In his column for The Washington Post today, Michael Gerson writes that Republicans senators saying there’s “nothing new” in the House’s case against President Trump is confirmation of their “barefaced bad faith.”
“In this matter, elected Republicans are mainly serving, not the president, and certainly not the republic, but themselves,” Gerson writes. “Having decided that no amount of evidence would be sufficient for conviction, they realize that the presentation of a full and compelling case would convict them of servility and institutional surrender. So a quick and dirty Senate trial is the best way to limit the exposure of their malpractice.”
According to Gerson, Republicans see impeachment as a tool to raise funds and rally their base — which compounds Trump’s crimes against democracy. “The theory seems to be: If you are going to betray the constitutional order, you might as well profit from it.”
Thanks to Senate Republicans, Trumps acquittal will likely come at any cost. After escaping accountability in the wake of the Mueller report, the appearance of vindication emboldened Trump even more, Gerson contends. “Give Trump an inch and he’ll take Ukraine.”
Gerson writes that according to Trump’s track record, the only mode of accountability for him will be the 2020 election.
“Trump avoided accountability after the Mueller probe. He is likely to avoid accountability for the Ukraine squeeze. That leaves one last source of accountability — the election in November. This will be a test, not of the Republican Party, but of the republic.”
Read his full piece over at The Washington Post.
Paul Krugman debunks Trump’s bogus claims about the ‘Obama economy’
President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that his policies alone are responsible for the economic recovery in the United States, claiming that he inherited a broken economy from his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. But Trump’s claims are wildly misleading, and economist/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman debunked some of them this week in a Twitter thread.
Krugman tweeted, “So, I see that Trump is bad-mouthing the Obama economy. Two points. First, there was absolutely no break in economic trends after the 2016 election.”
The 66-year-old Krugman posted a chart showing GDP (gross domestic product) from 2010 (when Obama was serving his first term) to 2020 (three years into Trump’s presidency). GDP, the chart shows, gradually improved during Obama’s eight-year presidency.
Right-wing extremists using Facebook to recruit for ‘boogaloo’ attacks on liberals and cops: report
A right-wing extremist movement is recruiting on social media to target liberals and law enforcement in a violent uprising called the "boogaloo."
The loosely organized movement is trolling for members on mainstream platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter, in addition to 4chan and other fringe sites, to promote a second Civil War, reported NBC News.
“When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police, and public officials, we need to take their words seriously,” said Paul Goldenberg, of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Bernie Sanders was so close to a primary against Obama in 2011 that Dems were ‘absolutely panicked’: report
In an article for The Atlantic this Wednesday, Edward-Isaac Dovere recounts the time that Bernie Sanders tried to primary Barack Obama -- a move that Sanders was close to achieving that former Democratic Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.
The event, which hasn't been previously reported, took place in the summer of 2011 and reportedly had the Obama campaign "absolutely panicked"
While Sanders' Obama plan never went through, the relationship between the two has been strained ever since. "Now Obama, the beloved former leader of the Democratic Party, and Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, are facing a new and especially fraught period in their relationship," Dovere writes. "To Obama, Sanders is a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: unrelenting, unrealistic, so deep in his own fight that he doesn’t see how many people disagree with him or that he’s turning off people who should be his allies. To Sanders, it’s Obama who represents a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: overly compromising, and so obsessed with what isn’t possible that he’s lost all sense of what is."