Hello, Broadsheet readers! Former Atlanta Police Chief heads to Louisville, Biden chooses women for more key positions, and we reflect on a dark moment in US history. Have a peaceful Thursday.
– Mute. Phew. Over five years after writing this newsletter, I don’t think I’ve ever been so bad at knowing what to tell all of you than I am this morning – the day after a crowd of (massively white and masculineTrump supporters forced their way into the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup, disrupting the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. What is the Broadsheet angle on an attempt to dismantle democracy?
With no obvious answer to this question, let me try to look for at least a few points of light in what was a very dark day for the United States:
-Imagine the courage of lawmakers – led in the House by the inflappable Nancy Pelosi, whose office was robbed, vandalized and planted with a threatening note“Who returned to the Capitol after the rioters were dispersed (but not arrested!) To do their duty and continue the process. And while the final vote brought a lot of empty words from the same politicians whose actions helped bring this crowd down on their heads, there were moments that cut the speech, including a scorching speech in which Senator Tammy Duckworth called those who pampered the president’s “porcelain ego”.
-The the business community has evolved rapidly to condemn the actions of the crowd. (A special hat to the National Manufacturers Association, whose CEO dismissed the usual placid language of such statements to label the actions of the “armed thugs” converging on Capitol Hill as “disgusting.”) In addition to a statement strong in the Business Roundtable, a number of CEOs –including GM’s Mary Barra– decried the violent and illegal action.
-In the better-late than never category: Social media has finally taken a stand against President Trump’s relentless spewing of disinformation about the election, removing his tweets and video of his remarks from multiple platforms, including YouTube, led by CEO Susan Wojcicki.
– Even this terrifying event couldn’t completely overshadow Democrat John Ossoff’s victory in the Georgia Senate race, a victory that –as Claire pointed out yesterday– transform Kamala Harris’ role as vice president (making her the decisive 50/50 Senate vote) and cement the victory of Stacey Abrams and other black activists who have made it their mission to return Georgia blue.
Today’s Broadsheet was organized by Emma Hinchliffe.