Facing two criminal charges for defying a congressional committee, Steve Bannon has shown rare arrogance. Whoever was Trump’s chief strategist and chief adviser is swearing to topple Biden’s “system” and saying the charges against him would be “hell” for Biden and the Democrats.
The House committee investigating the Capitol uprising wants Bannon to explain himself about his remarks he made the day before the attack: “Hell is going to explode tomorrow.” “A lot of people have said ‘If I were in a revolution I would be in Washington.’ Well, now is the time to act on history. ‘…we are about to attack tomorrow…’.”
Bannon is one of several criminals in Trump’s orbit that he pardoned before he stepped down. He was accused of stealing the money he raised to build the “Wall of Mexico” for his personal use.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, another Trump confidant, also did not appear before the committee last Friday. He could also face the same charges. Bannon and Meadows are key witnesses, having been in close contact with Trump on January 6.
For his part, Trump has escalated his legal battles to withhold documents and testimony about the rebellion he condemns.
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Trump to power by force if necessary
At the instigation of Trump and other conspirators, the January 6 rebels attempted to overthrow American democracy on the worst day for the United States since September 11, 2001.
Many scholars believe that the United States is currently going through one of the most serious political crises in its history, and one of the greatest threats ever faced by American democracy. From the far right, calls to take up arms are growing to oust Biden from power even as opinion polls and analyzes suggest Democrats are heading for defeats in the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.
Trump’s far right is determined to do whatever it takes to put Trump and the Republicans in power. In front of Republicans armed with AR-15 rifles, Democrats brandish the Criminal Code and Constitution.
Will democracy survive in the United States?
Can American democracy be saved? It is not clear. It has been in decline for decades. His crippled electoral system allowed Trump to seize the presidency in 2016.
Republicans are already prepared to reject any elections in which the Democrats win in 2022 and 2024.
If Trump regains power in 2024, there is every reason to believe that he will be more contemptuous of democratic law and institutions, and more corrupt in the pursuit of his own interests than he was in his previous term.
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