Trump Wants To Jail His Enemies

AG Barr is suggesting that rioters be charged with sedition

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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 against him. He takes everything personally. If you are not out marching in support of Trump, then you must be marching against him and conspiring to overthrow him.

So in classic fascist dictator style, he wants to silence his perceived enemies by jailing them. And Barr, who has become his lapdog, is making this happen by telling federal prosecutors that they should charge protestors with sedition.

Are you scared yet? You should be. We have become a fascist state. We have lost our precious First Amendment rights. Everything that we do, everything that we say, must be in service to Trump. And it will only get worse after the election if Trump wins.

There is only one way to stop this. Defeat Trump by a huge margin in November.

No matter how you feel about Biden, I think that it’s pretty obvious that he would not become a fascist dictator if elected president. On the other hand, Trump is already using threats and intimidation to stifle free speech, a clear violation of our First Amendment rights.

Our choice is clear: fascist dictator or president. Which one do you want running the country?

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