On Thursday, great political thinker Rosie O’Donnell, a frequent verbal sparring partner with President-Elect Donald Trump, took to Twitter to call for an end to American republicanism in order to stop Trump from taking office.
Here’s what she tweeted:
I FULLY SUPPORT IMPOSING MARTIAL LAW - DELAYING THE INAUGURATION - UNTIL TRUMP IS "CLEARED" OF ALL CHARGES https://t.co/fUn8FZ8RTj— ROSIE (@Rosie) January 12, 2017
There are several problems with this statement. First, there are no charges against Trump. Second, martial law has not been declared in the United States since the Civil War. When it has been declared, it’s sometimes been declared for reasons Rosie O’Donnell wouldn’t like (say, for example, Governor Patterson of Alabama declaring martial law in his state in 1961 to fight freedom riders he called “outside agitators”). Martial law means that the president can essentially overrule the legal process – and yet O’Donnell thinks this is a great way of fighting authoritarianism.
The left has lost its mind over Trump’s election. Their dark fears of Trump as a Russian Manchurian candidate will either be justified or unjustified – presumably, we’ll find out as intelligence agencies check into rumors and the press go digging with the tenacity of a cocaine-ridden bulldog. But the notion that American democracy ended with Trump’s election is patently absurd.
Yet leftists are scared senseless. It turns out that they were fine with executive tyranny so long as their guy was in charge. Thus, Patton Oswalt tweeted:
And just like that, Trump isn't funny anymore. That press conference was...terrifying. We're fucked. Go be with your families. Hoard food.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 11, 2017
There are reasons to be skeptical of a Trump presidency. But the unmitigated panic with which the left has treated Trump’s victory is cringeworthy.