After weekend rallies by supporters of President Donald Trump that included threats of political violence against his opponents and featured speakers who have urged Trump to declare martial law, pro-Trump lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are urging Trump to go the martial law route.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, greeted as a hero by Saturday’s crowds, has endorsed Wood’s call for Trump to declare martial law and use the military to oversee a new election. Flynn told rallygoers that on a scale of 1 to 10, his confidence that Trump will remain president next year is a 10.
Featuring a graphic declaring “1776 Again,” Wood tweeted Sunday that the courts cannot be counted on, adding, “We must trust @realDonaldTrump to take necessary action to save country. Just like Abraham Lincoln had to do.”
We CANNOT trust courts to save our freedom. They are IGNORING massive evidence of fraud & unlawful election procedures.
We must trust @realDonaldTrump to take necessary action to save country. Just like Abraham Lincoln had to do.
Remember: We The People have all the power. pic.twitter.com/2G9ikvjqeu
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 13, 2020
In another tweet, he specifically urged Trump to “order martial law to clean up election,” while insisting that this would not be “a military coup of US government.”
Mainstream media CCP propaganda wants people to believe @realDonaldTrump will attempt a military coup of US government.
President Trump must act to save country & freedom.
Time to move on EO on Foreign Interference & order martial law to clean up election.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 13, 2020
Sidney Powell responded to that last tweet, saying, “Exactly!”
In the wee hours Monday morning, Wood encouraged supporters to stock up on “2nd Amendment supplies” along with food, water, flashlights and batteries. “Remember we only have 1 President at a time. Our leader is @realDonaldTrump, not Biden.”
Better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure you have PLENTY of water, food, flashlights & batteries, candles, radio, 2nd Amendment supplies, & a plan to meet with leaders of your communities.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 14, 2020
Meanwhile, the president himself continues to portray his defeat as a landslide victory and insisted via Twitter Sunday that the swing states “CANNOT LEGALLY CERTIFY” their elections “without committing a severely punishable crime.”
In fact, all those states have certified their results and members of the Electoral College will meet in state capitals today to officially cast their votes. Just a few days ago, Trump and some of his supporters were still demanding that state legislatures step in somehow to override voters and reward those Electoral College votes to Trump. As late as Friday, Trump’s campaign was promoting a dishonest video that rehashed debunked claims and encouraged people to contact their state legislatures.
Despite their dismal record, Trump lawyers are still barraging the courts with lawsuits. And some die-hards are now holding out hope that they can convince right-wing members of Congress to interfere with the final step in the convoluted process of electing a president, which is when the Electoral College votes cast today are formally received and counted by Congress on Jan. 6.
At Saturday’s “Let the Church ROAR” rally, “Stop the Steal” activist Ali Alexander told the crowd that Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks has agreed to object to the House certifying the votes, and he warned that if no senator is willing to join Brooks, “We will burn the Republican Party down.” His message to other Republican members of the House was to support Brooks “or we will throw them out of office.”
The Christian nationalist “prayer rally” on the National Mall was emceed by right-wing author and pundit Eric Metaxas, who has said “we need to fight to the death, to the last drop of blood” to secure Trump’s victory.
After such extreme rhetoric at the Saturday pro-Trump rallied, members of the violence-seeking Proud Boys stalked the streets of Washington, D.C., beating people, vandalizing historic Black churches, and destroying Black Lives Matter signs.