Other, that is, than his own side giving serious consideration to invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, in order to remove him from office before January 20. But, those in the UK might reassure themselves, it could not happen here. Trump is a one-off, a mere aberration. And to those people I have to tell them they are plain flat wrong.
The only difference between UK and USA is that the flashpoint need not be over an election, but in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic - and the Government’s inept mismanagement of its response - and the tightening of the screw over Brexit, as the UK loses influence, trade, and jobs. A perfect storm of decline will most likely follow.
And the similarity between UK and USA is the belief instilled in so many people: in the States, it was belief that the election had been stolen from Trump; here, it is a series of beliefs, from Covid-19 denialism, through lockdown defiance and anti-vax campaigners, to belief that Brexit would be a success, were it not for all those who didn’t want it.
You think I jest? Already, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has responded “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”. But he has stopped short of condemning Trump. And he is not alone.
Sky News’ Niall Paterson asked Priti Patel, for some reason appointed Home Secretary, to condemn Trump’s actions. She waffled, she prevaricated, she deflected, but she did not, ultimately, condemn him. She may, after all, be acutely aware of the links between the Trump gang, its Bozo-Brexit counterpart, and their media cheerleaders.
It was Michael “Oiky” Gove, accompanied personally by Rupert Murdoch, who got that interview with Trump. Byline Times has charted the links between Gove and the increasingly hard right Henry Jackson Society, and those between the HJS and white nationalist groups in the USA - some of whom have indulged in violent behaviour.
As the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr warned two and a half years ago, “Trump & Brexit are not 2 different things. They are the same thing. Same companies. Same data. Same Facebook. Same Russians. Same Cambridge Analytica. Same Robert Mercer. Same Steve Bannon. Same Breitbart. Same Alexander Nix. Same Donald Trump. Same Nigel Farage”. And the same result: people prepared to believe, even if it’s not true.
Those who stormed the Capitol believed Trump won. Many Brexiteers believe it’ll be someone else’s fault - Remainers, ethnic minorities, foreign nationals, multinational corporations, those of insufficiently patriotic intent - when it all goes bad. It won’t be Bozo, Ms Patel, Gove, or Nigel “Thirsty” Farage they will be going after.
The USA nearly entered a very dark place. The UK could yet go one better. Or worse.
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