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Is it sedition?

September 23, 2019

Are the many attacks against the current President and those who back him commensurate with sedition?

Technically, no.

According to the information available on “FindLaw” (https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/sedition.html) sedition, or more properly, seditious conspiracy is defined thusly:

“According to the statutory definition of sedition, it is a crime for two or more people within the jurisdiction of the United States:

  • To conspire to overthrow or destroy by force the government of the United States or to level war against them;
  • To oppose by force the authority of the United States government; to prevent, hinder, or delay by force the execution of any law of the United States; or
  • To take, seize, or possess by force any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof.”

 In other words, just hating Trump and wishing to end his presidency does not constitute overthrowing the national government, since the government could go on without him.

That said, the way the hard left attacks Trump and everything he does should be some sort of crime stronger than harassment, primarily because it interferes with the governance of the country.

Every minute that the President has to spend on defending himself or even just reacting to the never-ending conspiracy theories is a moment that he doesn’t spend on making the best decisions for the United States.

Additionally, the Trump supporters who are attacked or doxxed by the never-Trumpers as white supremacists and worse are having their rights to vote and speak infringed upon.

That, the last time we looked, is a violation of the Constitution.

 

From → op-ed

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