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Elizabeth Spiers @espiers
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Fwiw, as an occasional WaPo columnist who's written critical things about the President and his family, I'm 100% sure that if I were tortured and dismembered on the orders of MBS, Trump would do absolutely nothing about it. And not because i'm a real threat.
No one in that family gives a shit about the First Amendment or the role of the press in democracy, because they don't fundamentally care about democracy. Trump thinks being president is akin to, or should be akin to, being a king or a dictator.
Everyone thinks they earned their money and power, however laughable that seems to people who aren't them, and they're entitled to behave however they want as a result, violating rules and norms without constraint.
They don't believe people who haven't accrued similar levels of wealth and power should have any say whatsoever. And when pressed, via policy or otherwise, they think those people's lives are worth less. They are disposable.
They demonstrate this every day by doing things that actively harm everyone who's not a straight white guy with at least middle class economic status, even screwing over previously untouchable constituencies for Republicans--the military, for example.
And all of these people are abstractions to them. Trump won't visit the troops because that would entail him having to look someone in the face and justify his decision making, which could potentially kill them.
And he's coward who won't even fire people to their faces. He's a coward, generally. He won't listen to the Khashoggi tape because it would force his pea brain to reckon with the consequences of what he's doing.
And as long as he can tell himself that it's really just a game, theater--which is easier to do in a gold plated mausoleum like Mar-a-Lago--and that his personal welfare is all that matters, nothing will ever be beyond the pale.
I don't think Khashoggi's murder is anywhere near the bottom level of what he will tolerate morally. In fact, i'm not sure there is a bottom. We haven't seen him check himself yet with regard to anything. There's no reason to believe there's a line somewhere that he won't cross.
(Btw, i don't say this to suggest that the things i write are in any way comparable to what Jamal Khashoggi was doing. I'm saying that even though my stakes are far lower, i don't think this admin would blink an eye re: physical harm. There's no floor to their moral depravity.
And their behavior re: Khashoggi is revolting and horrifying to me. But not surprising. This is the purest incarnation of who they are.)
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