By Don Frost
Donald Trump was tried, and acquitted, on the charge of inciting a mob to riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Before the riot, he addressed a gathering of thousands of his supporters at the White House. The “liberal” media repeated endlessly one phrase he spoke at that gathering. By sheer repetition they implied it constituted proof that Trump ordered his supporters to march on the Capitol and tear it apart.
The deadly phrase Trump uttered: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
His words had a familiar ring and I puzzled over them for days until recognition dawned. “Fight for your rights” has been the rallying cry for countless “liberal” causes for decades: “Fight for your [civil rights, your LGBTQ rights, your criminal rights, your victim’s rights, your reproduction rights, etc.]”
That aside for the moment, Trump said something else that was conveniently ignored by “liberals” and others on the Left. As confirmed by Snopes, the rumor-busting website, the key part of his address to his supporters Jan. 6 was this:
“After this we’re going to . . . walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. . . . I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Some of those rioters repeatedly quoted by the “liberal” media claimed the mayhem they were engaged in was done on Trump’s orders. They had their heads in their arm pits when Trump urged a peaceful protest or they were plants.
If Watergate taught us anything, it’s that when the presidency of the United States is at stake, anything is possible. That in mind, planting stooges at the Trump rally to urge violence and scream for the TV cameras, “Trump told me to do it,” is not impossibly outrageous. After all, who benefited from the storming of the Capitol? Trump? Obviously not. The Republican Party? No, that party is being demonized as at least partly responsible for the riot. The Conservative movement? No, the press is doing its usual masterful job of linking Right-wing crazies to thoughtful conservatives.
So who has benefited from the Capitol riot? Democrats.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for “liberals” to admit Trump ever called for a peaceful protest. They’ll stick with the “fight” phrase; the one that was much in use during this past summer’s race riots when mobs literally destroyed vast swaths of cities’ business districts in the name of “fighting” for their rights. Of course, in “liberal” world no one was accused of inciting a “liberal” mob to violence. In fact, even as they hurled Molotov cocktails at police cars they were literally praised as simple “protesters,” courageously doing battle against an unjust world. Criticism from the Left? Nothing harsher than a perfunctory “Tch, tch.”
Some anonymous person went to a lot of trouble to cobble together a video showing videos of various Democratic politicians, and “liberal” television and Hollywood luminaries, calling for anti-Trump violence. They do this in terms far more specific and undeniable than Trump’s simple and wide-open-to-interpretation, “Fight like hell.”
Some of the incendiary words were spoken by unidentified people and no specific context is given. However, some of the rabble rousers are identifiable and their words are undeniable:
Nancy Pelosi: “I don’t see why there are no uprisings all across the country.”
An unidentified woman: “There needs to be unrest in the streets as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
A male politician or television commentator, in the wake of one of the summer race riots: “Show me where it says that protests should be polite and peaceful.”
A female MSNBC reporter on Kelly Sadler, a White House communications staffer under Trump: “How do you resist the temptation to run up and just wring her neck?”
Robert de Niro on Trump: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
President Biden at the University of Miami (confirmed – reluctantly – by CNN): “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
A male Academy Award winner in a speech accepting the award, punching the air with his Oscar and screaming, “Punch Trump’s people in the face!”
An unidentified movie actor: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
A TMZ commentator: “Where is John Wilkes Booth when we need him?”
An MSNBC commentator: “You’re still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump.”
Comedian Kathy Griffin, holding by the hair a fake severed head of the president dripping “blood.”
Unidentified woman: “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
A Missouri State representative said she hopes Trump will be assassinated. The Secret Service was investigating.
A House Congresswoman: “I will go out and take Trump out tonight!”
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters addressing followers on a Washington street: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet, in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you go up to them and tell them that they are not welcome!”
Talk of impeaching Trump began before he even took office. Immediately after his inauguration the Washington Post and The Independent reported efforts, by Democrats, were being taken to impeach Trump. The Post also noted in 2017 the formation, by Democrats, of ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org. In March of that year democratic Rep. Maxine Waters tweeted, “Get ready for impeachment.” Two Democratic House members, Al Green and Brad Sherman, began formal impeachment efforts in 2017, Trump’s first year in office. When they gained control of the House in 2019 Democrats launched multiple investigations into Trump’s actions and finances with the aim of finding an excuse to impeach him. After Trump fired FBI director James Comey early in his administration, Democratic congressmen discussed an “impeachment clock” for Trump.
All of these people were Trump’s judges. Fair trial? What an absurd notion. Their guilty vote was in the bag since 2016. If this had been an ordinary trial in a civil court, no Democratic juror would have been impaneled. They would have been disqualified for having demonstrated prejudice against the accused, and Trump would have been acquitted by a vote of 43 to 7, including the seven Republicans who voted “guilty.”
Love Trump or hate him, this trial was a disgrace. In time it will be remembered as the most shameful chapter in the history of the Democratic Party, an embarrassment to the country, and an exercise in pure political revenge.
Don Frost blogs at www.commonsense931.wordpress.com