In my opinion: not yet.
This is not me being an optimist. If anything, I’m a pessimist and I’ve been one since I was around 4 years old if not earlier. Also, I do not presume to know what President Trump is going to do or not do. I am merely looking at the information that is publicly available and how it is presented.
Below are some of the reasons why I think this is not over yet.
1. Inauguration is not until January 20. President Trump is currently the President.
2. Despite the Biden “win” having been certified and the inauguration less than two weeks away, Nancy and co are calling for the removal of President Trump. Well, “they” have been trying to remove him from office for a few years now, so in that regard nothing has changed.
But seriously, can’t wait until January 20?
Regardless of who breached the Capitol Building—and even a casual browse of the reports and videos suggests that it was at least a partially staged event with at least some complicity of the police—blaming the President is a bit of a stretch, regardless of the legal mechanism, e.g. 25th Amendment.
This suggests that “they” are nervous and desperate, which is a good sign.
There is talk from Robert David Steele, Charlie Ward and Simon Parkes that special operations infiltrated the Capitol Building along with the others, then subsequently grabbed some laptops that the Dems left behind when they panicked and evacuated. This possibly explains their latest meltdown.
3. It was immediately apparent to me that President Trump’s so-called concession speech is hilariously non-conceding. Below is merely my interpretation.
…and to those who broke the law, you will pay.
On the surface, this was in the context of the “heinous attack on the United States Capitol”. But what if this is to be interpreted as a thinly veiled warning/threat in a broader sense to all that has been happening?
We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.
This reads like a reminder of what has been happening, in case you need one, and more specifically a reminder that although he arguably could have acted with whatever evidence he (presumably) already has, he has been relatively patient and civil.
Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated…
What is this “new administration”? The President did not mention Biden. The word “concede” nor any of its derivatives was used. If, hypothetically, President Trump remains in office after firing a few people, then that statement is still true.
My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.
Transition to who? No names were mentioned and there were no congratulatory phrasings to Biden, explicitly or otherwise. If, hypothetically, President Trump remains for a second term, then it is nonetheless a “transition” to a second term.
…our incredible journey is only just beginning.
A nice but empty phrase to end the speech or a vague indication of further activity?
4. The Insurrection Act allows the President to stop interference with State and Federal Law by using the military. According to 10 USC section 253:
The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy…
I think the obvious existence of some sort of conspiracy of election fraud qualifies (without making any comment on who exactly was/is responsible).
Nonetheless, the next section must be considered.
Whenever the President considers it necessary to use the militia or the armed forces under this chapter, he shall, by proclamation, immediately order the insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their abodes within a limited time.
In legal circles, everything is arguable or else lawyers will be out of a job, but the above is interesting. There does not seem to be an exception to this if the President is to “use the militia or the armed forces under this chapter”. But how does one make a proclamation to “disperse and retire peaceably” in the context of conspiratorial actions? By publicly and explicitly making the claim and pursuing the matter through the courts, he arguably has in effect done so already.
However, if one wants to read it literally and pedantically tick all the boxes publicly so there is no argument later, then the President’s little speech on January 6 may be more than mere lip service.
…but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. [Emphasis mine.]
As a sidebar, it does make one wonder who really instigated the breaching of the Capitol Building. In any case, the point is that if President Trump wants to use the military to sort this business out, then he just publicly ticked another box.
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