December 4, 2023
The Danger Ahead
In his first term, Trump’s corruption and brutality were mitigated by his ignorance and laziness. In a second, Trump would arrive with a much better understanding of the system’s vulnerabilities, more willing enablers in tow, and a much more focused agenda of retaliation against his adversaries and impunity for himself. When people wonder what another Trump term might hold, their minds underestimate the chaos that would lie ahead.
A second Trump term would instantly plunge the country into a constitutional crisis more terrible than anything seen since the Civil War… The president would be an outlaw, or on his way to becoming an outlaw. For his own survival, he would have to destroy the rule of law.
From Trump himself and the people around him, we have a fair idea of a second Trump administration’s immediate priorities: (1) Stop all federal and state cases against Trump, criminal and civil. (2) Pardon and protect those who tried to overturn the 2020 election on Trump’s behalf. (3) Send the Department of Justice into action against Trump adversaries and critics. (4) End the independence of the civil service and fire federal officials who refuse to carry out Trump’s commands. (5) If these lawless actions ignite protests in American cities, order the military to crush them.
The Danger Ahead, by David Frum, The Atlantic, December 4, 2023
December 6, 2023
To me it was just obvious that we cannot survive as a nation if we have a president who’s going to unravel the foundations of the Republic.
Liz Cheney, on The Beat With Ari Melber, MSNBC, December 6, 2023
Donald Trump, he doesn’t have any feelings, he’s not human, he’s a psychopath, and he has the makings…
This may—and he says it—he’s a fascist. He wants to rule as an autocrat, as a dictator, and we have a big choice… We have a choice. We can either choose fascism or democracy, and that is it, and that’s simple.
And, you know, we can argue about issue once we save the democracy.
Rob Reiner, on All In With Chris Hayes, MSNBC, December 6, 2023