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All That Remains Singer Phil Labonte Says Authoritarian Takeover of the United States is Not the Worst Thing About Authoritarian Takeover of the United States

  • Axl Rosenberg

I’m going to get through this entire post without calling Phil Labonte any names in an effort to prove a point.


Blabbermouth says the All That Remains frontman recently said this to some conservative talk show host in a cowboy hat:

“There’s an attempt for an authoritarian takeover of the United States government in a way that is unprecedented in American history.”

Believe it or not, Labonte was not talking about Donald Trump.

“And the worst part is the people that do want to fight it, they have to deal with — essentially, it’s just the most slanderous attacks.”

That’s the worst part? So NOT the authoritarian takeover of the country itself. You could deal with that if Liberals would just be nicer to you.

I mean, that’s fair. I’ve often heard the worst thing about living in a despotic autocracy is how manners just go completely by the wayside.

After further warning conservatives to “Get used to the name calling!”, Labonte went on to argue that the Capitol riot on January 6 wasn’t an insurrection:

“The idea that it was an insurrection is probably one of the most ridiculous ideas that I’ve ever been presented with. On January 6th, I was watching it on the Internet, and I was just, like, ‘Man…’ There have been bombs that have gone off in the Capitol; that’s actually happened in the ’80s.”

That’s a false comparison. A bomb did go off in the Capitol in 1983… at 10:58 p.m… when there was almost no one in the building… leading to $250,000 in property damage but no casualties. The plot involved seven conspirators, total. The January 6 riot left five people dead, involved thousands of attackers, and resulted in $30 million in damages.

“So the idea that this was some kind of dramatic thing…”

Not only was it not an insurrection, but it wasn’t even dramatic! After all, something kind-of-but-not-really similar happened once forty fucking years ago!

“The politicians did exactly what they intended to do in the same room on the same day. It was not an insurrection. That’s not how insurrections end up.” 

Labonte is either confused as to the definition of “insurrection,” or is otherwise being willfully obtuse.

For the record, Merriam-Webster defines “insurrection” as “a usually violent attempt to take control of a government.” Like when a mob storms the Capitol to overturn legal election results, for example.

More importantly, for the purposes of this discussion, according to U.S. Code 18, Part 1, Chapter 115, §2383, “insurrection” is defined as “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof.” Like when a mob storms the Capitol to overturn legal election results, for example.

So. There ya go, Phil. I got through this whole thing arguing against your assertions without calling you names once.

You dumb turd.

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