This is unbecoming behavior.

Make an outrageous statement not based on fact.
When people call it out as wrong, double down.
Finally, assert that following statutory procedure appears "weak."

Yes, the "bad guys" scorn people who follow the laws.
Does that mean we shouldn't?
This plays well with people who have no patience with rule of law. It also converts more people to the "rule of law is tiresome" way of thinking.

I suspect that the Do Something This Minute people will never be satisfied.

Nothing will ever be enough.
A strongman has a lot of appeal.

A strongman can get things done quickly by blowing through the rules. A strongman appeals to people who dislike rule of law.

You see, a lot of people don't actually like democracy.
It's hard, slow-moving, grinding work.
I'd like to add that one reason Trump succeeded with his followers is that he entertains them. He provides constant action. He throws punches! He fights with their enemies! This thrills them.

A strongman provides a good show. Lots of action and drama . . .
Rule of law, in contrast, is tedious. Procedures take time.

Trump = an action thriller.
Rule of law = the most boring book assigned in high school.

People in my mentions defending Rick Wilson want action! They are tired of waiting!
Investigations and prosecutions are serious and weighty.

One problem, I think, is the idea that there is some magic bullet, something that can come out of a court that will end the threat of fascism once and for all if only the Democrats would just do it already.

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7 Oct
I think I'm going to stop for now.

Someone just told me that these reports are "meaningless unless . . . "

The truth is never meaningless.
The idea that a report is meaningless because . . . .because . .. because what? Because Trump is not in prison?

That's not how things work, people.

In fact, it sounds a bit autocratic to me.

I'm about to go on a tear . . .
I'm tired of the word "consequences" and "accountability."

Trump was removed from the White House after trying everything he could to subvert an election.

Investigations are ongoing.

If you want elected leaders who abuse their authority to be held accountable . . .
Read 5 tweets
7 Oct
Reading the Senate Report now on Trump's months-long attempts to subvert the election:…

The attempts involve repeated abuses of presidential power and violations of "longstanding policies" intended to prevent a president from weaponizing the DOJ.

Finding #1: Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse false claims about the election and to assist his efforts to overturn the election.

I seem to recall @RepAdamSchiff warning Congress that if Trump wasn't impeached and removed he'd keep abusing his power.

Finding #2: Mark Meadows similarly "violated longstanding restrictions on White House-DOJ communications about specific law enforcement matters."

Why it matters: In an autocracy, the autocrat decides who to prosecute. Independent prosecutors are a safeguard of democracy.

Read 22 tweets
5 Oct
And what regulations might these be?

*checks a timeline of regulations*

Regulations from this era include the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and our first affirmative action regulations.

"Insane" indeed. Image
Does anyone remember the economy tanking during the time from JFK to Nixon?

(That would be 1963 until 1968 or 1974, depending on how to count "Nixon.") Image
I recommend not arguing with such people. They use the firehose of falsehoods method: throw out lots of garbage and wear people out trying correct errors.

I retweeted because I thought the "insane" comment was interesting.

The hatred of regulations is why they hate government.
Read 4 tweets
3 Oct
Here is a foreshadowing of how the far right-wing will respond as the investigations into the January 6 Capitol attack get closer to the whole truth.

They will cast themselves as patriots and victims of government oppression. Image
Millions and millions of people will believe this.

I don't want you all discouraged when you learn that prosecution and the truth coming out will not end the threat posed by the far right-wing.

The fight will go on. See my pinned tweet.
It doesn't make sense, but it doesn't have to.
Read 4 tweets
3 Oct
Apparently Trump "plans to sue."…

Yeah, right 🥱

Not only would he lose, but such a lawsuit would likely backfire on him spectacularly.

(I first wrote about this in a Just Security piece.)

2/ It's generally accepted that the privilege is held by the sitting president, and the Biden administration already said won't assert executive privilege over this material.

(For more detail, see my Just Security article:…)
3/ So most likely his lawsuit would be thrown out on a motion to dismiss.

If the court DID consider his arguments, it would likely apply one of the exceptions and conclude that these records are not privileged.
Read 13 tweets
30 Sep
See my pinned blog post, where I discuss this.

They'll push backward. That's what reactionaries do.

A solid majority in the Senate could have solved this by allowing Congress to reform the Court.

The real problem is that the Democrats didn't pick up more Senate seats in 2020.
Biden in the White House balances this by pushing forward in other ways.

The key to the Court problem is picking up a larger majority in the Senate in 2022 and keeping the House majority.
You can't gerrymander the Senate, and the Constitution (17th Amendment) provides that Senators are picked by popular vote in each state.

Right now, we have a split Senate, which is slowing progress.

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