Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Lynch Mob Mentality

 

I have said several times that the Democrats should read Moby Dick and the Never Trumpers should read The Oxbow Incident. After giving it more thought, I am certain of the mob mentality. Trump winning the nomination and then the election crushed their expected entitlements to power and inflamed fragile sensibilities, the real crime. Now they are fighting over who can bring the rope. Whatever false claim they make is repeated as fact by the mob. His crimes, according to the Twitter mob this week, resembled Schiff’s “parody,” not the actual transcript of Trump’s phone call. Having built the mob into a hate-filled frenzy, Democrats are ready to build the gallows while still in search of a real crime. This mob, however, will not feel any remorse in lynching an innocent man.

The government lynch mob was so sure of Trump’s evil side, it violated laws and norms to spy on him, destroying anyone in his campaign they thought could be turned to testify against Trump. Like Captain Ahab, their pursuit led to their own destruction and the destruction of the respect citizens have for the FBI, CIA, FISA Court, DOJ, and DNI. Like a lynch mob, they assign morality to their evil actions to justify them. Like the whale, Trump survives, while Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Comey, Rosenstein, Fusion GPS, Simpson, Mueller, Steele, etc., are out, discredited, and/or waiting for the ax to fall thanks to Barr and Dunham. Since intelligence agencies exist to serve the President, the investigation will likely lead to Obama and other administration heads.

“Impeach 45” started almost immediately. Trump was guilty of … winning. Needing an excuse for Hillary’s loss, they fabricated the Russia collusion hoax. They couldn’t blame themselves for riding a corrupt, unlikeable candidate to the polls.

The lynch mob considers every firing an impeachable offense, every disgruntled, unprofessional worker an expert witness and even a protected leaker, no matter if they’re credible. They poke the hornet’s nest and then claim the 25th Amendment should be applied when the hornet attacks back. An innocent man fighting back against their lynch mob is proof of guilt to them.

Among those eager to bring a rope to the lynching are some of my favorite pundits. One by one, I have quit following them on Twitter, reading their articles, and listening to their podcasts. I don’t dislike them as people but am tired of the negativity and don’t want to join their lynch mob.

Members of Congress have either joined the mob or stood by silently wishing for the lynching but not wanting to soil themselves with it. Others are pushing back, but not at a level an innocent man elected by the voters deserves. Democrats in Congress are a lynch mob, fabricating crimes while claiming a higher moral authority. They claim Trump’s honesty is a reason to impeach while lying about him. They use Trump’s moral behavior before assuming office as a reason, forgetting they said Clinton’s behavior in office was a private matter.

Nothing displays the mob mentality better than the Kurd/Turkey debacle. Congress was eager to vote to condemn Trump for pulling back when they should have voted to authorize military actions against Turkey, if they felt that way. Had Trump deployed a fighting force to oppose an ally, they would have added that to their list of impeachable offenses. Had Trump left the small contingent on the border as human shields to be killed by the unpredictable Erdogan, they would have held the impeachment vote immediately.

The Turkey/Kurd situation is a different war. Both are allies, Turkey by treaty. The situation sucks. However, if Congress believes that we should deploy a fighting force there to engage in hostilities against Turkey, putting Incirlik Air Base, Izmir Air Station, and 5,000 military people stationed in Turkey at risk, then it needs to vote to authorize it. Voting to condemn Trump for not doing what they are too afraid to vote for is the coward’s way. It is the lynch mob’s excuse to bring out the rope.

People who say Turkey wouldn’t have attacked as long as a few American soldiers were placed there as human shields are gambling with the lives of those serving there. They forget that once Erdogan served notice that he was going in, he could blame Trump for leaving our forces there, in a border area, after the warning.

Now the lynch mob has formed and can’t be stopped. The Ukraine hoax is a flimsy excuse, but then lynch mobs run on emotion, not the rule of law. They merely claim the rule of law to hide their own evil behavior.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:01 AM PST
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  2. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    Or was Nixon the victim of Nixon?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:08 AM PST
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  3. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring Post author

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    I would have said “no” back then. After watching DC operate since then, I would say “yes.” Having now lived through Bork, Estrada, Roberts, Alito, George W. Bush, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Trump, I can see a pattern. 

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:13 AM PST
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  4. Arahant Member

    EHerring (View Comment):
    Having now lived through Bork, Estrada, Roberts, Alito, George W. Bush, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Trump, I can see a pattern. 

    Indeed, and it is not a pretty pattern.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:16 AM PST
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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan

    EHerring (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    I would have said “no” back then. After watching DC operate since then, I would say “yes.” Having now lived through Bork, Estrada, Roberts, Alito, George W. Bush, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Trump, I can see a pattern.

    Some people are innocent. And some, like Nixon and Trump, are not.

    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:20 AM PST
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  6. Arahant Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Some people are innocent. And some, like Nixon and Trump, are not.

    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    Whatever happened to “Innocent until proven guilty,” counselor?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:23 AM PST
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  7. Jon1979 Lincoln

    The thing with Trump is it demands you subscribe to the “Evil Idiot” meme the Democrats first attempted to use with Reagan. They attempted to push the twin ideas that Reagan was an incompetent, bumbling moron barely smart enough to know how to tie his shoes, while at the same time being an evil mastermind hell-bent on taking the planet into World War III and Armageddon. (It never worked, but did serve as the basis for that Saturday Night Live skit with Phil Hartman, where Reagan just played an idiot for the public, but was an evil mastermind behind closed doors.)

    The same thing is playing out with Trump, only in even more hyperbolic fashion. He’s a drooling inane oaf … but he’s also this devious schemer who somehow has managed to keep all of his nefarious plans hidden away from the public, where only caring super-geniuses like Adam Schiff can figure out the real story.

    As with Reagan, so with Trump. He’s either an idiot. Or he’s an evil genius. Pick One. You can’t have both, but that’s what the Democrats are trying to do, and more and more the public’s just tuning it out because of the dichotomy in asking people to believe two non-compatible memes about the president.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:34 AM PST
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  8. Seawriter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    As the Spartans said to Phillip of Macedon, “If.”

    Do you have anything evidence Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent? Other than what has come out of the star-chamber proceedings of Adam Schiff?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:37 AM PST
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    What does Nixon have to do with this? Why do you keep bringing up Nixon?

    It’s a distraction that has no bearing on the present day.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:39 AM PST
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  10. danok1 Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power.

    @garyrobbins I asked you this in a comment on another post; you didn’t answer. I’ll try again:

    If Joe Biden were a private citizen, would DJT be within his executive & treaty powers to ask Ukraine for help in investigating what appear to be corrupt acts by Joe & Hunter Biden?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:44 AM PST
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  11. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Some people are innocent. And some, like Nixon and Trump, are not.

    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    Whatever happened to “Innocent until proven guilty,” counselor?

    Lynch mobs assume guilt.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:56 AM PST
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  12. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring Post author

    danok1 (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power.

    @garyrobbins I asked you this in a comment on another post; you didn’t answer. I’ll try again:

    If Joe Biden were a private citizen, would DJT be within his executive & treaty powers to ask Ukraine for help in investigating what appears to be corrupt acts by Joe & Hunter Biden?

    As someone pointed out on the radio, Biden has run for office his whose life. This argument would make him above the law.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 7:58 AM PST
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  13. danok1 Member

    EHerring (View Comment):

    danok1 (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power.

    @garyrobbins I asked you this in a comment on another post; you didn’t answer. I’ll try again:

    If Joe Biden were a private citizen, would DJT be within his executive & treaty powers to ask Ukraine for help in investigating what appears to be corrupt acts by Joe & Hunter Biden?

    As someone pointed out on the radio, Biden has run for office his whose life. This argument would make him above the law.

    Exactly!

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    • October 17, 2019, at 8:00 AM PST
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  14. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring Post author

    I thought about going back to Reagan. Heck, we could go back to Eisenhower, for that matter. 

    Funny how they overlook the DNC/Clinton campaign use of foreign sources to dig up dirt on Trump. How about their use of Ukraine to dig up dirt on Manafort so they could squeeze him to turn on Trump while using the warrant as a back door in to spy on Trump and his campaign.

    The Obama Administration used the power of government office to spy on Trump, the opposition candidate. As telling as anything is their decision not to brief incoming Trump on Russia influence. 

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  15. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    As the Spartans said to Phillip of Macedon, “If.”

    Do you have anything evidence Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent? Other than what has come out of the star-chamber proceedings of Adam Schiff?

    Apparently you haven’t read the transcript, “But, I need to ask a favor of you…”

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  16. Arahant Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Apparently you haven’t read the transcript, “But, I need to ask a favor of you…”

    We have read the transcript, and we know what favor he was asking for, and that it was not about Joe Biden, and that the Ukrainian President brought that up later.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 8:22 AM PST
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  17. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    Trump-haters have yet to explain why it’s wrong for us to work with Ukraine in uncovering Democrat perfidy in their country.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 8:23 AM PST
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  18. Seawriter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    If Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent, that would be an Abuse of Power. And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    As the Spartans said to Phillip of Macedon, “If.”

    Do you have anything evidence Trump manipulated congressionally appropriated funds to seek dirt on an opponent? Other than what has come out of the star-chamber proceedings of Adam Schiff?

    Apparently you haven’t read the transcript, “But, I need to ask a favor of you…”

    Which transcript? The one President Trump released in which the favor asked was perfectly legitimate request to investigate the Ukrainian hacking of the DNC’s computers or the fantasy Schiff read and tried to enter into the Congressional Record?

    If it was the former, anyone seeing a quid pro quo is that either has reading comprehension problems or is willfully ignoring the meaning of the transcript due to hatred of Trump.

    If it was the latter? Well, anyone biting on that really needs help.

    By the way, the Ukrainians had started an investigation of Hunter Biden in the spring of this year, months before the phone call. The reason Giuliani’s name came up (and it was the Ukrainian president who first raised it) was because they had been asking Giuliani for information. So there is no way for Trump to ask the Ukrainians the “favor” of starting an investigation of Hunter Biden. It was already underway.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 8:29 AM PST
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  19. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    By the way, the Ukrainians had started an investigation of Hunter Biden in the spring of this year, months before the phone call. The reason Giuliani’s name came up (and it was the Ukrainian president who first raised it) was because they had been asking Giuliani for information. So there is no way for Trump to ask the Ukrainians the “favor” of starting an investigation of Hunter Biden. It was already underway.

    Fact check: True.

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    • October 17, 2019, at 8:35 AM PST
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  20. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring Post author

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/10/corrupt_senators_took_ukraine_cash.html

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  21. Seawriter Member

    EHerring (View Comment):

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/10/corrupt_senators_took_ukraine_cash.html

    That’s different!

    I have felt the reason the Democrats thought this would be a slam-dunk was none of them could imagine being in Trump’s position without doing something corrupt. Again, they were looking at a mirror and thinking they were looking through a window.

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  22. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    Yes, absolutely. A radical Left-wing lynch mob of a press.

    As far as I know, Nixon had nothing to do with the Watergate break-in. He was involved in the cover-up, which was certainly poor judgment. Deep-state leaking led to the story being publicized. I think that it was fairly characterized as a third-rate burglary, and while certainly wrong, it was nothing unusual in politics. Different standards were applied to Nixon by a hostile press, aided and abetted by Republicans who pretended to be shocked, just shocked, at the event.

    It was not good. It was also not a big deal. In fact, the initial Watergate crime was less serious than what the Obama-era FBI did in wiretapping the Trump campaign. At least Watergate didn’t involve submitting false and misleading statements to a FISA court, perverting the judicial process, in order to conduct an illegal wiretap.

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  23. The Reticulator Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    Or was Nixon the victim of Nixon?

    Yes to both questions. 

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  24. WillowSpring Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    And if he refuses to allow congressional oversight, that would be an Obstruction of Justice.

    Do you consider the current one-sided, secret hearings with cherry picked leaks and overseen by a serial liar a legitimate exercise in congressional oversight?

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    • October 17, 2019, at 2:16 PM PST
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  25. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    The thing with Trump is it demands you subscribe to the “Evil Idiot” meme the Democrats first attempted to use with Reagan. They attempted to push the twin ideas that Reagan was an incompetent, bumbling moron barely smart enough to know how to tie his shoes, while at the same time being an evil mastermind hell-bent on taking the planet into World War III and Armageddon. (It never worked, but did serve as the basis for that Saturday Night Live skit with Phil Hartman, where Reagan just played an idiot for the public, but was an evil mastermind behind closed doors.)

    The same thing is playing out with Trump, only in even more hyperbolic fashion. He’s a drooling inane oaf … but he’s also this devious schemer who somehow has managed to keep all of his nefarious plans hidden away from the public, where only caring super-geniuses like Adam Schiff can figure out the real story.

    As with Reagan, so with Trump. He’s either an idiot. Or he’s an evil genius. Pick One. You can’t have both, but that’s what the Democrats are trying to do, and more and more the public’s just tuning it out because of the dichotomy in asking people to believe two non-compatible memes about the president.

    In my neck of the woods, people are happy that their grown kids can go off to the oil fields and work on rigs promoting our energy independence. Prior to this occurrence, the only way Lake County Calif’s young adults could contribute to our energy needs was to go off to Iraq or Afghanistan and risk coming home in a body bag. (Although Afghanistan is not known for having oil, it has a plethora of many needed minerals.)

    And the Demoncrat Party, which has for so many decades intently preached how it is the party desiring peace, attacks Trump over this!

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  26. Western Chauvinist Member

    I hope this thread can stay focused on the relevant facts — the Obama administration/DNC/Clinton nexus weaponized the IRS, the DoJ (as in justice!), and the Intel Community against private citizens (including one Donald J. Trump) engaged in perfectly legal political advocacy (Tea Party, Trump campaign). The “free” press corrupted itself by never once reporting on the wildly corrupt actions of the Obama administration and then obediently reporting leaks that favor Democrats. Among other distortions. This isn’t just a lynch mob — this is the behavior of a banana republic.

    And, I guarantee you, when and if these ends-justify-the-means destroyers of the rule of law and our republican government ever face indictments, they will accuse Trump of authoritarian rule in a banana republic. It’s so evil and sick.

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  27. James Lileks Contributor

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    I hope this thread can stay focused on the relevant facts — the Obama administration/DNC/Clinton nexus weaponized the IRS, the DoJ (as in justice!), and the Intel Community against private citizens (including one Donald J. Trump) engaged in perfectly legal political advocacy (Tea Party, Trump campaign).

    Yes. And it is absolutely necessary to find out what happened, which means, for some, setting aside your opinion on Donald Trump. If the most important thing for one is removing DJT from office, and that requires ignoring the Steele / Ukraine / Crowdstrike / server-wiping / DNC / HRC / Fusion GPS clusterfrak, then your appeals to the Rule of Law are as hollow as a Dollar Store Easter chocolate bunny. 

     

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  28. WillowSpring Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    The “free” press corrupted itself by never once reporting on the wildly corrupt actions of the Obama administration and then obediently reporting leaks that favor Democrats.

    But don’t you know that the Obama administration had “not one bit of scandal”?

    At least Biden and Obama told us that.

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  29. Seawriter Member

    WillowSpring (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    The “free” press corrupted itself by never once reporting on the wildly corrupt actions of the Obama administration and then obediently reporting leaks that favor Democrats.

    But don’t you know that the Obama administration had “not one bit of scandal”?

    At least Biden and Obama told us that.

    And the “free” press.

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  30. Patrick McClure Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Was Nixon the victim of a lynch mob?

    What does Nixon have to do with this? Why do you keep bringing up Nixon?

    It’s a distraction that has no bearing on the present day.

    Thanks Drew. I drafted a response to the Nixon distraction, but it wasn’t CoC compliant so I deleted it

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