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Here's @realDonaldTrump putting the Republican Senators in a tight spot.

Without a touch of irony, Trump just tweeted: "THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY"

And what, for Trump, is the crime of the century?

The evil plot to bring him down!

Trump is forcing the GOP Senators . . .

@realDonaldTrump . . . to adopt a set of lies offering an alternate reality.

Alternate reality: The crime wasn't the "Russian government interfering in our elections in a sweeping and systematic fashion," which, for Trump was a "hoax."

The crime wasn't Operation Ukraine Shakedown . . .

@realDonaldTrump Trump insisted that his call to Zelensky was "perfect." He tells people to "Read the Transcripts." (The transcripts are damning.)

This, folks, is totalitarianism:

💠The leader says up is down
💠Everyone must agree

A totalitarian leader requires the people to ignore facts.

@realDonaldTrump A totalitarian leader requires people to ignore the evidence from their own senses.

Trump's defense is that what he did was perfect and the "criminals" are those testifying against him.

Dear @senatemajldr, @MittRomney, and other @GOP Senators.

What will you do?

@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP I caution people against unrealistic expectations, but the fact is that anything might happen in the next few weeks:

💠The GOP Senators close ranks around Trump (raising the question: Will they adopt his alternate reality?)

💠Or something else
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP REMINDER:

Whatever the GOP does now—whichever option they adopt—it's all about Nov. 2020.

We still have meaningful elections (Um, 2018 and 2019)

Before you argue, read my FAQs⤵️

And then click on the "THINGS TO DO" button at the top and get busy.
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP I'll go with that⤵️

I started with the assumption that they care more about power than truth.

Starting from that assumption, Trump is making it very hard for them.

It's one thing to wink-wink and justify and cover up.

It's another to say, "Up is Down."
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP For true reactionaries, it's not about keeping their jobs.

The best way to understand the thinking of the reactionaries who have seized control of the Republican Party is to read Hofstadter's classic work, The Paranoid Style in American Politics . . .
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP Hofstadter conducted a thorough review of U.S. politics from before the founding of the nation through McCarthyism and noticed a pattern among a small impassioned minority on the fringes of the political spectrum.

He called their behavior the “paranoid style” in politics. . .
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP Those embracing the paranoid style of politics believe that unseen satanic forces are trying to destroy something larger in which they belong.

According to Hofstadter, the “something larger” to which they belong is generally phrased as “the American way of life.”
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP They “feel dispossessed” and that “America has been largely taken away from them and their kind.”

They are “determined to repossess it and prevent the final act of subversion.”

They therefore adopt extreme measures.
@realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @MittRomney @GOP Some of the GOP leadership are true reactionaries. They're scary. They're willing to destroy institutions.

Others are cowardly conservatives. Yes, they're afraid of losing their jobs. I'm sure they have fears as well.
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