(RepublicanView.org) – GOP Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy mocked Al Sharpton on Twitter after the latter suggested Thomas Jefferson or James Madison would never have tried to overthrow the government. Sharpton was referring to the January 6 riots, and Trump’s alleged involvement, when he made the remarks.
However, Ramaswamy and others quickly said that the United States came into existence precisely because the founding fathers overthrew British rule. “It was called the American Revolution. We were successful. We won,” Ramaswamy tweeted.
Both Madison and Jefferson were central to the creation of the United States. Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and announced the American departure from the United Kingdom. He was a staunch believer in liberties and was inspired by European Enlightenment thinkers and philosophers. On March 4, 1801, he was sworn in as the third President of the United States.
James Madison was the fourth President, but not until he had worked for the cause of religious freedom in a new America and cut all ties with the Church of England. Madison was a member of the Patriots, a group dedicated to ending British rule. Also known as the Revolutionaries, Continentals, Rebels, or American Whigs, the Patriots wrote and articulated the reasons for American autonomy and formed the militias that would ultimately lead to the War of Independence, the Declaration of Independence, and the establishment of the United States.
Sharpton’s asked in an interview if people could imagine if “James Madison or Thomas Jefferson tried to overthrow the government so they could stay in power?” Likely, Sharpton was trying to make a glib point that they wouldn’t have been in favor of attempting to overturn their newly formed government, as they had fought long and hard to create a constitutional republic. However, his choice of words made him an easy target.
The Department of Justice indicted President Trump on August 1 on four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted, and conspiracy to corruptly obstruct and impede the January 6 proceedings.
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