Originally posted on June 27, 2020
Trump seems addicted to using the most extreme words, bending them totally away form their original meaning. An example might be calling any number of democrats “socialists” or even “communists” when very few, if any, prominent democrats would meet those original definitions. And so it goes with “treason”. Obama? Traitor!
Although the above quote from the BLM “leader” (I’m guessing he’s a leader only in the same sense as an antifa leader – in other words, not really a leader at all) seems pretty severe, it has been removed from a much longer discussion.
The “leader”, is one Hawk Newsome. Part of the interview – the part that isn’t played back so often – mentions the hypocrisy of all the 2nd Amendment folks who would much rather it be only for whites. Compared to some of the pro-Trump militia “leaders”, Newsome comes across are relatively measured.
A 5-minute search uncovered 9 others who Trump has either directly called traitors or called for an investigation into their treason: Comey, McCabe, Struck, Page, Obama, Pelosi, Schiff, the NYT and Google. It seems apparent that he doesn’t really know what the word actually means. From Merriam-Webster: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family. Even with a lot of stretching nothing any of these people have done rises to that level. A charge of treason from any other president would be a serious, life-threatening deal. But not from Trump. Just another day in Trump-land. This is just another example of Trump using the most extreme words he knows, apparently trying to convince his base that things are really stacked against him. Sadly, some of his followers buy into this stuff.