I've been staying away from general political commentary in this blog, notwithstanding which I have of course been watching recent months' Washington dramas with amazement and a great deal of anger.
But now that Trump appears to be on the verge of being whitewashed by Republicans, and left by them in charge of a major political party from which he can continue to do great harm - although his having been silenced, for now, is incredibly merciful - I'll just make a brief comment here.
Trump is one of two people - Bin Laden is the other - to have orchestrated a violent attack on the US Capitol Building in the last twenty years. (The Capitol Building is believed to have been Flight 93's target.) Both were acts of war against the United States, although Bin Laden's was a foreign attack and Trump's a domestic one. Trump's attack not only came closer to success - they actually breached the building - but aimed to do far more to destroy our institutions and way of life. Bin Laden's was a raid, meant to terrorize and provoke a response that would feed further escalation of ongoing global conflicts. Trump's was meant to decapitate the legislative branch, with accompanying mass murder and hostage-taking, and to put a permanent end to democratic (small-d) governance in the United States.
After 9/11, there was (to say the least) no U.S. domestic support for Bin Laden. Given that what Trump attempted was just as bad, and indeed in some ways worse, it is remarkable that he should retain any domestic support or even tolerance, outside of the most extreme terrorist elements in our country.