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The storming of the US Capitol is not just about Trump, but the whole American right

The President is not an aberration, but the culmination of the slow drift of a Republican party that gave up on democracy a long time ago

By Tom Clark  

Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto/PA Images

No sooner had the mob moved on the Capitol than the whole right-wing establishment began to act as if they didn’t know the unruly man who had incited them to do so.

It fell to Vice-President Pence, fresh from resisting his boss’s demands to “disappear” the electoral college votes of states that had gone the wrong way, to summon the National Guard. The grand old organ grinder of the Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell, earnestly sermonised that his vote to certify the peaceful transfer of power was the most important in his 36-year Senate career. Even Ted Cruz of…

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