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Meacham: If Trump runs in 2024 it will create a constitutional crisis

Meacham: If Trump runs in 2024 it will create a constitutional crisis

Written by Karen Townsend and Timothy Benton

With Biden’s Build Back Better bill all but dead, Democrats are shifting focus to making their fever dream of federalizing elections come true. One way being used by Democrats to capture the attention of voters is to claim that democracy is in the balance, especially after the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021. If former President Trump runs again in 2024, Democrat activists like historian Jon Meacham sound the alarm that it will produce a constitutional crisis.

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Joe Biden is so desperate for a big legislative win that he now says he supports a carve-out in the filibuster rules to vote on the For the People Act. Jon Meacham scares his audience, Democrats, into thinking that if Trump runs and loses again, he will do as he did in 2020 and refuse to accept the loss. He will again claim the election was stolen from him. Meacham appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s Sunday show on CNN, and when asked if such a scenario would present a constitutional crisis, Meacham responded, “It’s an unfolding one.” An unfolding crisis.

‘I think it’s an unfolding one,’ Meacham replied, calling it ‘an interesting use of the word crisis.’

Meacham said the riot at the Capitol on January 6 was the closest America came to forfeiting its Democracy since the Civil War.

‘I think we came as close to losing the Constitution… that day as we have since Fort Sumter,’ he said.

Ah yes, a Civil War reference by a hyperbolic historian. The attack on Fort Sumter marked the official beginning of the American Civil War. We know how that war ended. Meacham’s assumptions don’t consider that Trump may not run in 2024, or that he might win outright in 2024 as he did in 2018, or that a second Trump loss likely wouldn’t produce the same results as in the riot that happened on Capitol Hill. That’s a lot of uncertainty. It shows Meacham’s arrogance, though, and his disdain for Trump and those who support him. As I mentioned above, Meacham is a Democrat activist and a disgraced historian. He helped write Biden’s inaugural address. Meacham didn’t bother to disclose that fact when he was playing analyst on MSNBC. He also wrote Biden’s speech at the DNC in 2020 and Gettysburg.

Meacham, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for a biography on Andrew Jackson, was previously dropped by MSNBC after he failed to disclose that he had been helping write Biden’s speeches.

The political analyst had most recently appeared on air to comment on the presidential election as well as Biden’s victory speech the Saturday night following the 2020 presidential election.

Meacham, however, did not tell his employers that he himself had been involved in crafting Biden’s speeches, including his acceptance address in Wilmington, Delaware, The New York Times reported.

Democrats are eager to ram through the voting act to Biden’s desk put elections into the federal government’s hands and away from states. Instead of continuing with elections being conducted by states, using election laws passed in state legislatures, Democrats want a nationalized approach. This is directly in contrast to the Founding Fathers’ wishes, but the Democrats want a permanent majority and permanent governing control, so here we are. After the 2020 election and the various actions of some election officials in several states, many red states passed legislation to secure election integrity. Democrats want to up the ante and take it to D.C., which is their answer to everything.

The legislation would bring back some allowances made in 2020 for voters, allegedly due to the pandemic, such as drive-thru and universal mail-in voting. It does away with voter id requirements, ushers in ballot harvesting, taxpayer money would fund political campaigns, and ballots can be counted ten days after an election. It also allows same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration for minors. Sound good? Only if you are a Democrat.

It should be noted that Democrats now calling for a filibuster carve-out were against such a measure not so long ago, like Biden and Schumer. Even Obama didn’t think changing the filibuster was prudent. Now Biden says, “Whatever it takes.” He should give a heads-up to Kamala on his change of mind.

Another Democrat historian joined in with Meacham’s hyperbole on the Sunday show.

Fellow historian Doris Kearns Goodwin joined the panel and argued that securing voting rights and a peaceful transition of power is ‘the fight of our life right now,’ suggesting that state legislatures overturning elections could mean every election could be contested.

It’s a candidate’s right to contest an election. There are provisions in many places that require a recount of votes to be triggered if an election is close enough automatically. Democrats only like questions and recounts if it goes in their favor, right, Al Gore? How about Democrats trying to overthrow the election in 2000? I still clearly remember that national nightmare. Democrats? Not so much.

You can disagree with Trump’s handling of his defeat and still support our election system with the states in control. It is not a constitutional crisis. Events got out of control on January 6 when a protest after a speech by Trump and others turned into a riot on Capitol Hill. Still, I never once thought our constitutional republic wasn’t up to the challenge. Our system survived, and that is the beauty of our republic and acknowledgment of the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.

Notes from the Editor

What should be asked is, “How exactly is a Trump run in 2024 a constitutional crisis? Or is this more a case of you don’t like him or his policies?” I think what we have here is a case of projection, the Democrats know that Biden, barring some miracle, has no chance of winning an election, and if Trump runs again, be it against Clinton or Biden, he will pull off the same results he did in 2016.

This strikes fear in the left, to the point that so-called historians, who seem to have forgotten much in their Trump derangement, are now trying to say that the incursions in the capital are the same as firing on Fort Sumter that started off the Civil War. What is forgotten here is the Democrat South had succeeded away from the Union; they were demanding all federal assets be handed to the new Confederate military control, something Lincoln refused.

Cross-posted from Hot Air

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What happened on January 6 was nothing like this. You had protesters demanding a look at the election, one that at that time looked like there were far too many irregularities to make it a fair election; they wanted a recount. There was no talk of breaking up the Union, taking over the government, or overthrowing anything. This could be why both the Justice Department and FBI came out and said there was no evidence of sedition.

While I don’t support the protestors’ actions entering the capital on January 6, I do support their right to protest. What I find hypocritical about all of this is the attacks from the Left over a situation that resulted in broken windows, a few protestors that were shot by capital police, yet ignore the 1.5 billion in damages from BLM and Antifa over the last year that left businesses looted and burning, bodies lying in the streets, yet they were calling those protests non violent.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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