Well, so much for that whole unity thing. Democrats are out for blood, emboldened by the idiotic alt-right fools who rushed the Capitol last week, and they are seemingly going to play every card they have. Impeachment is already being talked about, perhaps even after Biden’s inauguration, in order to ban Trump from every holding office again. But if that wasn’t dumb enough, Nancy Pelosi is now looking at the 14th Amendment as a way to expel Republican members of the House for supposedly taking part in an “insurrection.”
NOTABLE: @SpeakerPelosi's letter asks Democrats for input on "14th Amendment Section 3."
That's the part of the Constitution that prohibits lawmakers from having "engaged in insurrection or rebellion."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 11, 2021
You want a civil war? This is how you get a civil war, and anyone that knows me knows that’s not an assertion I throw around lightly. I don’t typically think we are on the verge of a national break-up (despite thinking our politics have devolved into a dumpster fire), but you start expelling dually elected GOP House members based on ridiculous claims that they somehow supported a rebellion and that’s what you are egging on. Perhaps Pelosi is too naive to realize that, but I suspect she knows exactly what she’s doing.
The same thing applies to the push for impeachment, while not as extreme. Trump did not actually incite anyone the other day. In fact, he said to protest “peacefully” in his speech. Those that rushed the Capitol and assaulted police deserve the have the book thrown at him, but this idiocy where we begin to assume incitement based on extremely vague commentary is dangerous. You even have people claiming Josh Hawley is responsible because he said “stand up” in a speech. It’s ludicrous.
Expelling House members? Impeaching the President after he leaves office? If Democrats are looking to set the nation on fire, those would be the moves to make. It is not incitement for Congressional members to exercise constitutional levers to object to an election, no matter how much it offends Biden’s sensibilities. Any suggestion otherwise is just politics run amok. Unfortunately, far too many on the right have swallowed the false premise surrounding all this and that will be used against the GOP in the near future. Our smart set never learn.
The March for Life is 19 days away. Note the "conservative," "pro-life" voices currently pushing the "incitement" lie, then watch them play dumb when their own "logic" is used to not only demonize but possibly even attempt to cancel the MFL and its participants.
— Calvin Freiburger (@CalFreiburger) January 10, 2021
What happened at the Capitol last week was idiocy of the highest order. All it did was burn Trump’s legacy and provide fodder for the left to further crack down on free speech. But it was not an “insurrection,” and no Republican politician directly incited anything that happened. If Pelosi wants to go down this road, she’s welcome to do it, but it’s not gonna go anywhere good.
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