From an op-ed published by the New York Times:
The inquiry by the House’s Jan. 6 committee has produced many startling findings, but none to us more alarming than the fact that while rioters tried to thwart the peaceful transfer of power and ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the president and commander in chief, Donald Trump, abdicated his duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
In the weeks leading up to that terrible day, allies of Mr. Trump also urged him to hold on to power by unlawfully ordering the military to seize voting machines and supervise a do-over of the election. Such an illegal order would have imperiled a foundational precept of American democracy: civilian control of the military.
Americans may take it for granted, but the strength of our democracy rests upon the stability of this arrangement, which requires both civilian and military leaders to have confidence that they have the same goal of supporting and defending the Constitution. The president’s dereliction of duty on Jan. 6 tested the integrity of this historic principle as never before, endangering American lives and our democracy.
Read the full op-ed.
When Jan. 6 rioters tried to foil the peaceful transfer of power, Donald Trump “abdicated his duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” seven retired four-star generals and admirals in the U.S. armed forces write in a guest essay. https://t.co/j4XNQcY7QM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 21, 2022