On Tuesday, Duncan Jones, director of “Moon” and “Source Code” (and the son of David Bowie), suggested on Twitter that “democratic politicians” may have to eventually ask the military to intervene in order to “defend democracy” from Republicans. Naturally, he got roasted by other social media users.
“There may come a time, possibly sooner than anyone would like to admit, when democratic politicians are going to have to ask the military if they are willing to defend democracy here at home. If the GOP is now tampering with elections, this goes beyond politics,” he said.
He wasn’t finished, adding: “If America is unable to trust elections, if they are in fact given no ability to check election results, because entrenched Republican judges destroy voting records, voting will have become a sham & a smokescreen for a state that has decided to steal power at all costs.”
Jones may have been referring to a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, which ruled Tuesday that counties in the state can destroy their digital voting records in the Roy Moore-Doug Jones race.
According to Tech Crunch:
Following an eleventh-hour order instructing voting officials in Alabama to keep the digital ballots generated in Tuesday’s controversial Senate election, the state’s Supreme Court has issued a stay to block that decision.
The order to preserve the records was issued by the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon — less than 24 hours before voting was set to begin — and the stay that will effectively nullify that order was issued late Monday night.
“All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017 election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images,” the Montgomery County order stated.
Jones continued: “Frankly, i want to know what ex-military think is the right move. Guys like @Stonekettle & @MalcolmNance. If theres reason to believe the acting government is directly undermining the vote, should democratic politicians begin meeting with active military brass to show evidence?”
One person responded: “Coming from a region (Southeast Asia) with military juntas … Even entertaining such a notion is risking the fabric of democracy and may be counterproductive. Military top brass could be stacked with “favored” ppl in anticipation once neutrality/perception affected.”
Coming from a region (Southeast Asia) with military juntas … Even entertaining such a notion is risking the fabric of democracy and may be counterproductive. Military top brass could be stacked with "favored" ppl in anticipation once neutrality/perception affected.
— Razif Nasardin (@RazifNasar) December 12, 2017
He later backed down a bit, claiming that he never called for a military coup:
I’d respectfully ask that you look beyond the opening tweet. I never suggested a coup. I suggested military brass using their influence in Washington to push for greater oversight on election rigging.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 13, 2017
Another Twitter user informed Jones:
Calling for domestic use of military against citizens, specifically your political opposition? Tyranny much? This is why we have the 2nd Amendment. #2A
— Steve Easterling (@grim_prime) December 12, 2017
When people on the right were unhappy with the direction of the country under Obama, they discussed secession. Now that the left is unhappy, they want a military coup and a progressive dictatorship. A striking difference between "we want to be left alone" and "we demand control."
— Victor Tango Kilo (@GenghisKhet) December 13, 2017
It’s the Democrats who by a large margin tamper with elections and go to prison for it. Spare me your faux outrage – and if the military gets involved, you will NOT like it. Bet on that.
— Rick Swift (@rickswift) December 13, 2017
Calling for domestic use of THE OATH the military took to uphold the constitution, if elections are manipulated. That unreasonable to you? If the military can pressure DC into fair hearings on election manipulation, I am ALL for that.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 12, 2017
I’ve taken that oath more than once and it said nothing about elections. It did speak of protecting and defending the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic…
So to answer Jones’ question, yes, his “idea” is unreasonable and smacks of authoritarianism.
Kurt Schlichter added:
Remember how treason was a bad thing?
Apparently it's an obligation if the Democrats are losing. https://t.co/gJsZ0p7OHW
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 13, 2017
— Ilsa (@ilsadhinsley) December 13, 2017
I tend to agree.
Someone pretending to believe in democracy calling for a military coup. LOL! https://t.co/X89jGpgeWw
— Somebody Hacked My Brain! (@AbuNudnik) December 13, 2017
Another person suggested Jones get professional help…
I don’t know you but I am concerned for your well being. Please make the call. pic.twitter.com/oWX9joRhYd
— Larrie Moss (@larriemoss) December 12, 2017
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