EllipseGate: Trump Goes “Coup Coup” And Incites An Armed Insurrection
Trump’s marauders: they came, they saw, they ransacked the seat of American democracy
EllipseGate — Trump launches deadly insurrection with an incendiary speech.
We are the world’s oldest democracy, but we can no longer claim to be the world’s greatest democracy after what happened on January 6, 2021. The horror began at the Ellipse; a public park which has the iconic White House South Portico as a backdrop. On that fateful day, President Trump incited an insurrection in his speech at the Ellipse. Towards the end of his inflammatory speech, he commanded his supporters to march on the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress was engaged in the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes of the 2020 election, which he had lost.
Trump’s followers — many of whom were armed — did just that and proceeded to ransack the Capitol, occupying it for several hours and causing widespread damage. Five lives, including that of a U.S. Capitol police officer, were lost in the melee and utter chaos prevailed until National Guard units and other police reinforcements were brought in from neighboring states. There was international outcry over what transpired on January 6, 2021 — a day that will live in even greater infamy than December 7, 1941 because of its global import. EllipseGate has toppled us from that lofty pedestal of being a shining city on a hill, because our standing as the world’s greatest democracy has been very negatively impacted.
EllipseGate — Insurrection and seditious conspiracy, yes; treason, no.
Treason could very well be a play on the words “Trump” and “reason” because of Trump’s penchant for provocative thought expressed in incendiary language. However, fortunately for our nation, his inflammatory EllipseGate speech did not cross over into the realm of treason. Per the United States Code (USC) of Laws of the United States, treason is defined as follows:
18 USC Ch. 115 Sec. 2381. Treason
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.
Trump and his followers were not guilty of waging war against the United States. But, looking at the USC definitions of insurrection and seditious conspiracy, Trump and his followers are clearly guilty of violating both Sections 2383 and 2384 as outlined below:
18 USC Ch. 115 Sec. 2383. Rebellion or insurrection
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
18 USC Ch. 115 Sec. 2384. Seditious conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
There is ample evidence on various social media sites that the EllipseGate revolution was being planned for several weeks in advance of January 6, 2021. The Atlantic report, “Trump’s Tweets Were Never Just Tweets,” has outlined some of this plotting and planning. But more and more revelations are coming out literally by the hour as to how openly this insurrection was planned online — and yet, local and federal law enforcement officials were caught off guard by the gravity of the attempted coup. In sheer exasperation, I had tweeted a day later as follows:
“If it looks like a coup, feels like a coup, and sounds like a coup… it’s a #COUP — insurrectionists must be swiftly brought to justice, incl. #POTUS who plotted it for Jan 6 when he lit the match in Ellipse speech w/ call to march on Capitol. #25thAmendment”
EllipseGate fallout — Resign or Impeach.
On the night of the EllipseGate insurrection, the New York Times Editorial Board published its view on the matter, “Trump Is to Blame for Capitol Attack.” It began as follows:
“President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress incited a violent attack Wednesday against the government they lead and the nation they profess to love. This cannot be allowed to stand.
Mr. Trump’s seditious rhetoric prompted a mob of thousands of people to storm the U.S. Capitol building, some breaking onto the House and Senate floors, where the nation’s elected representatives had gathered to perform their constitutional duty of counting electoral votes and confirming the election of Joe Biden as president.”
The NYT Editorial Board went on to add:
“The president needs to be held accountable — through impeachment proceedings or criminal prosecution — and the same goes for his supporters who carried out the violence.”
It was the right call because placing blame is meaningless without accountability for one’s actions. More ominously, even after the violent assault on the “citadel of our democracy,” 147 Republicans still voted to effectively overturn an election that had been validated thoroughly by all constitutional means that were available to contest it and accordingly exercised by Trump since the election was called in favor of Joe Biden.
Then — when Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment against Trump, failing which she said she would consider impeaching the president — I tweeted as follows:
“#Pence was presiding in the Senate when his deranged boss cried “‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” So, if he can’t do his #Constitutional duty & invoke #25thAmendment ASAP on #POTUS who is clearly unwell then country is at further risk #CountryFirst”
As the fallout from EllipseGate insurrection started to unfold, demands for Trump’s immediate resignation began to mount, including by the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. On Friday, January 8, 2021 Speaker Pelosi announced she would seek to impeach Trump the following week, if he refused to resign.
EllipseGate — Reining Trump in.
Trump famously told the Financial Times in April 2017, “Without the tweets, I wouldn’t be here . . . I have over 100m followers between Facebook, Twitter [and] Instagram. Over 100m. I don’t have to go to the fake media.” He probably was expecting to exit the stage — even after his seditious behavior — in the manner of that classic saying, “You gotta dance with them that brung ya.” But Facebook, Google Instagram, and Twitter would have none of it — they either suspended his account, or as in the case of Twitter permanently banned him from its platform, following the EllipseGate insurrection.
It must have been an “Et tu, Twitter” moment for Trump, who had seen social media as his savior as he kept calling the mainstream news media as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people” throughout his presidency. It is pretty apparent that social media platforms finally got wise to who is actually fake — the president, who per the Washington Post’s Fact Checker database had made 29,508 false or misleading claims in 1386 days as of November 5, 2020. With apologies to Forrest Gump, “Fake is as fake does.”
Trump has forever sealed his legacy with that despicable act of insurrection that he incited with his “EllipseGate” speech. The desecration of the Capitol at his behest might not be considered treason, but it is highly likely that Trump can be charged under 18 USC Ch. 115 Sec. 2383 for inciting rebellion or insurrection and 18 USC Ch. 115 Sec. 2384 for seditious conspiracy.
Given that Pence is unlikely to invoke the 25th Amendment, it is highly appropriate for Speaker Pelosi to seek an immediate impeachment of President Trump because for him to stay in office for a single minute longer is a clear and present danger to our nation. Also, it would compel Senate Majority Leader McConnell and his Republican caucus to reveal how they will proceed with an impeachment trial? Will they finally put country before party and not only quickly remove a clearly deranged president from office but also ban him from ever running again for political office? Or will they punt under the pretense of “national unity,” which they seemed to care little about throughout Trump’s bitterly divisive presidency? The world will be watching as to how our nation responds at this critical juncture to repair our grievously injured democracy.