NY AG Torches Trump For ‘Act Of Sedition’ With Talk Of Martial Law

ROCHESTER, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference about the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude September 20, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Prude died March 30 after being taken off life support following his arrest by Rochester police.   (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images)
ROCHESTER, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference about the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude on September 20, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Pr... ROCHESTER, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference about the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude on September 20, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Prude, who is Black, died March 30 after being taken off life support following his arrest by Rochester police. (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 23, 2020 2:08 p.m.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) issued a scathing rebuke of President Trump Wednesday after he flirted with the idea of imposing martial law in his last-ditch attempt at overturning election results,.

Last week, Trump hosted a summit at the White House with his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and discussed imposing martial law as part of the President’s long-shot efforts seeking a second term.

During an interview with SiriusXM’s Dean Obeidallah that aired Wednesday, the host asked James about Trump’s fruitless efforts to overturn election results, which included his meeting with Flynn at the White House. The New York attorney general slammed Trump’s nonsensical tactics as an “act of sedition.”

“The days of President Trump are closely coming to an end. And the reality is is that this is an act of sedition,” James said. “This president is engaging in illegality, and the fact that he would even consider martial law is an affront to our values, and to the Constitution.”

James reiterated that “the people have spoken” as she implored Trump to accept the outcome of the election “as opposed to trying to find fraud where none exists.”

James argued that Trump’s shenanigans are “nothing more than a distraction” from more important issues, such as the country reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 320,000 Americans thus far.

“And the reality is that this is nothing more than an attempt by President Trump to raise money. It’s fundraising. That’s all that this is. Fundraising. And that’s all that he cares about,” James said. “He’s in the White House, and he stews on the fact that he’s a loser, and he lost this election, and unfortunately he’s finding it hard to accept. He lost.”

James also called out Republicans in Congress who are “basically validating this behavior of this President.” James doubled down on her assertion that Trump is “engaging in a seditious act.”

James anticipated that “there’s more to come” next month when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College results that cements President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, a process that James noted as “normally nothing more than a ministerial act.”

“Members of Congress in all likelihood will again try to circumvent the will of the people, undermine our democracy, and delay or attempt to delay the fact that Vice President Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris will soon be sworn in on January 20,” James said.

Listen to James’ remarks below:

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