Donald Trump’s administration has always been like a revolving door, with a higher turnover rate than the average fast food restaurant. After violent domestic terrorists were spurred on by his latest conspiracy theory and a rousing speech at a rally to storm the Capitol Building and threaten the lives of elected officials in Congress, the resignations from cabinet and other staff members has ramped up.
One state department employee made his disgust with Trump’s actions known in another way.
On the same day that Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a vote to demand that Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office immediately, which was voted down because Republican lawmakers refused to give unanimous consent and blocked it, a state department employee decided he’d end Trump’s presidency himself, but in a digital, 21st century way.
According to Buzzfeed:
‘A disgruntled employee at the State Department changed the biographies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to say their term was coming to an end on Monday — nine days before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in — two current-serving diplomats with knowledge of the situation told BuzzFeed News.’
— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) January 11, 2021
Apparently, the employee agrees with the majority of Americans. In a recent Quinnipac poll. 56 percent of Americans say that Trump is responsible for the insurrection on January 6 after he told supporters to put on a display of strength, march to Capitol Hill, and let Democrats and Republicans know what they thought of them. The rhetoric of some of the speakers at the rally he coordinated – Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, Jr., and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) – said even more inflammatory things to rile up the crowd. For that reason, the president should be removed from office immediately and charged with crimes.
‘The president’s biography was changed to read, “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00,” while the vice president’s biography was edited to “Michael R. Pence’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:44:22.” The time stamp on Trump’s page changed multiple times, before both pages were removed around 3:50 p.m. and replaced with a 404 reading, “We’re sorry, this site is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.”‘
“Mick, when you announced your resignation this week, you said that you felt ‘embarrassment and shame.’” Wallace said. “You were chief of staff for more than a year, do you feel any responsibility for enabling Donald Trump?” https://t.co/GT6yPvUb71
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 11, 2021
Although Republican lawmakers have been hesitant to remove Trump or even impeach him for his attempted coup, the employee who changed the information on the Trump/Pence biography pages will likely face consequence. In America, inciting insurrection is not as important as changing information on a website in anger.
‘One of the diplomats said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered an internal investigation into the matter, beginning with interns and employees leaving the State Department this week and next ahead of the transition to the Biden administration.’
Now that 4 people are dead, I expect Mike Pompeo to sit in front of Congress and testify for 11 hours, right?
Isn’t that how it works when 4 people die after an insurrection?
— YS (@NYinLA2121) January 7, 2021