If you can’t win a game, the next best thing to do is turn the board over, smash the pieces and set fire to the table — while running around the room screaming and threatening to kill anybody entering the room with an extinguisher. “Tuesday was the day in the MAGAverse when the truly deranged turned on the merely demented,” says Charlie Sykes and I can’t say it better myself. Monday, the death knell started, when more states finalized election results and Donald Trump lashed out at Republican governors and former allies Doug Ducey and Brian Kemp. Then Bill Barr threw the match Tuesday when he said there was no evidence of voter fraud which would effect a change in election results, and now the whole shithouse is going up in flames.
They are twisted into tiny furious knots on Parler: pic.twitter.com/qqbhsqetQN
— ThugLifeSocial (@ThugLifeSocial) December 1, 2020
This isn’t just some isolated whack a mole on Parler talking this way. Trump’s recently pardoned pal Michael Flynn and attorney to the right-wingnut poster child Kyle Rittenhouse, Lin Wood, are calling for him to declare martial law and use the military to oversee a new election. An Army general calling for martial law and to overthrow the results of a free and fair election is not something you see every day — not in a democracy, that is. In a banana republic, probably so.
Our country is headed to civil war. A war created by 3rd party bad actors for their benefit – not for We The People.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 1, 2020
Freedom never kneels except for God ????????????https://t.co/Vrn3UeyDoF
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) December 1, 2020
Wood, who is apparently working on his own rather than as an official part of Trump’s legal team, sued unsuccessfully to block certification of Biden’s victory in Georgia. He recently suggested that Georgia voters should hold off voting for Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in their runoff election until the senators did more to support Trump’s election challenges. Wood, whose Twitter bio includes the QAnon movement hashtag #WWG1WGA, is scheduled to hold a press conference in Georgia with former Team Trump attorney Sidney Powell Wednesday afternoon.
If Trump is Wingnuttia’s king, most assuredly the bishop and the high priestess are Wood and Powell and this ad is a MAGA manifesto, justifying a violent overthrow of the government, in essence.
The ad calling for martial law cites constitutionally suspect actions that Abraham Lincoln took during the Civil War as precedent for Trump to act. “Today, the current threat to our United States by the international and domestic socialist/communist left is much more serious than anything Lincoln or our nation has faced in its history – including the civil war,” the ad reads.
The ad claims that leftist activists, colluding with Big Tech and a corrupt media, are out to destroy the United States, and that their “attempted stealing of these elections” is an act of “rebellion.”
Here are the concluding paragraphs:
We the People must not and WILL NOT cede our exclusive Constitutional right to elect our Representatives to judges, lawyers, courts, Governors, Secretary’s of State, Congress, corrupt election officials and local politicians, the corrupt media – or Leftist threats of violence! It is OUR EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to decide our Representatives not theirs! Therefore, We the People MUST demand a NEW and fair national vote, a vote that all Americans can trust and live by regardless of the winner! Without a fair vote, we fear, with good reason, the threat of a shooting civil war is imminent. Gun sales are at an all time high and 40% are first time gun owners looking to defend themselves, their property, and their rights. Therefore, Mr. President you must act now before there is no peaceful way left to preserve our Union.
When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote. A vote that assures a fair election in every jurisdiction and reflects the true will of the people. Federal candidates only. Paper ballots. No computers. Hand-counted with both parties watching every vote. Only registered voters. Photo ID to prove residence. Conducted safely with everyone wearing masks and six feet apart, just like we did in Ohio. Only then can the winning candidate be accepted as legitimate by a true majority of We the People who must give our consent to be justly governed! Unfortunately we are at a point where we can only trust our military to do this because our corrupt political class and courts have proven their inability to act fairly and within the law.
You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!
Many will object to these actions, as they did in Lincoln’s day, but we assure you that We the People understand that no less action will suffice to prevent the loss of our Constitutional right to vote and preserve our Republic. It is time to honor your oath, Mr. President. It is time for you to boldly act to save our nation as Lincoln did. We the People will support a national re-vote. We will also have no other choice but to take matters into our own hands, and defend our rights on our own, if you do not act within your powers to defend us. [emphasis mine]
Is there another reasonable interpretation of these words other than violence? This is the essence of Trump-chosis, the psychological disorder that the MAGAverse suffers from and which manifests as denial of reality and results in violent outburst — witness Kyle Rittenhouse and tell me that these loons are not to be taken seriously. Tom Zawistowski, who the press release identifies as the “President of the TEA Party affiliated We the People Convention (WPTC) and Executive Director of the Portage County Tea Party” posts a We The People Convention weekly podcast, which until this week had been carried on a network of five radio stations across Ohio. He told his listeners on Friday to stock up on food and be prepared to engage in a nationwide work stoppage if necessary. Zawistowski ran unsuccessfully for chair of the Ohio Republican party in 2013 and in 2020 he’s apparently planning an end run around the political structure as we know it and to stage a fascist coup to keep Donald Trump in power.
Bear in mind that Trump fired Mark Esper in November. Maybe he believes that his acting Secretary of Defense will follow an order for martial law that his former one wouldn’t. Just saying.
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