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To assert – or pretend – that such-a-celebrity vows to leave the country if Donald J. Trump wins re-election, has become fashionable. Such posts appear with annoying regularity on Platform X. Sometimes someone will leave a Community Note saying, in effect, “Believe it when you see it, and not until.” But now a public figure has seen fit to say something like that directly – on a national news outlet. Moreover, this celebrity has expressed a fear that Donald Trump, upon his return to the White House, will exact revenge. The kind of revenge he would seek, would better befit a banana-republic dictator – or a Democrat. Or a man of good heart taking a necessary corrective action against a system that destroyed Constitutional rights, and against those, being part of that system, who effected that destruction.

Revenge fear expressions

Revenge for real or imagined slights has in fact been a staple of Democratic Party politics since Joe Biden’s inauguration. Or at least, it looks like revenge – when it really is a program to “secure” the country “internally” against dissidents. That is why the FBI continues to arrest suspected “January 6 Event participants” to this day. One such participant, recently released, discussed the implications of his incarceration for civil liberties.

This morning, Ben Kew of The Gateway Pundit reported that Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director, said several agents will flee the country if Trump wins re-election. He said it to Kaitlan Collins, reporter for CNN – who famously humiliated herself before Trump at a Town Hall event. Citizen Free Press posted an embedded video segment of that interview:

This comes close to a screed, to paraphrase FDR’s Secretary of State Cordell Hull,

so crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions – on a scale so huge that I never imagined until today that [an agency of the United States government] was capable of uttering them.

Consider:

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He is not a person who’s driven by principle or ideology. He is someone who’s entirely transactional.

“Transactional” thinking confines itself to “tit for tat” and invokes no overarching principle. But Trump does follow a principle and an ideology: respect for life, liberty and property. But Andrew McCabe can’t understand that. Furthermore he serves an elite who themselves follow transactional thinking – or an evil principle that no one but them is fit to live.

Projection extraordinaire

In the process of seeking [revenge], he runs the risk of dismantling or greatly incapacitating the Department of Justice and the FBI. That is something that Americans on both sides of the political aisle should be worried about. We depend on those institutions to protect us.

No, Director McCabe. Only Democrats need have any affection for the FBI or DOJ now. The General Counsel of CPAC and his assistant recently castigated the DOJ for judge-shopping, selective application of the law, and abuse of their public-purse-bolstered staying power. They called, of course, for a new Attorney General, plus reforms that will stop any future AG from turning the DOJ into an instrument of revenge on the part of the party in power.

And yes, McCabe did confirm that several FBI and other Intelligence Community agents are thinking of fleeing the country.

On a very personal level, I mean, these are tortures discussions with their family members about whether or not they have to leave the country to avoid being unconstitutionally and illegally detained. People were actually worried about being thrown in jail or grabbed in some sort of extra judicial detention. I think it’s crazy as this sounds in the United States of America. I think people should really consider that these are possibilities. Listen to what the man says.

Spoken by a man who ordered some of those unconstitutional and illegal detentions, or is simpatico with those who do. This is the very definition of projection. Furthermore McCabe is on record calling Trump supporters “a clear and present danger to our democracy.” He went further, rhetorically accusing every Trump supporter of fomenting or participating in insurrection and rebellion. And he himself ordered his agency to spy on Trump and his administration.

He is the very picture of a destroyer of Constitutional rights, and is now throwing off on his erstwhile target. For anything that happens to him in future, he has none to blame but himself.

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Sean Hannity dares intercede with his own would-be destroyers

Trump himself granted an interview to Sean Hannity, who unaccountably tried to intercede for Trump’s tormenters. Jim Hoft, TGP editor, gave the details. In answer to Hannity’s questions, Trump didn’t actually threaten to weaponize his government against those tormenters, nor refuse to pledge not to. But he did make clear that he has every reason to do something, in the interest of objective justice.

But I don’t want to look naive. What they’ve done to the Republican Party, they want to arrest on no crime. They want to arrest the person that won the nomination in a landslide. There was nobody even close in a landslide. The person that got millions of votes, more votes than any other sitting president in history in the last election, the person that won an election that he wasn’t expected to win against Hillary Clinton in 2016, they want to arrest that person on no crime. They want to arrest… There was no crime. There was no criminality. There was no crime. And you can go back to all of these legal scholars. They can’t believe what’s happening. Some of them don’t even like me, and they’re saying, “This is a very dangerous thing that’s happening.” No, we can’t let this happen. And I will do everything in my power not to let it. But there’s tremendous criminality here. What they’re doing to me, if it’s going to continue, we’re really not going to have much of a country.

Three X users reprimanded Hannity, in no uncertain terms, for failing to understand the stakes.

Sean Hannity can at least claim to be applying the Golden Rule. Chris Matthews cannot. In a particularly fevered rant, Matthews declared it “very reasonable to assume” Trump would assume dictatorial powers.

Donald Trump … wants to put [his opponents] before firing squads, basically. He wants to put them all in jail. He’s unbelievable the way he talks about his opponents.

No, Mr. Matthews. This is how Trump’s enemies talk about him. More on that below, but then Matthews said something that makes even less sense:

This election is about more than abortion, it is about the whole question of what kind of government we’re going to have? What kind of country do we want to live in, do we have a dictator who tells the U.S. Congress don’t do anything about the border, don’t do anything, let it rock n roll, let thousands come through between now and election day, it doesn’t matter if they stay here forever, as long as we win the election.

Wha-a-t? Has he not been paying attention? Biden tells the Congress not to do anything about the border. Biden sues the State of Texas when its Governor does do what the federal government will not.

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More to the point, Christina Laila has a treasure trove of murder fantasies about Trump. They come from a former U.S. Attorney, former Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and the leftist “business” newsletter Business Insider.

This morning, Hillary Clinton marked the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord (D-Day) with an intended dig at Trump:

Actually, that’s truer than she knows – but not for the reason she meant to imply.

The people’s revenge

Indeed the people must do more than vote. They must vote in greater numbers, and encourage many, who have never voted before, to vote this time. Some of us, as accredited Party polling-place challengers and Officers of Election, must do more. Our job will be to make sure that the theft of the Election of 2020 will not recur.

Reelecting Donald Trump is as much revenge as the people must take. In fact, revenge is not the word. Justice is, and the Second Book of the Law (Deuteronomy) instructs us properly:

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Vengeance is Mine, and retribution; In due time their foot will slip. For the day of their disaster is near, And the impending things are hurrying to them. Deuteronomy 32:35 (NASB)

Or more accurately: “Justice is My job; I will set things right.” But the next parts of that statement are equally important. The foot of the enemies of freedom has slipped, and they know it. They also know that the day of their doom fast approaches. That explains their fevered statements about Trump playing the dictator, and about their leaving the country.

Trump would, of course, do well to use the justice system as the Framers meant it to work. But let everyone remember one thing: the enemies of freedom have already convicted themselves. One who frames another, is liable for whatever penalty he tried to make that other pay. So it is with those who pass bills of attainder or ex post facto laws, or apply the law selectively. For them, revenge – or rather, justice – is indeed at hand.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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