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“If you don’t get it, you don’t get it”- Yogi Berra

The second playbook for an American Coup’de etat!

 

By Franklin D. López- former-United Press International and The Associated Press news-writer

On June6, 2020 I wrote a commentary: “A Playbook for an American coup’ de etat.” Anticipating the January 6, 2021 Insurrection at the National Capitol, while  the constitutional process of counting and voting of electors of the 2020 presidential event was taking

place. An act against a constitutional process!

The violent event, where 5 people lost their lives,  pretended to subvert the constitutional process, as I see it , was an exercise for the second attempt  to impose president trump vision of “making White America great again.”

The insurrectionist failed in achieving their objective of maintaining Donald J Trump at The White House. But the event must served as an exercise to be carefully studied, to prevent future intents to subvert the Constitution and the American democracy. The neo-

fascist wing of the Republican party has not given up and are already putting in place the second playbook for another coup! This time using different tools not seen by Law enforcement or not provoking the  interest of the power structure in Washington to neutralize

it. Instead, the neo nazi wing of the GOP, is using state legislators to change the electoral processes in order to weaken  the democratic foundations by reducing through the number of new voters and creating new requirements to complicate the electoral process

therefore reducing the electoral base. A profile of this massive attempt to erode the electoral strength of the the democratic establishment was published by the political web site http://www.fivethirtyeight.com,in its report called: “the states where efforts to restrict voter’s

registration,” is moving forward with full steam and making o complicating the registration of new voters. The GOP ceased to be the party of Lincoln and Ronald Reagan to become the party sequestered by a tax evader and soon to be indicted felon! The mere fact that

the governor of Florida has not denied that he will oppose and prevent the extradition to New York of Donald Trump compels law enforce agencies of the United States to closely monitor the neo-nazi movement across America and avoid being take with their pants

down as it happened on January 6, 2021.

This is a summary of fivethirtyeight.com the long article “…. the push to restrict voting rights expands beyond just a few states. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, a voting rights advocacy group, 253 bills to restrict voting access had been introduced in 43

state legislatures as of Feb. 19. And according to our own tracking, at least 53 additional bills have been introduced since then.1 Of these 306 bills, 89 percent were sponsored entirely or primarily by Republicans, according to the bill-tracking service LegiScan. Just lok

at the map and how stratigically states were chosen.

Notably, the four states where the greatest number of voting-restriction bills have been filed — Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania — were some of the closest states in last year’s presidential election. They also all voted for President Biden — the first time

Georgia and Arizona voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in over two decades — and have Republican-controlled legislatures, making them especially fertile ground for new voting restrictions.

“The politicians introducing new voter restrictions are clearly folks who are looking at changing demographics and changing political winds, and trying to manipulate the rules of the game so that they have some job security,” said Myrna Pérez, the director of the

Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program, who also warned that the restrictions would disproportionately disenfranchise communities of color. “Rather than competing for voters, they are trying to fence some voters out and make it harder for them to

vote.”

There is an enormous parallelism with Trumps neo-fascist wing of the GOP and Adolf Hitler’s take over the German government in 1933.Trump’s rise to power in the United States was so novel that the National media was taken whole under it’s spelled. Hitler like

Trump was bored with the obligations of running a government. He did not read the security’s Daily Briefing prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency. He had a solid plan in mind to eliminate any potential enemy for his White Make-America Great”vision of the

United States. Guess what was Hitler’s moto o in 1933? “Make Germany Great again”. Trump began his presidency by governing through presidential decrees dismantling environmental policies by his predecessor Barack Obama. It was the easy way to enjoy living in

the White House. He began his morning routines watching television  for more than 8 hours and in the afternoon launching vicious attacks on the national media with the objective of undermining their credibility.

and conducted media events to attacked the national media as #FakeNews. He issued 220 presidential decrees during his 4 year term.

He targeted FBI Director James Comey after publicly inviting Russians’ Foreign Minister and its ambassador to Washington to the “inner sanctum” of the American Democracy, the oval office. The Associated Press published a brief analysis of Comey’s firing based on

the Mueller Report which is a must read in order to understand the status of the  complex situation that the world’s largest democracy  is;

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was seething.

The FBI director, James Comey, had privately reassured him that he was not personally under investigation. But on May 3, 2017, when Comey was summoned to Capitol Hill to explain his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, he denied the president the

public vindication he’d sought.  Facing curious lawmakers and a captivated American audience, Comey pointedly refused to say whether any members of the Trump campaign were or were not under criminal investigation — including the president himself.

“The Department of Justice has authorized me to confirm” the existence of a broader investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Comey said. “We’re not going to say another word about it until we’re done.”

And, indeed, he would not speak about it again, as FBI director.

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“EDITOR’S NOTE — First in a series of stories focusing on events detailed in the report of special counsel Robert Mueller , drawing from the document’s trove.

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At the White House that afternoon, Trump’s anger grew as an adviser recounted Comey’s testimony. He trained his fire on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who’d recused himself from the Russia investigation two months earlier because of his work on the Trump campaign.

Notes maintained by Sessions’ chief of staff depict a president in full venting mode: The attorney general was supposed to be a president’s most important appointment, he raged. John Kennedy had his brother Robert, Barack Obama had his friend Eric Holder.

“You left me on an island,” Trump told Sessions. “I can’t do anything.”

He spent the next several days stewing over Comey. Their relationship was already fraught. Over dinner months earlier, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, but the FBI chief declined. Then Comey ignored the president’s appeal to end an investigation into his former national security adviser.

Comey was a show-boater, a grandstander, Trump complained to aide Steve Bannon. Three times, Trump lamented, Comey had told him he wasn’t under investigation. And now this.

By that weekend, Trump was at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, crafting a plan to dismiss Comey and dictating language for a draft termination letter to aide Stephen Miller.

In it, Trump said that though he appreciated being told he wasn’t under investigation “concerning the fabricated and politically motivated allegations of a Trump-Russia relationship,” Comey had nonetheless lost the support of the president and the American public.

That Monday, in Washington, the plan grew more complicated.

Trump read aloud the first paragraphs of the letter and told aides his mind was made up and there was nothing to discuss. His White House counsel Don McGahn, who repeatedly functioned as a check against Trump’s impulses, suggested his office consult Justice

Department leadership.

After neither Sessions nor Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised concerns about Comey’s firing, Trump asked Rosenstein to draft a memo recommending the dismissal, and to “put the Russia stuff” in it, according to the notes of a senior Justice Department official.

Rosenstein agreed to the memo but resisted any Russia reference. He knew as he left the White House that day that Comey would be fired — but not for the reasons he’d give in his document.

Rosenstein’s memo focused exclusively on Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation, including his decision to publicly announce that she should not face charges. There was no mention of Russia, save for a single-page letter to Comey in which Trump said he’d been informed three times he wasn’t under investigation.

The White House released the memo on the evening of May 9 as it announced Comey’s firing, which it said was done at the Justice Department’s recommendation.

Comey learned of his firing from television screens as he addressed FBI employees in Los Angeles. It was, he initially thought, a joke. Except that it wasn’t, and news helicopters were soon tracking his trip to the airport. He flew home on the FBI plane, helping himself to a

bottle of California pinot noir he’d picked up on the trip.

Trump expected cheers from Democrats, given their fury over Comey’s actions toward Clinton. Instead there was anger and confusion.

Why would Trump be mad about Comey’s conduct in the Clinton case since he benefited from the FBI’s actions? If that really was the reason, why had he waited four months to fire him?

The administration was roiled in chaos. Trump, unhappy with the press coverage, sought the advice of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who told him Rosenstein should publicly defend the firing.

But when Trump told Rosenstein he should have a press conference, Rosenstein said that wasn’t prudent. If asked, he said, he would have to tell the truth. He’d have to say the firing wasn’t his idea at all.

Sessions and Rosenstein told McGahn they were concerned the White House was creating a false narrative by suggesting Rosenstein had initiated the decision.

Trump took care of that with a May 11 interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, in which he said he would have fired Comey regardless of the Justice Department’s recommendation.

“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump said. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”

He went on to say something eerily prescient, something that proved true each day for the next two years as the Comey firing took center stage in Mueller’s investigation.

Instead of ending the scrutiny by firing Comey, the president acknowledged, “I might even lengthen out the investigation.”

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For complete coverage of the Mueller report, go to https://www.apnews.com/TrumpInvestigations

What transpired on Januray6, 2021 was a simple exercise for the next attempt coup in the mid-term elections. Trump has managed to amassed a solid political base of 75 Million voters and his plan to curtail the people’s right to vote is in full swing in key battleground

states. He has successfully remove all the principal foes within the GOP and Congress.

 

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TRUMP’s plan to undermine the fundamental right to vote by imposing restriction and creating a bureaucratic and complex process for new voters to register was also part of the German Nazi Party to ascend to power.The plans core is effectively using GOP controlled

state legislatures to pass legislation to complicate and not simplify the registration of new voters . It is very curious that the majority of African American killed by white policemen  happened in battle ground states. What is? if anything behind the barrage of killing of

African Americans? Intimidation. Something for the U. S Department of Justice to look on! Is it a coincidence?

The Biden-Harris administration must try harder to rescue American’s prestige internationally. It should considered establishing rules of allocating Federal  funds from the Reconstruction of Infrastructure to States, counties and cities based on the efforts that they have

made in promoting voting registration and  strengthening democracy. Remember “money talks and ‘B.S. walks!” President Trump must be responsibleand accountable for all and any criminal acts made by the Trump organization, including but not limited to tax fraud,

false statements. The rule of law must be defended at all cost.Biden must request every staff member working at The White House to read Robert Caro’s book “The Path to Power Of Lyndon Baines Johnson” to educate them on the hard ball category five neo-fascist

storm approaching the political national scenario  and the Nation’s seat of government. A possible take over of Congress by the GOP will provide the fuel and the arms for the comeback of Donald J. Trump and provide him with extraordinary powers to undermine and

derail the Biden-Harris domestic and foreign agenda.. If you don’t see it, you will be taken by surprise with a second coup, this time with a nation wide movement.  The Biden and Harris administration took  a public oath during the Inauguration on January 20, 2021 of

affirming that ‘I will faithfully execute the office of  President and vice- president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’.  It is time for action and implementing preventive measures to

defend the  constitution, the rule of law and the  democracy before it’s to  late! If you don’t get it, you don’tget it! The time to act to do the right things is now!