Supporters of liberty are fighting on two fronts: One one, against the radical left, the sworn enemies of liberty; on the other, the political establishment within the right, which has always been a consistent ally of globalism, central banks, the military-industrial complex, and big tech.
With all of that on our plate, you wouldn’t think we’d have time to treat our friends worse than our enemies, but somehow, people find the time.
Consider the flaying Senator Ted Cruz recently took from the Gateway Pundit, for the heresy of calling President Trump’s rhetoric on January 6th “reckless and irresponsible.”
Remember: Ted Cruz voted against Trump’s impeachments, and supported Senator Paul’s motion to dismiss the latter on grounds of unconstitutionality.
Moreover, Ted Cruz was the senator who raised the objection to certifying the Arizona electors on January 6, and was one of just six senators opposing the electors of Arizona and Pennsylvania. He was, of course, viciously attacked by Democrats and the media, even facing calls for his resignation because he stood with the President.
No matter! Cruz had the temerity to criticize the outgoing President, and no criticism is acceptable.
Ironically, the very statement Cruz was crucified for making was attempting to establish reasonable nuance on the issue.
President Trump’s rhetoric, I think, went way too far over the line. I think it was both reckless and irresponsible because he said repeatedly—and he said over and over again—he won by a landslide; there was massive fraud; it was all stolen everywhere. That evidence, the campaign did not prove that in any court, and to make a determination about an election it has to be based on the evidence, and so simply saying the result you want, that’s not responsible and you’ve never heard me use language like that.
What I’ve said is voter fraud is real, and we need to examine the evidence, and look at the actual facts; and in particular, what is the evidence of how much voter fraud occurred, and did it occur in sufficient quantities and in sufficient states to alter the outcome of the election. That would have been the mandate of the election commission; to assess.”
We should point out that Cruz is completely right about this.
It would have been one thing had Trump said vote fraud had occurred, that the races in key states were extremely close, that there was significant evidence of extreme irregularities, that these irregularities may have included fraud, that the potential for fraud exceeded the margin of Biden’s victory in these states, and that courts denied the President and his team the opportunity to lay out their case.
But of course, Trump didn’t say that. He declared, “We won in a landslide!” He said “this was not a close election.” He said he won in 2020 “much bigger than the first.” He said Joe Biden “had 80 million computer votes.”
Trump said on January 6 that “in Detroit, turnout was 139% of registered voters.” This is provably false!
Detroit had 506,305 registered voters, and according to official results, 257,619 ballots cast (51% turnout): 240,936 votes for Biden and 12,889 votes for Trump.
Incidentally, this is a better result than he had against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
By making inflammatory and inaccurate statements about the election, Trump didn’t just undermine his own case, he hurt his supporters and defenders.
Trump owes his defenders rigorous adherence to the facts. Instead he made sloppy and incendiary remarks that made us all look bad.
Cruz had every right and every reason to criticize President Trump’s statements.
We wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place, if only Trump and his advisors had the foresight before January 6 to be explicitly clear that the President did not encourage and did not support any unlawful or otherwise not peaceful activity.
It’s true that Trump said in his speech “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” but that was hardly a directive and more like an afterthought.
It’s true that calls for his censure, resignation, impeachment, 25th Amendment removal etc. are all outrageous and transparently dishonest efforts to smear the President and every member of Congress making these calls are the ones who should be ashamed and disgraced.
But this does not matter. The game isn’t fair, and President Trump should have expected, planned for, and counteracted the predictable sabotage.
What happened on January 6th did the maximum damage possible to Trump, to his legacy, to his movement, and to his election challenges.
And he is not blameless for this.
Ted Cruz wasn’t being a coward. He was speaking the truth, and he was trying to help people see how some of the President’s tactics were counterproductive.
Of course, the Gateway Pundit framed the article, written by its founder and editor, by saying “Senator Cruz is an example of a Republican who will never win a national election and especially moving forward after the 2020 election.”
Most of the over 5,000 commenters appeared to agree. “Cruz caved in”, “Lyin’ Ted”, “Hawley and Cruz have shown they are Dems” were among the top comments.
The message this hatred conveys to Ted Cruz is: “You’ll never be perfect enough for us. You’re either with us or against us.”
And the take-away they’re encouraging our political allies to receive is that we are lousy allies.
Days later, Gateway Pundit turned its sights on Newsmax, accusing them of “censoring” Mike Lindell, a.k.a. The MyPillow Guy.
Lindell, asked why his company’s Twitter page was deleted, began to reply by saying “we have all this election fraud with these Dominion machines – we have 100 percent proof –” before being cut off by the host.
The back story to this exchange is that Dominion is suing Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and others for defamation. Most recently, another voting machine company, SmartMatic, filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, despite that, like Newsmax, Fox News retracted their stories on Dominion when the company mailed them litigation-hold letters in December.
Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks even admitted at the bottom of the story: “It is highly likely that they are attempting to avoid a lawsuit, which Dominion has been handing out left and right,” — oh, you think?! –“but silencing their guests leaves them little room to critique censorship by others,” Fairbanks complained.
Lindell wasn’t “silenced.” The reporters interrupted him to read a disclaimer, and when Lindell was given the next opportunity to speak (which is definitely not being “silenced”) Lindell accused them: “You’re going to suppress, just like Twitter.”
Over 6,000 commenters proceeded to trash Newsmax.
The irony of all this is that Cassandra Fairbanks herself was trashing Donald Trump just days earlier, and far more brutally than Newsmax ever had.
Fairbanks had been working tirelessly to lobby the President to pardon Julian Assange. A pardon was totally merited and richly deserved. Assange was and is being persecuted because he exposed the crimes of the American Deep State and its mass spying on law-abiding U.S. citizens.
If Trump’s final act had been pardoning Assange, it would have been a tremendous slap to the Deep State that worked so assiduously to sabotage his presidency from start to finish.
He did not, and Fairbanks retweeted, among other things, Glenn Greenwald’s comment: “Trump left the White House about as weak, cucked, and submissive as it’s possible for a grown adult to scamper away.”
Cassandra Fairbanks has every right to share this sentiment. But to then lash out at a fellow right-wing news outlet for “censoring” a guest because they don’t want to be sued into oblivion over a guest’s remarks is unfair.
Newsmax didn’t do a story on Gateway Pundit reporter Cassandra Fairbanks tweeting that Donald Trump “went out like a bitch,” which she did. They did nothing to deserve this attack, and if anything, these news agencies should be showing a little solidarity.
Dominion may file suit against Newsmax next. They may file against Gateway Pundit next. Or individual reporters. We don’t know. They are clearly taking an aggressive posture, and navigating a defamation lawsuit–even one without merit–can easily cost a company or an individual hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Dominion, and the federal government itself under Joe Biden, are weaponizing the legal system against dissenters.
Instead of fighting back against our actual enemies, we’re attacking each other.
This has to stop.