NEW YORK — As Democrats careen toward impeaching President Donald J. Trump for a second time this afternoon, focus briefly on what is not part of the debate over his alleged role in fueling last week’s horrific, un-American riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Recall the president’s much-discussed comment after the race riots in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. The Left twisted these words into a supposed Trump apology to white supremacists. He said: “You also had some very fine people on both sides.” That comment has been repeated and replayed thousands of times. Far less aired are his additional words moments later: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.” He also called them “rough, bad people” and “very bad people.”
So, where is the “very fine people” comment from Trump’s January 6 speech? Where are either the untouched or even distorted remarks in which he supposedly incited insurrection? Where did he encourage the crowd to do anything violent, illegal, or even inappropriate?
If Trump said anything along those lines, surely it would have been repeated enough times in every medium of communications that pet parrots right now would be reciting those words from their gilded cages.
In fact, here are the President’s relevant remarks at the Save America Rally one week ago today:
We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong….
I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard… [Emphasis added.]
We’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.
Where is the incitement to insurrection?
Absent any proof of such incitement, this instant impeachment is baseless.
Indeed, this impeachment is part of a Democrat effort to divide the GOP and stir internal infighting. It is succeeding marvelously. Five moderate Republicans, led by Rep. Liz Cheney (R – Wyoming), GOP conference chairman, and possibly Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, are pumping fuel into the tank of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s GOP-destruction machine.
Do not be fooled. This is not just an attack on Trump. This is part of an overall Stalinist purge of Republicans, conservatives, and 75 million Trump supporters. This includes:
–Cancelling the book contract of Senate Electoral College challenger Josh Hawley (R – Missouri).
–Calls to put Hawley and Senator Ted Cruz on the federal no-fly list
–Cutting off campaign funds to any Republican who so much as voted against the electors from any state. Never mind that 31 House Democrats and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D – California) voted against Ohio’s electors in 2005. Three of these people had books published not long after those votes.
–Conservatives’ social-media accounts cancelled.
–Parler: Concealed and then unplugged by Big Tech.
–Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson told MSNBC Tuesday that “there are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed…It is as though they are members of a cult, the Trumpist cult.”
–ABC’s Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks wrote this for The Note on Thursday. “The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.”
Cleansing? Like ethnic cleansing?
America today resembles a 3D-IMAX sequel of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm.
Republicans should play no role in their own slaughter.
In this video Trump clearly says “peacefully.”
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.