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There are degrees of rejection



There are degrees of rejection

Co-blogger Pierre Lemieux writes:

Whatever you think of the criminal charges and “civil” lawsuits against Donald Trump (and there are good reasons to question many aspects of them), they represent the powerful state he has not disowned, except perhaps in occasional and incoherent baby talk . as long as he was working on it. And there is something special about the way he sells this kind of state, if he leads it, to his followers. America was in terminal decline before him, in four years he made it great again, it hasn’t been great since the election was stolen from him, but he will make it great again soon if the election isn’t tampered with.

There are two ways to disown a powerful state: with words and with actions. I am in favor of the latter. The first is literally just talking.

It is true that Donald Trump has not denied the powerful state with words. And in many ways he didn’t do that with actions.

But he did it in a major way by not taking action.

Consider that in the 2016 campaign, when he even mentioned his opponent Hilary Clinton, some of his most zealous supporters would shout, “Lock her up.” I don’t know if Trump said it back, although I wouldn’t be surprised. But they are words.

What did he do Doing to Hilary Clinton after he became president? Nothing. He did not appoint a special prosecutor, although he certainly had reasons to do so.

What did his 2020 opponent, Joe Biden, do next He become chairman? Appointed an attorney general with an ax to grind, who did appoint a special prosecutor to go after Donald Trump.

In many ways, Donald Trump is someone who is difficult to sympathize with. But Alvin Bragg, Letitia James, Joe Biden, Merrick Garland and Juan Merchan, to name just five, have made me sympathize with him. They go so much beyond what is fair and appropriate in a way that Donald Trump never did.

The photo above is of Judge Juan Merchan.