Washington Post: Say, Will Trump Scare Democrats Into Not Being Nutjobs?

EJ Dionne has Thoughts

Will Trump scare some sense into the Democrats?

While the Democratic presidential candidates tear each other to pieces, President Trump is sending a message to the country: The rule of law means nothing to him. He will weaponize the federal government to his own political purposes, and things will only get worse if he’s reelected.

Trump has said many awful things, but here are his most chilling words yet: “I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.”

Trump as “the chief law enforcement officer” is akin to putting the Houston Astros in charge of policing cheating in Major League Baseball.

It should worry Democrats that as the dangers posed by four more years of Trump (and two more years of a supine GOP Senate) become clearer, their presidential race may be coming down to a choice between a billionaire and a democratic socialist. “ ’Tis the final conflict,” as “The Internationale,” the old anthem of the left, put it. It’s hard to imagine a confrontation more likely to shatter the party.

What follows is lots of whining, including about Trump providing pardons, clemencies, and commutations, which is totes different from when Obama did it, you know. And lots more whining, because

But this is not a normal time. We have seen too many cases in history when authoritarian leaders triumphed because their opponents were so focused on adversaries within their own camp that they lost track of the larger struggle to preserve democracy and free government.

I’m still waiting for some Lefty to explain how, exactly, Trump is authoritarian, and how he is controlling their lives. I mean, isn’t that exactly what most of the Democrats are saying they each want to do?

Thus a modest suggestion: Can these Democratic candidates start competing over who is best positioned to bring together the majority of Americans who disapprove of how Trump is running things? Can they try to prove it by reaching out now to constituencies not part of their own natural base — and by taming the furies within their own factions? Can they look at the smirk on Trump’s face and realize the damage they’ll do our nation if they just pretend that this primary is like every other?

Nope. They’re all nuts, and none of them will reign in the wackadoodle. They’re all trying to see how much they can appeal to the extremists in the Democrat party. And they won’t stop.

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15 Responses to “Washington Post: Say, Will Trump Scare Democrats Into Not Being Nutjobs?”

  1. formwiz says:

    Does Jeffery sound saner or insaner?

  2. Kye says:

    The Kings of Projection are at it again. Name one thing Trump has done that impinged on any leftists rights. Name one person he has sentenced to prison for “process crimes” or even real crimes.

    Now these fools are bitchin’ about Trumps 26 or so pardons as being “tyranny” yet Husseins 1099 pardons were manna from heaven.

    And no formwiz, Jeffery is not getting saner. In fact he sounds crazier as days go by.
    The liberals have allowed themselves to be radicalized by the extreme left. There are no longer any honest liberals in the Democrat Party they have succumbed to complete authoritarian communist ideology. They allowed their Party to be raped by communists in the name of “equality of outcome”, diversity and racial self hatred the like of which I’ve never seen or read about in history. We are allowing self hating Ameican whites to destroy our birthright.

    Trump 2020 Draw a line in the sand for the left.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The nuGOP was co-opted by the Tea Party, spawn of the John Birch Society.

      Donald tRump was the political messiah that the nuGOP has been waiting for – charismatic, unprincipled, amoral, cruel, dishonest, authoritarian – willing to break every American norm, principle, tradition, not to mention laws.

      TeaBirchers will claim that reactionary acts on their part are justified because the Democrats are now communists intent on destroying America. According to the far-right, lying, cheating, even killing is justified to defeat the Dems.

      Like the recent right-wing terrorist attacks in Germany (10 killed last night outside Frankfurt) America should expect similar attacks. Just read some of the eliminationist rhetoric on this blog.

      • Kye says:

        Awww, is poor little Elwood pissed off? You just proved how fukin’ unhinged you are with that unpricipled, immoral, hellishly cruel, lying tyrannical diatribe projecting the unAmerican, unprincipled, non traditional, lawless diatribe. It’s disgusting, revolting and pure bullshit.

        Making up names like nuCons, TeaBirchers to distract the rampant communism and pure hate emanating from the Democommunists is laughable. Your leaders just beat the shit out of each other in front of America with a Lil Hitler Tiny Tyrant, a fake Indian liar personified, a guy who has been a communist longer than Marx, a poor old dope whose son is a fukin criminal and possibly a Traitor and an inexperienced fag that ran a small city into the dirt. Which one is gonna beat Trump, Elwood?

        You lefties have murder on your minds and always have. From Stalin to Hitler from Mao to Che, all you lefties do is murder, murder, murder. It’s an historical fact. Today you’re responsable for the murder of hundreds of thousands in America alone and you cry over a couple “right-wing terrorist attacks” in Germany? You jest. Since 9/11 the mooslems have murdered 35, 367 around the world, the Democoms here have murdered 19 million babies and you whine about misguided ass holes in Germany> You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re an enabler, a white hater, and America hater and completely insane.

        You get more psychotic and more dangerous every day. You need to see a shrink before you harm your family or yourself. You are a total concentration of hate, envy, cruelty, and lust for power. The perfect communist!

        Trump 2020 Let’s make Elwood snap like a tiny fukin’ twig!

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Is poor little Kye even more pissed off?

          Accusing me of murdering hundreds of thousands in America alone? You poor demented old man.

          Now you’re defending the right-wing murder of Jews and Turks in Germany. These were breathing human beings snuffed out by a man who says the same shit that you say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

          Turn me in to tRump. Maybe he’ll get rid of me.

          • formwiz says:

            Accusing me of murdering hundreds of thousands in America alone? You poor demented old man.

            No, he’s nothing like Gropin’ Joe.

            And he accused you personally of nothing. You’d know that if you had actually read his comment.

            More to the point, the only mention of what happened in Deutschland (you seem obsessed with those people and what they did) comes from you.

            These were breathing human beings snuffed out by a man who says the same shit that you say.

            More like what you say.

            You should be ashamed of yourself. But Lefties have no shame.

            Turn me in to tRump. Maybe he’ll get rid of me.

            Proof you know everything you say is a lie. If that was the case, you’d have been gone long ago and you acknowledge it.

      • formwiz says:

        Where he comes up with this stuff, god only knows, but it only goes to vindicate Darwin’s old line, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert”.

        The nuGOP was co-opted by the Tea Party, spawn of the John Birch Society.

        My God, what drivel.

        The Tea Party was the first real revolt against the Uni-Party. As it was the child of the Libertarians, it was more sound than fury, sad to say.

        It had nothing to do with the Birchers, but it speaks volumes that Bolshevik Bunny would feel obliged to fall back on such an old chestnut. The Birchers haven’t been more than a belch since the mid-50s, and even the Lefties haven’t invoked them in decades.

        Donald tRump was the political messiah that the nuGOP has been waiting for – charismatic, unprincipled, amoral, cruel, dishonest, authoritarian – willing to break every American norm, principle, tradition, not to mention laws.

        Too bad it describes the Democrat party of the 20th century far more accurately.

        Understandable how Baghdadi Bunny is babbling. Last night marked the complete dissolution of the Democrat party for 2020. The Rs will even retake VA.

        TeaBirchers will claim that reactionary acts on their part are justified because the Democrats are now communists intent on destroying America.

        TeaBirchers? You have to stop sending away to San Fiasco for your material. And, considering how many Demos have left the party, all that fiction merely resonates Zell Miller’s old line, “I didn’t leave the party. The party left me”.

        According to the far-right, lying, cheating, even killing is justified to defeat the Dems.

        According to the Demos, lying, cheating, even killing is the only way to defeat the Rs.

        FIFY

        Like the recent right-wing terrorist attacks in Germany (10 killed last night outside Frankfurt) America should expect similar attacks. Just read some of the eliminationist rhetoric on this blog.

        Somebody call the dogcatcher. He’s foaming at the mouth.

  3. Chumpchange says:

    I smell an Impeachment.

    It Trump tweets, they will launch an investigation. If he gives a speech they will launch an investigation.

    Why is he doing all of this? Well once again he is trolling the press and no ones talking about the democrats. Only Trump.

    IF the MSM was in charge of our country we would have a GDP of 1 billion dollars and all be living on worms and ants. They are all communists idiots.

  4. Nighthawk says:

    “Trump has said many awful things, but here are his most chilling words yet: “I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.””

    And this tells you exactly how stupid and unhinged these nut cases are.

    The executive branch ENFORCES the law. This “chilling” statement is exactly right. The President, as the leader of the Executive branch, IS the chief law enforcement officer of the country.

    • Kye says:

      You want to hear something “chilling”? If a “Democrat” should by corruption, lies, voter fraud and other bnefarious means happen to become president regardless of which “Democrat” it is it will in reality be a baby killing, racist, gun grabbing communist. How’s that for fukin’ “chilling”?

      Trump 2020 Keep the commies in Cuba.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Kye,

        When you put it like that – that Democrats will murder babies and are racist, gun grabbing communists – I agree with you!

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          We assume that your repeated accusation that Dems murder babies actually refers to legal abortion.

          When you ban abortion, how will you police it? How will you track early pregnancies and women’s menstrual cycles? Since medical abortions are common (using a drug to stimulate a miscarriage) how will you monitor that?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      No, the President is not the chief law enforcement officer of the country, that being the AG. A President can hire and fire and ridicule the AG but not dictate his/her actions on law enforcement.

      Giving the President unlimited power makes them a dictator.

      Should tRump be able to order the arrest of House Dems for treason?

      Should he be able to order the FBI to arrest and investigate Hillary Clinton?

      • Nighthawk says:

        The AG is appointed by POTUS. The AG runs the day to day business of the DoJ but his “boss” is POTUS. Being the boss of the AG makes POTUS the highest ranked law enforcement officer in the country.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Do you believe that a President has unlimited power? For example, is a President within his power to order the AG/FBI to arrest any citizens? If the AG refuses can he/she be arrested?

          Isn’t giving a President unlimited authority over the criminal justice system the definition of tyranny?

          What should be done about Judge Amy Berman Jackson? Do you think a President is justified in attacking the judge sentencing the President’s associate involved in a criminal coverup of the Presients actions?

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