If there was ever any doubt that President Donald Trump would go down in history as the worst president in our nation’s history, Jan. 6 solidified it.

Trump’s America was on full display Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. And it was sickening.

The assault on our nation’s Capitol – led by fascists, white supremacists and the truly ignorant loyal to Trump and his incitement for the violent overthrow of the Nov. 3 election – will go down in history as one of our nation’s darkest days.

Oh, there were lots of peaceful protesters there to support their misguided belief that the election was somehow stolen without a shred of evidence. Trump made that abundantly clear with his constant lies of voter fraud and a rigged election. Apparently those peaceful protesters were unaware they were party to what would quickly become the violent takeover of the Capitol – the citadel of our democracy. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer.

It was like domestic terrorists blowing up the Statue of Liberty and gloating about its destruction.

Anyone in Republican leadership, like our own U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, who contested the free and fair election results of Nov. 3, should be more than ashamed with their complicity in Wednesday’s events in Washington, D.C. They should resign – however doubtful that would be considering the abhorrent moral character they displayed shortly after the trashing of the Capitol by hundreds of insurrectionist Trump followers.

Crawford knew full well that there was no widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the election. It had been proven in the courts time and time again. No, Crawford won’t resign because he contested the election to appease his base – the same base that supports an immoral president.

Patriots act to uphold what’s precious to their nation. Fascists act to uphold what’s precious to their leader – power.

There were no patriots who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday or those who egged on their actions – only insurrectionists. It was sedition, the epitome of antiAmericanism.

And it was Trump, the president of the United States, directing them to violently overthrow the will of the people. He must be impeached – again – and his cabinet, what’s left of it, must invoke the 25th Amendment to get him out of office before he does any more damage to our nation.

We are dealing with an unhinged man in the White House, bent on destroying our country by trying to hold onto power. His reign must end now before Wednesday’s breach of the Capitol by those loyal to him becomes a footnote to what might occur in the next 10 days.

I feel sorry for those who honestly supported Trump. They were misled, misguided and played. They were grifted by nothing more than a wealthy snake-oil salesman who appealed to their worst fears. But they should have known better because that’s what Trump has always been – a liar, a cheat and a crook. It’s no secret now or before the 2016 election. Only until he’s out of office will we truly know the extent of damage he’s done to our nation.

Now that Trump is facing the music of calls for invoking the 25th Amendment and a second impeachment, he’s turning on those who did exactly what he asked – overturn the election to keep him in power.

On Wednesday, Trump said in a video to the violent mob: “We love you. You’re very special.” His tune changed on Thursday in his video denouncing the demonstrators’ “lawlessness and mayhem” that he watched for hours a day earlier on TV and did nothing to stop. Trump lied and said he called up the National Guard to quell the unrest, but it was actually Vice President Mike Pence who made the call late in the mayhem without Trump’s approval.

On Thursday, Trump finally conceded his election loss, although failing to admit defeat or name the man who beat him in a landslide and will occupy the Oval Office on Jan. 20.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” Trump said in a video, his own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts locked by the social media companies for spreading lies and sedition. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

Too little, too late. That should have been said when the states certified the election. On Friday, Trump said he wouldn’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration. How pitiful.

What most Trump supporters will come to understand in the next few months, if they don’t already, is that Donald Trump did not make America great again. Quite the contrary; he made it much worse, and his actions will take years to mend.

After what happened Wednesday, access to the Capitol will be further restricted, young people will have fewer opportunities to see the seat of government in person and we will all have lost a little bit more of our freedom.

In addition to turning Americans against one another, Trump’s legacy may also include the demise of the Republican Party – a death that may go far in healing a wounded and troubled nation.

Chris Wessel, editor of The Sun and a former lifelong Republican, can be reached at 935-5525, Ext. 250, or cwessel@jonesborosun.com.