Several prominent left-wing figures including sitting members of Congress have made statements suggesting that Trump supporters be “held accountable” as we transition to the next administration. Some posts, statements, and suggestions are more benign in nature, simply refusing to support unity once Trump is out of office, with statements along the lines of “You don’t ask for unity with your abuser.”
Many of these statements feel more like a call to arms rather than the unity Democrat Joe Biden claims to want. Especially with terms being bandied about like “truth and reconciliation commissions.” Unfortunately, these ideas, while alarming to those on the right, are getting little in the way of condemnation from the left. In fact, the mainstream media is jumping behind these statements one hundred percent with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes who Tweeted “The most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission.”
Blue Checkmark Trey Graham even called for “Truth and reconciliation proceedings. And tribunals for Trump admin officials who won’t participate/are found to have lied.” If you think this sounds ominous, it does. The bottom line is that “truth and reconciliation” is becoming a bit of a battle cry from the left in light of Biden’s presumptive election.
So, what are truth and reconciliation commissions? From the Twitter-verse, it sounds like they mean different things to different people. The Inquirer describes it as high-profile hearings deigned to expose truth rather than punish people so that the country can find common ground to move forward. Unfortunately, that isn’t what is being discussed by ordinary citizens on Twitter — or the talking heads on mainstream news networks.
The problem with this, is that it comes down to “whose truth” is revealed. We already know that the Biden camp is sticking to disproven stories about Trump “not condemning white supremacy” or Trump conspiring with Russia.
So, what’s the real problem?
Too much remains in the air. The runoff election in Georgia could grant Democrats control of the House, the Senate, and the White House — meaning there is no stopping these commissions and the havoc they could create.
The bottom line is that the very idea of truth and reconciliation commissions to retaliate against Trump supporters continues to further divide the country. Of course, the very suggestion is blatant violation of all understandings of the U.S. Constitution.
Are these commissions in the works? Will they affect regular people who voted for Trump? Will they affect small campaign donors? The left is already going after law firms representing Trump and asking for lists of supporters.
The future is impossible to predict. What we do know is that it is more important than ever for the Senate to hold the Georgia seats in question to prevent the left from following actions such as these.