Why did January 6th happen? The conventional narrative says that Donald Trump misled his supporters into believing the 2020 election was stolen. But this explanation makes no effort to understand Trump supporters on their own terms. The truth is that they had no reason to trust the results; they were simply commanded by their enemies to believe them. And they had every reason to fear the aftermath, having witnessed months of unapologetic political violence from the left. Trump, at one point, was forced to take shelter as rioters besieged the White House.
To call what happened in 2020 an election is to ignore meaningful facts: the left ignored the Constitution to make voting as convenient and fraud-prone as possible. They tapped the intelligence community to cover up Biden’s sordid corruption, and maximize the odds of his victory. In the background was the steady drumbeat of race war. Cities descended into “mostly peaceful” chaos. Biden became the menacing figurehead and stalking horse of a radical, anti-white movement unlike anything the country had ever seen.
January 6th was, compared to the riots from months prior, a shambolic and fairly restrained eruption of patriotic passion. But the communists who caused organized havoc from city to city are receiving generous, multi-million dollar payouts, while “coup plotters” who marched to the Capitol armed with nothing but walkie-talkies are looking at years in prison.
On Tuesday, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio received the longest sentence yet: 22 years for “seditious conspiracy.”
Of what does the “seditious conspiracy” consist? That is of little importance to the kangaroo court. So too is the fact that Tarrio was nowhere near the Capitol on January 6th (Tarrio having been arrested for burning the real American flag, the Black Lives Matter banner). Emotional rhetoric will suffice where the truth is lacking.
On the basis of nothing but a partisan historical narrative, President Trump and his supporters are being persecuted in an unprecedented show trial. The nation’s capital has become the seat of tyranny.
Trump has not even been accused of the “sedition” so often mentioned in the overwrought narrative of his villainy. Even Jack Smith knows there is no case there. Instead, the law has been stretched to hang Trump for using political rhetoric the regime calls “false” and pursuing “fraudulent” political advocacy. His lawyers are being prosecuted for giving him “false” legal advice in these efforts.
It would be difficult to imagine a more brazen subversion of self-government, than to declare it a crime to challenge the ruling party.
As in any show trial, the formality of justice has taken center stage. The judges and prosecutors gabble with high, officious words; the solemnity of the law is bastardized into a bombastic, imperious spectacle.
At Trump’s initial hearing in D.C. Judge Tanya Chutkan blithely declared that Trump’s status as a presidential candidate “has to yield to the orderly administration of justice…if that means he can’t say exactly what he wants to say about witnesses in this case, that’s how it has to be.” At the same hearing, Chutkan warned Trump against saying anything to prejudice the jury in a district where 92 percent of people voted for his opponent.
Chutkan’s foreign background adds a historical spice to the humiliation: she is a living rebuke of everything Trump, the smoldering avatar of what “white supremacy” represents. She cannot fail to grasp the symbolic significance of her appointed role, one she appears to relish.
When Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, had the temerity to use the words “show trial,” Chutkan cracked the whip.
“Let’s take the temperature down,” Chutkan snapped. “Mr. Trump has considerable resources that not every defendant usually has.”
Who wouldn’t want to be in Trump’s position, facing life in prison at the hands of his political opposition?
When Trump warned, “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” he was telling the truth. His supporters had every reason to be aggrieved with the 2020 election: they knew that the regime, roused from complacency by the rise of Trump, would move swiftly to destroy his movement and consolidate its control over America and its destiny.
The Orwellian scene unfolding in Georgia and Washington D.C. is not a reckoning for a failed coup, but the revenge of a successful one.