Arizona GOP chair urges Trump to heed Flynn and 'cross the Rubicon,' alarming people who get the reference
President Trump met with Michael Flynn, the retired Lieutenant General who briefly served as his first national security adviser shortly after apologizing for the FBI's lying, Friday night and asked about Flynn's idea of sending the U.S. military to multiple voting states for the elected President Joe Biden, forcing them to "re-run" the election after several news organizations.
Most Trump administration officials and advisers at the Oval Office meeting reportedly had violent objections to this idea and other plans to overturn Trump's final, certified loss, despite former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said he was there and on the side of Flynn, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who falsely told Trump that he actually won the election. On Sunday, Arizona GOP chairman Kelli Ward urged Trump to listen to his conspiratorial seducers, using a historical analogy dating back to 49 BC.
Colloquially, "crossing the Rubicon" means something like crossing the point of no return, which is threatening enough when it comes to overthrowing a democratic election. However, you do not need to read Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus to understand the specific historical context of the sentence. For example, you can check Wikipedia or ask a high school history teacher.
When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with a legion of soldiers into Roman Italy, he violated Roman law and sparked a civil war, the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire. Things didn't go well for Caesar, of course, but if you're looking to save a republic from an autocrat, it's probably best to understand your historical analogies before crossing the rhetorical Rubicon.
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