The “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was “rigged” continues to be the top priority of Donald Trump’s endless crusade for constant attention, blind adoration, and the financial fleecing of his faithful flock. It’s almost all he talks about at his traveling cult rallies and staged, right-wing interviews.
So naturally Trump’s spokes-shill and Twitter proxy, Liz Harrington, is hammering away at the same illusory issues. Harrington recently spoke at the “Patriots Arise” conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a QAnon affiliated affair where crackpot conspiracies are welcomed with enthusiastic glee. According to reporting by Vice, Harrington painted a frightening picture of what would occur if they failed to address the fictitious election fraud that her boss is so obsessed with:
“It’s so important to have accountability and have that trust restored because otherwise you’re going to get more of it. There’s no accountability? Yep. They’re gonna start arresting political opponents. They’re gonna start throwing political dissidents in jail. They’re going to parade people and interrogate you for your free speech.”
OMG! Harrington is foretelling a dystopian future of oppressive, police-state tactics to clamp down on innocent Trumpists who are only worried that democracy has been subverted by communists, or Satanists, or whoever is the cartoon villain of the moment. Never mind that they have been unable to produce a shred of evidence of any election rigging cabal despite trying for more than a year and half.
However, Harrington has a solution to avoid this harrowing holocaust of political prisoners. And ironically it is centered on implementing a campaign of mass political arrests:
“You think it’s gonna be better next time? You really think if there’s no arrests made from 2020, if there’s no real exposing of it and getting these people and holding them accountable, you really think they won’t do it again?”
That’s right. If there are no arrests made of the perpetrators who don’t exist, then what never happened in the first place is all going to happen again. Harrington told Vice that “Anyone who violated election laws should be charged. They could start with those who committed election fraud felonies on camera.”
Harrington is absolutely right about charging election law violators. Although the biggest problem with her proposal, from her perspective, is that nearly all of the relatively few cases of election fraud so far uncovered were committed by Republicans and Trump supporters. In some cases the criminals were Trump’s closest associates, including his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Harrington’s demand that mass arrests be undertaken for crimes that she can’t prove took place is a gross subversion of justice. But the principle of holding actual wrongdoers accountable is honorable and appropriate. Hopefully the Justice Department is listening and will begin to hand down indictments for Trump and his accomplices who tried to orchestrate a violent coup. There is already ample evidence of those crimes – and many others – in the public record. Because, as Harrington helpfully pointed out, “if there’s no real exposing of it and getting these people and holding them accountable, you really think they won’t do it again?”
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