. The shock of the assault on the Capitol seemed to soften the resolve of some Republicans who had supported Trump’s efforts to convince Americans of his baseless claims of fraud.

Twitter administration even suspended the account of Trump permanently for inciting violence across the country. Facebook and Instagram both have partially suspended the accounts of US leader. The actions of President Trump shows his biased approach towards the transition of power. In lieu of the mob attack, he should step down voluntarily to avoid further division within US nation.

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