Trump never truly understood why Paul Manafort chose Mike Pence as his Vice President. Trump thought that Pence’s commitment to theocracy would serve Trump’s con of the evangelicals and guarantee loyalty rather than the opposite. Trump got “betrayed” by Pence because he knew Trump would never really be able to deliver a dominionist theocracy without the bloodshed of a military dictatorship.
As a lawyer, Pence knew at some moment the Constitution would still be required especially with the lack of a definite intervention by the Pentagon, even as there is now a stand down order to assess the threat of internal extremism in the armed forces.
Trump’s main hope for martial law was for a delay in Congressional certification, even if the event was ceremonial. Not everyone in the Trump rally crowd was willing to take hostages and kill cops. Fortunately the pipe bombs at the DNC and RNC HQs were found.
Unlike a tin-pot dictatorship, the Pentagon signaled its unwillingness to follow Trump, having been once burned in the earlier St. John’s Church photo-op in June where Trump did his spokesmodel bit with the upside down Bible, after conning troops, mounted police, and unmarked SWAT teams into routing peaceful demonstrators and teargassing them. It is strange that Trump did seem to follow Roger Stone’s narrative for the Trump coup that Stone telegraphed months earlier.
As chronicled elsewhere, Pence was evacuated from the Capitol as Trump tweeted his displeasure and goaded the insurrectionists to continue the occupation. Pence is still angry at Trump much as Trump remains angry at him for betrayal something, something.
A deluded Trump thought he’d be welcomed as a liberator in this putsch, much like what Dick Cheney promised for Iraq. Roger Stone has been orchestrating it all along, although raids by CBP to seize state ballot boxes in January would have been an interesting twist. We’re just lucky Trump’s gang couldn’t shoot straight.
(15 September 2020)
Instead, Roger Stone is back on the streets after Trump commuted his sentence. Stone had told the media that Trump should let him out of the slammer so he could more effectively help Trump to stay in office. Trump apparently agreed.
Now Stone is advising Trump to have federal agents seize ballots in Nevada, physically block certain voters from casting ballots, arrest media critics and shut-down their publications, and even invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to arrest the likes of the Clintons, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple's Tim Cook.
Trump is apparently listening. In a Fox News interview just two days after Stone made his advice public, Trump referred to potential pro-Biden demonstrations around the election as “insurrection,” telling Jeanine Pirro, “We'll put them down very quickly if they do that.”
Trump added, “We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want. Look, it's called Insurrection. We just send in and we, we do it very easy. I mean it's very easy.”
Stone laid out his advice on Alex Jones' Infowars program last Thursday. Stone advised Trump to form “an election day operation using the FBI, Federal Marshals and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections and, if necessary, to physically stand in the way of criminal activity…The President's authority is the Insurrection Act and his ability to declare marshall(sic) law.”
Using the Insurrection Act, Stone suggested that Trump arrest the Clintons, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook, among others.
Stone attacked The Daily Beast for reporting on progressive discussions about countering Trump's efforts to discredit the election, advocating that “their entire staff can be taken into custody and their office can be shut down.”
Stone also proposed that “The ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshals and taken from the state. They are completely corrupted. No votes should be counted from the state of Nevada…”
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) February 20, 2021
“QAnon backers have moved heavily into other social media groups, helping to organize real-life protests..“
‘It’s very difficult to understand what a QAnon account is, versus a Trump supporter’s account versus an anti-vaxxer.’”-
“QAnon followers share more content from the Russian outlets, according to Graphika..“
By earlier this year, RT was the 23rd most commonly shared site in the community. In the month ended Aug. 20, it had climbed to No. 12. here.”-2/ On November 30th, the nature of the Flynn pardon was released. It was sweeping…
3/ The very next day, Flynn started amplifying messaging on donald using Martial Law to overthrow election.
4/ He wasn’t alone.
5/ But only Flynn had a sweeping pardon, which included future acts.
Perhaps this can be challenged, but I’m skeptical it won’t also be vigorously defended. Flynn believed he was in the clear. Which is why he kept doing this. ⬇️
6/ And in December 18, Donald went all-in with Flynn.
7/ Using Flynn’s “digital soldiers” (aka QAnon) as a crowd surge to provide both force & cover for Oath Keepers & Proud Boys (aka terrorists), Flynn, R. Stone, Alex Jones, Giuliani, & yes… Donald Trump fueled an insurrection to violently overthrow our government.
8/ That the violence would give Donald the reason to declare Martial Law (& stay in office).
Kinda like Erdogan did – you know, the guy who also paid both Flynn and Giuliani. The shit, that Flynn could never be prosecuted for, because of that pardon.
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— Just Saying (@LP808bb) January 31, 2021
— BUDDY 😷 (@Budz442Bud) February 22, 2021