After the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, “President” Trump planted himself in a very precarious position. When he spoke about the events to the press right after the death of Heather Heyer and the injury to 19 others, he said “we condemn in the strongest possible terms, the egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence—on many sides. On many sides.” This implies that leftist anti-Nazi protesters were just as violent and hate filled as the neo-Nazi alt-right provocateurs. In fact, a statement on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi blog, said Trump “didn’t attack us… nothing specific against us… [H]e implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no countersignalling at all.” I’m loathe to agree with neo-Nazis but they are right: his ambiguous denouncement of the neo-Nazis responsible for terror, injury, and death helped to shield their alt-right fascist activities. After backlash and controversy, “President” Trump eventually gave a second statement where he said “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” However he undermined that the next day at a press conference where he defended his initial remarks and continued to claim violence on both sides. If you only have one chance to make a first impression, Trump screwed up royally. Then given a Mulligan, he recovers but fails again. However this isn’t about Trump’s flip-flopping; this is about treason.
The legal definition of treason according to US Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 115, Section 2381 is “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.” As such those guilty of treason, among punishments like death, “shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” The neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right are hate groups whose presence and numbers pose a dangerous threat to our democracy and Constitution that upholds it. The purpose of the Constitution is to “ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare..” among other things. While the Constitution was created by white male land and slave owners for said white male land and slave owners, the Constitution has been amended to include women, people of color, disabled, the poor, the young, and working class people among others. Neo-Nazi’s purpose is to bring the original intent of the Constitution back through “purging” the land of people of color, and other undesirables. This purge–threaten, murder, attack, etc.–is against the laws of the land as they stand and to the Constitution they claim to adhere to, and makes them enemies of the nation. By not denouncing the alt-right Nazis from the start by name–and reaffirming his allegiance to them by recanting his harsher second statement–“President” Trump given comfort and aid to an enemy within the United States. Nine more neo-Nazi rallies have been scheduled this weekend, proving that they are not only comforted but emboldened by the “President’s” words and actions. Trump has therefore met the criteria for treason and can (and should) be removed from office as per the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
Words have consequences, which is one reason the neo-Nazis are an enemy to this country. As such, the “President’s” words should have the consequence of his removal from office, especially since his words has helped this enemy of us all.