Treason at the Capitol: Trump Must Be Removed Now

As expected by everyone other than the US Government, a sloppy plot to overthrow the government of the United States took place midday on January 6 as a joint session of Congress got together to certify the results of the Electoral College – that highly undemocratic institution with which we refuse to part ways with. Donald Trump has not conceded defeat, despite the fact that he lost both the popular vote and the Electoral College, citing election fraud. However, neither he nor his lawyers have provided any evidence of any election fraud having happened in the time since, with his lawyers – who preach fraud like the Gospel in the streets – consistently refusing to allege any fraud once they actually show up in court and such unfounded statements could land them prison time if they cannot at least reasonably believe such things are true. Yes, essentially his lawyers have implied through their actions that it is unreasonable to suspect any fraud happened.

However, some fraud has been found when diligently searched for – just very little of it and seemingly unilaterally resulting in improper votes for Trump. For example, Bruce Bartman registered his deceased mother-in-law to vote, ordered an absentee ballot for her, and cast it in her name “to reelect President Trump.” It is similar to when Terri Lynn Rote voted for Donald Trump twice: once through early voting and once on Election Day at a satellite voting station, back in 2016.

Trump has attempted trying to get state legislatures to overturn the will of their voters, claimed that Dominion voting machines were rigged – despite paper ballots exactly matching electronic ballots when recounts were done – and even called the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, trying to convince him to suddenly fabricate tens of thousands of votes after Georgia certified the election results. Of course, this was only after he appointed a new Postmaster General to dismantle the postal service for the express purpose of preventing Democratic voters, who were more likely to vote by mail out of fear of COVID-19, from successfully casting a ballot. Even the Associated Press – a news organization without any editorialization – had to state outright that Trump openly admitted this fact before the election. Trump attempted massive voter fraud, while a few of his supporters did as well, and is refusing to concede after it didn’t work.

If you could say that Joe Biden committed fraud in any way during the general election, it would have to be in fraudulently misrepresenting himself as being further to the left than he intended to ever be – which does not constitute electoral fraud, but would get him in trouble if he were a product sold by a company.

However, Trump’s base does not operate as Enlightenment proponents, such as our founding fathers, presumed people would – rather than being rational, they have embraced irrationalism – a reactionary attribute that claimed that objective truth and reason don’t exist, but rather all reasoning is post hoc: an after-the-fact rationalization of a conclusion you already reached. A requisite component of fascism, as discussed within the link above, when put into action, irrationalists do not look for truth but rather simply glob onto whatever story seems to be most favorable at the moment. In fact, when FOX News and NewsMax tried to blame yesterday’s events on Antifa, that was exactly what they were doing – ignoring the fact that it was a baseless claim and focusing only on that the story was more favorable than what actually happened. It was what they wanted to be true and what actually was true meant nothing to them. In the same thread of thought – the fact that Trump lost the election just isn’t as favorable as deciding that Trump really won and there was massive voter fraud that they just cannot seem to find. Stephen Colbert was really onto something when he started the first episode of the Colbert Report with the word “truthiness.”

The Events of the Day

The day started out as Trumpers, at the urging of the President, gathered in front of the Capitol. Around 1 pm EST, the crowd started bumrushing toward the doors, scaling the walls, etc to get into the Capitol and some succeeded around 90 minutes later. Once this started, the “protest” ceased to be lawful or constitutionally protected as it ceased to have any pretext of being peaceful. Police treated the Trump supporters with relative kid gloves, whereas a left wing protest would have seen random violence from the police much earlier and it was only in June that Donald Trump, himself, ordered peaceful protesters be assaulted with tear gas and rubber bullets so that he could walk across the street to take an inappropriate photo op. Senators and Representatives were rushed out of the chambers to shelter in place in their offices while threats of pipe bombs started to show up. Tear gas filled the Senate side of the lobby, a Trump supporter named Ashli Babbit was shot and later died – we do not yet know for sure whether she was shot by another Trump supporter or Capitol police – Trumpers ransacked the chambers and offices while one man declared Donald Trump to have been reelected and Jake Angeli, AKA “The QAnon Shaman,” rambled through notably wearing a fur headdress with bull’s horns.

The purpose of this was clear – and Democrats seemingly universally missed the ball throughout social media, including President-Elect Biden. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), however, gave one accurate name to what it was:

There were many suggestions that it was sedition – a crime where you call for violence again or the the outright overthrow of the United States government. However, while there may have been plenty of sedition leading up to this point, they didn’t print pamphlets – they actually attempted a violent overthrow of the United States government to keep Donald Trump in power. Joe Biden didn’t even get quite that strong, suggesting it only “borders on sedition.” While it may have technically bordered on sedition by being the crime that is immediately above sedition in seriousness, the terminology is generally reserved for something that isn’t quite as severe as what is being mentioned.

Others have suggested that it was an act of terrorism – though terrorism is ultimately mutually exclusive with what happened because it is the context of the violence that determines whether or not it was terrorism. The FBI uses the Code of Federal Regulations:

Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).

This would require that the perpetrators are either specifically insane where they believe that a government they are overthrowing would still have power after being removed to be coerced into using in a specific manner or that some third party, such as the Government of Canada, would somehow be coerced by this violence. It isn’t quite terrorism on a technicality.

Of course, that technicality comes down to the fact that they were attempting to overthrow the United States government by force – and I’ve argued before that the word “treason” was being thrown around much too loosely by Democrats in the recent past. However, this was treason – it was levying war, however poorly, against the United States of America because the intent was a violent overthrow of the elected United States government.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

US Constitution – Article III, Section 3

After crying treason for years because Russia, who is not legally an enemy, might have possibly given nonmaterial aid to Donald Trump to help him get elected in 2016, which is the opposite transaction anyway, Democrats cannot identify treason when it is right in front of their faces. I would argue that when Donald Trump sent in federal officers, after troops refused, to attack American citizens in Portland, Oregon for exercising their first amendment rights, and against the wishes of the mayor and governor, that it technically consisted of treason – but we didn’t hear the word then either.

This is treason and every Trump supporter who even attempted to bumrush their way into the Capitol should be tried for treason. Let them try to legally justify it.

In this particular case, Donald Trump did not technically commit treason himself – he did not partake in the violence nor explicitly order it. His use of dogwhistles to coerce his followers into this violence probably makes charging him with sedition too hard to prove. However, there is still incitement, which you might be able to pin on him for the fact that he clearly knows when his rhetoric is going to incite people to violence whether or not it is explicit.

(a) As used in this chapter, the term “riot” means a public disturbance involving (1) an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons, which act or acts shall constitute a clear and present danger of, or shall result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual or (2) a threat or threats of the commission of an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons having, individually or collectively, the ability of immediate execution of such threat or threats, where the performance of the threatened act or acts of violence would constitute a clear and present danger of, or would result in, damage or injury to the property of any other person or to the person of any other individual.

(b) As used in this chapter, the term “to incite a riot”, or “to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot”, includes, but is not limited to, urging or instigating other persons to riot, but shall not be deemed to mean the mere oral or written (1) advocacy of ideas or (2) expression of belief, not involving advocacy of any act or acts of violence or assertion of the rightness of, or the right to commit, any such act or acts.

18 U.S. Code § 2102. Definitions

During the coup attempt, Trump told protesters to “stay peaceful” without directly condemning them actively not being peaceful when he posted it at 2:38 PM – something that reads in a tone of someone who is, in fact, gleeful that it is happening.

Afterwards, he praised the coup participants and attempted to justify their actions in a video. The posts on Facebook and Twitter were deleted by the social media giants, but we have their substance:

I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.

We have to have peace, so go home. We love you. You’re very special.

These are not words of condemnation, but rather a call for a break as a delivered threat to Congress if they don’t give him what he wants. They show his calls for peace to be disingenuous and show that he knew his followers would understand them as disingenuous – but merely what he had to say.

Possible Impeachment

It seems odd to remove a President to be removed from office with less than two weeks before he would be removed anyway, but these are odd times and Presidents don’t usually exercise violence to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. This is the first time in American history that this has happened – not even when Abraham Lincoln was elected to office did the previous President try to prevent it with violence. The military made clear that they will not aid Trump in his coup and so he turned to his die hard, fascist street thug supporters.

It is an unlikely maneuver, but one which is necessary, if even to eat up the President’s time to prevent him from orchestrating further mayhem. To that end, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has announced that she will be presenting new Articles of Impeachment. Mitch McConnell clearly felt targeted by the recent coup attempt, announcing that Congress will certify Biden as President, and just might play ball at this late stage.

Nostradamus on Today’s Events

And Michel de Nostredame just may have warned us of this necessity half a millennium ago. Of course, Nostradamus quatrains are often faked, so you always want to look them up – they will have a century number and a quatrain number. Yes, once you see it, look it up to make sure I am not fabricating it out of thin air.

Century VIII, Quatrain 90

Quand des croisez vn trouué de sens trouble
En lieu du sacre verra vn bœuf cornu
Par vierge porc son lieu lors sera comble,
Par Roy plus ordre ne sera soustenu.

When those of the cross are found their senses troubled,
in place of sacred things he will see a horned bull,
through the virgin the pig’s place will then be filled,
order will no longer be maintained by the king.

It was just too vivid of an event surrounding too dangerous of a man to not see if Nostradamus might have written on it. I honestly expected to search for “horned” and just find something completely unrelated to the day’s events, but I found something that seems to be relevant. So let’s end this article, going line by line, pointing out how it relates.

When those of the cross are found their senses troubled,

“[T]hose of the cross” seems to be an obvious reference to Christians. While most Christians worldwide may despise Trump and he by no means has a monopoly upon Christians here in America, he has made a big deal about how Christian he is – despite not attending any church or living a pious lifestyle – and he has Evangelists slobbering all over him suggesting he was sent by God and praying to God to overturn the election. Seeing as they have forsaken every tenet of Joshua of Nazareth, it certainly does seem that they found with “their senses troubled” in these times.

in place of sacred things he will see a horned bull,

The Capitol is the center of our legislature, and Nostradamus may even have been referencing another Senate – the only one he would have known from times earlier – the Roman Senate where the affairs of government were seen as divine and sacred. Our horned bull seems to be no other than Jake Angeli whom would stand out visually for Nostradamus.

through the virgin the pig’s place will then be filled,

It isn’t certain, for me at least, who the virgin is. It may be a freshman representative or Senator; or possibly, though unlikely, citing Biden who is a virgin to the Presidency. It may very well be someone who is a new police chief. Most likely it will be someone who somehow relates to the Virgin Mary given the previous religious imagery. However, as the second part seems yet to come, it is probably someone we are unfamiliar with at this moment.

The pig’s place seems to be a prison. While it may make you giddy that a French diviner is calling cops pigs 500 years ago, he probably isn’t using it in the same way you call them pigs. Rather, much like how he described a World-War I pilots as a “pig half man” or “le pourceau demy homme” in Century 1, Quatrain 64, he is likely referring to the way their riot gas masks look – something we are likely to see scenes of in the next couple weeks.

order will no longer be maintained by the king.

This is Trump, who saw his horned bull supporter in the Senate, refusing to maintain order. This means he will not hold his supporters back and he will not be calling in the national guard to control them. We are looking at a period of chaos until he is removed from office, whether kicking and screaming.

If Nostradamus felt necessary to put today’s events onto paper centuries ago, then it is not safe to have him remain in office.

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