Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart, who is serving as state chair for Donald Trump’s campaign, is an overzealous maniac.
Asked for comment about Republican holdouts supporting the libertarian ticket for president, Stewart wasn’t short on hyperbole:
“If we lose, I’ll know where to go to place blame,” Stewart said. “If they want careers in politics afterwards, they won’t get them. They’ll be destroyed.
“This is treason against Trump. For whatever reason – their pride, their personal interests – they will damage America permanently by helping elect Hillary Clinton,” he said.
“They are immature babies who are tearing down the Republican Party.”
First off, on the question of “careers in politics,” I wouldn’t exactly look to a failed Lieutenant Governor candidate who is engaged in kamikaze campaign for Governor for advice.
As for the “treason” charge, let’s examine the most popular definitions of the word:
the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
Trump is not President of the United States, nor is he likely to ever hold the office, so this definition is obviously not in play. Let’s take a look at the broader definition:
the action of betraying someone or something.
To betray someone or something, you must first be loyal to that person or idea. Needless to say, the “Never Trump” Republicans voting for Johnson/Weld (myself included) were never loyal to the narcissistic New York liberal.
If Stewart had went with “treason against the Republican Party,” the argument would at least be logical, although still seriously flawed. But Stewart didn’t use that verbiage. He specifically said “treason against Trump.” This is dangerous language that turns Trump into some sort of figure demanding unwavering loyalty, a concept foreign to a constitutional republic but well accepted in fascist regimes.
If opposing Donald Trump is “treason” to Corey Stewart, I am pretty damned proud he considers me a traitor. I can’t help but envision a scene from Star Wars: Episode III: