Textbook shit-eating grin from the Mad King.
Trump quickly changed his mind on drug prices
Expect the same on Obamacare. Source: Vox
A leaked Trump order suggests he’s planning to deport more legal immigrants for using social services
Build a wall around public benefits, and make immigrants’ relatives pay for it. Source: Vox
We’re the lawyers suing “President” Trump: his business dealings violate the Constitution
He receives “emoluments” from foreign officials. Source: Vox
Trump isn’t an evil genius
And that’s not what matters anyway.
‘Whenever a reactionary populist regime takes power and begins doing illiberal things, the same question arises among its critics: How much of this is part of a master plan and how much is just flailing? What is the exact mix of incompetence and ill intent?
That argument is already taking shape around Trump, as he ham-handedly issues executive orders poorly understood by his own bureaucracy and fires members of his administration. It is aptly captured in two recent essays.
The first is by Yonatan Zunger, a Google privacy engineer. It’s called “Trial Balloon for a Coup?” and it reviews the news of the past day or two through the lens of a unifying theory: By putting confidant Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, cutting agencies out of rule-making, and defying a court order, Trump is systematically attempting to reduce any checks on his power. He’s trying to concentrate power in a small counsel of trusted advisers (the “coup”) and avoid legal review.
The second essay is by political scientist Tom Pepinsky, in response. It’s called “Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders,” and it makes a simple point: The very same actions Zunger interprets as a devious, coordinated plan can also be interpreted as the bumbling, defensive moves of a weak leader who doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing…’
Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, explained
‘Gorsuch is more outspoken and forthright in his positions than your typical Supreme Court aspirant, providing a lot of fodder for any opponents. A Democratic filibuster motivated by Republicans’ successful obstruction of President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, for this same seat last year is a certainty for any nominee, and if Democrats conclude that Gorsuch’s views on issues like the right to life and religious liberty are outside the mainstream, the filibuster might have a chance of success…’
‘So far, Trump has exclusively faced crises of his own creation, and he’s handled them disastrously. Americans of all stripes ought to worry about what’s going to happen when he faces a real one…’
Source: Matthew Yglesias, Vox
‘Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet …’
Source: Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist
‘For those of you who haven’t taken in a history book in a while, President Andrew Jackson defied the Supreme Court and removed my ancestors, the Cherokee, from their lands and marched them to Oklahoma. “The Trail of Tears” was the result of a President openly defying the courts.
Just letting you know, there’s precedent for this President. And many of his followers consider themselves modern ‘Jacksonians.’ Best not get your hopes up for a judicial remedy. We are a nation of laws, but apparently the Constitution didn’t spec this division of power very well.
[I think we need to be putting pressure on Repubs in their jurisdictions, convincing them that letting this guy run wild is going to cost them dearly, instead of reacting to every executive order and tweet. He can ignore protests. His Repub pals can’t. Put thumbscrews on the enablers.] …’
Source: Garret Vreeland, dangerousmeta!