Douglas Andrews / Dec. 22, 2020

‘Shut Up,’ Democrats Explained

The party of Joe Biden is trying to stifle dissent. The party of Donald Trump should tell it to pound sand.

President Donald Trump called a meeting at the White House over the weekend. To hear the Left tell it, all they talked about was declaring martial law and dog-whistling to their legions of white supremacists.

Take CNN’s Elizabeth Neumann, for example. She’s a former “civil servant” who somehow served in the Trump administration from 2017-20 before “reexamining” her pro-life position, throwing in with the Trump haters, and cutting a campaign ad for an organization called Republican Voters Against Trump. “In the conspiratorial conservative base of supporting Trump,” Neumann told a credulous CNN audience, “there are calls for using the Insurrection Act to declare martial law. When they hear that the president is actually considering this, there are violent extremist groups that look at this as a dog whistle, an excuse to go out and create … violence.”

“It’s a concept she calls ‘acceleration,’” writes CNN’s Jazmin Goodwin, “in which violent extremist groups, especially White supremacists, try to overthrow the United States government. These groups believe that will take place through a civil war and look to ‘accelerate the chaos, accelerate the coming of the civil war.’”

Got that? When President Trump calls a meeting, all 19 of our nation’s white supremacists go to DEFCON 2.

Donald Trump gave this less-than-astute analysis, and others like it, all the attention it deserves: “Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!” he tweeted.

On the other hand, what could be more “2020” than a little martial law? And how much worse could it be than, say, an outgoing president spying on an incoming president? Or an outgoing president using our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement services to investigate his successor under false pretenses? Or impeaching a sitting president for calling on a foreign head of state to root out the clear-cut corruption in his midst — corruption that, as it turns out, was already being investigated by our own FBI? Corruption that seriously taints and compromises that president’s successor?

The Left, though, isn’t too concerned about martial law. What it really wants to do is silence those Deplorables and begin writing that all-important first draft of history: Joe Biden won the election fair and square, and any Republican suggestion to the contrary is a crazy conspiracy theory. That’s the narrative it’s pushing.

But not everyone is buying into the ol’ siddown and shaddap. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, for one, seems to remember who sent him to Washington: “Yesterday, I was talking with some of the constituents back at home,” he said during a recent Senate hearing, “a group of about 30 people, every single one of them — every one of them — told me that they felt they had been disenfranchised, that their votes didn’t matter, that the election had been rigged. These are normal, reasonable people. These are not crazy people. These are reasonable people … who firmly believe that they have been disenfranchised, and to listen to the mainstream press and quite a few voices in this building tell them that after four years of nonstop Russia hoax … after four years of that … now these same people are told, ‘You just sit down and shut up and if you have any concerns about election integrity, you’re a nut case. You should shut up.’ Well, I’ll tell you what: 74 million Americans are not going to shut up, and telling them that their views don’t matter and that their concerns don’t matter and they should just be quiet is … not a recipe for unity that I hear now the other side is suddenly so interested in after years — years — of trying to delegitimize President Donald Trump.”

Hawley’s words are, in the end, just words. But at least they’re the right words. Our electoral system is straight-up broken. And in its broken state, it favors the Democrats. And if we don’t fix it this time, there won’t be a next time.

As for those Democrats: For months now, they’ve either engaged in, encouraged, or turned a blind eye toward riots, arson, looting, and murder. They declared war on our heritage, our statues, and our cops. And now they want us to move on? Good luck with that.

PS: Donald Trump wonders what you’re doing on January 6.

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