- Via Dan Fromkin: Did ‘vermin’ mark a turning point in Trump coverage? (spoiler: almost certainly not).
- Via WaPo: How Trump’s rhetoric compares with Hitler’s
Trump’s campaign responded by seemingly taking issue with the “ridiculous” framing. But in the same breath, it also promised that Trump’s “snowflake” critics’ “entire existence will be crushed when President Trump returns to the White House.” (It later sought to amend that to “sad, miserable existence.”)
Well, then (emphasis mine). I recommend the entire piece, which does a good job of underscoring the similarities in rhetoric.
- Then take that rhetoric and think about it in terms of the following via Axios, Behind the Curtain: Trump allies pre-screen loyalists for unprecedented power grab.
- See, also, Jamelle Bouie at the NYT, Trump Wants Us to Know He Will Stop at Nothing in 2025.
It might be tempting to dismiss the former president’s rhetoric and plans as either jokes or the ravings of a lunatic who may eventually find himself in jail. But to borrow an overused phrase, it is important to take the words of both presidents and presidential candidates seriously as well as literally.
the mundane truth of American politics is that much of what we want to know is in plain view. You don’t have to search hard or seek it out; you just have to listen.
And Donald Trump is telling us, loud and clear, that he wants to end American democracy as we know it.
- Via WaPo: Ex-Trump allies detail efforts to overturn election in Georgia plea videos.
- Via Politico: ‘I’m not a windmill person’: Trump takes the witness stand and doesn’t break character
- Via The Hill: Trump’s Truth Social has lost $73 million in less than 2 years, new filing says
- Via TNR: Why Is Mike Johnson Flying a Christian Nationalist Flag Outside His Office?