American politics has finally returned to its near-predictable boredom.
And banned from Twitter, Donald Trump has been deafeningly silent for the first time in what seems like forever.
This, as more than 150 of his most ardent supporters face the music for participating in the violent insurrection in the Capitol building on 6 January.
As many of them stupidly boasted about their crimes by posting videos and pictures on social media, many more arrests are sure to follow.
All of them are having the law thrown at them in an obvious show of legal consequence, that some are naturally dubbing retaliation.
Trump has meanwhile started using another social media platform called Gab, which is a favourite of right-wing groups.
But he doesn’t have nearly as many followers there as he did on Twitter.
While he’s refusing to testify in his second impeachment trial, those who stormed the Capitol at his behest are all slowly coming around to their reality.
Trump did not pardon them before he left office and now he is denying that he urged the attack.
This is leaving all of them with massive legal bills to fight their court cases in the hope of staying out of prison.
And with many of the charges being serious federal offences, some of them are facing as much as 20 years in prison, if convicted.
It must be a very bitter pill to swallow, knowing that your champion is relaxing at his multi-million dollar golf estate, while you are having to pawn your belongings in the hope of keeping your freedom.
But the tide is slowly turning even for Trump and his closest allies.
His high-powered impeachment legal team resigned just last week; his neighbours in Palm Beach, Florida, don’t want him to live there permanently; high-flying members of his golf estate are resigning to disassociate themselves from him; he may lose the privilege of receiving daily intelligence briefings; Scotland wants to investigate the funding of his controversial golf course; and those who supported him in government are now refusing to take his calls.
And at least one of the people he pardoned, Steve Bannon, may still be prosecuted by the state of Manhattan for having allegedly embezzled donations made to an NGO that promised to build Trump’s border wall.
It’s all turned out to be a rather messy affair for almost everyone involved in the Trump presidency. And another cautionary tale about choices and consequences.
Caption: MORAL DISTANCE: Ex-prez Donald Trump
Caption: NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET: Trump’s former special adviser Stephen Bannon