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HORIST: Pelosi sounding like the lunatic fringe

HORIST: Pelosi sounding like the lunatic fringe

I guess they just cannot help themselves.  The leadership of the Democratic Party – and virtually all the presidential candidates — have gone off the rails.  The Party’s center of political gravity has shifted beyond the philosophic far left into the nutty paranoid extreme.

The latest example is found in the recent comments of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She has expressed concern that if President Trump is defeated for re-election in 2020, he may just refuse to surrender power.  In other words, she is suggesting that Trump would engineer a coup against an incoming Democrat President.

Such fears usually emanate from the tin-hat fringe on the extreme extremes of the political left/right continuum.  The “nut cases” as they are commonly called by rational political observers.  Unfortunately, these kinds of off-the-wall statements carry an unfortunate air of credibility when made by leaders who are supposed to be rational, responsible and ethical – even with their partisan biases.

Judging from the reactions on social media, a whole bunch of folks are taking what Pelosi says seriously.   Either they are being duped by her supposed credibility as a prominent political leader, or there are a lot more tin-hat folks than I would have ever believed.  I am personally shocked by some otherwise intelligent friends who are picking up on Pelosi’s engineered fear-mongering.

Even if you are sufficiently paranoid to believe that Trump would attempt such a thing, you should be able to figure out that it would be impossible.  Not improbable, but impossible. One person cannot produce a coup.  It requires support from the military, the person’s own support staff, the courts and a goodly portion of the legislative body.  It also requires a certain level of support among we the people – and even most hardcore Trump supporters would rise up in opposition.

Given our devotion to the democratic process of peaceful transitions of power, I doubt Trump would even have the support of his family.  And most importantly, it is not likely – even remotely – that Trump would consider such an option.

We should recall that it was only eight years ago that the nut cases on the extreme right were warning that President Obama would not surrender the office if he was defeated in 2012.  The difference between then and now is that no responsible Republican leader took up that preposterous notion.  Pelosi has essentially mainstreamed the nutty idea – at least among the increasingly liberal and paranoid Democrat base.

Apart from her current opposition to impeachment – based on a pragmatic political calculous – Pelosi has been edging toward the lunatic fringe since the midterm elections lurched the Party to the far left.  Her flat-out statement that Attorney General William Barr has committed the crime of perjury by lying to Congress is a baseless political accusation designed to appeal to her more rabid supporters.

There may be controversy over Barr’s wording and meaning, but there was no criminal perjury.  If Pelosi believes what she said, then let her take the matter to the courts or commence an impeachment hearing against Barr – which she never will because she knows she does not have a case.

Pelosi appears to be loosely – very loosely — basing her concern on statements that Trump said regarding 2016 – that he might challenge the outcome if he felt there were irregularities in the vote count.  That is not a coup.  That would be his constitutional right.  In fact, it is exactly what Democrats did in 2000 in Florida.  They used their legal rights in an attempt to reverse the vote count.  That is why we have court challenges and recounts built into our system of elections.  Candidates challenge outcomes in virtually every election cycle.

If 2020 turns out to be a verrrrrry close election, and there is evidence of irregularities – intentional or accidental – Trump and the GOP would likely mount challenges.  That is standard operating procedure.

In 2016, Democrats tried every trick in the book to prevent Trump from assuming the presidency.  They demanded recounts.  They attempted to have the electors in the Electoral College disregard their oath and vote against Trump.  They even tried to have Congress block the inauguration.

With the Russian collusion accusations of the past two years having crashed and burned, Democrats appear to be inflating another hot air narrative based on the d-word – that Trump is a dictator or at least a wannabe dictator.  Again, they based their case on what they say Trump will or would do even though he does not actually do what they say he will or would.  You only need recall how many times in the course of the past two years that Democrats claimed Trump would fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.

It is upon these sorts of bogus assumptions that Pelosi advances the equally bogus contention that Trump will seize power in 2020 – assuming he gets defeated.  Of course, the left is back to assuming Trump’s defeat – and you know how that worked out for them the last time.

In the spirit of paranoid theories, I think a better case can be made for a left-wing coup attempt if Trump gets re-elected.  After all, the entire #NeverTrump Resistance Movement is predicated on stopping Trump at any cost.

From the time of his inauguration, the left mounted a movement of never saying anything that would “normalize” Trump.  Never allowing that ANYTHING he said or did is to be praised, appreciated or even recognized.  Instead, the left demanded – and pretty much got – a constant drumbeat of negative spin, the ugliest of personal attacks and a complete distortion of the administration’s accomplishments.  Through politically-driven specious narratives, Democrats – with the help of an accommodating media – have created an alternative reality – which now foretells of a coming coup attempt by Trump.

Character assassination, the politics of personal destruction and trash talk has now risen to statements by the Speaker of the House.  It is no wonder that fair-minded Americans of all political shades and backgrounds are united in their disgust with today’s political and media environments — and politicians like Pelosi.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Warren Gaudreau

    Thank you Larry.

  2. james

    democrats hearts are not in America if you can’t see that you are blind

  3. Rhoda Vicari

    Pelosi has really lost her mind. The hatred she has for President Trump makes me sick. I was a Democrat but never again. I will vote Republican and never Democrat. What she has done to the immigration situation is disgusting.

  4. RedBull

    Larry – help me understand what they’re doing. How can they not know that ultimately if the left gets their way it means terrible things for the great masses of Americans – apparently ignorant or somehow misled as they are now – and that scarcely any of what they promise can even come true. There will be no great healthcare system, the country will never be entirely green, entirely open borders would devastate the economy and all the rich liberals would get richer for awhile but eventually even they would fall and their families after them. So where is it going? I just don’t see where it is going for them?? They have to know they are lying to their base and, well, everybody. Cortez can’t seem to work a garbage disposal so she doesn’t count, but Pelosi and her ilk surely have to know it is a disaster. Can you clean it up and lay it out for us?

  5. Dave

    Great observation Larry.
    As you say, it’s not just the Republicans, nor the nonaligned voters which see the Political turmoil going on and continuously fed by the likes of Pelosi, Harris, Boxer, HRC, Waters, Warren, Biden, Feinstein, McCaskill, Hireno, Schumner, Sanders, Heitkam, Bookerm, Klobuchear, Gillibrand, Cummings, Tliab, Nader, Schiff, and of course Ocasio -Cortez that are continuously making false statements, throwing out doom and gloom, racism, and other ugly attacks. The rank an file Democrats, which may turn on these career Democratic leaders and freshmen Democratics, in the next election, may be sa turning point. Looking at what President Trump has accomplished in only two and a half years, improving the economy, decreasing the unemployment, decreasing racism, renegotiating our trade deals that Democrats gave away the farm with, giving our military the needed tools to do their jobs, fighting to control our illegal immigration problems while fighting the democrats obstruction and lies at the same time. Just imagine what he could have accomplished if he wasn’t putting out all these brush fires the Democrats keep lighting.
    I am reminded all the time of the old saying that People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. People like the Democratic Leaders should heed this notion, and those like HRC and BO should be extra careful or investigations could consume them with legal actions over their lawlessness while in office.
    Sure President Trump is not a politician and that is why he was elected. He made campaign promises and has kept them. He uses what ever means is necessary to get the jobs done.
    As far as him not leaving office in 2020, if a fair election with NONE OF THE USUSAL DEMOCRATIC, cheating going on or voter stuffing going on, I have no doubt he would leave office graciously as he entered. However, if the usual Democratic cheating, ballot box stuffing, dead voting, illegals voting, and farming of votes goes on that the Democrats are famous for, then the DOJ should step in and charge and prosecute all involved. Fraud votes should be a thing of the past and never tolerated again.

    • Phil in TX

      Amen to that, Dave! It is the Dems that are in opposition on Voter ID because it would put a stop to their shenanigans.

      Phil in TX

    • Jeanette H McCall

      AMEN, Dave!! Very well stated!! Woohoo!! Excellent!!

  6. Victor

    Nancy Pelosi as once mentioned under 60 Miinute TV program for InsiderTrading while in Congress under Obama Administration.

  7. Susan

    Hm, I don’t think it’s nutty or extreme to think that Obama would not relinquish the White House. He did, but not really. He’s been traveling around speaking about his ‘greatness’, his ‘successes’. “I did this, I did that.” He won’t stop.
    Hillary is the same way. She did EXACTLY what she accused Trump of- that he wouldn’t accept the presidential loss. She said it was very frightening. And look at her! She’s blamed EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE, but herself, for the loss.
    And now their fellow democrats are fighting with all the strength and deceit to get Trump removed.