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Revenge Of The Swamp: DC RINOs Attempting To Sabotage President Trump’s Re-Election With Retirements, Insurrection Legislation – President Trump Must Work On Counter-Strategy Before It’s Too Late

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2024
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by Paul Ingrassia
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President Donald J. Trump at the American Commemoration Ceremony at Suresnes American Cemetery Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Uniparty is quietly scheming (again) to rig the system and prevent President Trump from ever becoming President.  This scheme involves a two-part strategy: using a combination of strategically planned retirements of Republican House members, coupled with the passage of carefully tailored legislation to remove President Trump from the ballot on bogus Insurrection grounds that would likely pass muster with moderate justices on the Supreme Court, like John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett, who prefer to avoid deciding on “controversial” legal questions and risk being seen in a bad light by their liberal peers.  

The fact that over a dozen House Republicans have recently announced their early retirement, or their intention to not seek re-election, should raise alarm bells for everyone, because these decisions are not by happenstance.  They are coordinated and serve the specific purpose to keep President Trump off the ballot.  As their attempts at lawfare appear to be falling apart one-by-one, from the debacle in Georgia involving Fani Willis’s rendezvous with the special prosecutor Nathan Wade, to the kangaroo show trials in NYC, with petty judges and prosecutors such as Letitia James, Arthur Engoron, and Juan Merchan, being exposed for the radical, far-left operators they are – President Trump’s political enemies are getting increasingly desperate, and as a result of that desperation, are strategizing to now switch control of the House of Representatives before election day.  If they manage to pull off that feat, which is becoming increasingly likely with a diminishing House Republican majority, the product of intra-party squabbling and general incompetence of Republican leadership, and Democrats retake control, President Trump’s enemies will be able to more easily pass legislation that would disqualify him from the ballot.  This is because if the House flips to Democrat hands and Speaker Hakeem Jeffries takes the reins, he will be able to coordinate with Chuck Schumer in the Senate more easily, who already controls a majority in the upper chamber.  At least up until the November election, there will be no divided government: Democrats will have majorities in both congressional chambers, plus the White House.  Thus, the House, Senate, and White House can collude to pass legislation that would exclude President Trump from the ballot because, according to their absurd construction, Section 3 and Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment allows them to do so.

This is why the early-announced retirements of House members like Mike Gallagher (WI) and Ken Buck (CO), and the forced ouster of former Congressman George Santos (NY), have received (rightful) criticism from the MAGA movement, including some of the most stridently pro-Trump congresspersons, like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert.  The Mike Gallagher case is particularly illustrative of RINO subversion – and MTG was no-holds-barred in her criticism of the move.  Gallagher, rather than step down immediately, announced that he would delay his retirement until April 19th.  Under Wisconsin law, special elections to fill seat vacancies can only occur up until the second Tuesday in April – after which point, the law requires the seat remain vacant through the November election.  Thus, if Gallagher postpones his retirement until the 19th, after the second Tuesday in April, there will be no special election: Republicans will simply have to accept losing another House seat.  Democrats will be one seat closer to reclaiming majority control.  Gallagher’s refusal to step down before the second Tuesday in April makes no sense whatsoever: it can only be explained as an act of deliberate sabotage.  MTG took notice.  On March 23rd, she posted that Gallagher “should be expelled if he refuses to leave immediately,” recognizing how his delay could ultimately cost Republicans the House majority. 

It is no coincidence that the same forces so deeply critical of George Santos’ ouster late last year are the ones most vocal about the news of these early retirements.  They observe the writing on the wall: the desire is to keep President Trump off the ballot – and out of office.  Providing further support for this theory is the fact that of the 14 or so members that have announced early retirements, at least six of them have received significant funds from notorious anti-Trump megadonor, Paul Singer: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Patrick McHenry, Drew Ferguson, Kay Granger, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Greg Pence.  Singer, as smartly reported by investigative journalist Troy Smith, and veteran political operative, Roger Stone, also donated a whopping $5,000,000 to Nikki Haley’s failed presidential bid – which marked another attempt by the deep state to derail President Trump in his tracks.  

Singer’s support for anti-Trump, RINO candidates has a well-documented and extensive history.  The billionaire has been unsuccessfully trying to thwart the President ever since he descended the Trump Tower escalator: in 2016, Singer poured over $2.5 million into Marco Rubio’s failed presidential campaign.  Singer also supported research into the universally discredited, bogus Steele Dossier after Trump was elected to the presidency, and has been actively trying to stop the 45th President in his tracks ever since.  

What Singer and his RINO allies – and other anti-Trump interest groups in the DC Swamp – are attempting to accomplish is quite blatant: push enough Republicans into early retirement so as to give Democrats control of the House before the November election.  The timing is critical: the reason Democrats need to retake control before November is to ensure enough Supreme Court justices will rubber stamp any legislation that might prevent President Trump from getting on the ballot on Fourteenth Amendment grounds.

But, you might be thinking, did not the Supreme Court already rule, in a unanimous (per curiam in Court-speak) judgment, that Colorado’s Secretary of State could not do exactly that in the recent decision, Trump v. Anderson?  Not exactly.

One must pick apart the decision with a fine-tooth comb, but the attentive reader will find the language of the Court rather worrisome.  This is particularly true for the three liberal justices: Kagan, Sotomayor, and Jackson, who wrote a separate concurrence – agreeing with the Court’s majority “only in the judgment.”  Adding further worry is the separate concurrence of Justice Barrett, who also wrote her own 1-page judgment, agreeing with the majority for “Parts I and II-B” of the opinion, while also stating her belief that the five justices who fully signed onto the majority went too far.  

In simple terms, the Court was only unanimous on the threshold issue – that Colorado’s Secretary of State could not have the power to unilaterally remove President Trump from the ballot.  But agreement ends there.  Should the House switch hands, and a Democrat-controlled Congress passes enforcement legislation, pursuant to Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to remove President Trump from the ballot, it is very likely that at least 3 justices will uphold that legislation.  And, based on the language of her decision, Justice Amy Coney Barrett would be a tossup – meaning she can potentially side with her liberal colleagues.  If she winds up siding with the Court’s three liberals, it will only require one other justice – like John Roberts or Brett Kavanaugh, who have been known to be soft on politically hot-button issues, to jump ship.  The fact that none of the judges were willing to rule on whether President Trump actually engaged in Insurrection on January 6th, 2021, is also troubling – because it suggests that the Court would rather remain “above politics,” rather than risking embroiling itself in a hugely important political controversy, providing clarity in the law, even if it meant alienating radical Leftists, who frequently resort to fear mongering, bullying, and even violent threats to get what they want out of squishy justices.

While it is true that the Court paid some consideration to the prospect of the House switching hands before the election and passing legislation to exclude President Trump from the ballot, it did not go far enough.  Sure, the Court took off the table the idea that Congress could pass legislation between Election Day and Inauguration Day, when the result of the 2024 election is presumably already known, to prevent the duly elected president from taking office.  This language clearly has President Trump in mind and is effectively stating that if Democrats have control of Congress – and if President Trump is re-elected – they cannot attempt to ram through last-minute legislation to prevent him from taking office on alleged Fourteenth Amendment grounds, in a last-ditch attempt to block him out of the presidency.

Although that appears sensible on its face, already four justices – the three liberals and Justice Barrett – clearly signaled that they would not, at least at this point, be comfortable taking that option off the table.  In short, four justices have suggested that they might uphold a last-minute legislative effort by a Democrat-controlled Congress to oust President Trump even after he had already been re-elected.  If that is true, then certainly the four would support enforcement legislation to remove President Trump from the ballot while he was still Candidate Trump.  They would likely do this despite the safety measures included in the majority’s opinion to prevent congressional legislation from going too far – such as the language from the opinion that stipulates for “‘congruence and proportionality’ between preventing or remedying [the alleged misconduct] ‘and the means adopted to that end.’”

How President Trump Might Stop RINO Attempts To Knock Him Off The Ballot Before It’s Too Late

So, what now?

Well, the first – and likely most important step – in planning a counter-strategy, is to be aware of the problem.  This piece goes a long way towards spelling out a potential issue; by highlighting Republican chicaneries in the House – and calling it out in its tracks, such as what MTG did with Gallagher, that could well go a long way towards subduing something that has the potential to blossom into a 5-alarm fire.

If President Trump, for example, calls out Mike Gallagher’s antics in their path – that might force him to step down early, and not wait until beyond the deadline to give Democrats another seat.  Putting a national spotlight on the issue, by way of President Trump and his campaign, might also prevent other would-be House RINO turncoat members from pulling off a similar trick – and might also put pressure on House Speaker Mike Johnson to reprimand, or potentially even expel, members that do not fall in lockstep.  (And if Mike Johnson proves incapable of stopping this plot in its tracks, then another motion to vacate – of the kind MTG proposed just recently – might be just what the doctor ordered.)

As a matter of policy, if, God forbid, House Republican antics continue, and they wind up losing control over the lower chamber to the Democrats, President Trump can and should coordinate with 41 Senators, the number needed to prevent cloture of a filibusterto ensure blockage of any would-be Insurrection legislation that gets passed.  This can be done, but it will involve strategic planning with sympathetic Republican ears in the Senate – currently, Democrats hold onto a slim 51-49 seat majority in the Senate and are poised to lose control of the upper chamber in this November’s election cycle due to a highly favorable Republican map.

Accordingly, if President Trump and his team can coordinate with enough Republicans to block cloture – they can prevent any Insurrection legislation from being passed.  Current rules require 60 votes to end a filibuster, so Republicans can afford to lose eight of their members, and still prevent any such legislation from going to Joe Biden’s desk.  And while it is true that if ever such legislation were passed, the Supreme Court would almost certainly automatically review it for its constitutionality, given how high-pressure the situation will be – and other factors that are outside anyone’s control, such as the circumstances in which such legislation is passed – it is best to prevent such a dire scenario from occurring ahead of time, in its tracks, rather than leave it up to the Supreme Court, a wildcard, to decide when it might already be too late.

Paul Ingrassia is a Constitutional Scholar; Communications Director of the NCLU; a two-time Claremont Fellow, and is on the Board of Advisors of the New York Young Republican Club and the Italian American Civil Rights LeagueHe writes a widely read Substack that is regularly posted on Truth Social by President Trump. Follow him on X @PaulIngrassiaSubstackTruth SocialInstagram, and Rumble.

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Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
22 days ago

Whose side are these people on? It is absolutely appalling to me that these people would deny their constituents representation in Congress just to get Trump. They were hired to do a job and if they can’t be bothered doing that job, they need to leave Congress and let their constituents elect someone else.

Max
Max
22 days ago

Well, there are no surprises in this article. The fight against Pres. Trump has been going on since the demise of the last election. Every POLI-TICK that is on the payroll of the Socialist/Commie Left that want their agenda of power and control to remain in place so as to lead into the fall of this nation and its value. The legal voting population need to get their heads out of the sand, learn the issues and elect worthwhile representatives that will do the job to set this nation back on course. Will the voters wake up? Doubtful. most sheep will remain asleep.

Gloria
Gloria
21 days ago

OK. Sounds great. Getter goin’, don’t just talk about. I’m a 77 year old woman, without a huge nest-egg! – a deplorable in the eyes of the elite. Not much good for anything in the eyes of the elites that want to own the nation, nor the Uniparty Republicans. The senators from my area are subservient demoncrats. They are tied what to do, and they jump right on it. Unable to think for themselves, they follow Pelosi, Clinton and Schumer wherever they are told. But, I doubt they pray – and that I can do!!!

Gil
Gil
22 days ago

Well, we evidently don’t live in a democratic country do we? We have ultra rich using their money to bribe our elected officials and all of us know by now that many of them are there to become rich (illegally, mind you) which is what Joe Biden did. Something is going on bigger than we expect to warrant Clinton and Obama are going on the campaign trail to have rallies for Joe Biden. What are they hiding?tory. When has this happened before in history?? Past Presidents show respect for the people and who they elected. But the last three democrats as POTUS changed that. Their desperate attempts to keep Trump out of office has to be to protect themselves. The supreme court should uphold the constitution of the U.S. only… and leave their private opinions out of decision making.

Rabi
Rabi
21 days ago

Unreal, these republicans are traitors. They care more to line their pockets on bribes then to represent the party who stands for democracy not communism. Pray Trump 2024.

John Shipway
John Shipway
21 days ago

If this treachery fails, soon the lefty Demonrats will have to pull the assassination rabbit out of their hats. Think they won’t go that far? Think again.

Jerry
Jerry
21 days ago

Just when you think the Trump haters can’t get any dirtier, they do.

Jeri
Jeri
21 days ago

RINOs afraid of being exposed for what they are…closet progressive democrats. Destroy them all, not worth the next breath they take.

Bacon Nivison
Bacon Nivison
21 days ago

On of the saddest facts in American politics is that the Republicrats are more dangerous and deadly than the demonicrats, who, at least don’t pretend at patriotism. We are standing on the brink of a true resolution to the horrors that are going on in America but the RHINOs are willing to flush it all, to keep that dreadful “Orange Man” out of office. It would be interesting to hear them explain what Trump did wrong, which we won’t hear, but it was/is Trump’s anti-globalism. Plenty of Republicrats are in on the globalist takeover which is a blazing inferno worldwide, with the wealth of America on the line and is at the core of the absurd, illegal battle going on against Donald Trump.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
21 days ago

I like SOME of MTG’s views but it is STUPID to force out Johnson just prior to the election! He only had a few extra votes so he couldn’t push all of the agenda through. Let’s get him a sizable edge and IF he doesn’t do it THEN, fire him!

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
21 days ago

And they say Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries on earth?
Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
21 days ago

Vichy collaborators calling themselves Republicans.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
21 days ago

Biden has flown 350,000 illegal immigrant democrat voters into just Miami.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
21 days ago

Blame the Uniparty too & DC System

Peter F.
Peter F.
20 days ago

The Constitution is the law of the land, ” We the People”. The people are this country not the government and as such an important question needs to be asked. At what point do the actions of congress and the president, in and of themselves become insurrection and subversion of the people they are elected to serve.We have two parties that are so busy fighting for power they are forgetting the people they were meant to serve and we are being crushed under the weight. Just because a party or group is in power does not mean they cannot be guilty of insurrection of the people and neglect of their oath of office. If we do not take back what is our’s sooner than later, I fear that we will lose it forever.Elections are not the end but the beginning. We need to watch our representatives constantly and communicate with them more frequently than that, if we wish to stem this tide.May we all have the will and wisdom to put this country back where it once was as a beacon of equality and justice for ALL. We may not be perfect, but where will we be if we stop trying?

Joel
Joel
20 days ago

I wonder how much Soros and his minions bribed them. I don’t think they should be able to draw an early retirement. When I did for medical reasons, I took a hit on my monthly check.

Harry
Harry
21 days ago

May those involved in the coup
Rest In Peace,,,, Not

Herrod
Herrod
21 days ago

First off . Money involved to buy power for the war machine.
Second. We know where Gallagher lives and are close.
Third. The list of these people is known.
Fourth, Do the people pushing this think voters are going to sit by and watch Trump taken out without their own lives and families affected! Anybody can be located when necessary.

Dakota Grace
Dakota Grace
21 days ago

Make no mistake. God will not be mocked. Donald Trump is His annointed. He is the next David! America will be saved.

Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner
21 days ago

Well for years now I have often added the phrase “Wake Up America” to my emails. You can see in this article why I have had this concern – FOR YEARS!! It has been evident the Republicans just cannot hold together and the Democraps (as I refer to them – are on a campaign to be like communist leaders. The RINO’s referred to in this article have been a source of destruction within the RNC for years and are in it for only themselves. Trump saw this and spoke out and now they are vindictive and will not let it go unless we had a strong majority leader. McCarthy was one but they took his shoes off right from under him. They are stupid and will destroy the Party, Trumps chances and America!!

invictus
invictus
21 days ago

Fact is that RINOs et al are opportunists who have destroyed many lives to line their own pockets while building their paper thrones and makeshift crowns. That includes that-guy Joe Sly-den and his troll wife, Baba Yaga.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
21 days ago

The problem is that Republicans don’t plan, don’t go the attack, and wait to be broadsided by a party that is working 12 schemes to obtain advantage every day. The dims know that if you fire 10 shots at least one will land. All they need is one to hit the target. We have no idea how many plans the dims are working to keep Trump out of the White House. An even if he wins, he will probably be opposed by another version of Paul Romney-Ryan who, as speaker of the house, stood in Trumps way in the first two years of his presidency. He became known as a back-stabber to the degree that he had to resign. Organizing Republicans is like herding cats.

Leland Barber
Leland Barber
21 days ago

Am I the only one in AMAC not drinking the Trump kool-aid. I recently joined AMAC under the assumption that this was a conservative organization. One where character matters. Accountability matters. Looks like I made a mistake. Today was the Wisconsin Primary, I went out in a snow storm to vote for another Republican.

uncleferd
uncleferd
21 days ago

Addressing the legal and administrative hurdles is paramount. After that, we have to keep our purpose firmly in mind, while maintaining our poise and our image as a party, i.e., no Capital Building invasions, whether dressed absurdly in horns & bearskins or not.
Thankfully, our image seems in better shape than that of our wayward opposition.

John
John
22 days ago

This is typical tactics of a desperate Totalitarian Communist government take over.The real problem lies in the fact that member’s of both houses on both sides of the isle are dirt bag scum who the Totalitarian Communist Democrat Party can blackmail / intimidate.They will expose them for the thieves, sexual perverts, crooks, drug addicts that they are or there family members are .It they have compromised themselves in anyway than it’s no big deal to compromise yourself on issues, especially when you are the target.Maybe Trump should offer a blanket pardon to all member’s of Congress for any crimes they have committed, so they can’t be used to sway there votes or loyalty.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
21 days ago

Anyone voting for their current Republican congressional rep during these primaries is making a mistake.

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