Trump’s coup continues, while Democrats are afraid to act



Kevin D. Williamson, “The Trump Coup Is Still Raging,” New York Times, Sept. 10, 2021

The headline screams out, “The Trump Coup Continues.”

Yes. And Republicans are plotting to successfully carry it out.

What are the Democrats doing to stop it?

Virtually nothing. They haven’t even passed one of the Voting Rights bills.

The Democrats have decided not to prosecute Trump for any of the electoral crimes or other felonies he appears to have committed.

Their approach to countering the American fascist threat by Trump and his acolytes, far from weakening them, has only served to make them stronger.

The Democrats need to rethink their strategy.

Impunity for Trump and his co-conspirators in his attempt to overthrow the 2020 election and the Constitution has only emboldened Republicans, who are contemplating the commission of similar crimes in the future.

If the Democrats continue to grant Trump and his co-conspirators impunity, as they have to date, surely Republicans setting the stage for new electoral crimes will have nothing to fear in the future.

Democrats: Your strategy for saving our democracy, if you have one, is not working.

Look at the facts. Stare at the facts and their implications.

Then act!

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.