M ore than 2 weeks because the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Washington is beginning to feel a little less like a city under siege, as barriers come down, streets resume, and the nation’s brand-new leaders begin the work of assessing the damage from the disastrous final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
As I strolled to the White House on Friday– President Joe Biden’s second complete day in office– indications of the democratic crisis all of us just lived through weren’t completely gone. Employees stacked black steel fencing that had actually blocked streets for multiple city blocks around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Sheets of plywood covering glass photo windows of stores had not been removed. Only a handful of vehicles drove along 17 th Street beside the Eisenhower Executive Office Structure where the President’s economic and nationwide security teams work and Vice President Kamala Harris has a big ritualistic office.
Polls reveal the nation is still deeply divided and the mistrust Trump and his allies have planted will not be easy to repair. Even prior to he informed a crowd to march to the Capitol to require the election outcome be overturned, Trump spent months actively weakening trust in the election outcomes, spreading incorrect doubts on ballot by mail, standing by as the post office made changes that slowed mail shipment, and utilizing the powers of his workplace to promote his political candidateship.
Now as the immediate crisis of the 2020 election begins to fall