Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. A prominent Sovietologist, he is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also worked for Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff for defense and security affairs.
Speaking for myself, one thing I learned over the past few years - to my shame - is how much I took my Constitutional rights and the stability of the American republic for granted. I treated freedom of speech as my birthright, and never had to exercise a bit of effort for it. /1
I treated the granite-solid nature of the Constitution, the balance of the U.S. civil-military relationship, the independence of the judiciary - all as facts of nature rather than as precious jewels to be guarded against theft from within. /2
I was plenty vigilant about defending our nation from foreign threats, because I believed that my fellow citizens, whatever our collective sins or flaws, would never countenance attacks on our common home and our right to live in it. /3
Some out there will say this reflects “privilege,” earned by my skin or gender. Maybe so. But even when we did wrong, we - as a nation - wanted to do right. When we failed, we fought in public about our shortcomings. We prided ourselves on this. /4
On a personal level, I have never experienced the number of attempts to silence me, demands I be removed from my job, and even physically threatened as often as I have since 2015. Not in any post, not in any city, not during any other administration. /5
This, I realize, is how others have felt before this. But I always believed that the system, the society, the law, even most of our leaders, were on the side of right and would defend any of us against such thuggery. I know now I took this too much for granted. /6
We are not past the point of no return. But it is time to exercise every Constitutional right, especially *speech* and *voting* - with no excuses, without whining, without hedging. This is a time for fortitude, consistency, confidence, and dedication to the American idea. /7
We don’t get many second chances in a human life. The life of nations is even less forgiving. We have, as a republic, lived through multiple near-death moments. We are perilously close to running out of chances. /8x
In other words, if you're still voting Republican, take your head out of your ass before you destroy this great nation. There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to the head-on assault on our constitution, our core values and our democracy.
I just want to mention that Trump says he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order, even though it's actually enshrined in the Constitution's XIV Amendment. If he could do that, then he could end citizenship for black people or for anyone else his corrupt little heart should so desire to disenfranchise with the stroke of a pen.
Trump also says we're the only country that offers birthright citizenship and "it's ridiculous." That's false. Many countries offer birthright citizenship.
Some people say it isn't a lie if he doesn't really know. I would say it's a lie because he's willing to say it without knowing or caring in the least about whether it's true. He's the damn president. He should know about the Constitution, and he should not be making pronouncements that are false and ridiculous on their face.
The mayor of Pittsburgh was just on CNN. He said that he asked that Trump not visit yet because they want the resources of the city available for the funerals they have starting tomorrow and not on a presidential visit.
The mayor explained that he wasn't asking Trump to eschew visiting. A presidential visit requires an enormous commitment of local resources, and they need those resources to protect mourners and the public during the funerals. Evidently, Trump doesn't give a shit.
Otherwise, national leaders of both parties have indicated that they will not be there.
After days in which he refused to comment on a spate of anti-Semitic attacks, Mr Trump broke his silence to repeat an neo-Nazi conspiracy theory that has claimed that the attacks are "false flags". Supporters of that belief – who include leader of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke – believe that such attacks are being perpetrated by Jewish people in order to undermine the White House.
Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, said that he had spoken to the President about a wave of threats to Jewish community centres. And Mr Trump said that they had been designed to make "others look bad".
The US editor of the Financial Times is calling for a boycott of companies that advertise on Fox in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the pipe bombs sent to leading Democrats.
“The most effective thing Americans can do is boycott companies that advertise on Fox,” Edward Luce tweeted Saturday. “They bankroll the poison that goes from the studio into Trump’s head. The second is vote.”
The call was an unusual one for a journalist. But Luce — who had tweeted on Friday that Trump “has normalized the language of violence in US politics” — was one of a growing number of prominent voices, including former conservatives who oppose Trump, speaking out against Fox News and Fox Business.
Max Boot, a conservative columnist and former Christian Science Monitor editor, appeared on CNN this morning urging investors to “boycott Fox News until they pull back from the hate.”
Imagine any other president -- days after a serial bomber tried to kill his political enemies and a mass murderer was spurred to action based on conspiracy theories cited by the president and his political allies -- blaming the press for their crimes https://t.co/KGwyK8WftT
There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame...
The press has always been with us but this kind of balls-out blind rage is well beyond historic rage at the press. Trump is an authoritarian demagogue and like other authoritarian demagogues, he cultivates rage at opponents, critics and anyone who might report a fact at odds with his non-stop lying. He wants to create an environment that makes it dangerous to disagree with him, no matter how evil and dishonest his words and actions.
Below: The mail bomber at a Trump rally holding up a sign condemning Trump's favorite media whipping boy. To refresh everyone's memory: he sent a bomb to CNN.
It was anti-religious? How about the Kroeger shooting? What about the pipe bombs?
The targets in Pittsburgh were Jews. The shooter was a white supremacist. He wasn't inspired by contempt for religious people. He hates blacks, immigrants and Jews, and he was inspired by anti-immigrant fervor and antisemitism.
The evasions of these truths are vile. The Trump administration has become a full-blown monstrosity.
Continuing to support Trump isn't a matter of merely being mistaken. It's a choice to place oneself squarely in league with evil.