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If Trump Goes Down for January 6, Then Schumer’s Next

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It’s the unwatched but ever-present elephant in the room — the one-sided January 6 committee has somehow kept up its charade of a serious inquiry for months, without producing any convincing evidence beyond what most Americans already knew and moved on from months ago. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has, albeit dubiously in the case of some J6 defendants, charged more than 800 individuals for their actions on January 6. Those who truly broke laws will be held accountable, as anyone who does ought to be. But the findings of the J6 committee will not make any of them more or less guilty. 

At the same time, the January 6 committee refuses to look into why the U.S. Capitol was breached so quickly and without much effort, and why Capitol Police Officers were sent into the fray without their usual protective gear. All the committee has shown itself to be focused on is proving that President Trump’s words are to blame for the actions of rioters on January 6. 

If Democrats along with Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney (but I repeat myself) succeed in convincing the Biden Department of Justice that Trump must be charged for his words preceding January 6, then the same standard must be applied to everyone if equal justice is to be preserved. That means Democrats — including the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — should also be investigated and railroaded under the newly created threshold for liability.

Look, we’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: violence, political or otherwise, is wrong. Antifa and BLM torching cities and chucking bike locks at cops’ heads in 2020 was wrong. People at the Capitol on January 6 breaking the law or assaulting cops — even on a much smaller scale — were also wrong. But again, the justice system is already working through its process to find those who broke the law and hold them to account. The January 6 committee is only about some quixotic, supposedly moral effort that will only be seen as a success if they achieve what their second impeachment could not: preventing Trump from running for office again. 

So what is the J6 committee’s case against Trump? On Monday, the committee argued that President Trump’s questions about the outcome of the 2020 election directly resulted in the Capitol riot on January 6. Rep. Liz Cheney claimed “President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.” 

The committee is trying to criminalize questioning the outcome of an election — one that was conducted under unprecedented and untried methods due to COVID-19 restrictions — the type of questions that Hillary Clinton and Democrats spent more than four years harping on after the normal pre-COVID 2016 election. The double-standard is absurd but, it’s the Democrats, so of course it’s incredibly stupid. 

The J6 committee also cited to Trump’s alleged lack of command for the protesters to leave the Capitol (Trump, of course, did tweet they should “go home and go home in peace”) as supposed proof that Trump didn’t want the events at the Capitol to stop. 

That’s their case. It’s flimsy, but the Biden DOJ might use the BINO (partisan in name only, that is) committee and its final report as a basis to bring charges against the former president. If they do, then that’s the new standard for political persecution and Democrats are in big trouble when Republicans retake power. 

In 2020, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the plaza outside the Supreme Court of the United States and said the following: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch; I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” the New York Democrat added. 

For context, Schumer’s threat came as the high court was considering an abortion case. Chief Justice John Roberts condemned Schumer’s words, and Schumer issued a limp boilerplate attempt to excuse his words. But they were out there, spreading quickly among Democrats and on mainstream media. 

That, according to the standards of the J6 committee, constitutes instigatory language against Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. 

After radical leftists published the home addresses of justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a leaked draft of a Court opinion and followed up the doxxing with organized illegal protests outside the justice’s homes aimed at intimidating them, Schumer gave the protesters cover. 

Ignoring the illegal nature of the protests aimed at intimidating federal judges, Kavanaugh brushed off the targeted harassment by joking that “there's protests 3-4 times a week outside my house.” 

That failure to condemn the protests or call on federal authorities to enforce the law, again according to the J6 standard, constitutes a failure to stop unfolding hostilities. 

Then last week, a man from California showed up outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house with a gun, ammo, a knife, zip-ties, a hammer, and other supplies with the intention of assassinating Kavanaugh in the middle of the night. Thankfully, authorities spotted the would-be assassin and spooked him. He called 911 on himself and was apprehended nearby. While on the phone with dispatchers, he stated that he was upset with Kavanaugh’s vote to overturn Roe v. Wade based on a leaked draft of a SCOTUS decision due out this term. 

Kavanaugh, thanks to a group of good guys with guns, was physically unharmed. But that doesn’t make the attempted assasination less serious. 

On January 6, the results of the 2020 election were still certified and Joe Biden was declared President-elect, but the J6 committee doesn’t take the riot at the Capitol any less seriously.  

Of course, trying to blame Schumer for the actions of a mentally unstable attempted assassin is silly. Republicans continually find themselves under attack from Democrats for alleged incitement (it’s not) but face no questions when they use fiery language against their partisan or ideological foes. They’ve just never taken it as far as they are with the January 6 committee. 

Schumer isn’t even the only one to rally leftists against conservatives, but it’s the most recent and clear-cut case that meets the January 6 committee’s threshold for fault to necessitate a full-blown investigation and calls for federal charges. 

Before Schumer, there was Rep. Maxine Waters who called for people to “get out and create a crowd” whenever Trump administration officials were spotted “in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station” to “push back on them” and “tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Senator Cory Booker called for leftists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”

Hillary Clinton told her fellow Democrats that they “cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder told Democrats that “when [Republicans] go low, we kick them.”

All of these Democrat elected leaders’ words have been followed up by harassment from Democrat and leftist activists. Yet they’re not held responsible — either before a partisan committee or in a court of law. If the January 6 committee succeeds in changing the rules to make Trump accountable for every action that follows his words, then Democrats are anything but safe from similar prosecution.

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