The leftist NAACP, which never met a conservative it didn’t consider to be a racist hatemonger, is suing former President Donald Trump using an obscure law that was wielded against the Democratic Party-affiliated terrorists of the Ku Klux Klan who murdered blacks and their Republican enemies after the Civil War.
The Ku Klux Klan Act is an unusual tool to pull from a cobweb-covered chest of old laws nobody knew were still in existence. President Ulysses S. Grant (he’s the guy on the $50 bill, millennials!) used the statute to declare martial law, penalize terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the KKK after the Civil War.
Those who filed this baseless, pie-in-the-sky lawsuit don’t give a farthing’s cuss about justice. The Democratic National Committee needs a reason to keep squeezing its donors and Trump is the most impressive object of revilement Democrats have had to shriek at in decades.
This is just part of a long-running campaign of harassment aimed at destroying Florida’s own Trump, who was acquitted after an unprecedented two impeachment trials, besting the previous record-holding acquittees Andrew Johnson of Tennessee and Bill Clinton of Arkansas.
It comes after an armada of court-authorized fishing expeditions and emoluments lawsuits failed to take away the presidency that Hillary Clinton so devoutly wished had been hers.
We all know that The Left was fine with Trump until he got into politics on the Republican side. It bestowed a truckload of honors on him before he became president, including the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award (2007) and alongside Rosa Parks, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1986). But these blindly hateful people need to keep busy and sewing quilts, downvoting disfavored books on Amazon, and throwing Molotov cocktails at cops only burns up so much of the day.
The lawsuit, dubbed Thompson v. Trump, was filed February 16 in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People* and so-called civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll. (*Just spit-balling here: isn’t the name racist now that black activists say black people, or excuse me, Black, as in capital B Black people, don’t want to be called “colored” anymore?)
This is actually the second Ku Klux Klan Act lawsuit the NAACP has filed against Trump regarding his totally lawful challenge of the election results.
In the new lawsuit, Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and two fraternal organizations on the conservative-constitutionalist spectrum –the Proud Boys, and the Oath Keepers—stand accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the United States Capitol January 6 in order to prevent Congress from certifying the presidential election in favor of the new Potato-in-Chief.
If that was ever their goal, they failed. The mostly peaceful protesters caused lawmakers to panic and drop their principled objections to Joe Biden’s many dubious presidential electors from battleground states.
But lawyers have to fill their pro bono quotas somehow, so throwing away their expensive billable hours on a high-visibility virtue-signaling lawsuit that showcases the pathologies that affect the modern Left must seem like time well spent to those in pinstripes.
To justify this obvious abuse of legal process NAACP president Derrick Johnson let loose howler after howler.
“The insurrection and coup attempt was really motivated by white supremacist behavior and domestic terrorists. The NAACP thinks it’s important for us to pursue a course of action on behalf of members of Congress,” Johnson told his friends at Axios.
“The attempt was to prevent the certification of the election and invalidate African American votes.”
Of course, in reality it wasn’t anything close to an insurrection: it was a riot.
It wasn’t a coup attempt: that was what Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and various government and intelligence officials tried to do to Trump even before he was sworn in as president.
Even if, for sake of argument, the riot had been an insurrection and coup attempt, there is no evidence it was motivated by white supremacism, which as the Left defines the term includes an appreciation of arithmetic, science, and the canonical works of William Shakespeare and other distinguished dead white males.
Nor is it clear that the rioters were domestic terrorists, except maybe for the members of leftist groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter who infiltrated the crowd outside the Capitol.
A professional race-baiter weighed in:
“We must hold [Trump] accountable for the insurrection that he so blatantly planned. Failure to do so will only invite this type of authoritarianism for the anti-democratic forces on the far right that are so intent on destroying our country,” said House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is also a plaintiff in the legal proceeding.
According to the 32-page legal complaint filed in Thompson v. Trump, Thompson “brings this action against the Defendants for conspiring to prevent him and other Members of Congress from discharging these official duties, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1985(1).”
“Enacted as the ‘Ku Klux Klan Act’ in 1871, Section 1985(1) was intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties. The statute was enacted in response to violence and intimidation in which the Ku Klux Klan and other organizations were engaged during that time period.”
According to that law, defendants “may not ‘conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person … holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States … from discharging any duties thereof; or to induce by like means any officer of the United States to leave any … place … where his duties as an officer are required to be performed, or … to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties.”
“Defendants Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers plotted, coordinated, and executed a common plan to prevent Congress from discharging its official duties in certifying the results of the presidential election,” the complaint continues, spewing the details of the Left’s fantasy about what happened January 6.
“In furtherance of this conspiracy, Defendants Trump and Giuliani engaged in a concerted campaign to misinform their supporters and the public, encouraging and promoting intimidation and violence in furtherance of their common plan to promote the re-election of Defendant Trump, even after the states had certified election results decisively showing he lost the election, and to disrupt the legally required process before Congress to supervise the counting of the Electoral College ballots and certify the results of that count.”
It’s a collection of the same tedious talking points we’ve been hearing from Trump-haters for months.
As to the “concerted campaign to misinform” people, availing yourself of legally available avenues to contest an election cannot by definition be unlawful or tortious. Suing over election results or procedures is not a crime, otherwise leftist DNC supervillain lawyer Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, a major figure in the “Russiagate” conspiracy against Trump who laid the legal groundwork for the big Biden steal, would already have received consecutive life sentences for his deeds.
Boiled down, the lawsuit’s message is simple: Trump dared to win in 2016 and refused to concede in 2020. Everything normal he did in the process is now suddenly deemed abnormal and antisocial, making the duly elected 45th president nunc pro tunc an enemy of the republic.
At The Nation, Elie Mystal fantasizes about how this new ticket purchased in the leftist lawsuit lottery could finally bring down Trump and hurt white people, who, of course, deserve to be hurt because they are white.
In an unusually repugnant, aggressively racist column titled “Can the NAACP Succeed Where Everyone Else Has Failed?” the bilious writer is delighted that people who are white are being sued by people who are black, the facts and the law be damned.
“It should surprise nobody that an anti-Klan statute can be used against the white people who attacked the Capitol, because the Klan itself is just the fairly normal white response to losing political power to a multiracial coalition. Whenever white supremacists feel like they’re losing, some of them resort to violence. The only people who seem surprised by this are other white people who have the privilege of believing that their cousins and friends are ‘joking’ when they share violent memes on Facebook.”
“We should really have a White History Month so people can learn about the behavior of white people in the New World. White domestic terrorism isn’t new, and it isn’t rare. It’s a goddamn tradition in the Americas,” the screed continues.
“What is rare is holding white people accountable for this terrorism by applying the laws we already have in place. Take the Klan Act: That law was on the books during the entirety of the Jim Crow era. It just wasn’t used very much after the North pulled troops out of the South at the end of Reconstruction. A law is no use if there’s nobody around willing to enforce it.”
Actually, white Americans are held responsible for acts of terrorism all the time, if the Southern Poverty Law Center is to be believed. Unfortunately, Timothy McVeigh could not be reached for his views on the matter.
If only Elie Mystal, NAACP leaders, and Bennie Thompson would read some books.
Is that too much to ask?
Wait – don’t answer that.
This article by Matthew Vadum appeared Feb. 19, 2021, at FrontPageMag.