Call to Impose Martial Law Is ‘Disgusting Affront’, Andrew Bates Says

Rep. Ralph Norman’s latest message, which urged the Trump administration to impose martial law in its final days, was addressed by the White House on Dec. 14. In response, deputy press secretary Andrew Bates stated that attempting to undermine the rule of law and the will of the people is an abhorrent violation of our nation’s highest ideals.

Disgusting Affront

According to a statement from Andrew Bates, deputy press secretary, plotting to undermine the rule of law and the will of the people is a horrendous violation of the nation’s core values. But, regardless of political affiliation, he continued, people must defend the Constitution and traditional values while opposing violent rhetoric and perilous ultra-MAGA conspiracy theories.

In the final days of Trump’s presidency, Republican lawmakers sent texts to Mark Meadows, the then-White House chief of staff, which Talking Points Memo published on Monday. Similarly, the White House denounced those remarks, calling them a “slap in the face” to the law enforcement personnel who responded to the riots that day, a source posted. 

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The White House. (photo credit: Matt H. Wade on Wiki Media)

‘Martial’ Misspelled

Only one thing makes Ralph Norman of South Carolina regret writing to Mark Meadows: he spelled “martial” incorrectly. Republican Norman urged the Trump administration to impose martial law to prevent Joe Biden from taking office on Jan. 17, 2021, three days before Biden’s inauguration and 11 days after the deadly Capitol attack, Norman urged Trump to impose martial law in a text message that he misspelled as “Mashall Law.”

In an interview, Norman admitted that he spelled the word “martial” incorrectly and expressed his frustration with the events in the Capitol and the fact that President Biden spent the entire year in his basement. It was intended to be a private text between him and a friend, he continued. Mark Meadows did not comment in any interview about the issue.