By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Young, Trump & truth

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a former Marine intelligence officer, called Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol the result of “a failure for many of our leaders to be truthful to the American people about what precisely has happened in our elections in recent months.” Asked by the IndyStar  if President Trump played a role in encouraging the violence that killed a Capitol policeman and a California woman, responded, “Of course. He’s president of the United States.” 

Added Hoosier Republican U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, "I cannot condone this dangerous rhetoric by the president. Yesterday, the United States changed. The U.S. Capitol was breached for the first time since 1814 when the British took over and burned the Capitol during the War of 1812. Words have meaning and many of the President’s supporters took him literally, resulting in the attempted insurrection."

That Donald Trump's presidency is ending in chaos and insurrection; that he threw Vice President Mike Pence under the proverbial bus when the Hoosier wouldn't go along with this coup d'etat was entirely predictable. Anyone - anyone - surprised that President Trump's presidency is ending in the chaotic way it is has either not been paying attention or (more likely) has been in deep denial over what we've witnessed over the last five years, reaching the violent crescendo this week. Trump has been lying about everything for years, about things he didn't have to lie about, and about how the 2020 election was "stolen" since Nov. 4. He has been enabled by Vice President Pence and Members of the Indiana delegation until Wednesday's repugnant events finally pulled off the final facade of legitimacy. Unfortunately, his continued cries of a "stolen election" that has been embraced by a number of Members of Congress has the potential metastasize into the political realm by Trump's core supporters. What I am most concerned about at this point is this unstable president's access to the nuclear codes and what other stunts he decides to pull in the final two weeks of his presidency.

2. Bracing for Trump's final 12 days

Daily Beast: "High-ranking national security officials have spent the last 24 hours scrambling to figure out how to keep their commander-in-chief, Donald Trump, from inciting further violence at home to spilling national secrets to sparking last-minute confrontations with international foes." And this from Fiona Hill, the former official at the U.S. National Security Council: “The president was trying to stage a coup. There was little chance of it happening, but there was enough chance that the former defense secretaries had to put out that letter, which was the final nail through that effort. They prevented the military from being involved in any coup attempt. But instead, Trump tried to incite it himself. This could have turned into a full-blown coup had he had any of those key institutions following him. Just because it failed or didn’t succeed doesn’t mean it wasn’t real.” 

3. Pence will attend Biden inauguration

In another break with President Trump, Vice President Pence will attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. A Pence aide told Politico, “It was a much more difficult decision days ago, but less difficult now." Pence apparently is rejecting calls from congressional Democrats and some Republicans to invoke the 25th Amendment that would remove Trump from office.

4. Violence and rhetoric in Indiana

A YouGov Poll revealed that 45% of Republicans backed storming the U.S. Capitol. A Ipsos/Axios Poll showed 80% of Republicans oppose removing President Trump from office prior to Jan. 20. Six shots were fired into the Tippecanoe County Democratic HQ in downtown Lafayette. Chairwoman Heather Maddox to the Lafayette Journal & Courier: "It's outrageous that it's got to this point. It's got to stop." And Republican Posey County Councilman Aaron Wilson said in a Facebook posting: "I say we storm the capital (sic) again next week! These lying, cheating, no-good politicians need to learn that the only reason we've had peace in this country for many years is because we've had elected leaders willing to put their party and their ethics above themselves. I do not believe this is the last of the violence we will see and the spineless nincompoops in Washington, D.C. have no one to blame but themselves!"

5. Trump's ignominious political coda

Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on President Trump: “His conduct over the last eight weeks has been injurious to the country and incredibly harmful to the party." Christie added that Republicans must “separate message from messenger,” because “I don’t think the messenger can recover from yesterday.” Wall Street Journal editorial board: "This week has probably finished him as a serious political figure. He has cost Republicans the House, the White House, and now the Senate. Worse, he has betrayed his loyal supporters by lying to them about the election and the ability of Congress and Mr. Pence to overturn it. He has refused to accept the basic bargain of democracy, which is to accept the result, win or lose. It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly."

Have a great weekend, folks. Here's to the Colts and Bears winning first round NFL playoff games. It's The Atomic!