McCarthy, MTG lead GOP figures tamping Trump’s rally cry to protest, Pence comes to his defense

Republicans from across the spectrum spoke out on former President Donald Trump’s recent rallying cry to protest with a dose of reality for the corporate media that argued, “We know what happened the last time he said that.”

Surprising no one, the left’s collective suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome reared up through their inability, or refusal, to see the forest for the trees when it comes to the justice system. However, prominent figures throughout the GOP like House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), ardent supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and even former Vice President Mike Pence were quick to squelch notions of “calls to violence” in defense of the former president.

After reports leaked that Trump could be indicted and arrested as early as Tuesday for alleged payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate used his platform to call out the “CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL” move from Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (D). Speaking from a GOP leadership retreat in Florida, McCarthy was asked about it and matter-of-factly said, “I don’t think people should protest this, no. And I think President Trump, if you talk to him, he doesn’t believe that either.”

“I mean, I think the thing that you may misinterpret when President Trump talks — when someone says that they can protest, he would probably be referring to my tweet. Educate people about what’s going on. He’s not talking in a harmful way. And nobody should,” the speaker went on. “Nobody should harm one another in this. And this is why you should really make law equal, because if that was the case, nothing would happen here. And that is what has to transpire.”

On Saturday he had used Twitter to call out Bragg and assert that committees like the House Judiciary Committee would be looking into whether such “politically motivated prosecutions” were benefiting from federal funds.

McCarthy went on to conclude while pointing out the regularity with which leftist protests go on ignored, “I think I’ve been very clear that I do not believe there should be any violence to this.”

So, too, did Pence speak out against the idea that Trump had called for violence as he was questioned by ABC’s Jon Karl on “This Week.”

“He’s calling on people to protest. To come out and ‘protest, take our nation back!’ We know what happened the last time he said that,” the host argued.

“Well, Jon, the American people have a constitutional right to peacefully assemble,” the vice president noted.

“Absolutely,” Karl agreed. “But to have a former president calling on people to protest a justice proceeding?”

“The frustration the American people feel about what they sense is a two-tiered justice system in this country, I think is well-founded…I believe that people understand that if they give voice to this — if this occurs on Tuesday — that they need to do so peacefully and in a lawful manner. That the violence that occurred on January 6th, the violence that occurred in cities throughout this country in the summer of 2020 was a disgrace,” Pence reminded. “The American people won’t tolerate it, and those that engage in that kind of violence should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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“I’m taken aback at the idea of indicting a former president of the United States at a time when there’s a crime wave in New York City,” he told the host as well. “The fact that the Manhattan DA thinks that indicting President Trump is his top priority, I think it just tells you everything you need to know about the radical left in this country.”

Even the oft-maligned Rep. Greene unequivocally pointed out that calls to protest are not inherently violent because of biased perception of an individual.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling for protests,” she said to the press at the GOP leadership summit. “Americans have the right to assemble, the right to protest. And that’s an important constitutional right. And he doesn’t have to say peaceful for it to mean peaceful. Of course, he means peaceful. Of course, President Trump means peaceful protests.”

She had already tweeted that she didn’t see the “need to protest about the Communist Democrat’s planning to arrest Pres Trump and the political weaponization of our government and election interference.”

“These idiots are sealing their own fate in 2024 because the silent majority has two feelings right now about the current regime,” she went on. “Fear and anger. That is the most powerful combination when election time comes. And the Democrats are driving that force with their own corrupt actions.”


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