A professor at the University of California-Berkeley is pushing the idea for the creation of a commission after Election Day that will target President Donald Trump and all of those who “enabled” him.
Robert Reich, a UC Berkeley professor of public policy and a former labor secretary in the Clinton administration made his argument for a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” this weekend on Twitter as he lamented when “this nightmare,” referring to Trump’s presidency would be over.
The committee, as suggested by Reich, would “erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”
His idea of blacklisting Trump supporters and launching a massive censorship campaign sparked plenty of supportive responses on the left. But Reich later slammed critics in another post, claiming they were “responding to this tweet as if it’s a radical, undemocratic idea.”
When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 17, 2020
Reich, who served under former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, has been a vocal critic of Trump, most recently slamming his handling of the coronavirus pandemic while allegedly “seeking government intrusion” in other areas of Americans’ lives.
The UC Berkley professor gave the president “a 1 in 6 chance of remaining in power after January 20” in a recent tweet.
I’d give Trump a 1 in 6 chance of remaining in power after January 20. If these odds are correct, the question must be asked: How did we get to the point where our democracy, economy, environment, and even our health has a 1 in 6 chance of such destruction?
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 18, 2020
Perhaps as alarming as Reich’s vision for a post-election commission were the many responses on Twitter by those who suggested additional radical ideas.
How about a “truth and consequences “ commission instead. At the very least, there need to be a lot of people banned from government service for life, including all federal LEO’s who committed crimes or abused authorities because they thought the admin would cover for them.
— Inflation Laboratory (@DrGrelka) October 18, 2020
And a commission to review all of the federal judges that have been appointed, and kick those out that aren’t qualified.
— KMarada (@LadyMarada) October 17, 2020
I am thinking more of using the postwar Nuremberg Trials as a template. Felonies were committed as were treasonous behaviors. The guilty should be arrested, tried, convicted and forced to do time.
— J.C.Z. (Giovanni) (@Wolveinsocal) October 18, 2020
And then we must ensure that this can never happen again:
Abolish the Electoral College
Grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico
— Edith Miller (@drdoodlie1994) October 18, 2020
And then prosecute them all. The DOJ will hire new attorneys, the media will be fed by the trials, and Biden and his administration can focus on policy and government reform. We are broken and need to be restructured so this can never happen again. Or it’s a lot harder to repeat.
— Patrick Kelly (@ima_cut_you) October 18, 2020
In response to those who didn’t see the benefits of Reich’s vision, the author and economic advisor linked to an article titled, “Do truth and reconciliation commissions heal divided nations?”
I love the people responding to this tweet as if it's a radical, undemocratic idea. https://t.co/39Bef6JMIy
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 18, 2020
“As long as unresolved historic injustices continue to fester in the world, there will be a demand for truth commissions,” the article claimed. “The goal of a truth commission … is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record.”
Meanwhile, other Twitter users raised the alarm over the very idea being proposed by the professor at Berkeley’s public research university.
“The Left wants to jail their political opponents,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tweeted.
“This is basically saying: If you ever sided with Trump on anything–a tax cut, a nominee, moving the embassy, criticizing CNN–you’d better pray he wins, because if we get power, you’re in trouble,” Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney wrote on Twitter.
“It looks like @RBReich is reading Orwell again. The only problem is that he thinks it is a love story between a naughty citizen and his kind, wise government, who loves him and only wants the best for him,” actor Nick Searcy tweeted.
Pretty wild that they want to hold a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (used in cases of Apartheid and the Rwandan genocide) for Trump, conservatives, and Trump supporters who are guilty of nothing more than supporting the President, whose policies are undeniably moderate. https://t.co/GI6UnF0KYx
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 19, 2020
absolutely. he wants totalitarian “commissions” & “committees” to identify, expose and punish anyone that dares to oppose his leftist ideals. He isn’t even attempting to disguise it. globalist technocratic COMMUnism is what they’re desiring for the the US.
— Warren Palestino (@warrenpacific) October 18, 2020
I can’t believe he was ever put in charge of something. He’s a monster. Along with COVID vaccines these TDS clowns need government funded sedatives. How terrible did POTUS make their lives? They’re just obsessed.
— Jackson Farnsworth (@JacksonFarnswo2) October 18, 2020
We haven't seen the depth of the Left's insanity. Just wait until Trump wins. It's going to be a sad and horrifying spectacle.
— Mary Lee (@QuiteContrary99) October 19, 2020
Author: Frieda Powers