the last 100 days, enduring an unnecessary evil even as we know #TrumpCantKeepItUp

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up?

Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are a variety of efforts at work, including some support from Russia and other malign elements. Some House committee needs to call Gregg Smith, former CEO of one of Erik Prince’s companies, in for testimony.

The bluff of Trump not leaving office requires the kind of lawfare that the GOP can finance on the order of 2000, as well as Democrats willing to deter more forcefully claims of uncertainty.

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— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 24, 2020

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— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 27, 2020



Now, only four weeks later, there’s enough misbehavior to lengthen the indictment just as much again.
To be clear: I am not suggesting that the House should again impeach the president. It’s up to the voters to render judgment, and we will have our chance soon enough.
But the thought experiment is valuable as a measure of whether Trump was chastened by becoming only the third president in history to be impeached, as some Republican senators assured us he would be — and as a warning of what we might expect if he is returned to office for a second term.
You will recall that Trump was impeached on two counts: abuse of power, for withholding aid and a White House meeting in a corrupt attempt to extort political favors from the president of Ukraine; and obstruction of Congress, for refusing to cooperate with the legitimate House inquiry into his scheme.
In June, I proposed four additional articles. The first was for willful endangerment of the American people, for political ends, with his fatally negligent response to the covid-19 pandemic.

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My month-old Article 2, abuse of law-enforcement powers, will have to be retopped, because the offenses I included a month ago pale beside the recent, reckless deployment of federal forces into U.S. cities for political purposes.

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My Article 3, abuse of appointment power, will have to be updated, too, now that the courageous Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been not only drummed out of the White House but bullied out of the military altogether.
Article 4, abuse of power in foreign affairs, gets a new count. The original cited Trump’s acquiescence to China’s concentration camps in western China in exchange for the campaign help of promising to buy soybeans from Midwest farmers.

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— Wall of Doctors (@WallOfDocs) July 26, 2020

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— ♻️Entanglement Seeker♻️ (@plsnotmike) July 25, 2020

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— Maura Barrett (@MauraBarrettNBC) July 27, 2020

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— Brian Beker (@dog_in_clouds) July 27, 2020

its much more likely that Prince (and Bannon) are working with far right agitators, posing as Protestors, to create an incident that Trump can exploit

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— Gregg Smith 🇺🇸 (@10milesbadroad) July 26, 2020

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— Gregg Smith 🇺🇸 (@10milesbadroad) July 26, 2020

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— Gregg Smith 🇺🇸 (@10milesbadroad) July 27, 2020

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— Gregg Smith 🇺🇸 (@10milesbadroad) July 26, 2020

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— Tanya (@TanyasTwit) July 27, 2020

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— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 26, 2020

Lando Cotton…

Tom Cotton, a sitting United States senator, says that enslaving Black people was a “necessary evil.

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— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 27, 2020

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— Guardian World (@guardianworld) July 27, 2020

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— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) July 26, 2020

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