Mueller Makes It Clear: Trump Was Worse Than a ‘Useful Idiot’

Security Trump Mueller report 1137877403’After selling himself to American voters as the great negotiator and dealmaker, maybe Donald Trump was simply too embarrassed by the truth: He’d been taken advantage of, deeply and systemically, by everyone around him, including by Russia and Vladimir Putin and by his own staff. During the campaign, they grifted him without his knowledge. In the White House, they simply ignored him.

The bottom line of the Mueller report is that if Trump wasn’t guilty of conspiracy, he was simply conned by everyone around him. To a man as egotistical as he is, the reality that everyone was in on the con but him might hurt more than Mueller’s handcuffs.…’

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Related: Mueller’s report: A profile of a president willing to sell out his country (Salon.com)

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

21mag gilmore slideshow slide GMHQ superJumbo v3In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice.

’Instead of asking whether anyone should be locked up or go free, why don’t we think about why we solve problems by repeating the kind of behavior that brought us the problem in the first place? [We should] consider why, as a society, we would choose to model cruelty and vengeance.…’

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