Earlier today, the conservative senior editor of Conservative Review Daniel Horowitz, implored President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act.
It’s time to invoke the Insurrection Act
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. ~Ronald Reagan, July 31, 1968
What about the justice for the other 330 million Americans who didn’t participate in the murder of George Floyd? When will we get justice for all of the people rioters killed and maimed and property they destroyed over the weekend?
In many places in America, you still can’t get a haircut, but you can go out and riot. In California, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, you can’t go to church, but you can riot with impunity and burn down lifelong dreams of business owners without facing jail time. One such riot led to the murder of a federal agent protecting a courthouse in Oakland. 11 Secret Service agents were taken to the hospital after trying to repel a mob near the White House.
This has become a federal issue. We’ve never seen such a perverse sense of “justice” in this country. The reason we have a federal government is to protect liberty when state governments are either inherently unable or unwilling to do so. There is no greater threat to liberty than violent mobs sacking every major and mid-sized city, destroying businesses, and beating innocent people to death. Just as George Washington did with the Whiskey Rebellion, Trump should have sent troops immediately to quell these rebellions and use deadly force to restore order. That this has gone so far with so much destruction reflects a failure of biblical proportions on the part of this government, especially when juxtaposed to the heavy hand used in crushing civil liberties for a voodoo strategy of “fighting” a virus.
Next is the issue of prosecutions. It’s good that Trump has promised to designate ANTIFA a terrorist group, but he should treat all rioters as terrorists, regardless of their affiliation. He must prosecute all of the rioters under federal terrorism charges, as well as anti-insurrection laws, such as 18 U.S. Code § 2383, which prescribes federal punishment for anyone who “incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto.”
Tonight, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden tonight and announced that he would be deploying the US military in cities across America to stop the rioting, looting, and destruction caused by “peaceful” protesters.
“I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson. And to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights… We are ending the riots and lawlessness that is spreading throughout our country. We will end it now. Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
"These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror." pic.twitter.com/ht7uLFgJRx
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 1, 2020
When President Trump finished his address to the American public, he walked over to St. John’s Episcopal Church that was lit on fire during last night’s protests in D.C. Fox News’ Martha McCallum called his walk to the church, “remarkable.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 1, 2020
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Although President Trump did not invoke the Insurrection Act, AP reporter James LaPorta claims that multiple Defense Department officials he’s spoken with say it’s still on the table and is a major topic of discussion.
For individuals following the #protests the Insurrection Act has not been invoked by President @realDonaldTrump for the moment, according to multiple Defense Department officials I’ve spoken with today. However, it’s still on the table and has been a major topic of discussion. https://t.co/YmLjqhRJJR
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) June 1, 2020
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