“From Trump’s first meetings with the Soviets… to his jaw-dropping hire of Paul Manafort… the litany of direct and indirect contacts with the Kremlin exceeds all possible exculpatory explanations…
It is impossible to see the total picture and reach the conclusion that there is an innocent explanation behind it all. There’s simply too much to explain away.”
“A Clear and Present Danger”
“We’re far past the point where it matters whether President Trump is an ignorant and destructive fool or operates as some sort of agent of the Russian Federation. The upshot appears to be the same.”
– Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
“The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance — responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making… They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process in our Constitution. . . . Extraordinary relief is requested, and is warranted under the circumstances.”
“Liars and Bullies"
There’s a name for people who pick on women and children in order to look tough. Hint: It’s not “strong”.
“Facing the Beast”
I can’t count the number of times that I’ve read some variant of the phrase “when will Republicans finally put country ahead of party?”. Surely by now we all know the answer: it ain’t gonna happen. What we’ve seen over the last week is our country falling even deeper into fascism. I don’t use that word lightly. Yet Republicans are all on board, competing to see who can be more fawning over Trump, who is most willing to embrace and embellish his most recent lie.
They will never do the right thing. They have to be defeated and driven out.
“A Threat to the Foundations of Democracy”
“That's one of the biggest problems in confronting the Russia scandal: There's so much involved, and so many people doing so many things that are so obviously wrong, that it can be difficult not to be overwhelmed. Which is why we have to speak honestly about what is happening. When people say about Trump "This is not normal," they aren't wrong, but they're not going nearly far enough. This isn't just not normal, it's an abomination, a threat to the foundations of the American democratic system.”
“A Recipe for Tyranny”
“The kind of presidency that Hamilton and others feared has arrived. It comes naturally to the demagogue, a core feature of his politics, to attempt to make on his own terms, and in his own interests… The demagogue may sell his version of change as critical to the nation’s welfare; his concern will be above all with his own.The response of Congress and the courts will determine not only Donald Trump’s political future, but also the shape of things to come long after he is gone.”
“Refuse to Be An Accomplice”
“We should be asking what each one of us can do to assert a fact-based reality at any given time. The great French thinker and activist Simone Weil had a prescription that she wrote down in her journal in 1933: “Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it.” A few days later, she added, “Refuse to be an accomplice. Don’t lie—don’t keep your eyes shut.””
“So what are Democrats to do? The answer is simple: This is a game they cannot win, so they have to stop playing. Know at the outset that no matter what you say or do, Republicans will cry that you’re disrespecting good heartland voters. There is no bit of PR razzle-dazzle that will stop them…”
“Trump's power is based on performative cruelty. That is what his supporters voted for--not for any policy, and not for any other principle than to do the worst thing to people outside the fold at every opportunity. He is loathsome, but he's also keeping his promises.”