by Noah "Another thing we'll do, and so many people have been asking me about it, if I run and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly. And if it requires pardons we will give them pardons." -Disgraced ex-President and traitor Donald J. Trump speaking in Texas this weekend by Noah Yep. The man is insane. It was obvious to anyone with half a brain in 2016 and it's even more obvious now. Donald Trump is not just talking about pardoning those who did his bidding in the attempted overthrow of the government on 1/6 that he has also now admitted to. It goes further than that of course. In telling republicans he would pardon his red-hatted cop-killing treason army, the Orange Menace To Society is blatantly encouraging more violence and murder by leaving no doubt that he would pardon any criminals who act on his and his party's behalf at any time, past, present, or future. In other words, preemptive pardons are on the table. Think about it. There are millions of his followers who happily believe Trump will be elected in 2024, if not reinstated well before then. In their disturbed Republican minds, they now feel they've been given a license to do whatever comes into their sick heads and they'll do it wherever (School board meetings, District Attorneys offices and homes, state capitol buildings, buses, trains, you name it) and whenever they please in the certainty that they will be heroes and have a pardon waiting for them. Trump has already often said he will even pay their legal fees. Think of the pardon offer as an incentive to terrorism much like the promise of an afterlife with 72 virgins that another terrorist once promised. How many Republicans out there are now imagining ways they could become heroes of a coming Trump totalitarian state? Among them are participants in the attempted overthrow who either already got elected to various offices this past November or are running this year. In other words, many Republican politicians are following Trump's lead. For example, in militia-infested Michigan this weekend, state Senate candidate Mike Detmer offered this key part of his message to his fellow extremists: "If we can't change the tide, which I believe we can, we need to be prepared to lock and load... So you ask, what can we do? Show up armed. Make sure justice prevails." Trump's followers across America listened to his rally speech in Texas this past weekend and said "Message received, oh great one!" The Trump Coup is ongoing. It wasn't just the murder and mayhem at the Capitol Building on 1/6. Why else do you think the likes of Moscow Mitch, Josh Hawley, "Ted" Cruz, and the rest of his $enate and House Fluffer Team voted not to impeach and remove him when they had the chance even after the violence of 1/6? They want him back in the White House in 2024 and they prove it with their rhetoric and continued support of Trump every damn day. Why else would the RNC be so aggressively raising money for Trump? The Republican Party stands four square with Trump and his mob of seditious and treasonous cop-killers and they will continue to target anyone who gets in their way just as former House Speaker and current FOX "News" contributor Newt Gingrich has threatened a near future of jail for those who are investigating their Dear Leader. Meanwhile, after the 2022 election, a Republican majority House of Representatives could vote their Oh Great Leader in as Speaker Of The House. Yes, the Constitution and bylaws of the House do permit that. In fact, they can vote for anybody as Speaker; Joe Rogan, a Kardashian, the Pillow Guy, Newt Gingrich, Krusty The Clown? So ask yourself this rhetorical question? Are the Republicans crazy enough to do that?
Addendum: And then, there's this. If you or I went before a large public gathering and openly incited murderous violence on the scale of the attack that Trump orchestrated on 1/6, not to mention doing it in an attempt to overthrow the government. And, if you or I backed it up with a claim that you had the right to overturn an election and published an admission of intent to do so, to your entire email list on the same weekend, you would be in jail by now with bail set at such a prohibitive amount that you would not be getting out for a very long time. As I write this Tuesday morning, Trump and his co-conspirators who have ignored their subpoenas aren't so much as wearing ankle bracelets and, no, that would never be enough at all. Trump's madness and the results will continue to escalate simply because he has always been allowed to get away with his actions. He's had AG Barr, Robert Mueller, 50 $enators, nearly half the House, his party, whole TV and media networks and more in his pocket and that continues to this day. I may live about 250 miles from Washington, DC but I do believe that I always hear the sound of one hand washing the other. We get whatever low standard justice system and no standards political leaders we are stupid enough to support with our votes and misguided tolerance.