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Opinion: The perfect symbol of the Trump years

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Workers erect a fence around the U.S. Capitol Building the day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the building on January 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress finished tallying the Electoral College votes and Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

David Gergen writes that the new, 7-feet-tall fence now surrounding the Capitol should eventually find a home in the Smithsonian. Pieces of it would be an appropriate remembrance of just how dangerous and frightening the Trump years have been.

(CNN)Donald Trump chose to focus on the wrong fence this week.

Just as Trump has with his cynical narrative about Biden's election victory.

It is disturbing but true that Trump has become even more threatening to our democracy in the past few weeks.

With the FBI warning that insurrectionists may stage new marches across 50 state capitols and are personally targeting Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, one would think that Trump would have the decency and good sense to tell his followers to back off, put down your guns, and stay home.

That third of the electorate still in Trump's corner won't listen to Biden or any other Democrat, but they might listen if a big chorus of conservative Republicans as well as business leaders now stand up and speak up — just as Rep. Liz Cheney has done in the House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling in the Senate.

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