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Lara Trump Now Seriously Faces Possible Twenty Years in Prison: Told Fox Audience “I Guess, Arm Up and Get Guns”
“18 U.S. Code § 373 – Solicitation to commit a crime of violence:
Whoever, with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against property or against the person of another in violation of the laws of the United States, and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent, solicits, commands, induces, or otherwise endeavors to persuade such other person to engage in such conduct.
The above, soliciting a crime of violence, carries a sentence with a maximum of twenty years. Admittedly, there is almost no conceivable way that Lara Trump would be slapped with the maximum prison sentence as a first-time offender with a semi-respectable past (though prosecutors could paint her as being on the edge for quite some time). But the total length of the sentence isn’t the issue. The upper end of the sentence indicates the seriousness of the crime. Most lesser felonies, read; “No more than a period of five years…”
What did she do? She did the same thing others who have been convicted of this crime did. She persuasively urged some people in a manner they’d consider reasonable that they may “have to” get violent. This one is particularly serious because:
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-She did it on television to a massive audience.
-She urged a group that has already been violent, the mega MAGAs, ”
-to engage in violence that at least some of them desperately want to do anyway, violently confront immigrants trying to illegally cross the border.
-Most importantly, it wasn’t a flippant comment. No reasonable person would know it was flippant or exaggerated.
She said that people living along Mexican border states that it might be their job to take illegal immigration into their own hands:
“And I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border. I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready — and maybe they’re going to have to start taking matters into their own hands.”
Obviously, this is unbelievably dangerous to anyone Hispanic. Let’s first take it as an absolute given that it’s reprehensible to advocate violence against illegal immigrants. Of course, it is.
But it goes even further. If you were a Hispanic landowner on or near the border (and there are many), would you want to be out and around inspecting your land? If someone is willing to get violent it would seem that they are more than willing to trespass. If you are a Hispanic who lives anywhere, who maybe wants to hike, or even worse, go quail hunting or deer hunting along the southern border (carrying a firearm, as would be their second amendment right) is that option entirely shut off if the MAGAs have made serious threats about taking matters into their own hands? Absolutely. It is bad enough already with the official border patrol.
The MAGAs relied upon Trump to take kids away from parents and “get tougher” down on the border. They smiled thinking about what illegal immigrants face. If they believe Biden is just “letting illegals in” (as it would be called on Fox), now they’re seething in anger. Lara Trump, a member of the Trump family, just told them to load up and head down there to take matters into their own hands. She says that’s what a MAGA might have to do.
Terrifying. And she damn well could be charged. This is not some ridiculous, but normal, MAGA talk, it’s actually more serious than stopping a vote in Congress. It is also a more specific incitement than the speeches on the mall:
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 13, 2021
If some MAGA did take matters into their own hands, to the ultimate result, and then pointed at Lara’s statement, she’d be far more likely to face a good fraction of that 20 years. God help us all, The Trumps are nowhere near done being a serious threat to this country.
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