President Biden Cites ‘Loyalty Oath’ Story as Proof Trump Wants to ‘Overthrow the Government’

President Joe Biden is turning to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times to insinuate that Donald Trump isn’t loyal to the United States Constitution and refuses to abstain from advocating for the overthrow of the government.

On Saturday, the official X account for Joe Biden floated the following story.

“I said Donald Trump is willing to sacrifice our democracy to put himself in power. I wasn’t exaggerating,” he remarked.

However, the Chicago Sun-Times report that Biden cites debunks his own narrative.

Donald Trump didn’t submit a loyalty oath that political candidates in Illinois have been signing for more than a half century asserting that they won’t “advocate the overthrow of the government” — a pledge that holds new resonance on the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

That’s a departure that his presidential campaign isn’t explaining after Trump signed and submitted the document to Illinois election authorities for the 2016 and 2020 elections, when he ran against Democrats Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden.

Under Illinois law, presidential candidates wanting to be on the state’s March 19 primary ballot had to turn in their nominating petitions to the Illinois State Board of Elections on Thursday or Friday, and the loyalty oath is a time-honored part of that process.

A WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times analysis of those petitions found that Biden and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the oath, as did several lower-tier Trump acolytes in Illinois, but not Trump.

But as the Chicago Sun-Times points out, “The oath is a vestige of the red-baiting era of former U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. In part of the oath, candidates swear they are not communists nor affiliated with communist organizations. In another section, they attest that they ‘do not directly or indirectly teach or advocate the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this state or any unlawful change in the form of the governments thereof by force or any unlawful means’.”

Here’s the catch: Federal courts ruled it unconstitutional on free-speech grounds, as the  Chicago Sun-Times article points out:

Signing is entirely optional since federal courts ruled it unconstitutional on free-speech grounds, but Illinois lawmakers left the oath in state law.

It is fascinating how the modern Democratic Party is now turning to Red Scare tactics that radical activists have long objected to in order to demonize its political opponents.

It is yet another way that the Democratic Party continues to gaslight America about the imaginary “threat to democracy” posed by Donald Trump.

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John
John
1 month ago

The Fake corpoRATe gov. Is Done joebama!

You will Nit be happy with the outcome!

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