Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to Donald Trump, accused Mike Pence of treason for refusing to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election ― an influence the vp doesn’t have.
He also seems to think Trump’s vp must have been more loyal to the president than to the country.
Speaking on the right-wing Newsmax network on Monday, Navarro ― who was indicted last month for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion ― said:
“The explanation why I feel Pence is guilty of treason, to not less than President Trump and maybe to this country, is that he acted on the idea of a flawed legal opinion concocted by his own general counsel that he didn’t share with either the president or with the president’s White House legal counsel. Due process plus duty to the commander in chief required you to do this.”
Treason is the only crime specifically defined within the U.S. Structure. It’s an act of war by an American against the US or giving aid and luxury to the nation’s enemies.
It isn’t personal disloyalty to a president who’s attempting to subvert the Structure and remain in office despite losing the election.
But Navarro has his own definition ― after which went even further in his attack on Pence, calling him a traitor.
“So by the point Jan. 6 rolled around, Pence’s actions were type of baked into the cake based on each traitorous activity with respect to the president and flawed legal opinions,” he said:
Navarro: The explanation why I feel the Pence is guilty of treason to not less than Trump and maybe on this country is that he acted on the idea of a flawed legal opinion pic.twitter.com/qq9YiL9bkG
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 12, 2022
Navarro earlier this yr also called Pence a “traitor” and compared him to a personality in “Julius Caesar.”
“It was a tragedy that Mike Pence decided to be a traitor to the American Caesar of Trump,” he said in March on Newsmax, based on Salon. “I liken it in [my book] to a Shakespearean moment, the ‘Et tu, Brute?’ moment.”
Now Navarro’s taking a step further and accusing Pence of treason ― to Trump and “perhaps” the nation ― left his critics aghast on Twitter:
What Navarro claims is a “flawed legal opinion” can be often called…. The Structure. https://t.co/mm0EUjhKSq
— HawaiiDelilah™ votes DEMOCRATIC BLUE (@HawaiiDelilah) July 12, 2022
Here’s unhinged maniac Peter Navarro projecting his treason on Mike Pence, then casually throwing Paul Gosar & Ted Cruz under the bus.
Good times…. Good times… pic.twitter.com/dE4u0LV5GU
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) July 12, 2022
“Treason to Trump”… Yeah… Totally not a cult.
Peter Navarro is so batshit it makes Gordon Liddy’s shenanigans seem sane. https://t.co/PraYe8pDiO
— Hadley Sheley (@HadleySheley) July 12, 2022
Yes it’s treasonous to the president, if not the country, to act on an arguably flawed legal opinion.🙄
This man actually thinks he knows things and understands the law. https://t.co/owtdcVB7m3
— Khashoggi’s Ghost 🇺🇦🌻 (@UROCKlive1) July 12, 2022
You may only commit treason against a sovereign authority, Pete. In the US, that is the people. It’s literally impossible to commit treason against a president. https://t.co/xierfX9kdN
— Michael G. Bazemore Pro-choice IS pro-life (@deepwatermike) July 12, 2022
That is the epitome of authoritarianism. You can not commit treason against a singular person in a democracy. POTUS is head of state, not The State. He’s a person in a job, not a king or a god. Regardless of how much they struggle to present Trump as one or each. https://t.co/1RTnhWZaKO
— Beth Martin (@cliothemuse) July 12, 2022