But the story that former Georgia election workers Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, told the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is more than just a narrative. of how Trump’s assault on the 2020 election took its toll on two people. This provides further proof of why the man who continues to attempt to undermine American democracy must be prosecuted.
Trump and his cronies don’t just undermine trust in the system, and they don’t just normalize misinformation — they poison the well that sustains democracy.
Admittedly, prosecuting a former president is a risky proposition. But the evidence against Trump is solid and it is imperative: legal action must be taken.
The case being rolled out by the House Select Committee theoretically focuses on what happened on January 6, 2021. It’s about the past, but more importantly, it’s about the present as well as the past. future of the country.
Looking at what Moss and Freeman say they went through, consider how the ideals of democracy were trampled on in Trump’s plot to steal the election.
One of the things that neither she nor her mother Ruby do anymore is campaign work. After what Trump and his supporters have done, who can blame them?
Much of the evidence presented at the hearings was provided by Republican officials who worked for Trump, showing that he not only assaulted democracy, he ruined lives, intimidated officials, stirred up a crowd and endorsed a plan that amounted to an attempted coup. of state. As the Jan. 6 committee presents layer after layer of damning evidence against the former president, all eyes are on Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Advanced democracies usually don’t go after election losers. It has never happened here, and the prospect of it becoming a new trend is truly worrying. Then there’s the risk of further inflaming a deeply divided and heavily armed country, where the former president’s supporters have shown a willingness to use violence to advance his cause.
But Trump was not a normal presidency. And his behavior since the election is egregious beyond measure. If he had lied about the election, claimed he had won and left it at that, he might be justified in moving on in the name of national reconciliation. But that’s not what happened.
Every day that passes, every day that Trump gets away with what he has done and continues to do to the country is a day that makes the hurt deeper, the healing harder, and the future more uncertain. .
Trump’s approach to elections seems reminiscent of his tax tactics: testing the limits and hoping for only the benign consequences. This strategy seems to have paid off for him so far.
But it’s one thing to try tricks on your taxes and another to attempt a coup.
Destroying the lives of two women may not even have been seen as an afterthought in Trump’s campaign to steal the election. But for the rest of the country awaiting a decision from the Justice Department, Moss and Freeman are proof of how Trump is dismantling American democracy one creed at a time, one election worker at a time, one citizen idealistic at the same time. It’s not just heartbreaking. It requires action.