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Trump's Coup D'etat: I Told You So

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on July 14, 2022

I told you on November 17, 2020 that Donald Trump was not leaving the White House, despite being defeated by more than 7 million votes. I told you Trump was planning to invoke marital law and military force to stay in power.

I did not know at the time that white supremacy and paramilitary groups would join forces and converge on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to wage war with Capitol police officers in an effort to help Trump succeed in his attempted coup d'etat. This is what happened. It was a violent attempt to install authoritarian rule in the United States.

Thanks to the riveting hearing of the January 6th Select House Committee in Congress, we now know the details of the plot to overthrow the government of the United States. What is shocking is how close Trump came to pulling it off.

Sadly, there are millions of Americans who still worship this New York thug and con artist as though he is deity. What is more, Trump does not give a damn about any of his political allies and followers. Just ask Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) and former Alabama U.S. Senator/U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). Trump used, abused, and screwed both of these men.

As Trump proceeded to implement his coup d'etat, some of the players who were needed to pull it off broke away from him. For example, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper refused to participate in the coup and was promptly fired by Trump on November 9, 2020.

Attorney General William Barr, a Trump loyalist, ordered all 94 U.S. Attorney's offices in America to investigate Trump's bogus election fraud claims. Barr left Trump at the end of December 2020 after calling the President's claims of election fraud "bullshit."

Richard Pilger, the Department of Justice's chief of the Election Crimes Division, refused to go along with Trump's scheme to intimidate election officials in swing states into refusing to certifying the results of their state voter tallies. Pilger resigned on November 9, 2022.

Pence, who was silent in November and December 2020 finally broke with Trump on January 5, 2021 when he told the defeated president that he was going to certify the 2020 election results and each state's electors on January 6, 2021.

The list of coup participants goes on and on. Thankfully, more of them withdrew from the coup plot than those who continued with it.

Will Attorney General Merrick Garland Indict Trump?

I do not think Attorney General Merrick Garland has the "balls" to indict and prosecute Donald Trump for inciting the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol, even though five people died that day at the scene. Garland seems to be an updated version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Both men look good on paper.

Mueller had Trump within his prosecutorial grip during his investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mueller lost his nerve and let Trump go free.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was passed in response to the riots of 1967 by disenchanted black Americans, provides up to five years in prison for anyone traveling interstate or using interstate facilities (including mail and telephone) "to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot." It defines a riot as an action by three or more people involving threats of violence.

The first person prosecuted under the Act was a young black leader of the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee, H. Rap Brown, who had made a militant, angry speech in Maryland, just before a racial disturbance there. Later the Act was used against antiwar demonstrators in Chicago known as the "Chicago Eight," seven of whom were white and one of whom was black. Trump's speech was far more militant than any speeches given by H. Rap Brown or the Chicago Eight. Plus, Trump "patriots" physically destroyed the U.S. Capitol and injuries over 150 police officers.

Merrick Garland has everything he needs to indict and prosecute Donald Trump for organizing and implementing a conspiracy under the Act.

I predict that Garland will follow Mueller's path and give Trump a prosecutorial pass, as well. Every time I see Garland on TV, he is crying. His tears may be sincere, but they only telegraph weakness to men like Donald Trump.

My Original November 17, 2020 Article on Trump's Coup D'etat

My original November 17, 2020 article reporting Trump's planned coup d'etat is reprinted below. Our news sources in Washington and around the nation are incredibly good:

The plot to overthrow the duly elected government of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris began in earnest on Monday, November 9, 2020. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper refused to participate in the coup d’état and was promptly fired that day by defeated incumbent president Donald J. Trump.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) bought into the plot and gave a speech on the Senate Floor on November 9th signaling his buy-in.

Attorney General William Barr bought into the plot immediately after the November 3rd election. On November 9th, Barr sent a memo to all of his 94 U.S. Attorneys and FBI agents ordering them to investigate voter fraud in connection with the November 3rd presidential election, even though the Trump Campaign has failed to produce any credible evidence of voter fraud in any of the lawsuits it has filed since the election.

The chief of the Department of Justice’s election crimes division, Richard Pilger, abruptly resigned on November 9th over the issuance of Barr’s memo, which marks the first time in 40 years that the Department has initiated criminal investigations into election activities without any proof of illegal criminal conduct. The last time this scenario occurred, the Department was targeting black voters in Southern states for voter harassment and voter suppression.

Mike Pence is silent. He reportedly is scared to death about his involvement in Trump’s coup d’état.

The U.S. Supreme Court is packed 5-4 in Trump’s favor. Five of the High Court’s six conservatives are ideological clones of Donald Trump. Amy Coney Barrett, the Court’s newest Justice, is not a Trump clone. Barrett’s independence is anchored in her personal and professional integrity, which is beyond reproach.

Trump has also appointed nearly 200 other judges to federal appeals and trial courts around the nation. With these appointments, Trump has saturated the federal judiciary with political hacks who, for the most part, received lifetime appointments to the federal bench based upon their ability to kiss Trump’s derriere.

The Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, will coordinate with Barr on a plan to use the military and federal agents to maintain “law and order” during and after the coup d’etat. Trump has already alluded to a nationwide military presence to distribute new COVID-19 vaccines. Now, the military will add a “law and order” function, as well. Detention centers at U. S. military bases across the country are ready to house Americans who violently resist the coup.

Federal prosecutors will target swing states like Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia for Barr’s voter fraud criminal investigations. The Grand Jury Secrecy Act provides a cloak of secrecy for federal prosecutors to do their dirty deeds behind closed doors and beyond the reach of judiciary scrutiny. These probes are fishing expeditions that target people and Democratic Party G-O-T-V organizations rather than crimes. Unsupervised and politically motivated federal prosecutors can “twist” any lawful political activity into “voter fraud”.

Prosecutors do not have to nullify Joe Biden’s 5 million vote lead over Donald Trump. They only have to invalidate a sufficient number of votes in the swing states to take away Biden’s lead in these states. This will make Trump the putative Electoral College winner.

The federal grand jury probes will also have the operative effect of stopping Republican secretaries of state in swing states from certifying the final vote tabulation by the deadlines for certification. Furthermore, they will stop the Federal Election Commission from certifying the presidential winner, as well.

There will be no official winner declared for the 2020 presidential election while the grand jury probes continue. A federal grand jury probe can last from 18 to 24 months. The probes in the swing states will last for 24 months.

With no declared winner of the presidential election on or before January 20th, 2021, Trump will suspend the U.S. Constitution’s provisions relating to the presidential election and declare martial law, citing the ongoing federal criminal probes. Of course, the Grand Jury Secrecy Act will provide Trump cover for not disclosing the nature and extent of the voter fraud under investigation. During this period, most of Trump’s U.S. Attorneys will remain in office beyond January 20, 2021 to implement the coup.

It should be apparent to everyone by now that Donald Trump is NOT leaving the presidency on January 20, 2021. His is ushering his concept of “minority-rule” into the new paradigm of American politics.

Trump and Barr hold all of the executive power in Washington. They also control all of the federal agencies needed to implement this coup. Joe Biden and a majority of voters in the November 3rd election hold none of the reigns of power in Washington.

Trump and Barr also know most federal judges are nothing but judicial fluffers for prosecutors. They only show backbone when body-slamming black, brown and poor defendants in their courtrooms.

Trump is a despot who is willing to do anything to stay in office. Trump has always placed his self-interest above the national interest.

Is a second American Civil War on the horizon? Will Americans support the imposition of martial law by a president who lost the popular vote and Electoral college? Will Trump’s refusal to leave the White House result in the mutually assured destruction of America’s 233-year-old democracy?

We shall see!

IMAGE: Former President Trump in the Oval Office

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