Steinburg: Suspending civil liberties is an ‘option’

By on December 16, 2020

A Dec.15 story from WRAL made national headlines after it reported that Republican State Senator Bob Steinburg, whose district includes Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties, “suggested…that the president might suspend basic liberties to overturn an election that he believes, without evidence, was stolen.” (NC senator OK with suspending civil liberties in wake of Trump’s defeat)

In a Dec. 16 Voice interview, Steinburg said that “I’m not calling for sedition,” but did assert his belief that the election was stolen and that strong measures might be required.

The WRAL article noted that Steinburg “paraphrased on his Facebook page comments that retired Gen. Thomas McInerney made earlier this month on a conservative talk show. Among other things, McInerney suggested President Donald Trump declare a national emergency, invoke the Insurrection Act and suspend habeas corpus…Steinburg told WRAL News…that he wasn’t endorsing the idea, just ‘putting out there options that others say still remain on the table,’ though he later said he’d be on board with it.”

“Steinburg also made it clear he believes the recent presidential election was stolen,” the story continued, “and that Trump is the victim of a conspiracy to which multiple countries, the media, U.S. government agencies, officials and judges are either a part or turning a blind eye.”

In his interview with Voice, Steinburg acknowledged that he had posted McInerney’s comments, adding that he would consider “options” such as suspending civil liberties “if there is evidence of foreign interference with this election…That’s the key.”

Asked if he believed such interference occurred, Steinburg responded that “I’m hearing things from people” and from pro-Trump outlets such as the Epoch Times and Newsmax, to suggest it is true. Despite the fact that no evidence of widespread voter fraud has emerged — as well as the dozens of court rulings rejecting such claims by Trump and his allies — Steinburg described a series of what he viewed as election irregularities to bolster doubts about the results.

And Steinburg has allied himself with those Republicans who are not yet recognizing a Biden victory, even after the Electoral College ratified it on Dec. 14.

“Absolutely not,” he said, in response to a question about whether he considered Biden to be President elect. “Not by a long shot. He won’t be the president until he’s sworn in on the 20th.”

A former NC House member, Steinburg was elected to the District 1 NC Senate seat vacated by the retiring Bill Cook in 2018. This year, he was re-elected after defeating Democratic challenger Tess Judge by about 10 percentage points.





  • Dethrol

    Wow, just Wow! Everyone here seems to be on the Constitutional bandwagon all of a sudden, and based on questionably extracted bits of an interview. Meanwhile, many of these folks rabidly attack anyone who dares question the tyrant governor when he tramples all over liberty using the virus as a cudgel. That kind of unconstitutional behavior is okay and anyone who questions it is accused of not caring for others or worse, actively trying to kill fellow citizens. Fact is, Senator Steinburg represents Dare, Currituck, and Hyde Counties and won by 10 percentage points. He’s representing his constituents. You guys need to come up with another rallying cry. “Orange Man Bad” is already taken.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 10:42 am
  • Larsen

    It certainly is embarrassing to be represented by a man who has difficulty distinguishing between reality and Trump fantasy.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 12:13 pm
  • Big Dicky

    Speechless. Just when you thought N.C. was on its way out of the dark age.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 1:03 pm
  • outis

    When Mr. Steinburg, or should I say “Bats-in-the-belfry Bob” (I’m giving him a snappy nickname like Mr.Trump assigns to people), says “I’m hearing things from people”, is he referring to the little voices that are whispering in his head?
    And when he suggests the suspension of civil liberties, which civil liberties is he thinking about?
    The right against unreasonable search and seizure? The right to free speech? The right to vote?
    Or even the right of non-resident property owners to access their “other residences” in Dare County? Oops, we already tried that one. It didn’t go over too well. and can’t be done anymore.
    So, when is “Bats-in-the-belfry Bob” going to send in the Brownshirts and Stormtroopers to clamp down on our civil liberties? When the little voices in his head tell him to?

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 1:16 pm
  • N.C. Transplant

    Mr Steinberg will surely not ever be elected to office again. He is a threat to democracy.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 1:53 pm
  • hightider

    Steinburg ain’t even from here. I grew up in Edenton and the bluebloods there – the people with local power – won’t get their hands dirty doing something as plebian as politics. Most of the time getting a politician to work for you is as hard as getting a decent repairman to come out.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 5:19 pm
  • Obxboxer

    No f***ing way?!?!? I didn’t vote for him or support him based on his policies but I had no idea this guy was that nuts! Wow! I love dare co and as a life long resident I am so embarrassed he is speaking on our behalf. He is no republican! He’s just an idiot! Just assume anyone who says “I’m hearing things from people” is a liar and is being vague for a reason.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 5:34 pm
  • Jim Musgrave

    What has happened to the Republican Party!? To have so many people, including Steinburg, who want to overturn a fair and free election, claiming that there was fraud, without offering an iota of evidence. How can we be a democracy if we are not going to accept results of fair and free elections simply based on unproven claims of voter fraud! Mr. Steinburg claims to be a Christian yet he does not uphold the oath he took when he was sworn in to his current position. He’s a disgrace to Dare County and will never deserve my support!

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 6:47 am
  • Stephen McKenna

    There must be something in the water in Eastern Carolina.Our U.S. Congressman, Dr. Murphy, was one of the Republican members the United States House of Representatives who joined in on the lawsuit the State ofTexas brought to the Supreme Court of the United States asking it to invalidate the votes of Georgia in the November election.
    No courage and no brains!

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 9:45 am
  • Kit

    Steinburg is a real and present danger to our democracy, just like his idol, Trump! Oh! By the way, so are those who continue to press the Trump doctrine of lies and self-interest above all!

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 10:33 am
  • Monte Thompson

    It must be 1938 again.
    ..and I must live in Germany.

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 3:34 pm
  • James

    Steinburg and some Trump fans are in a cult and don’t know it. Read this article:

    Saturday, Dec 19 @ 8:27 am
  • Dethrol

    Really? A post alleging cult membership that cites a Yahoo News article written by Eleanor Clift of MSNBC and The Daily Beast. The writer as well as the subject of the article are democrat swamp creatures who were oh-so-shrill about Me Too (except where Biden, Cuomo, Clinton, Booker, Frankenstein, Conyers, Ellison).

    Saturday, Dec 19 @ 11:00 am
  • KDH Beach Dogs

    One word-SEDETION !

    Saturday, Dec 19 @ 10:46 pm
  • Skeeter McCluskey

    A recent national poll says 70% of Republicans and 10% of Democrats believe the election was fraudulent and that President Trump won re-election.
    Just like 1860 the Untied States is now a house divided and are merely waiting on a John Brown flash point to occur before open civil war begins.

    Voting issues studies show that today JFK would be a center-right Republican and the average Democrat a far-left socialist. From top to bottom this nation has no sense of itself and will soon be ripped apart. It will be played out in our very homes and before the faces of our children.

    Monday, Dec 21 @ 3:12 am