Donald Trump is the Biggest Traitor in American History
‘America Rises’ Post #16: Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Donald Trump is many unspeakably terrible things:
A liar. A narcissist. A sociopath. A con-artist. A jury-certified sexual abuser, rapist, and defamer of women. A virulent racist. A corrupt fraud. A fake billionaire.
But his most singularly nefarious offense is that he is a TRAITOR to the United States of America.
Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution itself, which is defined in Article III, Section 3, Clause 1 as follows:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
And yet, we will likely never see Donald Trump face charges for treason. Not because he hasn’t committed it (dozens upon dozens of times), but simply because the way it is defined under the Constitution makes it virtually impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
When you consider the burden of proof that would be required to indisputably establish that a defendant knowingly “waged war” (the definition of which is far from clear) against the U.S. or “gave aid and comfort to our enemies” (also ambiguous as to exactly what qualifies as well as whether this refers solely to members of foreign countries/governments or not), on top of the condition that at least two witnesses be able to provide testimony to substantiate that they engaged in the same overt act, it begins to make sense why there have been so few individuals prosecuted for treason in America.
However, the fact that this charge has not been brought does not serve to authenticate that Trump has not committed it, as his supporters like to claim. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. And:
1. There is overwhelming evidence that Trump has committed treason. It’s just that the burden of proof is different in a court of law and the court of public record/opinion, and
2. Prosecutors are only going to bring charges that they know they have sufficient evidence for to secure a conviction from a jury in court
Trump’s treason becomes much clearer when we just look at the dictionary definition of the word, which is simply:
The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance.
There are countless examples of Trump’s conduct before, during, and after his “presidency” that meet this criterion. In this piece, I am going to focus on the one that I believe is the most blatant and egregious: which was the 187 minutes that Donald Trump—as President of the United States—refused to act to stop his mob of supporters as they brutalized Capitol Police and threatened hundreds of lives; and instead took steps to further incite them to even more horrifying and potentially lethal violence on January 6th of 2021.