I think this is unproductive. There are procedures to follow. Cool heads should be in charge of the government.

This was how Trump governed: Make everything into who is strongest and toughest, and it was unbecoming.
Certainly, but the last I heard, he said he would defy the subpoena. He wrote a scathing letter.

First, he has to actually not show up for his deposition, right?

Do we imprison people for letters?

Bannon “has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President,” the House panel said in a statement.

When he actually does it, there are procedures.
They did.

Someone just told me that Bannon needs to be hauled off to jail immediately.

That is authoritarian.
Rule of law follows procedures.
Wanna know my biggest fear? Democrats start losing elections.

Wanna know how that's likely to happen?

Turn everyone against the Democrats.

The Democrats are the only thing standing between us and rule by the GOP.

This is rage at the Select Committee to Investigate Jan. ⤵️
Democracy is deliberate, slow grinding work.
Autocracy is swift and action-packed. It's thrilling. You get to do battle with the enemies.

Democracy is also imperfect and frustrating. It needs real friends, not fair-weather friends.
By the way, I'm not saying "trust the process."

I'm saying, "Follow the law. Abide by norms. Follow the procedure."

Which is just another way of saying "support democracy and fight against autocracy."

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12 Oct
My latest for @NBCNewsTHINK

We all know that Trump doesn't do well in court, where facts matter. He'd be well-advised not to try to fight the executive privilege matter in court. Yes, he'll lose. It could also backfire.
It depends on what you mean by "long." (There are some on Twitter who think 3 days is long.)

The election fraud cases went quickly (under a few months)

Delaying these documents even 4 or 5 months wouldn't matter, even if he managed to delay it that long.
Records are duplicative. The select committee is getting plenty of others, which Trump can't even pretend to control.

I think this one could get tossed out on a motion raising the crime-fraud exception, leaving Trump with nothing to appeal. . .
Read 4 tweets
12 Oct
Autocracy moves swiftly. It's thrilling. Things happen and they happen fast. It's all about fighting the enemy.

The Facebook whistleblower said: "It’s easier to inspire people to anger than it is to other emotions."

Democracy and due process are dull and slow-moving.
There are rules against prosecutors talking about ongoing investigations for a reason.

Consider how making it easier to imprison people would backfire. The whole point of due process is to slow things down.

Think of it this way . . .

One side wants to speed up the process. They envision a conveyor belt. For much of our history, criminal justice meant putting black men in jail. In autocracies, criminal justice is to put political dissenters in jail. . .
Read 17 tweets
9 Oct
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.
Read 6 tweets
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: cnn.com/2021/10/07/pol…

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.

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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.
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