The minute Donald Trump’s goons breached the Capitol, it felt like it was going to be the end of him and his movement. Sure enough, he’s since been impeached, cut off by several banks, banned from Twitter, lost lucrative business deals, abandoned by McConnell, and more. Trump is headed for bankruptcy and prison, and his supporters are pariahs.
It’s a damn shame that this Capitol attack happened. But in the end, Trump and his goons have unwittingly done us a favor. They proved, for all to see, everything that people like me had spent the past four years saying about them.
Donald Trump was going to prison for financial crimes in New York State anyway, but now he’s assured that he’ll face federal charges for his crimes in office as well. It’ll officially classify his presidency as a crime spree for all time. It’ll make the next corrupt con artist think twice about trying to run for president in order to hide behind the presidency.
Trump’s supporters have also ensured that they’ll always be looked at with scorn and distrust by mainstream society, unless and until they finally give Trump up. They’ve convinced society that it’s not okay to be a Trump supporter. It’s not merely an alternate political view. It’s violence. It’s criminality. It’s fascism. It’s terrorism. You and I knew that from day one. But now everyone in the middle is finally forced to see it as well.
In the end, Donald Trump and his goons brought about their own end more thoroughly and efficiently than I ever could have. They’re finally the pariahs that they should have been all along. The Capitol attack should never, ever have happened. But if it had to happen, at least they destroyed themselves in the process.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report