Matthew Vadum, Who’s really assaulting democracy?
Leftists and weak-kneed Republicans were quick to accuse President Donald Trump of attempting to overthrow the democratic process on January 6 as individuals bearing Trump campaign flags and paraphernalia ran amok in the United States Capitol while lawmakers were attempting to officially certify the results of the November 6 election.
The election –don’t forget—that the Democrats stole with the connivance of those same Republicans.
The disorder in the Capitol complex, during which an apparently unarmed Trump supporter, 35-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot to death by police, didn’t end the certification process, but merely delayed an official declaration a few hours. The barely sentient former Vice President Joe Biden, a left-winger now held hostage by even more radical elements of his anti-American party, hobbled across the finish line as he was pronounced president-elect early in the morning January 7 after lawmakers rejected a series of Republican objections to states’ presidential electors. Support for the objections collapsed after an angry mob took over the premises, smashing windows, breaking down doors, and occupying lawmakers’ offices.
the police opened the fucking gates. pic.twitter.com/HyDURXfoaB
— katie (@cevansavenger) January 6, 2021
Rogue lawmaker Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman from Illinois, led the charge against Trump, not the rioters, labeling the freelance storming of the Capitol building then in progress “a coup attempt,” in a tweet time-stamped 2:24 p.m.
Former Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, who fled the Republican Party under pressure, tweeted “Donald Trump needs to resign or be removed from office. America has endured enough.”
RINO Nikki Haley, the former UN ambassador and South Carolina governor, said President Trump has been “very disappointing” since his November election loss and that he will be “judged harshly by history.”
Kooky, noxious, perpetually wrong about everything journalist-turned-novelist David Frum tweeted, “Impeach. Remove. Indict. Incarcerate. Now.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat and socialist, called for impeachment articles against Trump to bypass his committee and proceed directly to the floor of the House of Representatives for an immediate vote.
Antifa-loving Democrat Tim Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, called for the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to be invoked to oust Trump, who is already scheduled to leave office just days from now at Noon on January 20. Calls from representatives and senators to remove Trump from office have only grown since then.
More than a few mainstream media outlets are reporting without evidence that Trump incited his supporters to interfere with the congressional proceeding.
It’s not true. Not even close.
Highlights from a transcript of Trump’s remarks at the gigantic “Save America” pep rally January 6 at the Ellipse shows that the president didn’t say anything different from what he has been saying since Election Day:
“The media will not show the magnitude of this crowd,” he said.
“Turn your cameras, please. Would you show? They came from all over the world, actually, but they came from all over our country. I just really want to see what they do. I just want to see how they covered. I’ve never seen anything like it. But it would be really great if we could be covered fairly by the media. The media is the biggest problem we have as far as I’m concerned, single biggest problem, the fake news and the big tech.”
“It’s just a great honor to have this kind of crowd and to be before you,” Trump said.
“Hundreds of thousands of American patriots are committed to the honesty of our elections and the integrity of our glorious Republic. All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
“ Our country has had enough,” the president said.
“We will not take it anymore and that’s what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.”
“Today I will lay out just some of the evidence proving that we won this election, and we won it by a landslide,” he said.
“This was not a close election. I say sometimes jokingly, but there’s no joke about it, I’ve been in two elections. I won them both and the second one, I won much bigger than the first. Almost 75 million people voted for our campaign, the most of any incumbent president by far in the history of our country, 12 million more people than four years ago.”
“ By the way, does anybody believe that Joe had 80 million votes?” Trump said.
“Does anybody believe that? He had 80 million computer votes. It’s a disgrace. There’s never been anything like that. You could take third world countries. Just take a look, take third world countries. Their elections are more honest than what we’ve been going through in this country. It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace. Even when you look at last night, they’re all running around like chickens with their heads cut off with boxes. Nobody knows what the hell is going on. There’s never been anything like this. We will not let them silence your voices. We’re not going to let it happen. Not going to let it happen.”
“We’re gathered together in the heart of our nation’s capital for one very, very basic and simple reason, to save our democracy,” he said.
The president urged the massive crowd probably numbering in the hundreds of thousands to peacefully protest outside the Capitol building.
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
He referred to the joint congressional session convened to count the electoral votes.
“Today, we see a very important event though, because right over there, right there, we see the event going to take place. And I’m going to be watching, because history is going to be made. We’re going to see whether or not we have great and courageous leaders or whether or not we have leaders that should be ashamed of themselves throughout history, throughout eternity, they’ll be ashamed. And you know what? If they do the wrong thing, we should never ever forget that they did. Never forget. We should never ever forget.”
Trump took aim at the corrupt Biden family.
“Now where is Hunter? And how come Joe was allowed to give a billion dollars of money to get rid of the prosecutor in Ukraine? How does that happen? … And how come Hunter gets three and a half million dollars from the mayor of Moscow’s wife, and gets hundreds of thousands of dollars to sit on an energy board even though he admits he has no knowledge of energy, and millions of dollars up front, and how come they go into China and they leave with billions of dollars to manage? ‘Have you managed money before?’ ‘No, I haven’t.’ ‘Oh, that’s good. Here’s about 3 billion.’”
Trump addressed the unconstitutional changes that officials made to electoral procedures in battleground states that allowed Democrats to steal the election.
“In every single swing state, local officials, state officials, almost all Democrats made illegal and unconstitutional changes to election procedures without the mandated approvals by the state legislatures, that these changes paved the way for fraud on a scale never seen before. … And that’s totally illegal. That’s totally illegal. You can’t do that.”
The president quite rightly complained about social media censorship by Big Tech.
“And just like the radical left tries to blacklist you on social media, every time I put out a tweet, even if it’s totally correct, totally correct. I get a flag. I get a flag. And they also don’t let you get out. On Twitter, it’s very hard to come on to my account. … if you’re a conservative, if you’re a Republican, if you have a big voice, I guess they call it shadow ban. Shadow ban. They shadow ban you and it should be illegal. I’ve been telling these Republicans get rid of Section 230.”
After spending several minutes reciting a litany of electoral irregularities in the states, Trump stressed the importance of adopting electoral integrity measures, banning ballot harvesting and the use of unsecured ballot drop boxes.
“With your help we will finally pass powerful requirements for voter ID. You need an ID to cash your check. You need an ID to go to a bank, to buy alcohol, to drive a car. Every person should need to show an ID in order to cast your most important thing, a vote. We will also require proof of American citizenship in order to vote in American elections.”
“We will restore the vital civic tradition of in-person voting on Election Day so that voters can be fully informed when they make their choice,” Trump said.
Trump concluded his speech saying:
“Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come.
“So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.
“So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.”
So what exactly did President Trump say that was seditious or in some way an attack on democracy? Go through the whole transcript to look for the magical words Trump supposedly used to incite armed insurrection and to try and remain in the White House another four years.
Americans have a right to assemble peacefully to protest. This right doesn’t disappear if you’re a conservative or a Republican. President Trump was urging his supporters to surround the Capitol and apply political pressure to the lawmakers inside. That’s what politicians of all ideological stripes do in America. Democrats have their supporters surround the Trump White House all the time. They’re allowed to do that.
But because everything Trump does needs to be distorted and made to look abnormal and antisocial, his legitimate call to action was dishonestly characterized as an incitement to riot.
The truth is when Trump learned that individuals had gotten past barricades and into the Capitol he repeatedly called upon them to back off in a recorded message. “Go home now,” he said, but few people saw it. Big Tech censored the video. Twitter and Facebook both shut down his accounts.
And then there is evidence that shows police at the Capitol inexplicably accommodating the protesters, which raises separate, disturbing questions.
A video clip posted by Twitter user @DavidJHarrisJr appears to show police removing barricades to let protesters in. Another video clip referenced by the New York Post shows a U.S. Capitol Police officer “politely holding the door for the pro-President Trump protesters to walk out of the building after they caused mayhem that forced lawmakers to barricade themselves inside.”
Talking head Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida known for his bitter hatred of all things Trump, blamed police for letting protesters in, saying on MSNBC, “You opened the fucking doors for ’em.”
Then there is growing evidence that agents provocateur from Antifa infiltrated the crowd.
“Antifa members disguised themselves with pro-Trump clothing to join in the DC rioting, said the sources, who spotted the infiltrators while monitoring video coverage from the Capitol,” according to the New York Post. “The infiltrators were recognized due to their participation in New York City demonstrations, and were believed to have joined in the rioting so that Trump would get blamed …”
President Trump didn’t do anything he wasn’t legally entitled to do, yet he has been attacked for daring to assert his right to contest the election to the fullest extent permitted by law. When Democrats like failed presidential candidate Al Gore and former U.S. Sen. Al Franken (ACORN-Minnesota) dragged out election disputes, they were treated as honest actors doing the right thing.
But when Trump does it, he’s a monster, the Left says.
This is the same Left that gave its blessing to months of rioting, looting, arson, and murder following the Fentanyl-caused death of career criminal and one-time porn actor George Floyd –his stage name was Big Floyd— while he was handled roughly in Minneapolis police custody.
This colossal hoax, the lie that racist cops murdered Floyd, was used to justify and normalize rioting, but only rioting in furtherance of leftism, while Democrat lawyers like Marc Elias fanned out to the courts in battleground states to destroy any semblance of electoral integrity by sabotaging ballot security rules.
When the Left was burning down American cities last year, those were “peaceful protests” carried out by noble crusaders for social justice.
But when a few yahoos take an election dispute into their own hands by storming the national legislature, somehow Trump is the monster.
This is the same Left that cheered on the rolling coup attempt against President Trump that then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden set in motion by authorizing the use of the nation’s intelligence agencies against Trump, along with Hillary Clinton’s phony Russian dossier about Trump, twin abominations for the ages that will now never be investigated because the perpetrators will be in power.
That’s the real crime.