Our government is not an individual. Our government is not any individual. Our government is the sum of our collective institutions and principles as laid out in our Constitution.
Foremost among those institutions is the right to vote, along with peaceful respect for and acceptance of the results of free and fair elections.
January 6, 2021 was a premeditated, violent insurrection whose stated goal was to overturn the verified and legally upheld results of an American presidential election. How do we know that was the insurrectionists’ intentions? Because they said so.
Fake slates of state electors were submitted in an attempt to overturn the election. How do we know? Because the plotters have said so.
Ordering the vice president to refuse to certify the results of the election was an attempt to overturn the election. How do we know? Because the president at the time said so.
Free and fair elections, along with the peaceful transfer or power, are cornerstones of our government.
If one or many attempt to subvert our elections, they are attempting to subvert our government.
If one or many attempt to illegally overturn an election, they are attempting to overthrow our government.
If they are attempting to overthrow our government, they are guilty of treason.
According to whom?
Well, the dictionary.
Treason—“The crime of betraying one’s country, including attempting to overthrow its government.”
Also: “The crime of attacking a state authority to which one owes allegiance, including attempting to overthrow its government.”
Attempting to overturn a valid election is in fact an attempt to overthrow its government. And an attempt to overthrow the government is treason.
And perpetrators of treason are traitors. And traitors are criminals.
Okay, deniers and “No Big Deal”ers.
I just laid it out for you, and that logical chain is tighter than the Chicago horn section.
That was treason. And perpetrators of treason are by definition traitors. And traitors are criminals.
This is a VBD. A Very Big Deal.