Six Hours/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

Posted on January 12, 2021

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WashPo printed a chilling article about “Six Hours of Paralysis: Inside Trump’s Failure…” (January 11,2021). The authors, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker, describe the hours of indecision in the White House after the security debacle at the Capitol. Amidst the reporting, is a word of caution, as I see it, for those who refuse to negotiate/mediate with their opposing party. This excerpt needs no further gloss…

“8 p.m., more than six hours after the initial breach, the Capitol was declared secure.

The following evening, on Thursday, Trump released another video, the closest advisers say he is likely to come to a concession speech.

“Congress has certified the results: A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th,” Trump said in the video. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.

His calls for healing and reconciliation were more than a day too late, many aides said. Yet as Trump watched the media coverage of his video, he grew angry.

The president said he wished he hadn’t done it, a senior White House official said, because he feared that the calming words made him look weak.”

Words of reconciliation made POTUS look weak, in his thinking….Do you agree with such lame thinking? Is that how you deal with matters in dispute? Mediate don’t litigate.