Jon Stewart made an appearance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and made a personal statement based on Trump’s character of cruelty:
“Clearly, we’re not going to be able to negotiate or shame you into decency, but there is one place where I draw the line: I won’t allow you and your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue…”
We need to understand that Trump’s cruelty is what galvanizes his supporters, and this is a truly vile and frightening truth. To make things worse, we can’t rely on the usual institutions to protect us from his assault on our norms, ethics and institutions. The checks and balances that used to constrain the president have been purchased by the billionaire class, most notably Congress. And now, with the full impact of McConnell’s stolen Supreme Court seat hitting us, we may not even be able to rely on the Supreme Court to uphold the rule of law when it comes to presidential power as soon as Trump’s next Justice is seated. An article in Slate by Yascha Mounk drives this point home:
We only have two forms of actual power remaining. Protesting and voting. Protest has worked in cases like the ACA, where public outcry might have made the difference between outright repeal of the ACA versus a slower dismantling. Protest might also be able to at least postpone a vote in the Senate on a new Supreme Court Justice, especially if pro-choice Republicans Collins and Murkowski feel the heat.
We also need to keep asking this question: why are Republicans in the House increasingly hysterical about the Mueller probe? Rumors continue to fly on social media that some of them are actually implicated in wrong-doing and are trying to destroy the investigation before it has a chance to bring them down. With every passing week we discover more Russian ties to Trump acolytes, as well as to the RNC. Why were so many Republicans having so many meetings with the Russians? Why the hell were so many Russians, including the Russian ambassador, at the Republican Convention in 2016? If members of the Republican party were taking money from Russians, it would make perfect sense that they would be increasingly terrified of the Mueller probe, and would do what they could to save their necks, the country and rule of law be damned.
Meanwhile, Faso fiddles while his party insults the service of career Justice Department officials and his “standard bearer” calls journalists “the enemy of the people”. Whether or not you love Antonio Delgado, Faso is a thousand times worse. So please do what you can to support Delgado and get ready for a bruising midterm election. Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso.