You’ve probably never heard of Pete Santilli. He’s an extremist right-wing broadcaster who was accused of threatening to kill federal law enforcement officials in 2016.
And now Santilli may find himself in big legal trouble yet again as a result of remarks he made Monday about the pending indictment of failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump in Manhattan.
According to Right Wing Watch, Santilli told listeners that if indeed Trump is indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the U.S. military should arrest and execute former President Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
“Get the military, whatever few are left that are gonna side with the people,” Santilli insited. “That you military personnel and you people with guns and badges and law enforcement will succumb to the will of the people.”
Santilli added, “Military, join us and put all of them up against a concrete wall… and do what we must do to save not just our country, the entire world.”
Sounds like Pete Santilli needs a visit from the Secret Service. Former President Obama is still under their protection and a threat has just been made against him.
If indeed failed former president Donald Trump winds up being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury this week, it could wind up putting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a no-wing position.
Even though Trump’s attorneys have said he will show up in Manhattan to be booked and processed if indeed he is charged in New York, there remains a chance he might refuse to surrender, which would set off a chain of events that could wind up forcing DeSantis to make a decision that could hurt his chances of being the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, the New York Times reports.
While the law is definitely on the side of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg when it comes to demanding that Trump show up for his perp walk, fingerprinting, and mug shots, there’s always the chance Donald will dig in his heels.
What if Trump refuses? What if he says he won’t leave his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida?
That’s where DeSantis would have to make a choice: Follow the law and extradite Trump or refuse to cooperate. If he does the former, he risks alienating millions of loyal Trump supporters. And if he doesn’t hand over the ex-president, he looks like a lawless pawn who is afraid of the Donald.
“Surrender, some might argue, is not in the confrontational former president’s DNA, and he often seems to relish antagonizing and attacking the prosecutors who have investigated him,” the Times explains. “In the unlikely event that the former president refuses to surrender, he would put Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, his leading but undeclared rival for the Republican nomination, in an awkward political position. Under law, the role of Mr. DeSantis would be essentially ministerial and he would have few legal options other than approving an extradition request from New York.”
“Still, if New York prosecutors sought Mr. Trump’s extradition, Mr. DeSantis would face an unenviable dilemma. He would be compelled to choose between authorizing an arrest warrant for Mr. Trump and inflaming his base, or attempting in some way to aide his Republican rival, and possibly face legal action as a result.”
Ron DeSantis is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Ironically, Trump may wind up destroying DeSantis and his presidential aspirations before any debates are held or ballots cast.
Alina Habba is an attorney for failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump, and according to her, the only reason her client may be indicted by a Manhattan grand jury next week is because Democrats want to “pull the wool over our heads” regarding Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
During a bizarre and at times downright surreal interview with CNN host Paula Reid, Habba was asked about the online meltdown her client had over the weekend when he suggested that he would be indicted on Tuesday by the office of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. Habba responded:
Habba then began ranting about internet memes that “say, okay, arrest Donald Trump. but that’s exactly what that is. My client is getting ahead of it, and he’s smart to do so. When you hear a lot of noise like this, we have to, uh, uh, pull the curtains back and say, this is a problem for Democrats. They’re losing in the polls. He’s ahead. And we’ve got major crises happening. In New York, we have people dying. That is what a state DA is doing after a failed federal DA couldn’t do it.”
Clearly, Ms. Habba isn’t up to speed on the basic facts of what’s going on in Manhattan.
First of all, Bragg isn’t a “state DA” as she suggests. He’s the DA for New York County, which includes the city of Manhattan. And the reference to “a failed federal DA” would seem to be an attack on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who hasn’t yet indicted the ex-president but may once DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith completes his investigation and reports back to the attorney general.
Before the interview ended, Habba also suggested it’s Alvin Bragg who wants to see a violent reaction by Trump supporters if the Donald is charged with a felony, even though her client who is the one calling for mass protests by his acolytes.
“I don’t think he’s speculating at all. I think that’s the reason you’re covering it at the top of the hour, right? We’re all hearing it. And we’re all hearing leaks from the D.A., which is very typical. So, to not address something like that would be irresponsible. He’s a candidate for the presidency. He is a former president. Somebody is leaking that he is getting arrested.
“We’re hearing about meetings, we’re hearing about people going into the grand jury with information.”
Habba ended her semi-coherent statements by telling Reid:
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) only needed a few works to completely destroy Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) prediction that if failed former president Donald Trump is indicted, it will win the 2024 election in a landslide.
Appearing on the debut episode of the Sunday MSNBC show “Inside with Jen Psaki,” Jeffries was asked by the host, “I want to read you one more tweet. This is from Marjorie Taylor Greene where she said, ‘If the Manhattan DA indicts Donald Trump, he will ultimately win even bigger than he is already going to win.'”
The New York Democrat continued, “That is how important she has become to the extreme MAGA Republican House majority in the Congress right now but that is also one of the reasons why the American people should be concerned.”
Greene, it may interest you to know, has spent most of the weekend rage tweeting about Trump’s pending indictment in Manhattan. Here’s a sampling of some of the vitriol she’s been posting:
“We don’t need to protest about the Communists Democrat’s planning to arrest Pres Trump and the political weaponization of our government and election interference. These idiots are sealing their own fate in 2024 because the silent majority has two feelings right now about the current regime. Fear and anger. That is the most powerful combination when election time comes. And the Democrats are driving that force with their own corrupt actions.”
“We must bring in the Biden DOJ officials who have been coordinating with the Manhattan DA to testify. And subpoena all of it. We must end the weaponization of government power for politics.”
Marge is upset because her cult leader may be arrested. Maybe she needs to move to Moscow so she can be closer to her other savior.
If and when failed one-term former president Donald Trump surrenders to Manhattan authorities next week and is fingerprinted, photographed, and formally booked, some security officials suggest there may be mass protests across the country that could turn violent.
Republican political adviser Lucy Caldwell said Sunday on MSNBC that street protests are especially troubling in light of online chatter that suggests violence may indeed be planned after the ex-president is arraigned and that supporters are stocking up on weapons.
“He is using typical classic cult leader language to bring these people into the fold and they’re responding. In between when he announced that is that he expects to be arrested next week, and when he announced that cult rally in Waco, investigators have seen that actually his supporters did go online and start organizing to buy protective gear, to stock up on weaponry. To do all the things that people do when they’re reacting to a cult leader.
“It’s a very grave and dangerous situation, but I think, Jonathan, you are not over-reading the tea leaves at all here.”