1/ As a result, we have a president with authoritarian impulses whose instincts are not being contained.
We also have a president who has lived a life of crime being shielded from criminal liability by Congress.
Oct 8, 2018 • 27 tweets • 8 min read
(Thread) Can a sitting president be indicted?
Spoiler: Most likely yes—even with Kavanaugh’s vote.
But it’s not a game-changing issue.
(It's complicated—so a long thread)
Indictment means there's basis for a criminal charge;
Guilt is found at trial. law.cornell.edu/wex/indictment1/ The reason some of you are worried about whether a sitting president can be indicted is because you’re worried Trump will get away with his crimes, or be placed above the law.
The Constitution outlines a procedure for when a president is suspected of criminal behavior:
Oct 7, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
(Thread) Sunday recap.
Hi, everyone. I wrote 4 threads this week plus a Slate article.
The drafters of the Constitution considered the possibility that a president would be elected who was guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
(short thread) I'll give you a quick list of my top four recommendations for understanding what is happening right now.
First on the list: The Road to Unfreedom (Timothy Snyder)
The next three, in no particular order: How Democracies Die, How Fascism Works, Can It Happen Here?
Snyder's book is complex. He has a series of lectures on YouTube. If you spend a day or two and listen to his lectures, then read the book, it's easier.
You'll then have almost a graduate education in how Trump happened.
Snyder is brilliant.
“OK, Teri,” people keep asking me. “If getting out of jail under Gamble isn’t the reason, why is Trump so desperate to put Kavanaugh on the Court?”
1/ It does seem insane to many people that Trump is digging in his heels despite credible allegations of sexual assault and perjury.
So people start looking for answers that make sense to them.
Oct 3, 2018 • 15 tweets • 5 min read
(Thread) How we can get through this and save liberal democracy. 👇
Trump pummels our emotions. He keeps Democrats on a roller coaster of outrage and anxiety.
His followers swing from elation at his latest antics to fear and fury at Democrats. 1/ Like Putin, Trump governs by keeping everyone spinning.
Yesterday’s moment was when Trump mocked Dr. Ford at a rally for not remembering how she got to the party.
Democrats were outraged.
MAGA people were elated.
Oct 1, 2018 • 17 tweets • 5 min read
(Thread) Trump v. the FBI
Trump has been attacking the FBI since he took office.
Trump’s goal—and one of his method for undermining the Mueller probe and putting himself above the law—is to create what Paxton calls a A Cult of Leadership. 1/ From Paxton: The followers believe the Leader’s instincts are superior to the rational logic used by “elites”
Leaders don't follow laws. They are the law & embody the mythic destiny of the nation.
The only truth is the word of the Leader.
Sep 30, 2018 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
(thread) Sunday ICYMI recap.
Here are this week's threads, if you missed any:
#1: A history of rape and sexual assault laws puts the Kavanaugh hearing into perspective.
The modern American fascist era opened with this speech: “Our country is in serious trouble. . . When Mexico sends it’s people . . . they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. . .” washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/w…2/ That speech (and others like it) ignited what Profs. Stenner and Haidt call an “authoritarian dynamic.” Info from their essay in 👇
An authoritarian dynamic occurs when a person with an authoritarian disposition is faced with a normative threat.
Sep 21, 2018 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
Joe Walsh wants to know what happened to the GOP.
He doesn’t understand how the “Law and Order” GOP morphed into the attack-the-FBI & obstruct justice GOP.
Spoiler: The word is entirely inadequate and misdirects the inquiry.
Fact: Trump was bought and paid for by the Russian mafia.
1/ Let’s begin with Semion Mogilevich.
Mogilevich got his start as a young man in the Soviet Union (SU) scamming his fellow countrymen who wanted to emigrate. He offered to sell their assets & send them the money, but instead, he pocketed their money. theguardian.com/world/2008/jan…
Sep 17, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
As @JahnOce pointed out, about 7 hours ago, I threw out a prediction that Trump would try to undermine the Manafort guilty plea with some kind of "Release the Memo" debacle.
Now we find out that Trump . . .
. . . orders the immediately release of Comey's text messages and 20 pages of a surveillance application that targeted former campaign adviser Carter Page as an offensive against Mueller's investigation.
The author of the Politico piece says it's a surprise order.