‘But for’



Many commentators have raised this question during the recent impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump: “Would the mob have attacked the Capitol with the Congress sitting in session but for Donald Trump’s lies that the election was stolen and his direction that they march on the Capitol?”

As far as I know, none has asked this “but for” question: Would Donald J. Trump have been found guilty of the charge of “incitement of insurrection against the U. S. government and lawless action at the Capitol in “slow motion treason” but for the crippling fear 43 Republican senators still have of the vast majority of 74,222,593 people who voted for and still unconditionally adulate former President Donald J. Trump?

As we often like to say: there is plenty of blame to go around.


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