Dubious Claim About Trump Invoking the Insurrection Act
Dubious reports online about an 11th hour Trump surprise on Wednesday by invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act to turn the tables on parties responsible for false accusations against him appear to be greatly exaggerated.
Under the Insurrection Act, US presidents can act “to suppress an insurrection, domestic violence, (an) unlawful combination or conspiracy” — with or without a request by state or local authorities.
He can also deploy federal troops domestically to restore order if federal, state, or local laws are breached in the streets.
Earlier US presidents invoked the Insurrection Act, deploying federal forces to local communities to restore order.
They included Thomas Jefferson in 1808, Ulysses S. Grant in 1871, Rutherford Hayes (1878), Grover Cleveland (1894), Woodrow Wilson (1914), FDR (1943), Dwight Eisenhower (1957), JFK (1962 and 1963), LBJ (three times in 1968), and GHW Bush (1989 and 1992).
Most often when it’s been invoked was requested by a state governor.
Trump can deploy federal troops to US cities as president and commander-in-chief.
Eisenhower did it in 1957 to protect the rights of nine Black Arkansas students to be educated in Little Rock High School — enforcing the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.
Jack Kennedy did the same thing, enforcing desegregation orders in Mississippi and Alabama.
The law was last invoked in 1992 by GHW Bush after four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted on the charges of beating African-American Rodney King — at Gov. Pete Wilson’s request.
A 1956 amendment to the act gives presidents wide latitude, saying:
“Whenever the president considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any state by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into federal service such of the militia of any state, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.”
According to reports, Trump will leave the White House on inauguration day, January 20, a few hours before ceremonies begin.
Before departure from Andrews AFB, it was reported on Saturday that they’ll be a ceremony before he leaves the area.
For the last time, he’ll board Air Force One for transport to West Palm Beach, Florida where his Mar-a-Lago resort is located.
He will not attend the inauguration for Biden/Harris. There’s been little official information released about his departure and immediate plans.
With Trump, an Alfred Hitchcock end to his tenure is always possible.
Most likely, it’ll end at least relatively quietly with no 11th hour bombshell announcements or actions.
It won’t be long to know for sure.
On various websites, the following information was dubiously attributed to Trump last week, claiming he said:
“I have invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807 (Section 10 US Code 13 251-255) to address the treasonous rebellion conducted by (Dem) and Republican lawmakers, CCP Agents (Chinese Communist Party), FBI, Department of Justice, CIA and others to dismantle the United States of America and it’s Constitution (sic),” adding:
“These entities pose a direct threat to national security. I will remain resident indefinitely until all domestic enemies are arrested (sic).”
The dubious claim goes on to say that the above “treasonous rebellion” elements aim to dismantle the US and its Constitution.
Remarks attributed to him claim that Big Media is “embedded with CIA and Chinese Communist Party agents whose sole purpose was to direct public opinion toward a Deep State agenda.”
It’s true that many so-called mainstream media “journalists” have had ties to the US intelligence community throughout the post-WW II period, the same highly likely to be true today.
It’s also true that Big Media serve as press agents for wealth, power, and privilege, as I’ve said many times.
There are more dubious claims about 11th hour actions, including unannounced martial law under his command as US military commander-in-chief with General Michael Flynn directing US armed forces.
It claims sealed indictments target 222,286 officials at home and abroad.
It claims he’s remaining in office indefinitely until all scores are settled, including against Big Media.
It quotes him saying:
“I’m drafting an executive rrder to take the following propaganda media outlets off the airwaves: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.”
“I am also working with the FCC to pull their licenses.”
“We have evidence that all of these media organizations employ agents of the Chinese Communist Party as well as embedded CIA Agents whose sole purpose is to brainwash, hypnotize and direct public opinion toward certain agendas that support the left and deep state.”
“These organizations are a threat to national security and virtually nothing they report is actual news.”
There you have what sounds to me like bad fiction.
I don’t buy a word of it. Decide for yourself.
In around 48 hours, it’ll likely be clear that the above was a hoax, a scenario too implausible to take seriously.
A Final Comment
If Trump or anyone else tried anything closely resembling the above, they likely wouldn’t get out of Dodge alive.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”