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The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Impeachment in Context - CounterPunch.org counterpunch.org/2019/10/10/the… by @NatCounterPunch
@NatCounterPunch Andrew Bacevich, a lonely voice of wisdom.
@NatCounterPunch “Centrists simply want to return to the status quo interrupted by Trump, their reputations laundered by their courageous opposition to his mercurial reign, and their policies restored to credibility.”
@NatCounterPunch "Trump’s antics regarding Ukraine may even meet some definition of criminal. Still, how does such misconduct compare to the calamities engineered by the “centrists” who preceded him?"
@NatCounterPunch "Consider the G.W. Bush admin’s decision to invade Iraq. Consider the reckless economic policies that produced the Great Recession of 2008. As measured by the harm inflicted on the American people, the offenses for which Trump is being impeached qualify as mere misdemeanors"
@NatCounterPunch “'Trump’s shambolic presidency somehow seems less unsavory,' Moyn writes, when considering the fact that his critics refuse 'to admit how massively his election signified the failure of their policies, from endless war to economic inequality.'”
@NatCounterPunch Impeachment isn’t the answer to America’s political crisis | Samuel Moyn theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
@NatCounterPunch Matt Taibbi: "Americans might soon wish they just waited to vote their way out of the Trump era." taibbi.substack.com/p/were-in-a-pe…
@NatCounterPunch Really powerful piece by Matt Taibbi. Wherever you are on the political spectrum, you have to read and re read this. taibbi.substack.com/p/were-in-a-pe…
@NatCounterPunch "Russiagate birthed a whole brand of politics, a government-in-exile, which prosecuted its case against Trump via a constant stream of “approved” leaks, partisans in congress, and an increasingly unified and thematically consistent set of commercial news outlets."
@NatCounterPunch "These mechanisms have been transplanted now onto the #Ukrainegate drama. It’s the same people beating the public drums, with the messaging run out of the same congressional committees, through the same Nadlers, Schiffs, and Swalwells. The same news outlets are on full alert."
@NatCounterPunch #Trump "succeeded ... because of flaws in the media business that gifted him mass amounts of coverage, and because he took cunning advantage of long-simmering frustrations in the electorate. He also clearly catered to racist fears, and to the collapse in trust in institutions"
@NatCounterPunch "#Trump stands accused of using the office of the presidency to advance political aims, in particular pressuring Ukraine to investigate potential campaign rival Joe Biden. He’s guilty, but the issue is how guilty, in comparison to his accusers."
@NatCounterPunch "#Trump’s tinpot Twitter threats and cancellation of White House privileges for dolts like Jim Acosta also don’t begin to compare to the danger posed by Facebook, Google, and Twitter ... organizing with ... the Atlantic Council to fight “fake news”
@NatCounterPunch "CIA/FBI-backed impeachment could also be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If #Trump thinks he’s going to be jailed upon leaving office, he’ll sooner or later figure out that his only real move is to start acting like the “dictator” MSNBC and CNN keep insisting he is."
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