Sen. Shaheen Calls Out Colleagues Questioning Biden’s Victory As Possible Traitors

My column in the Hill addresses how Democrats are increasingly adopting the rhetoric and tactics of Donald Trump. There is a sense of immunity — or Trumpunity — being exercised by former critics in using language once denounced in Trump. An example is  Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The Senator went on CNN where Trump was regularly (and correctly) chastised for calling opponents “traitors” and “enemies of the people.” Now however Shaheen is declaring that any members of Congress who continue to question the victory of Joe Biden “are bordering on sedition and treason.”

It is an increasingly heard charge from political and media figures who are insisting that questioning the election results constitutes an attack on democracy. Of course, it was not an attack on Democracy for Hillary Clinton to insist that Biden challenge any Trump victory. It was not treason when Democrats sought to block the elector votes of Ohio in 2004.  They were defending democracy.  However, when a challenge was filed before the United States Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Attorney General Jeff Rosen declared the very petition to be a “seditious act.”

As I have said before, filing in courts and raising objections in Congress is operating within the court and constitutional systems. Sedition is trying to overthrow such legal systems. Filing court challenges is the antithesis of sedition; it is relying on the rule of law.

Yet, Shaheen declared on CNN “These senators and members of Congress who have refused to acknowledge that we had a free and fair election in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by over 7 million votes, are bordering on sedition and treason.”

Shaneen and her colleagues denounced Trump for calling people traitors and sought to protect officials who denounced his use of the label “enemies of the people” against reporters. Just two years ago, Trump was called a Stalin for using such labels by Democrats.

Polls show that over 70 percent of Republicans and many independents and Democrats believe that this election was flawed or even rigged. Are they all traitors?

We have a constitutional system that allows for such concerns to be raised in the courts and in Congress. That is part of our rule of law. It is designed to allow people to work within the system. It is the very thing that combats sedition. While we often disagree with courts or Congress, we yield to the ultimate decisions as the result of a system that we all support.

194 thoughts on “Sen. Shaheen Calls Out Colleagues Questioning Biden’s Victory As Possible Traitors”

  1. Joe Biden is an unconstitutional and illegal president in my opinion. I believe that the election was stolen and unConstitutional forces were pushing his “victory”. He is an illegitimate president. I do not recognize his authority and never will. He is Ahab and his running mate is Jezebel.

    1. About 75 million voters agree with you. Joe Biden will never be accepted as a legitimate president. Nor will Kamala, not now, not in one year, not ever.

  2. Trump goes to U.S. Supreme Court, asks justices to reverse Pennsylvania election cases
    “This represents the Campaign’s first independent U.S. Supreme Court filing and seeks relief based on the same Constitutional arguments successfully raised in Bush v. Gore,” the statement notes.

    1. Our nation is hanging in the balance….Stop the steal




      On PetitiOn fOr Writs Of CertiOrari tO the suPreme COurt Of Pennsylvania

      motion for expedited consideration

      Petitioner seeks а writ of certiorari to review the constitutionality of three related Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinions eviscerating the laws enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature governing the election of presidential electors in the middle of the 2020 Presidential election, in violation of Article II and Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000).1 A related decision, Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar, 238 A.3d 345 (Pa. Sep. 17, 2020) (extending the statutory deadline for receipt of absentee and mail ballots for three days), is already before this Court (No. 20-542).2 The additional three Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisions are:

      (1) In re November 3, 2020 Gen. Election, No. 149 MM 2020, 240 A.3d 591 (Pa. Oct. 23, 2020), reprinted in Petitioner’s Appendix (“Pet. App.”) C (changing the law and prohibiting verification of signatures on absentee and mail ballot declarations and eliminating the statutory right for parties and campaigns to challenge absentee and mail ballots during canvassing on Election Day);
      (2) In re Canvassing Observation, No. 30 EAP 2020, 2020 Pa. LEXIS 58792020, WL 6737895 (Pa. Nov. 17, 2020), Pet. App. B (eliminating campaigns’ statutory right to meaningfully observe canvassing of absentee and mail ballots on Election Day); and
      (3) In re Canvass of Absentee & Mail-In Ballots of Nov. 3, 2020 Gen. Election, Nos. 31 EAP 2020, 32 EAP 2020, 33 EAP 2020, 34 EAP 2020, 35 EAP 2020, 29 WAP 2020, 2020 Pa. LEXIS 5989, 2020 WL 6875017 (Pa. Nov. 23, 2020), Pet. App. A (eliminating or modifying statutory requirements for signing, addressing, and dating absentee and mail-in ballot declarations).

      As Justice Alito, joined by Justice Thomas and Justice Gorsuch, noted regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision already before it:
      The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decree [Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar, 238 A.3d 345 (Pa. Sep. 17, 2020)] that squarely alters an important statutory provision enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature pursuant to its authority under the Constitution of the United States to make rules governing the conduct of elections for federal office. …

      [T]he constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision … has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution. The provisions of the Federal Constitution conferring on state legislatures, not state courts, the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.

  3. there is one key point yet to pass. The rest is just propagandist BS. The military so far has done nothing indicated nothing. Does that mean they won’t uphold their oath of office? Not at all. We still have a Constitutional Republic until the moment of inauguration though a headcount of Senators and Representatives refusing to take the Oath of Office would be a very prime indicator.

    The oath as we learned years ago in the military was the support, defend and preserve and preserve requirement (depending on which oath) takes pace when their is no more Constitution and subsequently no Constitutional Republic an act that can only come from the sociaists under Biden, Pelosi, DNC, Schumer, and Harris. At that specific point watch for the Supreme Court who must conduct the ceremony refusing or not refusing to administer the Presidential Oath of Office.

    At that point who knows the military may uphold their oath of office but if they don’t there is NO More Constitutionl Republic and inaction or no action by the military indicates their approval. Or the new President may refuse to sign the oath any number of indicators. Obviously they will do, say, or sign anything to gain power. But that is the critical point. If the military has a large presence in the inaugural and is positioned in key points means something. but what we don’t know.

    So far the rest of it including the Comrade Senators stupid comments are just PCRap and meaningless,.

    1. First, let me remind you that grammar is not your Mommy’s Mommy!
      In totality, your senseless babble is hardly more than figurative bovine excreta, a stream of semi-consciousness that shown on an EEG would register barely above “flat line”!

  4. “Polls show that over 70 percent of Republicans and many independents and Democrats believe that this election was flawed or even rigged. Are they all traitors?”

    No. Just gullible and obnoxious. Not to mention a complete misrepresentation of independent and democrat opinion.

    Thing is, Jon…,you often mention this supposed Biden campaign challenge to Trump’s campaign taking trash lawsuits to court. The fact those lawsuits made it to court only to be tossed for complete lack of evidence aside (kind of disproving your theory from the start), there is nothing that would convince the 70% of gullible republicans this was a fair election. There are reams of interviews on line where trump voters, pre election, said on tape that if Trump won the election was fair and if Biden won the election was rigged.

    On top of that, many of these trump voters would swear that Biden is a socialist while trump is clearly the most beholden to putin of any american president in modern history. So let’s be generous and call these voters confused (rather than the mccarthy ites they tend to be). Let’s ignore trump accepting help from the russians in ’16. Let’s ignore trump’s extortion of ukraine for not diging up the hoped for dirt against Biden which led to trump’s impeachment. Let’s ignore this bat s&*t crazy meeting in the oval last friday where martial law was discussed in order to redo an election in swing states deemed fair by trump’s own security officer. Hell, let’s ignore the suggestion at that meeting of putting Sidney Powell in charge of a special counsel…

    What we’re really talking about is when to go full APOCALYPSE NOW on a mentally deranged and paranoid con man terrified of facing charges when he leaves the office of president.

    So no, I don’t have much of a problem with Shaheen dropping the traitor word when describing recalcitrant repubs. Trump uses the t word in an inexact way, like a scattershot. Shaheen is using the term accurately. This falls outside your beloved ‘both sidism’, Jon. i’m hoping some time away from trump will reign in your sensibiltiy on the subject.

    Elvis Bug

  5. Election Theft has One Head, and Many Tentacles

    For a big picture view of how the election was stolen, in six of the swing states, read Dr. Peter Navarro’s recently released report –: “The Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities.” Dr. Navarro, a Harvard educated economist, identifies those six tentacles in each of the swing states, provides helpful graphs, tons of evidence and citations — and writes in an engaging style accessible to a lay person.

    The evidence he cites includes: dead people voting, people voting twice, illegal voting, corrupted voting machines, ballot stuffing, and garden-variety incompetence — such as this doozy:

    There were “higher standards of certification and voter identification for in-person voters than mail-in and absentee ballot voters. In effect, these higher standards disproportionately benefited the candidacy of Joe Biden. . .” (P. 20)

  6. Listening and watching the discourse and vitriol that man spews, is capable of taking everyone down to his level. Let’s face it, if he were in another country, or another political party, he would be in a padded cell. The man is mentally ill and we have yet to experience just how mentally ill he really IS. Everyone is behaving like he’s NORMAL. JUST NASTY NORMAL. HES OFF THE WALL….SICK.

  7. I fail to understand what all the commotion is about. The SCOTUS has recently ruled that voter fraud is a states rights issue. The SCOTUS has made it the law of the land that any state may engage in as much voter fraud as it want to in a federal election without the interference of other states. While some may (correctly) argue that the SCOTUS itself isn’t following the US Constitution, this is what happens when partisan political hacks, rather than proven Constitutional adherents, are promoted to the highest court in the land for lifetime appoinments.

    1. The Communist Chinese Party of China purchased 75% of Dominion on October 8, 2020, right in time to make sure the election was manipulated so Joe Biden would win the Presidency. Do you think the Communist Chinese Party of China wanted President Trump??? Hardly!! Joe Biden knew the FIX was in, he didn’t have to campaign. He stated that he had a better Voter Fraud Organization than Obama did. The Democrats have been raising people from the Dead for years, it was the standard joke. But this is no joke now as Rand Paul stated, Fraud Happened. If this isn’t resolved, we will never ever have a free election. Texas chose not to use Dominion because after a 2 year investigation, they found wide spread fraud when Dominion was used in Dallas. Another strange thing happened, Election facilities shut down in every Blue state at precisely the same time has never ever happened in the history of elections held in our country. Doesn’t anyone find that really strange??? But the saddest of all is that the Democratic Party is working hand in hand with Communist Chinese Party of China to gain power Fraudulently. That’s extremely serious as there are a lot of us who don’t want to be dominated by the Communist Chinses Party in anyway. Our country has always been a Beacon of Light for the World, we are a country where Freedom reigned, a country of hope where one could live fulfill their dreams and destiny. We are so grateful that we are a Free America!!! We’d like to keep it that way!!!

      1. “The Communist Chinese Party of China purchased 75% of Dominion . . .”

        I do not think that’s accurate. China owns 75% of the company that invested $400 million in Staple Street Capital, the private equity firm that owns Dominion Voting Systems. Although the result is the same: China meddled in the election, to help Biden.

    2. @JFeldman You have Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Comey Barrett and John Robert’s all appointed by conservative presidents. The democrats appointed Justices Kagan, Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer. Yet still you insist that the Supreme Court is being controlled by “Partisan Political” (Supposedly liberal) “Hacks”?

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