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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:37 PM

Trump Will Only Get More Dangerous

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/jeff-sessions-resignation-donald-trump/575305/

Trump Will Only Get More Dangerous
The dismissal of Jeff Sessions makes this much clear: The Republicans’ midterm defeat has made the president more desperate to undermine the rule of law.
Nov 7, 2018
Adam Serwer

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As attorney general, Sessions rolled back civil-rights enforcement, failing to file even a single voting-rights case in a country where the Republican Party has settled on disenfranchisement of rival constituencies as a tactic for winning elections. He failed in his duty to prevent the president from attempting to influence the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and then aided the president in presenting a patently false justification for firing former FBI Director James Comey over that investigation. In virtually every consequential way, Sessions should go down in history as one of the worst attorney generals ever to hold the office.

Yet in one important sense, Sessions’s forced departure is alarming. Sessions, for all his flaws, envisioned the position of attorney general as an office that should resist political pressure from the White House, and one whose ultimate loyalty is to the Constitution. It was that view that caused Sessions, under pressure, to agree to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. This runs contrary to the central tenet of Trumpism, which holds that the highest loyalty is not to the public, the nation, or the Constitution, but to Donald Trump. The president was enraged that Sessions’s recusal meant that he could not control the investigation himself. He will not make that mistake with his next choice of attorney general.

Trump’s losses in the midterms will not make him more cautious; they will only make him more dangerous. Trump’s only true ideological commitment is to his racially exclusive vision of American citizenship. His authoritarianism is more instinctive than ideological, closely tied to his desire to enrich himself and his allies without facing legal consequences. If the only way the president can save his own skin or that of others implicated in his corruption is to violate the rule of law, then he has no compunctions about doing so. With Democrats in charge of the House, the president is no doubt confident that he can blatantly break the law and still convince his supporters, sealed in an impenetrable bubble of pro-Trump propaganda, that he did no such thing. Protecting the rule of law will fall to a Republican majority in the Senate whose willingness to do so is deeply in question.

Indeed, the president said as much during his press conference Wednesday morning, warning that if House Democrats looked into this campaign or his finances, he would retaliate. “They can look at us, we can look at them, and it will go back and forth, and it will probably be very good for me politically,” Trump said. “I can see it being extremely good politically, because I think I am better at that game than they are, actually.”

The racial element of Trumpism is an essential one, but so is this: Trump believes that he and his friends and allies are above the law. There is no act they could commit that would warrant prosecution or sanction. At the same time, there is no act committed by his critics or rivals that could not be subject to prosecution, should he so choose. It is not simply that the president does not believe in the rule of law. It is that he believes the law is a shield that protects him, and a sword that can be used to impale his enemies. Nothing has made this clearer than his constant demands for prosecution of his critics, and his decision to issue federal pardons to men like Dinesh D’Souza and Joe Arpaio, whose violations of the law he regards as trivial because they are pro-Trump sycophants.

This is not how things are supposed to work in a democracy, and certainly not in the United States. But with Sessions gone, Trump will be looking for a replacement who sees the law the way he does: as a set of rules that applies to his enemies but not to himself or the charmed circle that surrounds him. The danger to American democracy did not subside with House Republicans’ defeat in the midterms. It has only grown.

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babylonsister Thursday OP
area51 Thursday #1
Wellstone ruled Thursday #2
lunatica Thursday #3
smirkymonkey Thursday #4
ProfessorPlum Thursday #5
ck4829 Friday #7
Hermit-The-Prog Friday #9
ck4829 Friday #6
icymist Friday #8

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:46 PM

1. "... whose willingness to do so is deeply in question."

Oh, it's not in question at all; republinazis won't protect the rule of law.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:46 PM

2. I think everyone here knows this whole thing is about Donald Trump

and how much he can enhance his Ego and Pocket Book. Most understand the fact he cares for know one. And he has used people a pawns in his self aggrandizing and when their value is extracted,he kicks them to the curb.

He cares zero about the GOP,they are just another group of ignorant fools being used for his personal benefit .

Do remember a statement post here on DU coming for his mouth,"some one give me a billion and half,I will walk away",that should have been the eye opener for everyone.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:48 PM

3. The rest of this year is going to be a white knuckle ride

He’s going to be as destructive as possible before the new Congress is sworn in.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:57 PM

4. We can not go easy on him.

We have to stop him by whatever means possible. This is what people came out to vote for. They won't come out next time if we don't thwart his efforts to destroy our democracy every chance we get.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 07:35 PM

5. this is what I wanted. This is what I voted for

To force Trump either to heel or to reveal his true inner autocrat. And I had no doubt which he would do.

This is it, America. Will we suffer a dictator? Is he truly above the law and a law unto himself? Or is there any vestige of our laws and customs left?

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Response to ProfessorPlum (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:57 PM

7. +1

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Response to ProfessorPlum (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:54 PM

9. that's it in a nutshell

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:56 PM

6. Kick

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:18 PM

8. K & R

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