A member of the highly anti-Donald-Trump “Jan. 6 Committee,” whose task amounts to making the Jan. 6, 2021 siege of the U.S. Capitol into a sinister conspiracy instead of the gigantic, grass-roots protest that it was, is making a very interesting admission.
Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., recently said that “The Insurrection Act, which the former president threatened to invoke multiple times throughout 2020, bears a review,” according to coverage by The New York Times.
The Insurrection Act is an 1807 law that gives presidents strong authority to use the military within the United States to respond to a rebellion.
But do the Democrats want to strengthen the act, with fantasies of the military mowing down patriotic protesters on Jan. 6 with automatic weapons?
No. They seem to want it defanged, with that power removed from the president’s arsenal.
Because they are still afraid of Donald Trump.
Trump never invoked the law, but threatened to in 2020 during media-inflamed protests of the police killing of George Floyd. Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser, also proposed putting it into effect to turn back migrants at the southwestern border, an idea that was rejected by defense secretary Mark Esper.
After the corruption-plagued 2020 presidential election, some advisers encouraged Trump to declare martial law, deploy U.S. troops to seize voting machines and eventually “rerun” the election. The idea was also floated by Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who told radio host Alex Jones in an interview that Trump should consider invoking the Insurrection Act.
Now Democrats want the power to be removed from the president’s toolbox, despite the fact that they now hold the presidency with the blundering and increasingly befuddled Joe Biden.
Could it be that they fear Trump will someday have it at his disposal again?