The national inquisition against Donald Trump is in its sixth year, but like the original inquisition it isn’t based on facts, but dogma. In my Real Clear Politics column, I show how the Washington Post, like Pelosi’s select Jan.6 committee, spins blatant lies. What’s worse, they expect everyone to accept them as gospel truth because the alternative is that you too might be called an insurrectionist and sent to prison. As Trump rightly declared, “Fake News is the enemy of the people.”
Why the Jan. 6 Inquisition Is the Real Enemy of Democracy
By Frank Miele
The issue of our age is: Why are so-called liberals incapable of recognizing the true enemies of democracy, and how far will they go to delude themselves?
They are the modern equivalent of the Inquisition, that group of know-it-all Catholic clerics who actually knew next to nothing but were perfectly willing to bet their eternal souls on their dogma. They had no problem locking up Galileo or Copernicus for claiming the earth revolved around the sun or burning Giordano Bruno at the stake for daring to be right about distant stars and the infinite universe.
Likewise, the nightly inquisition that is known as MSNBC, or the congressional inquisition known as the January 6 Select Committee, are each betting the soul of the country on their political dogmas. Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, and Liz Cheney won’t be happy until the skin of Donald Trump sizzles. If he’s innocent of insurrection, then he can prove it by surviving a third impeachment, damn it!
But what is so weird is how out of touch with reality these inquisitors are. All evidence of Trump’s innocence is ignored, and most evidence of his guilt is manufactured. Take for example a “fact check” done by Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post last week titled “No, Trump did not order 10,000 troops to secure the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
Kessler reports a conversation between TV personality Sean Hannity and Mark Meadows, Trump’s final White House chief of staff, in which Hannity says Trump “requested increased National Guard support” prior to the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol. Meadows then confirms that Trump “wanted” 10,000 National Guard troops assigned “to make sure that everything was safe and secure.”
Kessler says those are “false claims” that have been “debunked,” but apparently, like other liberals, he doesn’t understand the meaning of words. What Kessler proves — sort of — is that Trump didn’t say “I order you” to provide National Guard troops, but what he also proves incontrovertibly is that Trump did “request” that the guard, 10,000 troops to be exact, be deployed prior to the riot that broke out the day the Electoral College votes were opened by Congress.
Citing the account of a reporter embedded with acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Kessler confirms the story told by Meadows and Trump consistently: Trump wanted the National Guard deployed and expected it to happen.
The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “We’re like, ‘We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests,’” Miller responded. “And [Trump] goes, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullsh–. He said that. And we’re like, ‘Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.’”
Moreover, Kessler then discovers that Trump had a meeting with Miller and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which was subsequently recounted by the department’s inspector general. Again, Trump is seen asking for National Guard troops.
Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the President at the White House at 5:30 p.m. The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protesters on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, “We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.”
Kessler, the “fact checker,” claims that this paragraph proves that Trump never gave an order that the Guard should be deployed. Of course, Hannity and Meadows never said that the president gave an order. They said he had “requested” 10,000 troops. But Kessler is the one who needs to be fact-checked. His claim that “no direct order is mentioned” is essentially contradicted by the language used by the inspector general.
“GEN Milley told us … the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protesters on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event.” [Emphasis added.]
If the commander-in-chief tells a Cabinet officer and a military subordinate that something should be done, that is an order, no mistake. And when Miller responded, “We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered,” that was a lie and insubordination.
But yet, so far as we know, no one in Congress or the Justice Department is pursuing charges against Miller, nor for that matter has the Washington Post disciplined “fact checker” Kessler for dereliction of duty. But if we were truly concerned about threats to our democracy, then two at the top of the list would be a compromised media and a rogue military.
But the left isn’t concerned about saving democracy; it is concerned about destroying Trump because, even wounded, he is the Samson who can pull down the entire corrupt superstructure of the uni-party ruling elites who are so out of touch that they can’t even conceive of a stolen election.
Think about that. According to the left, democracy is put at risk because millions of people have questions about the 2020 election. It never occurs to them that the far greater risk is to deny the people the right to question the institutions that govern on their behalf. Indeed, Democrats turn everything on its head, and insist that concerns about corruption in our electoral process prove instead that the whistleblower is trying to destroy the system rather than save it.
But if the polls are to be believed, these champions of democracy may soon have to answer for their arrogance. Whether Donald Trump runs for president again in 2024 or not, we the people have a right to make decisions for ourselves – with or without the approval of the know-it-alls who would dictate their beliefs to the rest of us.
With any luck, Trump’s grand inquisitors may soon find out they are not the center of the political universe after all, and truth will prevail once again, just as it did for Galileo and Copernicus.
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