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  Patriotism means support for your country,  does not mean support for the president

        For the first time in the history of the United States, a President has incited insurrection by his neo-Nazy brigade of right wing-supporters, opposing the peaceful transfer of power.  It is tantamount to encouraging hostility when the world stood. Horrified as a witness to the rioters storming the U.S Capitol.

Shelley Walia, The Hindu       

       The insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol as “would-be saboteurs of a 244-year-old democracy.” But true democracy in America is only 56 years old, dating to 1965, the year the Voting Rights Act guaranteed suffrage—at least on paper—to all American citizens, regardless of race. Four decades later, a multiracial coalition elected a Black president. As in the past, the rise of Black men to political power made some white Americans question the wisdom of democracy

from The Washington Post.

           With tens of millions of votes still uncounted, Donald Trump had appeared on a carefully prepared stage bedecked with US flags and demanded that the counting be stopped and that he be declared the winner. The election was in the past tense: “Frankly we did win this election.”

This was never a dark conspiracy. It was an undisguised insurrection. On September 23rd, asked whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the November election”, Trump replied, “Get rid of the [mail-in] ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.” Like every other autocrat, Trump understood the sole purpose of an election as the endorsement of his rule. Any other possibility could not be entertained.

Fintan O tool, The Irish times

          Mr.Trump will be remembered as a  narcissist and a pathological liar who managed to rise up to the U.S presidency and retain support despite his naked recourse to crony capitalism and venality. He did so by playing into the fears and discontent of the white working class and small business sections with globalization and affirmative actions. 

Sreenivasan Ramani  

             “I was astonished because American people  are  so disciplined in democracy.”  There is always something that isn’t working.(with) people taking a path against the community, against democracy, against the common good.

Pope  Francis    

        All of the rioters repeated Trump's big lie that the "election was stolen." Trump supporters smashed TV equipment at the Capitol. Remember when Trump said the press is the "enemy of the people?" Trump isn't the first to use that phrase. It was used by Joseph Goebbels, who referred to Jews as "a sworn enemy of the German people." NY Times photojournalist, Erin Schaff, was trying to take a photo when she was surrounded by angry rioters. She called for help, but when the police came they pointed guns at her and told her to get on her hands in knees. Remember when Trump said the press was "the enemy of the people"?

Erica Verrillo, Literary evaluator

            The violence at the Capitol Hill and storming of the Capitol Building has left USA's image as a 'beacon of democracy' in tatters. Even US allies are unable to hide their shock and authoritarian regimes across the world have happily taken potshots at America. Normally, a state-backed gang rampage in the legislature for the demand of lost election to be nullified would have had US diplomats marching to their laptops to draft a statement of condemnation. But after the Capitol HIll violence, US has found itself at the receiving end on the world stage.

WION journal

                 Trump "arguably fomented sedition of the US government. Trump could also be impeached for a more general offense: disloyalty to the US Constitution and failing to uphold his oath of office. Congress has discretion in defining a high crime and misdemeanor and is not limited to actual criminal offenses.  

Undermine the lawful results of a lawfully conducted election is unforgivable.

    Frank Bowman, a professor of constitutional law