18 USC § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government“Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government… Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.”
Wow, Donald Trump must have been one spoiled rotten kid – the kind you yearn to smack – throwing loud, super-sized temper tantrums whenever things didn’t go his way.
I presume this is true because The Donald had a super-lollapalooza of a meltdown when he discovered that, contrary to Donald’s clearly expressed wishes, Barack Obama had been reelected President.
The Mad Tweeter
Tweeting like mad, Trump advocated a march on Washington to be followed (or was it preceded?) by a revolution that would toss out the will of the people.
“He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election," tweeted Trump, who evidently didn't have the final numbers that put Obama ahead in the popular vote, too.
"We should have a revolution in this country!” Trump urged.
I have a feeling that one of the people Trump employs to keep him out of trouble explained to him what he had just done to his own legal standing. Personally, I think 18 USC § 2385 is a bad law, but it’s still the law.
the Internet is immortal
Trump tried to delete his tweets, which is even more difficult than trying to erase your carved initials from a school desk, or from a concrete square in the sidewalk. Wake up, Donald. This is the Internet. Once it’s out there it’s out there, and screen shots, rather like angels and saints, live forever on clouds in Cyberspace.
Do I really think Donald Trump should go to prison for 20 years? Not really. Especially not under a bad law (imposed, I might add, by Republicans, during the Cold War red scare.)
But even so, despite my principles, I would really enjoy it if Trump were arrested, stripped to his skivvies, locked into a set of stocks that have been fastened to the bed of a truck, and then driven from city to city, in front of jeering crowds. Oh, and citizens would be granted the privilege of banging on the truck with long sticks and throwing rotten eggs.
Just please don’t punish him by shaving off that comb-over so many of us love to hate.