President Trump is characterized by his supporters as someone “who speaks what’s on his mind” as “an outsider to the Washington, D.C., machine.” That is his “brand,” and he is those things, and more. Sadly, we found out just how outside he really is.

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, Trump encouraged an armed mob to take march on our capitol to interfere with the certification of the results of November 2020 presidential election. “We will not let them silence your voices...and after this, we're going to walk down there, and I'll be there with you,...because you'll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong,” Trump said to the crowd.

With these words, he incited interference with the exercise of a governmental activity specified by United States Constitution. He encouraged interference with government by the very Constitution he swore to defend, “...from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Reportedly, he was besides himself with glee as that armed mob threatened the safety of our elected officials and desecrated our capitol building in ways not seen since Aug. 24, 1814.

He has violated his oath of office. He must resign; but as that is likely beyond his ability, it is up to Congress to impeach him or the vice president and “...a majority of … the principal officers of the executive...” to invoke the 25th Amendment to that Constitution that he swore to defend.

Having mere days left in office is not an excuse for anyone to further add to the defilement of our national institutions inaction.

Mark K. Covey lives in Felton, Minn.

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