Alec Baldwin recently made a statement about the importance of voting out Trump and his allies in Congress, saying that this would “overthrow” the government. Which it would, in at least one rather obvious sense. Naturally, the reactionary wingnuts are now demanding that he be tried for treason for advocating the overthrow of the government through the actual means the Constitution provides for.
“These idiot liberals, these morons that want to bring us down to a third-world level, these people should be locked up for treason,” Bernstein griped. “Liberals like to say, ‘Well, it’s very patriotic to say something nasty about your own country.’ You know what? No it’s not. It’s treasonous.”
“Ban people like Alec Baldwin,” Deagle responded. “His words that he said about overthrowing the government, in five minutes, he should have been arrested immediately, hauled off on camera screaming and hollering, and then put a big piece of tape over his friggin’ mouth. ”“I agree with you 110 percent,” Bernstein said. “We cannot allow anyone to say that they want to usurp the power or overthrow our government and let them get away with it. We can’t say that something like that is freedom of speech, because it is not freedom of speech. It is an act of violence or domestic terrorism, in this case, against the United States … I’m sorry, that is treason.”
Now here’s what Baldwin actually said:
“The way we implement change in America is through elections. In that orderly way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump. Not in a violent, awful way, but it must be overthrown nonetheless. Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again.”
Maybe we need a new law that says lying and distorting reality in order to advocate for the destruction of your political enemies is treason.