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Guest Post by Charlie Kirk

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Remember Christmas 2020? Donald Trump was still president, COVID vaccines were just rolling out, and most importantly, Americans across the political spectrum were engaged in a bitter dispute over the results of the November election.

Liberal America, despite ostensibly winning the presidential election, agonized over the prospect of four more years of Trump. Democrats cared little about how votes were cast or counted, they wanted the orange man gone, and that was it.

Conservative America, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure about the election results. In their estimation, Joe Biden, who ran a campaign from his basement, was dragged across the finish line by a coalition of big tech censors, highly questionable vote-by-mail schemes, and an establishment media environment so hostile to the sitting president that it would rather ruin itself than allow Trump to once again sit in the Oval (see CNN). As Sen. Josh Hawley pointed out time and again, states literally broke their own laws in order to guarantee a vast vote-by-mail scheme.

While it is true that a few irresponsible actors made some wild and false accusations about the 2020 election, most conservatives’ concerns were quite valid. Literally everything about the election was unprecedented and warranted more scrutiny at the legal level. And so throughout November and December, peaceful rallies took place across the country, with attendees promising to raise their voices in unison to let their leaders know they weren’t happy with how their elections were managed.

And Christmas was enjoyed with family and friends, Dr. Fauci’s edicts be damned.

On the political level, I supported efforts to apply more scrutiny to election integrity. Challenges were still ongoing in various courtrooms across the country, and nobody really knew what was going to happen. But with many high-profile conservatives talking about voter fraud, there was ample reason to hold out hope.

Two short weeks later, everything was ruined. A throng of MAGA supporters, with sometimes tacit approval from Capitol Police, got caught up in the moment and stormed the Capitol building on that now infamous day, January 6th, 2021.

Don’t get me wrong, the left-wing media has greatly exaggerated and lied about what happened that day. 99.9% of the Trump supporters who came to Washington on January 6 acted completely peaceful and lawful. But the tiny mob that ran into the building was ruthlessly exploited by the left-wing media to demonize and criminalize Trump supporters as “traitors” and “domestic violent extremists.”

Thus, “January 6th” has replaced 9/11, Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, and the burning of the White House in liberal American folklore. Random people who snapped a selfie in the Capitol were imprisoned in horrendous conditions. Some are still rotting in their cells.

The Biden administration, which was sworn in just two weeks later, has used the events of that day as a pretext to massively crack down on any dissenting politics in America, using the federal government’s post-9/11 domestic surveillance laws to investigate, harass, and seize personal materials from the president’s inner circle. Meanwhile, the January 6th “select committee” holds one-sided public show trials more concerned with TV ratings and clicks than an honest and robust debate about what actually happened that day.

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All of this, of course, is aimed at one thing: preventing Donald Trump from running and winning the presidency again.

Which brings us to the present moment.

The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, allegedly to collect confidential records, has rightfully alarmed and outraged many Americans. I’m mad, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably pretty mad too. The Rubicon has been crossed. We will fight peacefully, lawfully, and in the court of law and public opinion.

Since the raid, some irresponsible actors have been brimming with talk of a new “civil war” and other absurd fantasies.

Let me be clear: Democrats and their toadies in the media are 100% trying to bait Trump supporters into doing something stupid.

Not only are they trying to bait you, but they also have active feds trying to whip up violence, both on social media and in real life.

The deep state wants nothing more than for what already happened in Cincinnati to happen again and again. Don’t fall for these traps. Not only is it wrong morally, it’s strategically stupid.

In the period before January 6th, 2021, we had no idea. No one knew what was about to happen.

Now, the Ghost of Christmas 2020 is back. This time, all of our outrage must be channeled productively and politically, not squandered in a sudden combustion of chaos. All MAGA supporters need to know that anyone talking about violence is either an idiot or a fed, or both.

Trump has been raided, and there’s a real possibility he will be indicted and arrested. The image of seeing a former president in cuffs would be horrifying and enraging for all of us. But violence will actively aid the left’s mission to paint Trump supporters as terrorists and even further escalate the surveillance and persecution of the political right in America.

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All conservatives must totally shun anyone who talks of such things. It’s not just useless. it is worse than useless–it’s horrendously damaging to everything we want to do to save America. Last time, we didn’t know what idiots and feds were plotting. This time, we know their tricks. Don’t fall for them.

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and CEO of Turning Point USA and host of The Charlie Kirk Show.