As Donald Trump limbered as much as give his notorious speech to final week’s “Save America march”, his son — Donald Jr — shot a video for the ages. It captured a festive first household — the president, Ivanka Trump, Eric and Lara Trump, and Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle — swaying to Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” shortly earlier than Capitol Hill was breached.

The video was for “all you superior patriots who’re sick of the bullshit”, stated Don Jr. It confirmed Mr Trump and his self-styled first daughter transfixed by pictures of the ready crowd. It ended with Ms Guilfoyle calling on ralliers to “do the proper factor — combat!”

Ninety minutes later, that’s what occurred. In contrast to the British military’s sacking of Capitol Hill in 1814 — the one different time Congress has been overrun — this desecration was on the incitement of the US president. It was additionally egged on by his household. Each his grownup sons spoke earlier than him. Every vowed to unseat any Republican who voted towards overturning the US presidential election. Donald Jr’s speech was so controversial and expletive-laden that it was lower off by Fox Information — although solely after he declared: “This isn’t their Republican celebration any extra. It’s Donald Trump’s Republican celebration!”

The hazard is that it’s going to flip into the Trump dynasty’s celebration. Many constitutional students celebrated the truth that 10 Republicans voted to question Mr Trump on Wednesday, which was 10 greater than had executed so for his starter impeachment 13 months in the past. They accounted for lower than 5 per cent of the caucus. In actuality, extra Republicans would have voted to question Mr Trump had they not been intimidated with loss of life threats. That’s not how an institutional celebration behaves. It’s the hallmark of a cult. The main focus of any cult is on its chief and his household — not its concepts, which might be capriciously altered.

The marchers who modified America’s historical past final week backed any variety of ragtag causes. They ranged from white supremacist and Christian fundamentalist, to QAnon and “America First” Republicans. What united them was loyalty to the Trump model. Such devotion is an superior weapon. Had the rally occurred on any earlier day of the Trump presidency, Mike Pence, the vice-president, would certainly even have spoken. Due to his position of overseeing the electoral certification, Mr Pence had became an enemy in a single day. Among the trespassers chanted “dangle Pence” as they marauded the Capitol constructing. A hangman’s scaffolding was erected outdoors. There isn’t a one fairly so weak as an apostate.

The one those that Mr Trump and his base can belief are his household. Even slavish devotees, similar to Chris Christie, the previous governor of New Jersey, William Barr, the previous attorney-general, and Mr Pence particularly, can activate you. Fortunately for Mr Trump, his youngsters are all eager to hold the torch. Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, is being urged to run for the North Carolina Senate seat in 2022. Don Jr is rumoured to be eyeing a 2024 presidential run if his father drops out — or is unable to take action due to well being or authorized difficulties. Ivanka Trump is making little disguise of her ambition to run both for governor of Florida or a Florida Senate seat in 2022. She and her husband, Jared Kushner, lately bought a $30m plot on Florida’s Indian Creek Island, also referred to as “billionaire’s bunker”.

Following the president’s change of residence in 2019, many of the Trump household is now quitting New York, the place they’re collective personas non gratas. Tiffany, the youngest daughter, and Don Jr, are the newest to announce they’re shifting their official residences to Florida. They’re on no account leaving America. Not solely is Florida host to the White Home-in-exile at Mar-a-Lago, it’s also the rising centre of Trumpian conservatism. It offers a setting the place you possibly can shun masks and mock social distancing. It’s the type of state the place you possibly can jive to Gloria earlier than riling up mobs.

Because the Trump household strikes south, a lot of the nation will have fun the tip of a uniquely poisonous interval in American tradition. They need to be circumspect. A while within the subsequent 5 days Mr Trump might very nicely pardon his household and himself for crimes they might or might not have dedicated. Alas, there is no such thing as a legislation towards dynastic cults. The Trumps can be down however they’re on no account out.

edward.luce@ft.com

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