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Spin and whataboutism: GOP senators must distance Trump from his mob even as they cannot quit them

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Mulligan’s Law, horseshoes and hand grenades: how can those same GOP senators distance Trump from his mob.

“No thinking person could seriously believe that the president’s January 6 speech was in any way an incitement to violence or insurrection.”

“incitement to resurrection”

“The word ‘democracy’,” the Republican Senator Mike Lee recently noted, “appears nowhere in the Constitution.” The reason, he thought, was “because our form of government is not a democracy.” “If what you wanted was a fascist form of government” the senator added, “you could get there far more efficiently, far more completely, using a pure form of democracy.” “Democracy,” he concluded over his Twitter feed, “isn’t the objective,” “liberty, peace, and prosperity are.” This view, while rarely stated publicly by elected officials, is nevertheless common among avid readers of the work of neoliberal founding fathers such as Friedrich von Hayek. In his 1944 best seller The Road to Serfdomthe Nobel Prize winner had explicitly argued that “democracy” was probably the easiest way towards “complete despotism” unless legally limited. Hayek’s aim was nothing less than the “dethronement of politics.”…

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