The political opponents of Donald Trump are not unlike bulldogs in that they are too stubborn to see the forest for the trees.
They believe that, despite Trump’s departure from office, and in spite of his impeachment acquittal, that there is still some deep value in chasing him until the end of time. There is no end to the trouble that these leftists will bring upon him.
Just think: In 4 years we’ve gone from “Trump’s a Russian agent” to “Trump’s the leader of the new Confederacy”. That sort of story arc would take even the most impatient Hollywood writers 7 or 8 seasons to flesh out.
But still they rage against him, even seeking out an antebellum “KKK” law to try to use against him.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the NAACP are suing former President Donald Trump and his longtime ally Rudy Giuliani for allegedly conspiring with a pair of hate groups to storm the U.S. Capitol and block the Electoral College count in January. And they’re using a 150-year-old law as the basis of the suit.
Thompson and the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, allege in the suit, obtained by NBC News, that Trump, Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers used “intimidation, harassment, and threats,” to stop the vote count and caused the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in the process. This, they said, violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
“I guess it tells you something when you can use a Ku Klux Klan lawfrom the 1870s,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University. “It’s part of a series of laws enacted after the Civil War. Everything old is, unfortunately, new again.”
The statute was first passed following the Civil War to combat KKK violence and allow Black people to take action against hate groups who use “force, intimidation, or threat” to prevent leaders from doing the duties of their office, Levin explained. Particularly, it prohibits people from using violence and conspiracies to keep Congress members from doing their jobs. The law was passed at a time when the KKK was openly, violently terrorizing Black people and Congress members while seeking to block Reconstruction-era reforms for Black people in the South.
“Thompson has standing because they interfered directly with him working to certify the election,” Levin said.
The Trump team seemed unconcerned, dismissing the lawsuit wholesale on the grounds that then-President Trump had no part in organizing or provoking any of those who stormed the Capitol – a fact reiterated by his recent acquittal in the Senate.