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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

During President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Democrats repeatedly asserted that he is "not above the law." But since his acquittal two weeks ago, the president has taken a series of steps aimed at showing that, essentially, he is the law. ... Trump defended his actions, saying he has the right to shape the country's legal systems as he sees fit. "I'm allowed to be totally involved," he told reporters as he left Washington on Tuesday for a trip to California, Nevada and Arizona. "I'm actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country."

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How many heads would have exploded on Faux Nooze if Obama had said this?

All of them.

#1 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-19 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

Trumpism,like Hitlerism, will be ultimately self limiting.But at what cost? It took a world war,50 million deaths and the total destuction
of Germany for a generation to end Hitlerism.
If the cost to end Trumpism is anywhere near as high, God help us all. Is one Ashhole really worth it?

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-19 11:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Donald Trump: L'tat, C'est Moi
nymag.com (July 2017)

...In his bizarre New York Times interview, Donald Trump expresses his characteristic assortment of fever-dream assertions. The president believes Hillary Clinton "was totally opposed to any sanctions for Russia," that a properly amortized health-insurance plan would cost "$12 a year," that Napoleon's "one problem is he didn't go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities," and that Trump has somehow either carried out or reversed sweeping land reforms ("I've given the farmers back their farms. I've given the builders back their land to build houses and to build other things"). Yet a consistent idea manages to poke through the delirious rambling. Trump repeatedly affirmed his conviction that the entire federal government ought to be operated for his personal benefit.

Trump expressed this idea by returning several times to the phrase "conflict of interest." Trump himself is of course the most personally conflicted president in modern American history. He has maintained a vast, undisclosed business empire and openly used his powers in office to enrich himself. But he does not mention this conflict of interest. Instead he applies the phrase to any law-enforcement official who might potentially get in his way....


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-19 12:25 PM | Reply

Yea, it's not like we didn't see this coming...

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-19 01:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For those who are mystified by President Trump's recent "dabblings" in legal issues, one interpretation might help clarify what he is doing:

President Trump is asserting the Executive Branch's power over the Judicial Branch. The one thing that is consistent is his repeated erosion of the authority of (and confidence in) the Judicial Branch. What lately might seem to be erratic, even capricious, actions by the President are actually very strategic and carefully planned efforts to reduce the Judicial Branch's role as part of the government's system of checks and balances. This only leaves the Legislative Branch to fulfill that role. Sen. McConnell has essentially stymied the effectiveness of the Legislative Branch for the past dozen or so years. Watch for bizarre finagling by the Executive Branch if Sen. McConnell loses that power after the November 2020 elections. Of course, it won't be anything obviously blatant as it more likely will be framed in terms of "for the public good" (* cough *).

#5 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2020-02-19 01:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#5 ... actions by the President are actually very strategic and carefully planned ...

Sorry, you lost me by using "Pres Trump," "strategic" and "planned" in the same sentence.

It may look as if Pres trump is disassembling the Judiciary with a strategy and planning, but do not confuse the end with the means.

Yes, he is disassembling the Judiciary, but it is totally transactional.

It's tactical, not strategic.


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-19 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Awww....Trump has powers that make the DR jealous.

Any new policies from democrats to get excited about, or just more moaning sounds?

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-19 08:47 PM | Reply

Trump will act on his belief, with the only question being how:
"granting a pardon to a man convicted by a jury?
"granting a pardon to a man who voluntarily pleaded guilty to crimes?
"locking up political rivals or journalists?
"attempting to nullify a national election where he is clearly defeated?
"refusing to vacate a seat of power upon the day of inauguration of his lawfully elected successor?

Or, perhaps more than one of the above, and more.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Keep your eyes open and be prepared to act in defense of the free future of the US. All who read this may be needed...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2020-02-20 07:40 AM | Reply

RE: #6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-19 02:11 PM

I can appreciate that it strains credulity to consider that President Trump conducts himself according to anything resembling "a plan". That said, I was just tossing out a speculation that seemed to fit his seeming recent chaos. Maybe labelling it a "strategy" is being a bit too generous. However, IMHO, I believe President Trump (by hook or crook) fully intends to expand the authority of the Executive Branch and especially to do so by weakening the Judicial Branch and Legislative Branches. He has always swooned to the Siren call of Power and now that he is within 'earshot', there is essentially nothing to rein him in.

#9 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2020-02-20 09:04 AM | Reply

@#9 ... However, IMHO, I believe President Trump (by hook or crook) fully intends to expand the authority of the Executive Branch and especially to do so by weakening the Judicial Branch and Legislative Branches. ...

I do not disagree.

I just do not think that he has any plan or strategy to accomplish that end.

It is being done on a transactional basis.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-20 10:11 AM | Reply

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No denial from the deplorables?

Because this is what they want?

Because them Proud Boys is soooo Proud?

I hope all Republicans are proud.

They built this.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-20 11:17 AM | Reply

Awww....Trump has powers that make the DR jealous.
Any new policies from democrats to get excited about, or just more moaning sounds?

#7 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

No, he doesn't according to the Constitution.

But yes, according to what Republican Reps and Senators will let him get away with.

I will vote for the first Democratic to state they will abuse their office to help Democrats get elected as long as it isn't criminal now. That's the new law, right?

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-20 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Like a Dictator, Trump has the fealty of his supporters who also buh-lieve he is above the Law.

He is SO jealous of Vlad and Kim that he really can't hide it.

The crony capitalist Pres for Life Russification of America continues......

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-20 01:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ah, like obama with his pen and phone..... www.youtube.com

.... is that what 'you' mean?

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-02-20 01:18 PM | Reply

He is. All the federal cops report to the appointees that work for him.

You libs do need an education on the constitution.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-02-20 05:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

here's to the next 5 years of democrat tears!

sure has been quiet since Nancy's big FAIL!

I guess team blue has run out of ammo.

Enjoy your useless election cycle.

#16 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-02-20 05:21 PM | Reply

here's to the next 5 years of democrat tears!

sure has been quiet since Nancy's big FAIL!

I guess team blue has run out of ammo.

Enjoy your useless election cycle.

#16 | POSTED BY Anti-American

Tears of joy as your Orange Fuhrer lives out the rest of his days in state prison.

#17 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-21 01:23 AM | Reply

Eccedentesiast on the loose.

#18 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-02-21 01:36 AM | Reply

here's to the next 5 years of democrat tears!
sure has been quiet since Nancy's big FAIL!
I guess team blue has run out of ammo.
Enjoy your useless election cycle.
#16 | POSTED BY AUNTIESOCIAL

Schitheaps like this actively cheer the destruction of our country.

But want respect and civility when they do it.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-21 08:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He is. All the federal cops report to the appointees that work for him.
You libs do need an education on the constitution.

#15 | POSTED BY SNIPER

No.

The Constitution says the President shall "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." That's it.

He doesn't say he is the top law enforcement officer.

No historical judicial precedent or legal writing by anyone including the Founders ever suggest it either.

Sniper, everyone's life has a purpose. Your purpose is to serve as a warning to others.

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-21 12:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

You libs do need an education on the constitution.

#15 | POSTED BY SNIPER

You need to stop being a dupe and tool of a hostile foreign nation and spreading misinformation for the benefit of your Mother Russia.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-21 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hey snippy, just because someone is in charge doesn't mean they can break the law. Where the ---- did you learn that?

You do need an education on the constitution.

#22 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2020-02-21 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Hey snippy, just because someone is in charge doesn't mean they can break the law. Where the ---- did you learn that?

#22 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2020

Fascist wish fulfillment.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-21 04:31 PM | Reply

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