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Dr. Rashad Richey

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New House Speaker Mike Johnson a threat to democracy

Oct 27, 2023

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Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., was elected speaker of the House on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Johnson is a known supporter of former President Donald Trump and was responsible for filing the amicus brief backing Trump’s election fraud claims, for which the former president is now being indicted.

Straight Arrow News contributor Dr. Rashad Richey says that if Trump is re-elected, Johnson will enable his unethical and self-serving behavior, putting the future of democracy itself in danger.

Donald Trump has made it crystal clear: If he gets power again, there will be no democracy for that presidency while he’s alive. Now, at this stage of the game, Donald Trump is fighting to secure his own safety from incarceration. This is an immunity plan for him. This is not about the American people. This is about the American person named Donald Trump. 

He knows that if he becomes president, he can utilize the power of the presidency to stop him from being prosecuted. Now you have a guy who’s speaker of the House who signs off on that plan. He’s already shown you what he thinks, what he feels, and of course, Donald Trump did endorse him. 

So, if you like democracy, you don’t vote for Trump. If you don’t like democracy, because you don’t like where democracy has taken you to a place of people having rights, individuals being heard, diversity being a reality — if you don’t like democracy, you will vote for Donald Trump. Because here’s what’s guaranteed: Donald Trump, if he gets elected, he doesn’t leave office because he will never risk being prosecuted by the next person that comes.

Okay, let’s talk about the new GOP nominee, now Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson. Representative Johnson is an architect who tried to destroy Democracy in America. Let me explain. 

You see, the representative from Louisiana, Mike Johnson, who is now speaker, was the individual who filed what’s called an amicus brief. This amicus brief was in support of Donald Trump’s fake ass election fraud claims, you know, the ones that he’s currently indicted over, along with other co conspirators, who have already admitted to being involved in the scheme that was illegal. Yeah. 

This guy, Congressman Johnson, Mike Johnson, was the guy in the background, looking at the rules following protocol for paperwork, making filings that were frivolous, but supportive of one act. What was that real act? It wasn’t about America, it was about the personality of Donald Trump. He wanted Trump to remain in power, regardless of the vote of the American people. And here’s the thing with democracy: I don’t have to like every outcome of an election, hell, I don’t. But in democracy, there’s no finality. In other words, every time you have an election, if your person doesn’t win, which really is not supposed to be your person, it should be your policy. But if your policies don’t win, you get another opportunity. Because there will be another election, there will be another moment in time that you can get it right within your lifetime. 

You even have some rules in certain places where you can do a recall. You can literally say, we don’t even want to wait until you’re up for reelection. Donald Trump has made it crystal clear. If he gets power again, there will be no democracy for that presidency while he’s alive. Now, at this stage of the game, Donald Trump is fighting to secure his own safety from incarceration. This is an immunity plan for him. This is not about the American people. This is about the American person named Donald Trump. 

He knows that if he becomes president, he can utilize the power of the presidency to stop him from being prosecuted. Now you have a guy who’s Speaker of the House, who signs off on that plan. He’s already shown you what he thinks, what he feels, and of course, Donald Trump did endorse him. 

So if you like democracy, you don’t vote for Trump. If you don’t like democracy, because you don’t like where democracy has taken you to a place of people having rights, individuals being heard, diversity being a reality. If you don’t like democracy you will vote for  Donald Trump. Because here’s what’s guaranteed. Donald Trump, if he gets elected, he doesn’t leave office, because he will never risk being prosecuted by the next person that comes. Those are my thoughts.

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