The witchhunt against Trump lawyer John Eastman continues.
Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: For the crime of representing President Donald Trump during the post-election fervor from November 2020 to January 2021, John Eastman has not only been fired as a teacher by Chapman university back in January, more than 250 professors who belong to the American Political Science Association (APSA) have now petitioned that organization to blacklist and censor both Eastman as well as anyone associated with him.
A September 23 letter, signed by over 250 professors and graduate students, accused Eastman of being part of an “attempted coup.” … David Karpf, a professor at George Washington University, organized the letter. “John Eastman has violated our discipline’s professional ethics by participating in the dangerous attempt to overturn the institution of electoral democracy in the United States,” the political scientists wrote.
The letter then demanded that the APSA “strip John Eastman of APSA membership” as well as sever all ties with those supporting him.
This last demand by these professors forced the APSA to kick out of its convention the live presentations by the Clairmont Institute because Eastman was giving two of those presentations.
The American Political Science Association forced the Claremont Institute to make its “related group” discussions virtual at the annual convention in Seattle, a day after hundreds of APSA members demanded the association eject both Claremont and John Eastman. Back in July, organizers had only demanded the two panels with Eastman be made virtual in the interest of “safety,” Claremont president Ryan Williams wrote in an opinion essay. The group decided to cancel all 10 panels and its reception in protest of APSA’s new across-the-board demand.
So what exactly did Eastman do that was so evil? Nothing. As Trump’s lawyer in connection with the election, he advised Mike Pence that it would be legally correct for him to object to the certification of “seven states’ Electoral College votes on January 6, under a theory that the 12th Amendment empowered the VP to do so.”
It is perfectly reasonable to disagree with Eastman’s recommendation, but to call it a “dangerous attempt to overturn the institution of electoral democracy in the United States,” as these thuggish professors do, is utterly absurd.
The Clairmont Institute’s response to this blacklisting and censorship is worth reading. First, it notes the slander and false misrepresentation’s of Eastman’s entirely reasonable legal actions in January. Second, it condemns the attempt to silence Eastman and anyone who is associated with him.
Despite such false statements and slander, truth can prevail in a democracy, as Thomas Jefferson said, when truth is not “disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate.”
Unfortunately, that disarming is now occurring. A campaign is trying to prevent the Claremont Institute or its scholars from presenting our views. This is coming from several fronts, including two organizations that exist precisely to air important political disagreements: the American Political Science Association (which effectively cancelled our participation in this year’s annual meeting for the first time in over 35 years) and even more disappointingly, the Federalist Society, which has refused to allow John, a Claremont senior fellow and highly credentialed law professor, to discuss essential constitutional questions. This is particularly galling given John’s prominent role in Federalist Society activities for the past 20 years.
That such established legal and educational organizations are promoting censorship and blackballing is horrifying. As the institute’s statement notes, “These attempts to limit the Claremont Institute’s and John Eastman’s ability to express their views mark a dangerous escalation in the censorship now threatening American democracy.”
While the Clairmont Institute’s unbending support of free speech is laudable, it must not blind us to the evil and widening nature of the campaign to destroy Eastman. First he was fired by his university. Then he was banned from speaking at conferences. Now, anyone associated with him is faced with censorship and banishment.
As long as people are too frightened to push back against this wave of intolerance and hate, it will only escalate. The people doing it are oppressive bullies who will stop at nothing to get their way. We have only two options: Face them down, or meekly bow forever to their jack-booted tyranny.