The other day, State Senator Amanda Chase – a leading Republican candidate for governor of Virginia in 2021 – declared that “President Trump should declare martial law as recommended by General Flynn.” The response was mostly silence by Virginia Republican elected officials (other than outgoing Rep. Denver Riggleman, former LG Bill Bolling, former Del. David Ramadan and Chase’s rival for the nomination Kirk Cox, who did call her comments “absurd and dangerous”), condemnation by Democrats. Chase’s extremist call did accomplish one thing for her – it got her massive attention, including 5,200 comments on her Facebook post (which Facebook refuses to take down, because apparently calling for martial law is cool with Mark Zuckerberg). Anyway, this morning, Chase is reupping her call, arguing irresponsibly that:
“We are at war. The Democratic Party hijacked our 2020 Presidential Election and have committed treason. Where the hell are the Republicans? Did Dominion Voting Systems buy you out too? I hear nothing but crickets. If we don’t address voter fraud right here and right now how can you even think about 2021?
I agree with General Flynn. President Trump should invoke limited Martial law to allow the U.S. Military to oversee a new free and fair federal election if legislators, courts, and the Congress do not follow the Constitution.”
Is this type of divisive, incendiary, irresponsible rhetoric cool – or not – with the Virginia Republican Party? How about the Virginia State Senate? Is there any reason not to kick Chase out of both?