Well, I went ahead and gently set the trap by asking my deranged Facebook friends if they knew that the narrative that Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick had not been killed by beating by the January 6 rioters, had not been “hit with a fire extinguisher,” and had not “died of his wounds” in the riot as reported by the news media long after that story had been debunked, and used as evidence of the “deadly insurrection” by Democrats during the impeachment trial. The response, from a really smart audience including many lawyers, was disappointing if not unexpected. So far, all of the responses tried to avoid the issue. “Are you saying that his stroke (the current cause of death theory) was not brought on by the riot?” No, and since nobody knows what brought on the stroke, one can’t say, and shouldn’t write as news, that it was. I asked about the “killed by the mob” and “died in the line of duty” story. “The park police website says he was killed in the riot!” That’s a novel approach: using an already false report in a biased source to insist that the false report must be true. “But..but…but…but,” “humina humina humina”…”well, what about…”…they just couldn’t admit it. It was a deliberately used false narrative, first without verification and then after the story was proven false, for the purpose of hyping the riot and inflaming public opinion against the President. Nothing about being a Democrat, progressive or a Trump-hater should prevent someone from acknowledging that. Yet they just couldn’t do it. Even the lawyers. Heck, especially the lawyers!
1. No zombie lawyers allowed in Florida. If you think trying to convict Trump after he was no longer President was bad, how about this: Sabrina Starr Spradley, a 41-year-old attorney in private practice in Delray Beach, Florida, was disbarred in December, 2020 though an official death certificate from the Florida Department of Health stated that she died in October of 2019. Nobody told the bar association or the Florida courts.
2. Nikki Haley is having a bad 2021 so far. First, she decided that Donald Trump was sufficiently weakened (after all, did you know the riot he started killed a Capitol cop?) by the election defeat, the riot fiasco and the “snap impeachment” that it was politically expedient to “throw him under the bus,” saying he had been isolated and had “lost any sort of political viability.” Haley owed Trump a lot: her appointment as U.N. ambassador made her a frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination. She didn’t need to publicly defend him; she just needed not to kick him when he was down. Then the Senate trial turned out to be a vindication for Trump, and polls showed that most Republicans were still positive about him. Haley could have shown integrity by sticking to her earlier comments, but she apparently has none: she tried to meet with Trump to “patch things up,”since without his support, she might as well turn Democrat (thus immediately becoming a likely Biden appointee, because she’s a “woman of color.” Of course, the former President refused. Of course he did. So would I.
Then, she became a victim of the progressive smear machine. She put out a nice, dumb statement about George Washington on Presidents Day, tweeting, “George Washington turned an army of ragtag troops into an unstoppable force that defeated the British and secured America’s Independence. As President he oversaw the creation of our Constitution and showed the world what it looks like to govern by the people and for the people.” The news media hasn’t “factchecked” any of the distorted statements about our Presidents during The Great Stupid and the George Floyd Ethics Train Wreck, but poor Nikki’s sloppy history was deemed by CNN as worthy of a fisking by a partisan historian. CNN host Brianna Keilar brought on presidential historian Alexis Coe to pick apart a tweet that probably took Haley 15 seconds to write. (STAY OFF OF TWITTER! Why won’t they listen to me?) If Trump had tweeted it, it would have been added to the list of his “lies.”
OK, the Continental Army was hardly “unstoppable,” but George did train them and inspire them sufficiently to outlast the British. Coe’s mocking “unstoppable” is petty, and she wouldn’t dare do that to a Kamala Harris tweet. Then Coe cavilled,
Then, she said that George Washington was the President and, you know, oversaw the Constitution. That’s simply not true. The Constitution created the presidency. And then Washington was, of course, our first President. The Constitutional Convention was 1787, the presidency 1789.
“Oversaw” is a poor word to use, but as far as the Presidency is concerned, Washington carefully established the first precedents regarding Presidential power. His was the first Presidency under the new Constitution after the Articles of Confederation had failed. Not only that, Washington did, in fact, preside over the 1789 Constitutional convention that created the Constitution. He moderated the debates, made sure that he did not take sides, and in fact “oversaw” the proceedings, whether Haley meant that or not. She deserves a pass. It’s nit-picking by Coe.
Finally the historian knocked Haley for saying that Washington “showed the world what it looks like to govern by the people and for the people.” rising to full pedant obnoxiousness. “And then, the kicker the way that she ends by quoting, you know, ‘by the people, for the people.’ Washington had been dead for many decades by the time Abraham Lincoln says that in the Gettysburg address,” Coe sneered.
Ethics foul and partisan historical garbage at its worst. The U.S. wasn’t suddenly governed “by the people, for the people” because Lincoln used the phrase (including “of the people”) at Gettysburg. That was his accurate description of what the unprecedented U.S. Constitution directed Washington to do, and the rest of the world was waiting for the U.S. to fall on its face trying to do it. Washington “did show the world what it looks like to govern by the people and for the people.”
Coe is a partisan hack, and owes Haley an apology.
And George Washington.