“It would be wrong to think about Trump on the same spectrum as predecessors. you have to look on his presidency in a different way — seeing his possibly criminal conduct not as a byproduct of a political agenda but a central feature of his tenure”
/1 nytimes.com/2020/11/17/mag…
“In this light, Trump’s potential criminality becomes a kind of throughline, the dots that connect his life as a businessman to his entry into politics and then onward across his four years as president.”

“One potentially illegal act led Trump to the next: from law-bending moves as a businessman, to questionable campaign-finance, to willingness to interfere with investigations into his conduct, to public corruption and the seemingly illegal abuse of powers to remain in office”

“The stakes of prosecuting Donald Trump may be high; but so are the costs of not prosecuting him, which would send a dangerous message, one that transcends even the presidency, about the country’s commitment to the rule of law.”


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23 Oct
one big journalistic challenge in covering Trump is simply keeping pace with the large number of things he says that are, not just false, but obviously, wildly, fundamentally false.

A thread from last night's debate
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were this true, the actual toll of 220+K would be a 90% reduction

but it's ridiculous

2.2-M refers to the toll if government did NOTHING. that was never an option for anyone
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that’s ridiculous

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it does not takes courage to have federal officers with riot shields and tear gas and rubber bullets clear a path for a heavily-guarded president to walk across the street, hold up a Bible and scowl for the cameras

that’s what President Trump did yesterday 1/
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that’s what Robert F. Kennedy did in April 1968

RFK delivered this message:

“what we need in the United States is not division, not hatred, not violence and lawlessness, but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another

“a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer in our country, whether they be white or black”
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