Crime was at a 50 year low when Trump took office. Remember that Trump is all about declaring non-trump supporters (and voters) as “un-American”.
— Lawrence Glickman (@LarryGlickman) August 31, 2020
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 31, 2020
— Gregory McKelvey (@GregoryMcKelvey) August 31, 2020
— Intelligencer (@intelligencer) August 31, 2020
And yet, in ways large and small, the convention affirmed the sectarian strand of patriotism that has defined the first four years of the Trump presidency — a worldview that places the president’s detractors outside the category of “the American people.”
This ethos was most conspicuous in the event’s staging. As all responsible news outlets have noted, the GOP’s decision to hold its convention on the White House lawn constituted a brazen violation of federal statute. But the party’s nullification of the Hatch Act didn’t just demonstrate its indifference to the rule of law; it also conveyed its contempt for the majority of Americans who disapprove of the president. Republicans took grounds that belong to our democratic state and co-opted them for partisan advantage. In asserting immunity from the law — and ownership of federal property — the GOP evinced an entitlement to rule that transcends legal and democratic sanction.
— Albert MacGloan ➐ (@AlbertMacGloan) August 30, 2020
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) August 30, 2020
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) August 30, 2020
Here is my scenario. Trump, the Republicans and their media machine keep making up lies about the Democrats and voter fraud, obviously creating a pretext for calling into doubt the credibility of the election. In reality, the people who have been caught rigging votes are Republicans. If I were a Republican operative, I would just mail in tens of thousands of fake ballots myself. That way Trump and his agents can declare an emergency on Election Day that they themselves created.
Much of civil society is based on mutual agreement of right and wrong. At every red light there is not a police officer who is going to shoot you if you run through the light. People stop anyway. Donald Trump does not respect those norms. Donald Trump is someone who has actively worked with Russians, and will still do so. I am very comfortable calling Trump a traitor. I don’t know what else you would call him. So yes, Donald Trump would do just what you suggested.
The 2020 election is the most dangerous period in American history since the Civil War. I know many of the people around Trump. They’re not going to stand up to him. They’re not going to wake up in the morning and say, “I want to go do this illegal act.” But when someone tells them to commit a crime they are not going to say no. That is why Trump picked them.
Who is running the Trump campaign? Some guy that is sleeping with the boss’s daughter. What else do you need to know? That’s how it is.