TRUMP is successfully employing the old Chinese water torture of driving us crazy one water drop at a time … and it’s working…!!!

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While the media and justice system sleep, Trump is building autocracy one ‘slice’ at a time


Mark Sumner Daily Kos Staff2018/05/30 · 07:59

On a Tuesday night rally in Nashville, Trump once again made a pitch to the crowd that the FBI had “infiltrated” his campaign, saying that “nothing like this has ever happened in the history of our nation.” Then he went on to lead the crowd in booing John McCain.

Trump’s attack on the investigation and the investigators may seem like just another repetition of the kind of blatant lie he has using against Robert Mueller’s team for weeks. It is. And it’s the same kind of attack he’s using against former FBI director James Comey. And former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. And Sally Yates. And James Clapper. And John Brennan. And pretty well every official who has so much as voiced disagreement with Trump.

Meanwhile, Robert Mueller and the FBI have proceeded as they always do—quietly, step-by-step, working behind the scenes, avoiding publicity, and ignoring Trump. Which is exactly what Donald Trump wants.

Trump’s attacks on Meuller’s investigation are a mirror of the way Trump has, day in and day out, gone after the press. Trump has regularly claimed that any story that uncovers uncomfortable facts is “fake news.” He regularly states that even the most rapidly growing platforms are “failing.” And he paints all media sources outside the Fox-verse as joined in a left-wing conspiracy.

By doing this, he’s been enormously successful in undermining the role of the press as a gatekeeper and alarm for the public. He’s been successful expressly because much of the traditional media is still caught up in whether it’s appropriate to call a lie a lie, while Trump races ahead, gleefully tossing bombs over his shoulder.

On one hand, there is a justice system plodding stolidly onward, building a case behind the scenes. On the other hand, there is a media that’s all too readily distracted by the latest shiny object, unwilling to stay focused on any of Trump’s outrages because it would take away from following the new outrage, and unwilling to go after Trump on his own terms because it’s beneath their idea of journalistic dignity. Far ahead of both is Trump, who is willing to do anything, because issues like dignity and appropriateness never enter his thoughts.

Which is why Trump is winning. Why he is, as Jonathon Chait points out in the New Yorker, carving away America democracy one slice at a time. So that when Mueller finally emerges, and the press finally wakes up, it could be far too late.


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