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Comment Donald Trump has blood on his hands

"Trump’s state of mind has often been questioned and we saw proof of it on Wednesday – he’s clearly quite mad, he should be in a straitjacket in a padded room, not inciting some sort of half-brained coup"

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Supporters of Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police (AP)

Supporters of Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police (AP)

Supporters of Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police (AP)

For four years we have watched the unfolding tragedy that is the collapse of American society.

While there was a sad predictability about the storming of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, it was hard to take in what we were watching.

You can’t accuse of Donald Trump of not going out with a bang, but if he thinks he can walk away from the wreckage of his administration someone should have a word in his ear.

Someone has to be held responsible.

Rioters, many of them armed, some with faces painted – one, ludicrously, with a pair of bison horns on his head – will be prosecuted but they should be sharing the dock with the man who brought them to this point.

Five people lost their lives on Wednesday, one shot dead – on Capitol Hill, the place Americans like to call the ‘cradle of democracy’.

Trump has their blood on his hands.

The events of a few days ago were a microcosm of everything Trump is about. His meandering speech exhorting his followers to “fight” and to march on Capitol Hill belonged in the world of the deranged.

Trump’s state of mind has often been questioned and we saw proof of it on Wednesday – he’s clearly quite mad, he should be in a straitjacket in a padded room, not inciting some sort of half-brained coup.

He continued his relentless assault on the media which has robbed American people of the truth. He replaced it with a spiteful diatribe of lies, shamelessly playing on the insecurities of communities struggling with poverty and unemployment.

It was manna from heaven for the rednecks who marauded through Congress ransacking offices, smashing furniture.

The same rednecks, armed to the teeth, praised by Trump for storming the state capitol in Michigan with the barely disguised intention of lynching the governor for imposing lockdown restrictions.

The sycophants who hitched a ride on Trump’s attention-grabbing tour of madness turned their backs on their despotic hero, condemning Wednesday’s violence – too little too late.

Together their legacy is the damage they have done to America.

As Trump is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, he and his pals can look back on the smoking ruin of his tenure – race riots, mass shootings, an out of control pandemic raging across the nation, sexual assault, attempted voter fraud, his country’s international standing in the toilet – I could go on.

Worst of all he has reduced America to a feudal society, a country at war with itself.

God help you Joe.

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