Deacon Steve Greydanus writes over on the Book of Face about this piece in The Atlantic chronicling Trump’s attempt to overthrow the election:
We now know that Trump’s hopes of having Mike Pence somehow throw out the election results on January 6 were given a six-step pseudo-legal rationalization in a two-page memo from a controversial Trump team lawyer named John Eastman.
Throwing out the election results were one of five lines of attack Trump tried in his bid to cling to power. What all five efforts shared was a dependency on Trump’s constant efforts, beginning even before the 2016 election, to undermine American confidence in the election process, and specifically, in 2020 and beyond, to persuade a critical mass of Americans that the 2020 election was stolen.
His more reasonable defenders said things like “He has the right to pursue all legal options,” but the efforts to blow smoke over the election results were never only about pursuing legal options. They were ultimately an attempt to create a justification for staying in power by any means necessary.
We already knew most of what this article outlines, but the more details emerge, the scarier the picture becomes.
The article doesn’t mention a sixth potential course of action that Trump definitely bandied about, but was never able to convince even his inner circle would fly: declaring martial law and suspending the constitutional process. (I believe that was his ultimate hope for the storming of the Capitol, if only things had gotten more out of hand than they did: not simply disrupting the official acceptance of the election results, but giving Trump a pretext for declaring martial law.)
Here’s the memo, which is a massive concatenation of the biggest lies you have ever seen, combined with Goebbels-level propaganda and contempt for democracy:
The author of the memo detailing the preposterous rationale for Pence to smash democracy, John Eastman, is a real piece of work and a classic example of how the Greatest Catholics of All Time have really gone in for both fascism and white supremacy:
In addition to trying to brazenly steal the election (including speaking at the Insurrection Rally and helping to gin up the riot), he also wheeled out the exhausted Birther lie against another brown candidate when wrote an op-ed claiming that Kamala Harris was not an American citizen and thus not legally eligible for the position.
He also fought hard to deport brown people when Obama stopped it by executive order.
And, in the best Goebbels fashion, after he helped incite the Insurrection, he lied through his teeth that “a paramilitary group as well as antifa groups” were actually to blame for the riot that was 100% the fault of MAGA and instigated by Trump and lackeys like himself.
You will be utterly unsurprised to learn that this brazen liar and enemy of the United States used to be the head of the National Organization for Marriage and is, like so many of these people a major figure in the “prolife” movement.
More on this proclivity for fascism among MAGA Christian tomorrow.