Impeach, Remove, and Prosecute

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that there was a good argument for Biden pardoning Donald Trump. I no longer think he should be pardoned. I was making an argument there on the basis of prudence. The prudential question was: how much justice are you sacrificing relative to how much security you’d be gaining? The scales have now tipped further in the direction of justice and less in the direction of security. Impeaching, removing, and then prosecuting a seditionist seems worth it even if it risks some violence. Trump’s excesses of irresponsibility and disrespect for both the law and … Continue reading Impeach, Remove, and Prosecute


If the losing candidate in an election incites a mob to attack Congress just as they are counting the ballots of the winning candidate, that is an attempted coup. No way of getting around it. Although it might have been poorly organized, telling protesters to “keep fighting” in the midst of the counting is a coup. He could have held this rally at any other time. He chose to do it during this moment in Congress. He attempted a coup. The coup failed but we should call it what it is. These weren’t protesters. These were seditionists. A violent attack … Continue reading Coup