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Trump Botched His ‘Coup’ By Not Marching To Capitol Jan. 6, Says Expert On Autocrats

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Donald Trump can have remained in power despite losing the presidential election had he marched together with his supporters to breach the U.S. Capitol during last yr’s rebellion, in keeping with an authority on fascist leaders and movements.

The Secret Service reportedly explored ways to guard Trump when he told agents he desired to accompany his followers to the constructing after urging them to march on the Capitol, the Jan. 6 House panel discovered in its probe. “We’re going to walk all the way down to the Capitol,” he told a crowd of supporters.

But Trump was ultimately told it wasn’t possible within the spur of the moment, The Washington Post reported.

“For those who’re having a coup and summoned everybody, and also you expect to be anointed as the pinnacle of a latest illegitimate government, you could have to be there,” Latest York University History Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat told CNN’s Jim Acosta Saturday.

“There’s a phase in coups,” explained Ben-Ghiat, creator of the book “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.” They’re “violent, quick, after which you could have your pronouncement of the brand new order. That’s why he [Trump] was attempting to get there.”

Ben-Ghiat said she was pleased that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) used the word “coup” through the hearing Thursday by the Jan. 6 House committee when describing the events leading as much as and including the storming of the Capitol.

“It’s the proper word for something that’s the results of a process that began — in a way it began before November 2020 because Trump had been attempting to discredit elections for several years, and forming his personality cult so the faithful would rally when he summoned them,” she said.

Ben-Ghiat noted that coups can take “months or years to plan, and this was a multi-pronged try to overthrow our democracy.”

Ultimately, she said, Trump “went nuclear and did what autocrats have done previously, and used violence, and summoned these people there to right this ‘monstrous’ fallacious on his behalf.”

Acosta said in his introduction: “The decision to arms was coming from contained in the White House.”

Try Ben-Ghiat’s full interview within the clip above. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) talks about Trump’s misinformation campaign leading as much as the violence at 7:25, which is followed by Ben-Ghiat’s observations.

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