I'm 36 years old. The two other times in my lifetime that a Republican administration committed serious crimes—Iran-Contra and torture—nothing happened. We looked forwards, not back, etc.

It's not good enough. How will elites learn there are consequences if there never are any?
Democrats need to impeach Trump again, and they need to impeach him today. Inciting a coup, no matter how pitiful it might have been, is as bright as bright red lines get. If Democrats *don't do anything* in response, then Republicans will try it again.
The President told his supporters to march on the Capitol and "show strength," they broke in, and tried to stop the counting of votes to overturn the results of the election. And Democratic leaders want to do ... nothing? I try not to curse here, but ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
I'm sorry, but Democrats just calling on Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment is a pathetic dodge, and, more to the point, a dereliction of duty. You need to defend the country from Trump's lawlessness, no matter how few days are left in his term.
What's to stop Trump from just pardoning all of his goons, or directing them to do something even more dangerous if we leave him in office for the next two weeks?

There need to be severe consequences for trying to launch a coup. This is really obvious stuff.
This is a start, but “may be prepared to move forward with impeachment” is not good enough.

Tell Trump’s Cabinet that impeachment will be ready by tonight, they can either go down in history as his collaborators, or regain a modicum of dignity by invoking the 25th before then

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Nobody has done the trifecta, though. At least not yet...
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