Rachel Maddow explains how Trump planned to use the Justice Department to overthrow the government.
Video of Rachel Maddow:
Today’s major revelations, major points from today’s hearing, we’re talking about the US Department of Justice and how Trump plans to use the Justice Department to overthrow the government and stay in power. In that part of the plot, the Justice Department would basically tell the country that Trump was right, there really was tons of fraud, the swing states Biden won probably weren’t really Biden won.
The Justice Department would tell these swing states that they really should consider sending Trump voters to the Electoral College instead of Biden voters. That was the plan for the Department of Justice to play that role. And how would they carry out this plan? The vehicle for this part of the plan was this official Jeffrey Clark.
The plan was to fire the Attorney General, replace him with this guy, and then this guy would implement the Trump plan, for the states that Biden won to decertify their votes, to instead proclaim that Trump won those states and that these states cast their Electoral College votes for Trump. Clark promised to execute him. We got detailed new revelations about every step of how they tried to do it today.
I think that’s pretty indisputable, however, what will be most remembered here from today’s hearing is the dramatic, almost cinematic, testimony of how senior Justice Department officials tried to prevent all of this from happening, until the very last second.
Trump often used language during his presidency that clearly expressed his view that he was the government of the United States. These comments were often dismissed by mainstream media and political pundits as Trumpian ego when Donald Trump expressed his belief that the executive branch of the United States government exists to serve its purposes.
After Trump lost the presidential election, he attempted to use the Justice Department to overthrow the government.
Rachel Maddow summed up the plot concisely, but the driving force behind the coup was Trump’s disrespect for the entire system of governance and his willingness to destroy it to retain power.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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