Mississippi Republican calls for his state to ‘succeed from the union’ after Biden victory

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  15 comments

Mississippi Republican calls for his state to ‘succeed from the union’ after Biden victory

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As the dust settles from the 2020 presidential election, one disappointed Mississippi lawmaker has a proposition for the Magnolia State. Instead of being governed by President-elect Joe Biden, state Rep. Price Wallace (R) reportedly said on Twitter that Mississippi should “succeed” from the rest of the United States and form its own country. Despite the misspelling, his since-deleted tweet on Saturday afternoon, posted hours after the election was called for Biden, appeared to be an overt throwback to the Confederacy — in a part of the Deep South that only voted to remove the Confederate battle flag symbol from its own state flag earlier this year. Although a small but growing number of GOP lawmakers have congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris on their victory, many others — including most of the state’s top Republicans — have backed President Trump’s efforts to challenge the results, according to the Mississippi Free Press. 

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 On Monday, the state’s attorney general became one of 10 across the country who pledged to join Trump’s attempt to stop Pennsylvania from counting mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day. Even before the race was called, Mississippi’s five Republicans in Congress released a joint statement that warned, without evidence, about the existence of “voting irregularities” across the country. But Wallace, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post, made a far more extreme claim: The Magnolia State should simply leave the United States. It started with a Twitter thread from Robert Foster, a former Mississippi state representative and 2019 gubernatorial candidate who, in response to Biden’s victory, said that more votes needed to be counted before settling the race. 

 “The majority does not rule, the law derived from a Constitution has the final say,” Foster wrote, claiming that the United States is a constitutional republic and not a democracy. “Democrats and their Fake News Cheerleaders are about to get a hard lesson in civics.” His claim that the U.S. is not a democracy — a talking point pushed by the ultraconservative John Birch Society, according to the Free Press — has been cast aside by some political scientists as disingenuous. Writing in the Atlantic, Claremont McKenna College professor George Thomas explained that while the country’s founders did not embrace direct or “pure” democracy, they nonetheless built a system of representative democracy governed by majority rule.

 On Twitter, Foster went on to claim that, unlike Republicans, Democrats would refuse to accept a vote for the other party. (Nationally, he is perhaps best known for invoking the “Billy Graham rule” to a female reporter last year, refusing her request to shadow him during his campaign unless she brought a male colleague with her.) “They will riot and burn their own cities to the ground,” Foster wrote on Twitter. “With that being said. I choose law and order over a Banana Republic, so if it comes to it, let them riot.” That’s where Wallace came in, writing: “We need to succeed from the union and form our own country." 
 Also on Saturday, according to Law & Crime, Wallace derided the news media for calling the election for Biden and Harris, and claimed the two would seize his guns. As those remarks drew alarm and condemnation online, Wallace made his Twitter account private by early Wednesday. 

 While a 1869 Supreme Court ruling effectively bars states from unilaterally seceding, Wallace is not the first to speculate about the possibility in recent years. A 2006 effort to get secession on the ballot in Alaska was quashed by the state’s Supreme Court, Politico reported, while then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) falsely claimed during a 2009 rally that Texas has the unique ability to secede from the rest of the country.Trump was almost guaranteed victory in Mississippi. Voters flooded the polls anyway.
 Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) has not commented on the presidential election since predicting last week that Trump would win, according to the Free Press. But some younger Mississippi Republicans have acknowledged the Biden-Harris win and its historic significance. “There’s a woman standing on a stage tonight as the Vice President-elect of our United States of America,” wrote state Rep. Jansen Owen (R). “Regardless of one’s political ideology, this moment stands as a testament to our great nation." State Rep. Kent McCarty (R) also chimed in with praise for the unprecedented vote, adding: “I would hope that ALL of us, regardless of party, can acknowledge the historical significance of the daughter of immigrants becoming the VP of the United States." Foster responded to both on Twitter, too. “Why don’t you two RINOs be men enough to admit you voted for Kamala? You two will have a lot of explaining to do in your next elections if you try and run as Republicans again,” he wrote. “You should both just go ahead and switch parties.”


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Calls to succeed from the Union are never a success.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Calls to succeed from the Union are never a success.

Wasn't it Chuck Norris and Texas after Obama was elected?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
 “The majority does not rule, the law derived from a Constitution has the final say,” Foster wrote, claiming that the United States is a constitutional republic and not a democracy. “Democrats and their Fake News Cheerleaders are about to get a hard lesson in civics.” His claim that the U.S. is not a democracy — a talking point pushed by the ultraconservative John Birch Society, according to the Free Press — has been cast aside by some political scientists as disingenuous. Writing in the Atlantic, Claremont McKenna College professor George Thomas explained that while the country’s founders did not embrace direct or “pure” democracy, they nonetheless built a system of representative democracy governed by majority rule.  On Twitter, Foster went on to claim that, unlike Republicans, Democrats would refuse to accept a vote for the other party. (Nationally, he is perhaps best known for invoking the “Billy Graham rule” to a female reporter last year, refusing her request to shadow him during his campaign unless she brought a male colleague with her.) “They will riot and burn their own cities to the ground,” Foster wrote on Twitter. “With that being said. I choose law and order over a Banana Republic, so if it comes to it, let them riot.” That’s where Wallace came in, writing: “We need to succeed from the union and form our own country." 
 
 
 
Bob Nelson
3  Bob Nelson    2 weeks ago

As I watch the slow... but very, very sure... advance of America's Great Fascist Coup d'Etat... I'm beginning to wonder if the best hope of the American people would not be the breakup of the Union.

Let Blue America have its democracy, and Red America have its Absolute Leader.

 
 
 
lady in black
4  lady in black    2 weeks ago

Sore loser, does he want cheese with his whine

 
 
 
MUVA
5  MUVA    2 weeks ago

Being a sore winner is worse.

 
 
 
JBB
5.1  JBB  replied to  MUVA @5    2 weeks ago

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The country is not being held hostage by Joe Biden.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
5.2  Greg Jones  replied to  MUVA @5    2 weeks ago

Yeah....the Demmies won and they're still unhappy and full of anger and rage.

Trump the man will soon be gone, the Trump populism is just getting started and will not be going away. Payback is just getting under way.

The vaccines were developed under the Trump administration, and Biden and the Dems can claim no credit for all the efforts and positive results so far.

As usual, the lefties are likely to overreach and step all over them selves trying to get out of the blocks. Expect the House to switch in the midterms and for the Repubs to gain more Senate seats...the mood of the country slipped a bit left this election, but not all that much.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
5.2.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Greg Jones @5.2    2 weeks ago
Payback is just getting under way.

Payback for what? 

 
 
 
Ronin2
5.2.2  Ronin2  replied to  Bob Nelson @5.2.1    2 weeks ago

You have to ask, really? jrSmiley_103_smiley_image.jpg

Where the hell were you for the last 5 years?

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
5.2.3  Bob Nelson  replied to  Ronin2 @5.2.2    2 weeks ago

I'm curious. 

What great Trump policy / program was blocked by the Dems? 

Trump got his tax cut for the rich. Trump got his wall. Trump closed down immigration for "those people". Trump rolled back all sorts of environmental protections. Trump even got his Supreme Court Justices.

What exactly deserves payback?

 
 
 
evilgenius
6  evilgenius    2 weeks ago
Foster responded to both on Twitter, too. “Why don’t you two RINOs be men enough to admit you voted for Kamala? You two will have a lot of explaining to do in your next elections if you try and run as Republicans again,” he wrote. “You should both just go ahead and switch parties.”

This. This right here is what is wrong with Populism. This is why I think we need the far left and far right to go start their own parties, except they tried that and failed.

 
 
 
freepress
7  freepress    2 weeks ago

Go for it. The only reason they float this is pandering to a base who lap up anger as a food group when they don't get their own way.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
8  Dismayed Patriot    2 weeks ago

What's really hilarious, besides misspelling secede, is that Mississippi is the 3rd most dependent State in the Union. They literally could not survive without federal tax dollars bailing them out each year. The vast majority of Red States are underwater and have to rely heavily on federal funding so any of them suggesting secession are blowing smoke, they know they could never leave the teat of the wealthy Blue States that bail out these broke failure Red States annually.

 
 
 
Gsquared
9  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

If they get rid of the Republicans running the state, they might have a chance to succeed.

 
 
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