On January 6th Trump told his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Then he said, “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.”
These are the most violent-inciting words in America’s history. He clearly called for an attack on the Capitol that is quite reminiscent of Osama Bin Laden, 9/11, and Hitler combined. Trump is now the leader of up to a million domestic terrorists, insurrectionists, and treasonous Americans. As one very “wise” man put it, this is to date the biggest “military threat” to America.
If this sounds like madness to you, you’d be absolutely right. Never has a President’s words been taken to mean the total opposite of what he said. Before Trump even made his Capitol Hill remarks, many people had already left to arrive there. It takes a special kind of derangement, stupidity, mental gymnastics, and spiritual blindness to see this any differently. The primary reason several Republicans like Ted Cruz are blaming Trump is only to save face and give in to the mob’s pressure.
Leftists will say, “But his views on election fraud and refusal to concede or attend the inauguration has fueled this violence!” Nonsense. Suppose I’m a well known influencer and I strongly preach that abortion is murder. A “follower” takes this and goes out to bomb Planned Parenthood. Am I responsible for inciting this person to violence? Surely not. Especially if I said, “We must make put a stop to abortion through the law,” it is ridiculous to suppose that their actions are compatible with my philosophy.
Supporting election fraud, not conceding, and encouraging your supporters to peacefully protest are perfectly legitimate. Even if such beliefs are false, then insofar as you sincerely believe them to be true, you can promote them without being blamed for how someone abuses it. Trump clearly supports law and order. He loves our law enforcement. He has said so many times. Violence toward the Law is against his philosophy.
Free Speech is Risky
However, if you can still be held responsible for promoting beliefs that another could use to justify violence, then expressing any skepticism over this election’s integrity will now be considered hate speech. Anyone can be censored now for challenging our “sacred” institutions. This is what commies do. If you are being ruled by corrupt politicians that manipulate elections, or if you at least do not work to reassure the American people but instead dismiss them as stupid conspiracy theorists, what do you expect will happen? A few will predictably respond with violence. Not that it justifies their actions, but the failure of Congress certainly explains their actions.
Trump made a tweet that made this exact point: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots…” An immediately prior tweet makes it clear that he doesn’t think this justifies the violence: “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
Leftists will of course deny that Congress is to blame. They will insist that this belief in fraud has been dealt with by the courts and by the relevant agencies. The blame is fully on Trump’s court and should be stopped by any legal means necessary (*cough* censorship & impeachment *cough*). But even if true, notice what this says: Think like us, or else. But this destroys the right to free speech. Free speech is worthless if it only applies to trivial speech like your favorite ice cream. It has to apply especially to speech that is provocative and controversial.
Such speech is risky because it might offend, might be wrong, and could spark violence, but it is a right to speak nevertheless so long as it is not intentionally calling for violence. The moment we hold people culpable for provocative speech is the moment we lose any sense of what it means to have a right to speak. Trump’s words were in fact rather tame and not provocative whatsoever. If he said, “These sh**heads must be stopped! Let’s storm the capitol and strike the fear of God into them!” That would be provocative, but nothing of the sort was said.
BLM ideology was used to justify violence by some. Should we then censor any pro BLM speech? Why not? Biden said, “I’d like to take Trump behind a barn to beat him.” Maxine Waters actively called her supporters to “Harass Trump’s staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them.” Kathy Griffith held Trump’s decapitated head. Madonna said, “Let’s blow up the white house!”
Why have none of these people been permanently banned from Twitter? Who decides what speech is responsible for violence? Every group is going to answer from their ideological lens. Best to leave provocative speech alone and focus only on speech that directly calls for violence. Anything else is an attack on our American ideals.
The only reason these people believe Trump is to blame is because they hate him or do not truly value free speech. People believe what they want to believe. It’s that simple. Without any evidence, they believe Trump knows there was no fraud but insists on it anyways because he’s a tyrant and a narcissist that hates to lose so he’d rather create violence. The incredulity and psychological projection is something to behold. He loves violence so much, he calls for peace. Makes perfect sense! Here’s an idea: Let’s censor anyone who disagrees with us. These people have lost their damn minds.
Let me say this as clearly as I can: Trump did nothing wrong.