Anne Marie Waters
Sunday 14th February 2021
Some good news at last!
Yesterday in Washington DC, former US President Donald Trump was acquitted on charges of insurrection; namely that he incited the attack on the Capitol buildings in the city that led to the deaths of five people in January.
Conviction required a 2/3 majority but this was not reached. However, a majority of Senators (57-43) voted to convict Trump and the punishment might have included barring him from running for the country’s highest office in the future.
Trump called the trial “the greatest witch hunt in history”, and I suspect it isn’t quite over yet.
There were seven Republican Senators that voted to convict him.
Mitch McConnell stated afterwards that Trump was indeed responsible for the riots, and claimed “He didn’t get away with anything yet. Yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country, we have civil litigation and former presidents are not immune from being [held] accountable by either one.” McConnell had voted to acquit Trump but only on the grounds that it is unconstitutional to impeach a President after they had left office.
The words of Joe Biden are particularly worthy of note here. He said:
“While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
This is quite an incredible statement, and affirms that while Trump himself was not convicted, the danger has not gone away. That danger is the sheer demonisation of anyone who will dissent from the globalist narrative. A message has still been sent out to all who would dare to do so. But pay attention to the language Biden used. He matter-of-factly claims, despite acquittal, that the “substance of the charge is not in dispute”. But it was in dispute. It was disputed enough for Trump to be acquitted.
His claim that democracy is fragile is true, but it isn’t Trump that threatened democracy, it is the outright refusal of the entire American establishment, including Biden, to even respond to the mountains of evidence that strongly suggested something was not quite right with last November’s election result that landed him in the White House. Why does Biden care so little about democracy that he is unwilling to allow any review of this result? Surely if 10s of millions of Americans believe the election was stolen, and the evidence that suggests this was ignored, this is a greater threat to democracy than anything Trump had done?
Furthermore, where was his claim that “violence and extremism has no place in America” when Black Lives Matter seized part of Seattle and made it lawless, or when they were burning down businesses and tearing down statues across the United States? Where was his rejection of “extremism” when hardened left-wing groups, including Black Lives Matter, were calling for police to be defunded? No police – isn’t that a fairly extreme political position?
Nothing has changed. The glaring hypocrisy remains. Democrats have done and said nothing (as have many Republicans) when left-wing groups cause chaos and disruption. Suddenly, when Trump is a factor, they become appalled and horrified by it.
Back to the impeachment itself. What did it say?
The articles of the impeachment stated this:
In the months preceding the Joint Session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, DC. There, he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide”.
Once again, nothing has been investigated regarding Trump’s claims that this election result wasn’t legitimate. But here we see allegations of fraud dismissed as “false claims”. Says who?
The impeachment articles also state:
He also wilfully made statements that, in context, encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – lawless action at the Capitol, such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore”.
I see! So a political candidate can no longer use the word “fight”? I use it all the time. This is a fight, but not all fights are violent. I would bet my last penny that Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Joe Biden, or any other leftist anywhere is not, and never will be, subject to this rule.
A crucial question is whether Trump’s language broke US incitement laws. Incitement is not a crime under the First Amendment unless it meets certain criteria. The speech must, for example, be intended to cause violence, and violence must be a likely and foreseeable result. There can be no significant delay between the words used and the violence undertaken. While the final criterion is likely met, it is nigh-on impossible to argue that Trump intended or foresaw the actions that followed. Washington DC is America’s political heart. Passionate speeches and rallies take place there all the time but never before followed by an assault on the Houses of Congress. How then could he have foreseen this?
The fact of the matter is that Trump is right, this is a witch hunt, and it isn’t over. The result of the election is still in dispute and fraud claims have never been answered or put right. The double standards remain: Trump is held to the strictest of language restrictions and his supporters blamed for violence, while Democrats are never blamed for left-wing law-breaking.
The message has still been clearly transmitted from the globalist establishment to the dissenters: fall in to line or we’ll destroy you.
Following the result, Trump said the movement to save America has only just begun. He’s right about that too. If democracy, truth, and sanity are to return to the world’s most powerful country, that movement needs to stay strong. It needs to be resilient, and it needs to understand that nothing has changed with Trump’s acquittal. It is a victory, but a small one. The lies and hypocrisy are just as potent as ever.
Anne Marie Waters
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