The defense strategy for President Donald Trump and his allies has become increasingly brazen and outlandish in recent weeks, and it now includes sweeping claims of executive power and a dismissive attitude toward opponents.
But Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) argued on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” these bold assertions are likely signs of the precariousness of the president’s position, not his strength.
Last weekend, the president’s lawyer argued that it was essentially impossible for the president to obstruct justice, given his office. And this week, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he is certain he can pardon himself — an ambiguous constitutional matter that has never been ruled on — leading many to argue that he sees himself as unconstrained by the legal requirements.
“They’re taking the extraordinary position that the president is above the law,” she said. “So I think that they feel the noose closing, and they’re just basically saying all kind of things. I find their comments just extraordinarily dangerous. We are in a democracy, after all.”
She added: “Trump is not king.”
Watch the clip below:
Trump allies claiming obstruction is not illegal if it comes from the President must "feel the noose closing" because "we are in a Democracy" and "Trump is not King" – Sen. @maziehirono pic.twitter.com/KASYnfWe0E
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) June 8, 2018
GOP embraces Trump’s military clampdown after stoking conspiracies about Obama invoking martial law
‘He didn’t do anything!’ Wisconsin cops jump man on bicycle as peaceful protesters object
On Tuesday, a Twitter user posted an incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin involving a line of police officers and a crowd of peaceful protesters.
In the video, the officers can be seen charging a man on a bicycle, jumping on him as he collapsed. "F**king scum!" the man recording the video can be heard shouting. "He didn't do anything! F**k you!"
The police then gassed the crowd and fired rubber bullets, as people in the crowd shouted "Don't shoot!" and "We are peaceful!"
This Just took place in Milwaukee, WI.
‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters
The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.
Here are some of the videos from the scene.
Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.