The Rubicon wasn't much of a river in Roman times and none of the modern candidates -- the river renamed "Rubicon" in 1933 is still the most likely -- are any more imposing. Along a lot of its length, you can wade across.
However puny, it was the border between the provinces and the territory of Rome. It was a line no army raised by a provincial governor could lawfully cross. To do so was a direct threat to the Republic's government.
The Trump Administration's defense against claims of attempted coup have generally been along the line of "What river? There was no Rubicon, and if there was, it was just a little ditch and besides, the other side was engaged in skullduggery!"
Said "skullduggery" was non-existent; then-President Trump's own Justice Department said so. In the wake of yesterday's 1/6 Committee hearing, it appears Mr. Trump's Rubicon was real, he waded it knowingly, and he's had river mud on his shoes and water-soaked pant-legs even as he has maintained his innocence.
He is no innocent. His culpability was direct. His intentions were to create even greater unrest than he managed and he was only barely restrained by some members of his staff. I had taken him to be little more a petulant man-child magnified by fame and money, enraged by defeat, grasping futilely at straws; the enormity* of his ambition and the coordination of his efforts to illegally retain power is now becoming clear.
Mr. Trump wanted to be Caesar.
* e·nor·mi·ty /iˈnôrmədē/
noun: enormity; plural noun: enormities
1.the great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong.
"a thorough search disclosed the full enormity of the crime"
2. a grave crime or sin.
"the enormities of the regime"
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