Several of President Trump’s top aides, including national security adviser Robert O’Brien, are considering resigning in the wake of his response to a pro-Trump mob breaching the US Capitol today.
This is addressed to those officials. Please don’t resign. We need you more than ever.
This is a day which will live in infamy, but not yours. The minor shame of serving to the end is erased by the service you have rendered. The numbers of experienced professionals like yourselves, who stepped up for the most difficult jobs of their lives, is the most impressive fact of this administration. You have together borne the shield of decency and preserved the Constitution.
On 12/21, I began to wonder: Coup in the United States? In May of 1964, this almost happened… It may yet emerge as more real than mere ambition, prevented by one insuperable obstacle, YOU.
You, as interlocutors with the rest of government, were the barrier to illegalities of usurpation. You defended the Constitution and preserved the Republic. This remains your obligation and reward until Inauguration Day, unless the 25th Amendment is invoked.
Even if history does not shower you with the praise of the victorious, if you stay the course of the Republic, this will be your finest hour.