Politics

Trump Wants To Jail His Enemies

AG Barr is suggesting that rioters be charged with sedition

Caren White
3 min readSep 17, 2020

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Bill Barr, whose title is United States Attorney General but in reality has replaced Michael Cohen as Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, held a conference call with federal prosecutors last week. During the course of that call, he suggested that they consider filing sedition charges against rioters and other participants who commit violent acts during a protest.

Sedition is just a fancy word for treason. It’s defined as a revolt or violence with the goal of overthrowing the government. It is a felony, punishable by 20 years in prison plus unspecified fines.

This is interesting because Trump perceives BLM and other protests as enemies, blaming them for the violence that has broken out during the protests. The reality is that it is actually far right groups and white supremacists, all Trump supporters, who are starting the violence at the otherwise peaceful protests. Neither the protestors nor the Trump supporters are advocating the overthrow of the government.

So what is really going on here?

This is straight out of the fascist dictator handbook. Fascist dictators keep their people in line by threatening imprisonment and stifle dissent by actually jailing dissidents.

As an aside, I’ve been predicting that if Trump wins in November, he will become a fascist dictator. From the looks of things, he is one already.

Back to sedition.

I think what’s happening here is Barr is suggesting that peaceful protestors be arrested and charged with sedition, whether or not they have actually committed violence. The goal is to stop the protests by jailing the protestors.

A secondary goal is to intimidate Americans. To make them think twice about joining the protests for fear of being arrested and charged with sedition.

A tertiary goal is to keep Trump’s base fired up by accusing anyone protesting with treason, i.e. the overthrow of Trump. If you’re not for us, you’re against us.

Trump’s narcissism prevents him from making a distinction between protesting a concept such as systemic racism and being…

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Caren White

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