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Tue May 22, 2018, 07:09 AM

Eugene Robinson: "The constitutional crisis is here"



He has written this powerful column for tomorrow's Washington Post that begins simply enough:

Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here.

This is not a column that I can easily summarize.

It is tightly written.

It starts with “the tweet” on Sunday as the immediate provocation, noting that

Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in.

and immediately following that with this paragraph, before quoting the tweet in question:

Trump’s power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a dangerous departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin use their justice systems to punish enemies and deflect attention from their own crimes. Presidents of the United States do not — or did not, until Sunday’s tweet:

Robinson notes the false claim, fully supported by right-wing media, about a spy” who was ‘implanted” into Trump’s campaign for political purposes, of which Robinson notes

This claim is completely unsupported by the facts as we know them. Trump wants you to believe a lie.


[link:https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/5/21/1766075/-Eugene-Robinson-The-constitutional-crisis-is-here|

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Soph0571 May 2018 OP
KewlKat May 2018 #1
global1 May 2018 #2
PCIntern May 2018 #3
InAbLuEsTaTe May 2018 #11
gademocrat7 May 2018 #4
bdamomma May 2018 #19
Glorfindel May 2018 #5
raging moderate May 2018 #7
ornotna May 2018 #27
LineReply .
dalton99a May 2018 #6
ollie10 May 2018 #8
pangaia May 2018 #13
roamer65 May 2018 #18
Cosmocat May 2018 #23
spanone May 2018 #9
MariaCSR May 2018 #12
pangaia May 2018 #14
bdamomma May 2018 #28
Botany May 2018 #10
bdamomma May 2018 #20
Botany May 2018 #22
notdarkyet May 2018 #15
bdamomma May 2018 #21
PoliticAverse May 2018 #16
maxsolomon May 2018 #26
Nitram May 2018 #17
maxsolomon May 2018 #24
colsohlibgal May 2018 #25

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 07:18 AM

1. I just caught a glimpse of Robinson on MJ

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 07:19 AM

2. I Was Wondering When Somebody Would Call The Constitutional Crisis....

it's about time. Maybe something will happen to put a reign on Trump now. I sure do hope that Robinson's comments become big talking points now and things start to happen.

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Tue May 22, 2018, 07:32 AM

3. The "reign" unfortunately is

already there. Perhaps a “rein”?

😄

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:15 AM

11. Leave it to Eugene Robinson to tell it like it is... should be an excellent read.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:00 AM

4. This is a nightmare.

A treasonous grifter as president with willing treason weasels in Congress doing his bidding.

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Response to gademocrat7 (Reply #4)

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:56 AM

19. All of them

need to be voted out, or lead out treasonous bastards. When is it going to stop?? that POS needs his a$$ thrown out along with those accomplices who are helping him.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:27 AM

5. That is an anti-Obama political cartoon. See the cuff link?

And he's left-handed. I wonder if Democratic Underground is the best possible place to post such a thing? Your excellent post on Eugene Robinson's column is powerful enough without that cartoon.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:35 AM

7. Good catch.

Also a good reminder of the right-wing over-reaction to Obama's executive orders, although they were fewer and more cautious.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:54 AM

27. It sure is

Shame to open a thread on such an important matter and have to see that.

Here's a link to the original story, without that pic.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-constitutional-crisis-is-here/2018/05/21/deaf19b2-5d27-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8c31810b537

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:34 AM

6. .

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:42 AM

8. People keep talking about the constitutional crisis in the future

 

....as if anybody in the spineless Republican Congress would do anything about it anyway

We need to elect a Democratic Congress. Period

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Response to ollie10 (Reply #8)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:26 AM

13. Call me pessimist but it is too late.


Yes, I will keep working as I can to elect a rep in my district but... I believe it is over. I have felt this for months.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:33 AM

18. It's not too late, but the window is fast closing.

Everyday this persists, the remedy becomes more difficult and extreme.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #13)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:36 AM

23. Yep

1/3 of the country is EAGERLY PUSHING for fascism.

1/3 of the country is in a clueless "they are both the same" daze.

I can't stop trying and doing what I can, but I don't think we are going to pull out of this ...

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 08:43 AM

9. and the republican congress is deaf, blind and mute.

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Response to spanone (Reply #9)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:24 AM

12. ....and complicit.

 

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Response to spanone (Reply #9)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:26 AM

14. No they are not. They are cowards, grifters and gangsters

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Response to pangaia (Reply #14)

Tue May 22, 2018, 07:23 PM

28. They are all of the above!!!

nt

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:13 AM

10. It was treason and we had a coup

From the Post article.

Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration. Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in.

Trump’s power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a dangerous departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin use their justice systems to punish enemies and deflect attention from their own crimes. Presidents of the United States do not — or did not, until Sunday’s tweet:

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

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Response to Botany (Reply #10)

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:58 AM

20. "I hereby demand"

fuck you.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #20)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:24 AM

22. Grassly is going along with this march towards fascism too

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:28 AM

15. We need to march on the Capitol and stay there till trump is gone. Blogging and bitching

Won’t help. We need bodies in the streets shouting “traitors get out. I’m just tired of this. Every day we suffer another blow to our constitution and do nothing. It is getting to late to save ourselves. Really, are we going to let a mad man destroy two hundred years of a democracy? They think it’s funny when they make us mad, they believe we will never stand up for the rule of law. T

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #15)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:00 AM

21. it needs to stop

we can all see what is happening and we are the only ones to save ourselves. or do we really want this fascist pig to take us all down.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 09:31 AM

16. Apparently the author of that piece is too young to remember the Nixon administration. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #16)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:42 AM

26. He's not.

Have you truly never heard of Eugene Robinson?

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:08 AM

17. "Trump wants you to believe a lie?" No, he wants you to believe a narrative that is a string of lies

upon lies, upon lies. He is wielding the power of the state to support his family business. Qatar was punished for not extending the loan Jared needed for his idiotic real estate fiasco. Russia is rewarded for propping up the Trump organization with wads of cash that are laundered through Trump's businesses. North Korea is rewarded for briefly making Trump look like a brilliant diplomat. China is rewarded for pretending to make concessions to Trump's trade demands. Our European allies are punished for.....well, no one really knows why. Maybe to make Trump look like a tough guy.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:40 AM

24. He's right, and the public isn't noticing. They're numbed by the chaos.

Moved on to graduations, kids dance recitals, vacation, home improvement projects, etc.

We're on a knife's edge.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 11:41 AM

25. The Road Back Hopefully Starts In November

I cannot believe there are more crazy wingnut types than decent people. But the right has more ultra wealthy people spending 100s of Billions to get their way. Read "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer and it will horrify you. They are now spending gazillions on colleges so they can stuff more conservative faculty in them to influence young minds.

This is a fight for our soul. Time is short, we need to stem the flow of conservative judges being appointed while hoping the Notorious RBG can hang in there long enough. BTW they not us figured out that appointing younger judges, like Roberts, was the smart thing to do.

It's no slam dunk we can reclaim the USA and I cannot remember thinking that in my lifetime.

But getting the House back is a start. Oh....and competing as hard as we can for all races down to school boards.

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