An American Coup

By Daniel Mallock (January 2021)


Sunset over Staffelsee, Gabriele Münter, 1908-11



Thoughtful, decent people across the country and around the world are trying to make sense of what is happening in the United States. This is a difficult thing to accomplish because 98% of everything in the American press is misleading, slanted to confuse and obstruct, or an outright lie. Parsing the truth from all of the falsehoods and propaganda dumped upon the public 24-hours a day is not easy.

        A coup is underway in the United States.

        President Donald Trump won the 2020 election in a landslide just as he says he did.

        It is clear that fraudulent votes were counted in their tens of thousands, some counted multiple times, “pristine” ballots accepted as legitimate (they’re not), and tens of thousands and more votes flipped via voting tabulation software systems. Elements of the fraud were so blatant as to be almost comical—who knew before this election that so many people born on 01/01/1900 vote Democrat? More importantly, who knew that so many people in the United States are 120 years old?

        It was obvious to any reasonable person that the process of tabulating and reporting of votes on election night was seriously flawed, and much worse. It also quickly became apparent that vote dumping was occurring on a massive scale with early morning truck arrivals at counting stations full of ballots (most all of which were Biden votes), and poll watchers obstructed, and prevented from watching in numerous (that is, only in Democrat-controlled) jurisdictions. The only conclusion is that a coup is now underway via a falsified election, significantly aided by the collusion of a profoundly corrupt and revolutionized/activist fraudulent media. This is an unprecedented situation in American national life.

        While it is true that the press has always been under the protection of the Constitution (due to its “watchdog” role in American politics and society) its track record in fulfilling its duties is spotty at best. Political players with dubious ethics have always understood the power of the press and the benefits to be had by corrupting and controlling it. Thomas Jefferson, like Donald Trump today, was no stranger to a false, lying, corrupt press. Jefferson wrote during his first term that the press had,  

        “. . . by pushing it’s licentiousness and it’s lying to such a degree of prostitution as to deprive it of all credit. and the fact is that so abandoned are the tory presses in this particular that even the least informed of the people have learnt that nothing in a newspaper is to be believed. this is a dangerous state of things, and the press ought to be restored to it’s credibility if possible.”

        The problem of fake journalism was so acute that Jefferson mentioned it to the entire country in his second inaugural address. The parallels for today are unmistakable. Jefferson said,

        “During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science, are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness, and to sap its safety; they might, indeed, have been corrected by the wholesome punishments reserved and provided by the laws of the several States against falsehood and defamation; but public duties more urgent press on the time of public servants, and the offenders have therefore been left to find their punishment in the public indignation.”

        In the same speech Jefferson described the effect of a lying and failed journalism as “demoralizing.”

        In more ordinary times the people would certainly be demoralized by a lying, false press, but during a coup attempt such as is underway today they are not merely that, but more so bitter, enraged, fearful, and distraught.

        Abraham Lincoln famously declared in an 1858 speech that a “house divided against itself cannot stand.” He also stated that, “I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.” He was two-thirds right.

        And such is our own fate: to return once again to a period of extreme divisiveness and growing alarm in the country. During Lincoln’s time the divisive issues were several, i.e., state’s rights, southern nationalism, slavery, and sectional animosity.

        The country today has never been so divided since 1860.

        Today the issues of division are the Constitution and the Republic itself. That is, will the Constitution and the Republic continue? Will the concepts of freedom, justice, decency, tolerance, God, E Pluribus Unum, and a government in service to and under the control of the people rather than a government that controls the people—concepts upon which the Constitution and Republic are built—be overturned?

        Perhaps there is some irony that every Confederate was a Democrat, and none were Republican; perhaps it is an irony that the Democrat party—the party of slavery, civil war, Jim Crow, the Klan, and communism is the very same party behind the current exceptional and existential crisis in the country. Is there some irony in the fact that no Democrat leaders and no Democrats are interested whatever in investigating and demonstrating that allegations of coup/stolen election are false, and that the Democrat “president-elect” is, in fact, the legitimate winner of an election not rife with fraud, lies, ballot box stuffing, vote flipping, harassment and intimidation of vote observers, and the counting of tens of thousands of ineligible and illegal votes? As the cliché goes: the silence is deafening.

        The corrupted and failed press is but one institution of many, public and private, that have failed during this fraudulent election/coup crisis in America.

        We were warned about the high cost should our body politic be corrupted by those who hate freedom.

        One hundred years of corruption, infiltration, and cooptation by communists and globalist utopians in government, education, entertainment, and the popular culture have brought us to this point. The last four years being a daily onslaught of propaganda meant to delegitimize and undermine the president and his administration to a degree unsurpassed in American history. Democrat politicians and fellow traveler useful idiots particularly in the tech sector, entertainment, education, and failed journalism supported the false impeachment efforts and the never-ending barrage of hate and disparagement toward the president, his agenda, and his supporters. This endless stream of vitriol began the moment candidate Trump presented himself to the country on the escalator of Trump Tower in New York City just as the campaign of 2016 began.

        Many in the country are entirely unaware of the details of the 2020 campaign, particularly the troubling backgrounds of the so-called  “president-elect,” his family, his associates, and their supporters because of a press blackout on covering these issues so as to support the stolen election/coup effort. A blinkered, ignorant polity is far more malleable than a well-informed one.

        On December 22nd President Trump presented the truth of the coup and the stolen election (as he had done numerous times previously) directly to the American people. He told the country and the world that the election was stolen and that he had won it, which he had. He told the people how the coup of the stolen election was perpetrated; he said that it is a national disgrace (an overly generous description under the circumstances), and that it would not stand. For the coup plotters and their friends, Trump’s promise was an ominous warning, and a cause for celebration among American patriots and decent people across the world.

        Every political institution upon which the president and his supporters can call for redress has so far failed. The Supreme Court, the House, the Senate, Department of Justice, FBI, state legislatures, state judiciaries have all failed to expose the coup and enforce the laws despite hundreds of affidavits, video evidence, statistical and forensic technical analyses of voting machine tabulation behavior that clearly show fraud, not to mention standard common sense all of which support the contention that a coup is underway—an event unparalleled in the history of the American republic.

        Another element of the coup plot was extensive unconstitutional changes to the presidential election process in multiple states, particularly the key “swing” states, whereby legislatures were illegally bypassed as election rules were radically transformed. The changes made were specifically meant to benefit Democrats and are not in accord with the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Because these changes are in contravention to the Constitution, they are within the purview of the Supreme Court to adjudicate. That the high court would abandon its duty in this regard is a catastrophic failure of that institution and for the country. Mark Levin, the esteemed legal scholar, analyst, and author, clearly describes what occurred in a December 30th article. The president’s social media account prominently displayed a link to Mr. Levin’s article on December 31, 2020.

        During the 2020 campaign President Trump referenced Abraham Lincoln in almost every rally speech. There can be no coincidence in this; the president knows he leads a divided country and he knows that forces opposed to the Constitution and the Republic, that is forces not only opposed to his administration, are working to subvert the will of the American people through brazen lies in the press, suppression of the truth, and a fraudulent election. He said on the 22nd of December that “we cannot allow a completely fraudulent election to stand.”

        If every institution fails to sustain the Constitution and the Republic this does not cancel the president’s responsibility to fulfill his oath.

        When Lincoln became president, little was known of his character and mettle other than his long history as a prairie lawyer with a reputation for exceptional legal acumen, honesty, and integrity. When he was inaugurated in 1861 few could have known that only through his resolute and courageous leadership would the Union be saved. Lincoln took his oath of office seriously, just as does Trump.

        Andrew Jackson’s portrait is on the wall of the Trump Oval Office. During the Nullification Crisis of 1832 Jackson threatened to send federal troops into South Carolina to enforce federal tariffs that the South Carolina state government had declared were nullified within their borders. 

        After the attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring to the country that an insurrection was underway and called for 75,000 volunteers to suppress it. He got them, and many, many more.

        After the fall of Fort Donelson and the subsequent recapture of the city of Nashville, Tennessee, by Union forces in late February, 1862, Lincoln sent Andrew Johnson to Tennessee to serve as the military governor of that state. In April, 1862, Johnson had two thousand secessionist sympathizers arrested and imprisoned, and also arrested and jailed numerous editors of secession-supporting/opposition publications.

        IF every institution of law and government fails to do its duty to uphold the Republic and the Constitution, the president still has his duty: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (Constitution, Article II, Section 1)

        As of this writing every public and private institution meant to protect and support the government and the Constitution has failed its duties with but two remaining, the president and the military.

        IF no institution will speak the truth and take action to save the country from a coup now underway via a fraudulent election what can or might the president do to fulfill his oath?

        The coup underway in the American Republic is so far denied and ignored by the corrupt media, denied and ignored by the Democrat politicians for whose benefit the coup was done; denied, ignored, and dismissed by fellow traveler failed Republicans, and the propagandized, the corrupt, the foolish, the blinkered revolutionary, the hyper-partisan, the ignorant. Around the country and the world decent people are enraged and distraught at the potential collapse of the “shining city on the hill.”

        One hundred years of intellectual, political, moral, cultural, and ethical corruption in the United States brings us to this moment of existential crisis never before seen or experienced; the last four years involving the most insidious, comprehensive, and intense propaganda effort in American history. This is an unprecedented moment. 

        While speculation as to what might occur in the coming days and weeks is of limited value it is difficult to avoid.

        The following speculations are founded upon knowledge of President Trump’s character through his acts and accomplishments, his will and determination when facing adversity, and his clear dedication to and love for his country and the American people.

  1. President Trump will serve his second term as per his landslide election win in the 2020 election cycle.
  2. The stolen election/coup will be defeated.

        The last existential crisis of the United States was in 1861—the fate of the country came down finally to the character and actions of one man, Abraham Lincoln; a similar tragic and monumental situation is playing out now.

        President Trump, like Lincoln, knows his duty—and he will do it.

        In the near future “when it is all over,” as President Trump recently wrote, “and this period of time becomes just another ugly chapter in our Country’s history,” the moment will arrive to mend broken fences, reconstruct ruined bridges, and build friendships among the opposition where now good will is in short supply.

        In 1864, President Lincoln “. . . once dropped a few kind words about the enemy. They were human beings—were they not? One could not be completely remorseless, even in war. The line must be drawn somewhere. His remarks to this effect were overheard by an elderly woman in the reception room. She flashed forth a question of how he could speak kindly of his enemies when he should rather destroy them. ‘What, madam?’ slowly as he gazed into her face, ‘do I not destroy them when I make them my friends?’”[*]


[*] Abraham Lincoln: The War Years III, volume 5, by Carl Sandburg, (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1945), The Sangamon Edition, pp.495-6.


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Daniel Mallock is an American historian. He is the author of the NYT best seller Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and a World of Revolution.

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