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Historian Jon Meacham wonders if we're mature enough for democracy — here's the latest sign worrying him
Historian and sometimes Joe Biden advisor Jon Meacham voiced his thoughts on the future of self-governance in American during an appearance on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour."
Anchor Brian Williams directed Meacham's attention to a sign that appeared on a store in Nashville, Tennessee.
"You force a shot on us?" the sign asked, with a picture of a vaccine.
"We force a shot on shot it you," it continued, with an image of a revolver pointed at the viewer.
SPOTTED: “FORCE A SHOT ON US… WE FORCE A SHOT ON YOU.” 😳 Clear threats and incitement to violence at the Lewis Co… https://t.co/7m6Bmq4XLY— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler) 1632254329.0
Meacham said the thinking behind the sign was "not rational."
He described the divide in America is "not unprecedented in kind, but unprecedented, I would argue, in degree since the 1850s."
"And I use that analogy very, very advisably because we know how the 1850s ended, they ended in bloodshed, they ended in cataclysm," he said of the Civil War. "And I'm not predicting armed conflict here, but I do think we have to take a pretty deep breath here and think about the -- what's genuinely at stake."
He worried society was decaying into a state of nature.
"This is on us. This is on we the people. Because democracies are counter intuitive, because we're driven by appetite and ambition. That's what we are as human beings," he explained. "And democracy is about seeing each other not as rivals but as neighbors. We do not see each other as neighbors in America at this hour. And if we don't, maybe we aren't worthy of this democracy."
"And maybe that's a question we really, really need to stare in the face, not worry again about this bill and that bill. But are we, in fact, mature enough as a people to govern our ourselves?" he asked. "I think we are, but we're doing everything we can to prove the opposite."
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Legal experts were unimpressed by Donald Trump's lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump.
His niece had harsh words for the lawsuit in an interview with The Daily Beast.
"I think he is a f*cking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It's desperation," the psychologist said. "The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he'll try and change the subject."
Legal experts was also critical of the lawsuit.
"Yeah, good luck with that as a legal theory," former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "It does sound very much like someone who's desperate to try to turn the tables and certainly the former president has a history of trying to abuse the legal system for his own benefit. So this looks like another chapter in that same book."
"Why isn't this being brought by Trump's usual lawyers?" Attorney Bradley P. Moss wondered. "Also, why does this lawsuit fail to make any reference to the fact they tried to block publication based on the NDA and lost in court?"
"Losing loser seeks to lose some more," former federal prosecutor Katie Phang said.
Later on MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell asked former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about Trump's lawsuit.
"Yeah, i'm going to go out on a limb and say this isn't going anywhere," Katyal said.
"You know, for one thing, if you really believe this Donald Trump, why do you wait an entire year before suing? He's complaining about stuff that happened a year ago," he noted. "If the harm's so great, you wait until now?"
"And the big problem is here is something Trump hasn't read but we know: it's called the First Amendment, freedom of press," he continued. "Good luck, Donald Trump, challenging that and suing The New York Times. This one, I think, we know the results already."
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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday laughed while reading from a new Daily Beast report on Trump suing his own niece.
While discussing the near-total abortion ban passed by Texas Republicans with former prosecutor Joyce Vance, the host noted the breaking news from The Daily Beast titled under the headline, "Donald Trump Sues New York Times and His Niece Over Tax Story."
Maddow read from the report and she started laughing when she read the phrase from the lawsuit claiming damages are "believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars."
"Each of those words capitalized," Maddow said.
She also read Mary Trump's comments on the lawsuit, which drew laughter from Vance.
"I think he is a f*cking loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can," she said. "It's desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that will stick."
Maddow then went to commercial break during which she apparently began reading the lawsuit.
When she returned from break and discussed the lawsuit with anchor Lawrence O'Donnell during the handoff between their shows, Maddow noted the lawsuit used "understated" when it meant to use "overstated."
"Impossible to rewrite. Rachel, do not try to rewrite art," O'Donnell said. "He has the lawyers who think the way he does."
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