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Senators who vote for Trump’s vindication are blessing such corruption in the future: columnist

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In an op-ed published at The Washington Post this Monday, Michael Gerson argues that despite Donald Trump’s election promises of rooting out corruption and fixing the ‘broken’ culture in Washington, he has instead called upon his party and followers to “normalize corruption and brokenness as essential features of our political order.”

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Using the example of the core foundation of Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial, which is that he “used public funds as leverage to gain private, political benefits from a foreign government an impeachable abuse of presidential power,” Gerson contends that Republicans’ only means of defense against the charges is a “babbling incoherence in trying to avoid it.”

“And because Trump denies any wrongdoing — pronouncing his own actions “perfect” — senators who vote for his vindication are effectively blessing such abuses in the future,” Gerson writes. “Their action would set an expectation of corruption at the highest levels of our government.”

According to Gerson, Trump’s approach to governing resembles a “crime syndicate.”

“Anyone Trump can hire or fire is assumed to be an operative, sworn to personal loyalty,” he writes. “Fixers and factotums are employed to impose the leader’s will and to weed out resistance. Discipline is assured through the fear of swift and cruel reprisal. Any action that ‘owns the Democrats’ or defeats the ‘deep state’ is justified because Trump’s opponents are disloyal to the United States and seek its ruin.”

“This is a world where ethical rules count for nothing,” he continues. “A world where character is for chumps. A world where institutional constraints are temporary obstacles and the pursuit of power takes priority over every norm or principle.”

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Read the full piece over at The Washington Post.


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‘As bad as it gets’: GOP consultants have a secret admission about Trump — and a have a word of warning to ‘Lincoln Project’ Republicans

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Fox News and AM talk radio are full of GOP strategists and consultants who are happy to go on the air and recite pro-Trump talking points, but it’s often the anonymous quotes in outlets outside the right-wing bubble that offer insights on what Republicans are really thinking about President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller interviewed nine different GOP consultants for a Rolling Stone article published this week, and they candidly discussed Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

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"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

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‘The lifetime of lies and hideous behavior is finally catching up’: Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz

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Art of the Deal ghostwriter/co-author Tony Schwartz isn't surprised by the facts included in the book about President Donald Trump by his niece. In fact, it only confirms what Schwartz said he discovered about Trump since they met.

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