For the second time in the course of his tumultuous presidency, Donald Trump is involved in an impeachment trial, this time for inciting a deadly riot in the Capitol.
Most legal scholars have argued that there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution's presidential impeachment rules that would prevent this second trial. Only, in this case, Trump, having lost the election to now-President Joe Biden, is facing charges that may disqualify him from ever running for another elective office.
Trump has been charged with actively inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol, urging them to "fight" through a rash of tweets and at a rally prior the assault. "We fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore," he told supporters from the rally stage.
That led legions of Trump supporters, who were angrily demonstrating outside the Capitol, to smash their way into the building — tossing aside barricades, shattering windows, breaking down doors and attacking police along the way — before making their way into the nation's iconic symbol of democracy.
The military-style invasion through many entrances came at the time when the members of Congress were about to certify the 2020 electoral totals for president and vice president, and when many Republican members were poised to protest those totals.
Hoards of Trump supporters eventually broke into the evacuated House and Senate legislative chambers, and other adjoining legislative offices, some rifling through the desks of lawmakers, while others posed for selfies.
At Trump's Senate trial this week, House impeachment managers delivered evidence detailing how Trump had incited hundreds of rioters to break into the Capitol to halt the certification process, calling his election loss a "theft" and a "fraud," and urging his supporters to "stop the steal."
"We must stop the steal and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again, can never be allowed to happen again," Trump told the crowd on Jan. 6.
Throughout Trump's trial Wednesday, the impeachment managers zeroed in on Trump for inciting thousands of demonstrators on his behalf, offering video, audio and photographic evidence of the sights and sounds of the attack.
"We will not back down" was a note scrawled on a file folder left on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.
As the riot was unfolding, Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, said on ABC News, "The president caused this protest to occur; and he's the only one who can make it stop."
Trump would later appear on video that afternoon, telling rioters, "Go home. We love you. You're very special."
It is long past time to say what no one in the nation's capitol has said thus far about his manic, incendiary actions and words over the course of his presidency.
His outbursts and denial that he lost the election are not the actions of a sane man who can deal with the reality that he has been rejected by the American people. His angry rhetoric at his perceived enemies has all the hallmarks of mental illness.
The House Democratic impeachment managers didn't mince words, saying flat out that if Trump remained eligible for the presidency there was the chance of further death and destruction, placing lawmakers in harm's way.
"Is there any political leader in this room who believes that if he is ever allowed by the Senate to get back into the Oval Office, Donald Trump would stop inciting violence to get his way?" asked Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. "Would you bet the lives of more police officers on that? Would you bet the safety of your family on that? Would you bet the future of your democracy on that? If he gets back into office and it happens again, we have no one to blame but ourselves."
The only way to stop Trump's madness is to convict him and to send him packing, making sure that he can never seek public office again.
The vote on the Trump's guilt or innocence will take place soon. Pray for our country at this time when America is in great peril.