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Jan 6, 2018 15 tweets 7 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter lists the news of Trump's reversal on investigating @HillaryClinton as another"win" since Trump had decided a year ago to forget #LockHerUp as a goal.

Those who've insisted HRC disappear have(inadvertently?) contributed to DT's authoritarian proscription.
This week Trump disbanded, without explanation, #VoterFraudCommission.

It's essential that no one forget WHY he initiated that directive: To "prove" Trump's claim that "5M illegals voted for Hillary" and that's why she won the popular vote.Trump's base believes "illegal" story.
On the one-year anniversary of the 2016 election, @Newsweek reported that Trump had tweeted 1,000 times since the election & 268 times about @HillaryClinton. "On average, every three or four days."

Trump's obsession with HRC is also paralleled in MSM & among Sanders supporters.
Efforts by Trump & Co to deflect attention from #TrumpRussia have devolved into claims that it was @HillaryClinton who partnered with Putin in the election & #DNC created the #SteeleDossier.

And now #ChristopherSteele is being investigated even though #Papadopoulos was indicted.
It should be monumentally concerning to all Americans, but esp those in Congress we pay to maintain our democracy/Constitution, that the "witch hunt" against @HillaryClinton is part of Trump's relentless revenge pattern.

That Trump's inveigled @LindseyGrahamSC is disturbing.
You should NOT have to be a @HillaryClinton fan nor even voted for her to be deeply troubled by this authoritarian behavior by Trump.

Had the Democratic leadership fought the election results at the time as they should have, we might not be here, with 2018 & 2020 threatened.
When @JeffreyToobin asserts that the 2020 Dem nominee will be under FBI investigation no matter who it is, he's referencing the codification of Trump's demands on the DOJ and their acceding to those authoritarian whims.

It threatens democracy.
It threatens the Constitution.
Also worrying are the concomitant flood of oppositional bot-ery into the mix and the failure of Sanders and Biden (who are running) to publicly side with the #MuellerInvestigation and decry Trump's assault on @HillaryClinton.

No Democrat can be allowed to side-step these issues.
That Trump is still leading chants of #LockHerUp at his rallies--most recently in Pensacola in mid-December--and the MSM just giggles along rather than calling it out for the major news story it is, entrenches Trump's ownership of the narrative and further disrupts normalcy.
Perhaps because I've written about authoritarian rule and studied it intensively, I question the collective shrug over this "jail your opposition" focus of our own DOJ, especially when it has been orchestrated by the POTUS.

This is NOT Russia, nor is it a banana republic.
I want folks to stop claiming this is a distraction when it is in fact a major story: It's emblematic of how well Trump has trained America to shrug off his worst excesses as somehow not as important as something else he's directed us to observe.

This IS the lede. Don't bury it.
AG Sessions acceding to Trump's demands to investigate @HillaryClinton (with the desired endgame to #LockHerUp) is a Nixonian slippery slope of Putinesque proportions. That @LindseyGrahamSC was the GOP flunky who propelled the narrative within the Senate is troubling.
This is how governments are shifted. Don't sit back and allow it to happen unprotested by buying into the Admin's own excuses. Don't parrot the trope that this isn't the REAL story--this IS the real story. It starts with @HillaryClinton and ends with another subverted election.
Don't @ me that this is a distraction. Those of us who've observed coups know it is not.

Irrespective of your Hillary-hate, show some concern for America.

America's in peril.
That's bad for the whole world. 🌿
Fascism creeps.
Rarely is there an anschluss.
The slow frog boil is upon us.
Be vigilant.

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▪Harris set NN2018 on fire with her speeches reclaiming identity politics.
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Some, like their adult counterparts, don't care.

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Never getting better sick.
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