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Laffy @GottaLaff
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"Nat. Park Service threatens to hit political protesters on Natl Mall w lg gatherings, and it wants to make it easier to reject a spontaneous protest of the type that might occur, say, if Trump fires Mueller." If @Will_Bunch wrote it, you should read it!
2/ "The @ACLU would likely mount a similar challenge if the new Trump-era restrictions are imposed — but past success is no guarantee of future results."
3/ ... Trump and his allies — Republicans candidates, the Fox News Channel, talk radio — instead have amplified divisiveness and, in some cases, unleashed hate."
4/ "What do... very not-normal, autocratic moves have in common? They are all making the not-always-silent majority of Americans who strongly disapprove of Trump's presidency madder than they've ever been."
5/ "1st go-round at migrant family separation sparked sizable protests last summer—so it's likely Round 2 will provoke similar spasms of protests. & when these protests occur, Fox will highlight them for their audience of angry old men — rebranding legit dissent as "mob rule."
6/ "In last 72 hours, the climate of violence has indeed escalated, but with the fisticuffs thrown not by leftists but by pro-Trump goon squads — 21st century brownshirts, essentially — called the Proud Boys, who've been captured on video this weekend inflicting actual "mob rule"
7/ "If these rules go into effect, those who are most angry at Trump's actions, who see Amer plunging into authoritarianism, likely to ignore rules & protest anyway & when they do, govt will now have power to arrest dissenters"
8/ ".... in chaotic scenes that will provide miles of new footage for Fox. And that chaos will rally Trump's base behind even harsher restrictions on First Amendment protest, speech and the free press, until dissent is silenced totally.

This downward spiral has a name: fascism"
9/ "There's so much going on right now — the elections, the Mueller probe, the Saudi crisis, etc., etc. It's easy to see some National Park Service rules on permit fees and sidewalk restrictions as a back-burner, Page A17 story."
10/10 "It's not. It's at the cruel core of a presidency w a stunning willingness to erode 1A rts to air grievances & protest government.... People should be very afraid — not just of these proposed rules, but about why Team Trump wants this in the first place."
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