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@jonathanvswan This is the part of autocracy's rise wherein the autocrat attempts to rapidly consolidate power and seize hold of institutions, enabled a semi-credible claim of victory over internal "enemies", created via a coverup of findings that presented a dire threat to the autocrat.
@jonathanvswan It's staring you in the face, America. Your move. Make it a good one.
@jonathanvswan And if you want to brush this off as "oh, well, that's just the campaign side running their mouths", I'll remind you that Donald Trump declared his 2020 candidacy to the FEC on the exact same day he took office. They are prima facie coordinating because that's what a campaign is.
@jonathanvswan Enabled *by*. Enabled by. Damn, Twitter, this whole lack of a time-limited visually-indicated-forever edit feature has me all hot and bothered to try to work for your company or something, but on the other hand, good god why would I ever do that to myself?
@jonathanvswan Here is one way one might go about consolidating power. February 26th, 2016.
@jonathanvswan But a president can't just go off on his own and do that, right? Well... unfortunately he's not alone. Laws are hard to change (source: Schoolhouse Rock), but interpretations of laws seem to be getting a bit more flexible lately. rollingstone.com/politics/polit…
@jonathanvswan Donald Trump is the same person he always was: a guy who uses his money to wield the legal system itself as a blunt instrument against those who posed a threat to him. To do financial damage. Related: he has publicly declared the press an "enemy".
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