How to Defeat America’s Homegrown Insurgency… If you look at America now as a foreign country, as an intel analyst would, the future is frightening. Picture this: authoritarian ethno-nationalist, backed by right-wing Christian leaders, militias, & white
2/ supremacists stages riot to decapitate political rivals--his vice president, leader of the House, and others--but fails. Leaves office. Is tried in Senate, but his own party fails to convict him--leaving him vindicated in the eyes of his voters and as a leading revolutionary
3/ for a white, theocratic, dominionist nationalist totalitarian system. Perhaps, DOJ cannot or does not prove seditious conspiracy for Oath Keepers, III%ers, & Proud Boys. Just white people blowing off steam while strolling through the Capitol. We have a revolutionary,
4/ anti-system party in Congress, as well as many state governments, and a base both enraged, vengeful, and feeling vindicated. And led by Trump--a psychopath out for revenge. That is not a good scenario. One thing Democrats need to do--govern this country and deliver the goods.
5/ And prosecute Trump in every venue possible--criminal and civil, domestic and foreign. Foreign governments like Scotland should be quietly encouraged to step up their investigations. Need documents? Just ask us. Trump must be crushed for starters.

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