May 23, 2024

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“If you choose the path of zealots, dragging the country into the abyss, we will be forced to leave the government. We will turn to the people and build a government that will earn the people’s trust.” — Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s war cabinet quoted by the New York Times, giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an ultimatum.

“Well, as somebody who has run statewide three times and seeing polls wildly incorrect, all three times, I just would not trust the early polls. What you can pretty well bet on is Wisconsin is going to be a very close state. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it.”  — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) brushing off the recent polls showing President Biden’s slight lead over former President Trump in his home state of Wisconsin, noting he does not trust early polling,

“Please pardon my language, but there is no other thing to say than ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? This man is a stain, a Nazi, a pure a simple garbage of a human being. And ANYONE who supports him now will be ASHAMED to ever admit they did someday.” —  Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reacts to Donald Trump referring to a ‘unified Reich‘ in a social media post on Monday.

“We’ll be resting pretty quickly, meaning resting the case. I won’t be resting. I don’t rest. I’d like to rest sometimes, but I don’t get to rest.” — Donald Trump, speaking outside the courtroom on Tuesday.



Third Way is out with a new ad titled ‘Coward,’ highlighting Donald Trump’s previous comments about defendants who don’t testify in their own defense.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), without evidence, accused President Biden in a Fox News interview of being “jacked up” and using “injections” in order to appear “coherent.”

“Folks, he’s coming for your health care, and we’re not going to let it happen.” — Biden campaign’s new digital ad.

New Yorkers drown out Republicans’ press conference outside Trump’s criminal trial: “No one cares what you want, bro.”





The Borowitz Report: Woman in Miserable Marriage Dreading Husband's Week Off

An unhappily married Manhattan woman whose husband has been occupied for over a month is “deeply dreading” his upcoming week off, a friend of the woman revealed Tuesday.

The friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the woman has been “deliriously happy” for the past five weeks and is “devastated” to see the idyll end.

“Since the middle of April, she could count on his being gone every day, except for Wednesdays,” the friend said. “It was like a gift from heaven.”

"Honestly, she doesn't know how she'll get through the week," she added. "The only saving grace is he spends most of the day sleeping.”


Arizona and Florida could send a big message on abortion rights

The abortion rights position has won on the ballot in seven out of seven states since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in mid-2022 — even in red-leaning ones such as Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and Ohio.

And new polling suggests that in 2024, abortion rights measures could do even better than they did in those first seven states, as voters in states with severe GOP led-abortion bans weigh in.

The polling, from CBS News and YouGov, shows striking margins in Arizona and Florida for enshrining abortion rights into those states’ constitutions. That position leads 65 percent to 21 percent in Arizona and 60 percent to 20 percent in Florida.

Trump at NRA convention floats 3-term presidency

Donald Trump on Saturday floated the idea of a third term if he wins in November. Said Trump: "You know, FDR 16 years — almost 16 years — he was four terms. I don’t know, are we going to be considered three-term? Or two-term?"

It’s not the first time Trump has mentioned extending his stay in the White House, an idea he suggested while on the campaign trail in 2020. His latest remarks provide more fodder for the Biden campaign, which seized on the comments as it tries to paint Trump as a threat to democracy and institutional norms.


Rubio, a Trump V.P. Contender, Won’t Commit to Certifying 2024 Results

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has been floated as a possible running mate for Donald Trump, refused to commit to accepting the results of the 2024 presidential election and repeated conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

He deflected follow-up questions by falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton had denied her loss in 2016.



Va. Gov. Youngkin vetoes bills on birth control, Confederate tax loopholes

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) vetoed bills meant to ensure access to contraceptives and close tax loopholes for Confederate heritage groups Friday night, continuing a record-breaking veto spree that also nixed measures to ban guns from psychiatric hospitals and remind parents to store weapons out of their children’s reach.

Acting on bills that the General Assembly sent back to his desk in April without his proposed amendments, Youngkin signed seven and vetoed 48, taking his veto total for the year to 201 — more than the 120 that the previous record-holder, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, issued over four years as governor.

Trump posts video referencing ‘unified Reich’ if reelected

Trump on Monday posted a video showing images of a fake newspaper article that references a “unified Reich” if he’s reelected in 2024.

The video details “what happens after Donald Trump wins” with a narrator reading hypothetical headlines such as “Economy Booms!” and “Border is closed,” styled as World War I-era newspaper clippings. Under one headline that reads “What’s next for America?” is a reference to the “creation of a unified Reich.”

Another headline in the video states “15 Million Illegal Aliens Deported” next to the start and end days of World War I.


Trump Hilariously Claims He ‘Doesn’t Freeze!’ in Viral Gaffe Pushback

Donald Trump came out swinging Monday morning, pushing back on claims that he froze up during a speech over the weekend and asserting that an apparent mishap involving a wobbly podium was, in fact, a stunning feat of his physical talents.

Footage of Trump’s performance—in which he stopped speaking for around 35 seconds while music played—was shared on X by the Biden-Harris campaign. The post accused the former president of playing “QAnon music during his bizarre slur-filled NRA speech,” but did not mention him freezing. Others did, however, including one from an account named “Biden’s Wins” which said Trump “just glitched out and froze at his rally tonight” and accused him of being “unfit for office” and “senile.”

Trump’s VP Contenders Echo His Claims on Election Fraud, Debate Drug Tests

Sen. Marco Rubio refused to commit to accepting the results of the 2024 election. Sen. Tim Scott said President Biden should take a drug test. And Rep. Elise Stefanik snapped at a television host who brought up an article questioning her support for Donald Trump.

All three Republicans appeared on Sunday news shows, and all three are candidates in the unofficial race to become Trump’s running mate. Their performances show that being in the Trump veepstakes can entail embracing some of the former president’s controversial or unsupported claims, and facing uncomfortable moments.

Gov. Greg Abbott pardons Daniel Perry, veteran who killed police brutality protester in 2020

More than a year after a jury convicted Daniel Perry of murdering a protester, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) pardoned the former U.S. Army sergeant on Thursday shortly after a parole board recommended a full pardon.

A Texas state district court judge sentenced Perry in May 2023 to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing U.S. Air Force veteran Garrett Foster during a 2020 demonstration protesting police brutality against people of color.

How Fear and Menace Are Transforming Politics

This was just a typical month in American public life, where a steady undercurrent of violence and physical risk has become a new normal. From City Hall to Congress, public officials increasingly describe threats and harassment as a routine part of their jobs. Often masked by online anonymity and propelled by extreme political views, the barrage of menace has changed how public officials do their work, terrified their families and driven some from public life altogether.

By almost all measures, the evidence of the trend is striking. Last year, more than 450 federal judges were targeted with threats, a roughly 150 percent increase from 2019, according to the United States Marshals Service. The U.S. Capitol Police investigated more than 8,000 threats to members of Congress last year, up more than 50 percent from 2018. The agency recently added three full-time prosecutors to handle the volume.

Jesus Is Their Savior, Trump Is Their Candidate

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians.

Said one Trump supporter: "Trump supports Jesus, and without Jesus, America will fall."

Many of the T-shirts and hats that were worn and sold at the rally in March proclaimed religious slogans such as ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president’ and ‘God, Guns & Trump.’ One man’s shirt declared, ‘Make America Godly Again,’ with the image of a luminous Jesus putting his supportive hands on Trump’s shoulders.

Many attendees said in interviews they believed Trump shared their Christian faith and values. Several cited their opposition to abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, particularly to transgender expressions.


‘Politically calculated’: Trump confronts his RFK Jr. problem on vaccines

Donald Trump’s long-fraught relationship with the Covid vaccine is again becoming a political liability for the former president as he tries to stop his voters from potentially defecting to independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Trump is threatening to not give one penny to schools or colleges that mandate the Covid-19 vaccine. He is accusing Kennedy of being a fake anti-vaxxer. And he is rarely mentioning what he once touted as one of the greatest miracles of his presidency — his program to speed development of the vaccine.

Trump’s attempt to escalate his hardest-line rhetoric on vaccines — and his struggle to reconcile his past support for the Covid shot — is yet another sign of how seriously the former president is taking the threat of Kennedy’s third-party candidacy siphoning votes from him.


Trump Has Spent More on Fundraising and Legal Bills

Trump’s complicated web of political committees spent roughly $217 million through March, with that spending split roughly equally between fundraising expenses, legal bills and actual campaigning.

But the same network of groups brought in a bit shy of $220 million in new contributions. Trump is hardly broke — he had $45 million in his campaign account at the end of March — but the high expense rate significantly limited his ability to build up cash.

Biden had nearly double the cash on hand of Trump in their respective campaign accounts. But the president’s advantage was actually even bigger: More money was still in the Biden pipeline through joint fundraising committees — groups that raise funds for multiple campaigns or committees — than in Trump’s.

The Race to Succeed Gavin Newsom

The contest to succeed Gavin Newsom in the nation’s biggest, bluest state is already turning bitter. And it’s still more than two years away, Politico reports.

California’s gubernatorial sweepstakes are well underway in a stampede for early blessings from powerful insiders, scheming among the growing field of contenders and hushed conversations with major donors.

The tortuous path to 2026 — when Newsom’s term ends — started last year and is among the longest-running electoral battles in America given the immense challenge of nurturing a statewide profile. It’s also a revealing snapshot of California in the 21st century: Candidates are engaged in a race to the left where all of the competition is in the Democratic Party, no political giants are lying in wait and none of the candidates have more than a regional base of support.

Judge Postpones Start of Trump Documents Trial Without New Date

Judge Aileen Cannon, the federal judge overseeing former President Donald J. Trump’s classified documents case formally scrapped her own May 20 start date for the trial on Tuesday but declined to set a new one, saying there was much more work to be done before a jury could hear the charges.

In a brief order, Judge Cannon wrote that picking a new date at this point would be “imprudent and inconsistent with the court’s duty to fully and fairly consider” what she described as “the myriad and interconnected” pretrial issues that she had not yet gotten to.


McConnell Hits GOP Over Rightward Drift in Foreign Policy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opened a new front in his battle to shape the Trump-era GOP this week when he torched Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and called out Republicans who have sought to boost the far-right strongman.

Fresh off his victory on Ukraine aid, McConnell is making clear he isn’t finished trying to blunt what he sees as a dangerous foreign policy doctrine taking hold in the Republican Party under Donald Trump.

A Reclusive Heir Is Giving Millions to Help Trump and RFK Jr.

An email from Tim Mellon typically comes out of the blue for a political group. It is quickly followed by millions of dollars, minimal communication from the billionaire member of one of America’s richest families—and little interest in meeting with political candidates.

Mellon, 81 years old, is unlike most major GOP donors in how he operates and in his giving. He is the largest donor to super PACs affiliated with former President Donald Trump and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. That has drawn accusations from Democrats that Mellon is looking to play spoiler by taking votes from President Biden.

Senate Democrats Don’t Believe Biden’s Bad Polls Either

Democratic senators who represent presidential battlegrounds agree with President Biden — polls showing him trailing former President Trump in those key states are wrong, Axios reports.
The skepticism is especially notable because a number of Democrats from those states have a polling lead over their Republican opponents in pivotal Senate races.


The Biden DOJ and FBI were planning to assassinate Pres Trump and gave the green light.
Does everyone get it yet???!!!!
What are Republicans going to do about it?
I tried to oust our Speaker who funded Biden’s DOJ AND FBI, but Democrats stopped it. —Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.


A) Trump wasn't there, you enfeebled imbecile, and B) these rules apply to every FBI search. Every one. — Keith Olbermann.

“He can’t talk, he can’t walk, can’t find his way off a stage. Can’t put two sentences together. Although he has agreed to debate, so I don’t know, maybe they know something. He’s going to be so jacked up for those debates, you watch.” — Trump went back and forth between describing Biden as decrepit and seeming to catch himself and realize his strategy should be to raise expectations for the president.

“The kicking and screaming everyone’s seeing from the Trump team is nothing more than performance art for their boss who knows he got smoked in the art of the deal and came out looking like a loser.” -- A senior Biden aide's response.

Rick Wilson: The Coming MAGA Crackup

Donald Trump is not the formidable force he was in 2016 or 2020. He’s an angry, sleepy, and embattled old man stuck in courtrooms, not the swaggering strongman dancing and japing in front of 30,000 people at rally after rally. While happy warriors Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaign across swing states, Trump’s political options are narrowing.

His fundraising is diminished; he’s lost over 200,000 small donors and even his most ardent supporters know their contributions aren’t being used to re-elect Trump but to pay his lavish legal bills. In April, Nikki Haley notched around 17% of the vote in Pennsylvania despite being out of the race for weeks.

Trump lost the message reach he enjoyed before: stuck in the social media hinterlands of Truth Social, he reaches just 7 million people today, as opposed to the almost 90 million he had on Twitter before his ousting in 2021. In 2016, he was able to set and drive a narrative against Hillary Clinton, and millions of GOP voters amplified it. Now, that superpower is gone.

Even Fox News is showing the strain of covering for him. Of course, they still can’t risk hosting him live on their air because they’re terrified of the pending Smartmatic lawsuits and stung from the multi-billion dollar Dominion Voting Systems settlement.

The MAGA media ecosystem, from Fox to bottom-feeder weirdos like the Gateway Pundit, has seen cataclysmic drop-offs in their view counts online. Some of this is due to changes in the Facebook algorithm, but it goes beyond Mark Zuckerberg spinning the dials behind the scenes. Reasoned and principled conservative argumentation may be boring to some, but replacing it with Catturd and boomer MAGA memes might have been a mistake.

After nearly a decade of breathless excuse-making for Trump and assertions about Democrats that routinely included treason, corruption, pedophilia, and global conspiracies to force us to all eat bugs, the bit is tired. When the Rapture never comes, the flock gets restless.

Finally, Trump is like the drunken uncle at the party; he’s increasingly embarrassing, even for many Republicans. They’re tired of making excuses, tired of explaining away the crazy, and tired of defending the indefensible. He’ll always have his base, but many in that base repel the more moderate Republicans and independents. The Dobbs decision and Trump’s boasting over ending Roe v. Wade have cut deeper into the more affluent demos in the GOP than he cares to admit.

Dana Milbank  Now playing off-Broadway: Trump’s synchronized sycophants

Sen. Tommy Tuberville knows a great deal about the judiciary. The Alabama Republican is on record asserting that the three branches of government are “the House, the Senate and the executive.”

And so this week, the former college football coach took his expertise in jurisprudence to Donald Trump’s hush money trial in New York, watched for a few minutes and came out to offer reporters his legal analysis.

“How can you be convinced by somebody that is a serial liar?” Tuberville wanted to know. “I mean, there should be no reason that anybody should listen to this guy.”

One hundred percent, Coach! Tuberville was talking about the witness, Michael Cohen, but he didn’t have the self-awareness to realize he was also describing the defendant, perhaps the most famous liar in American history.

The Manhattan Criminal Courthouse was overflowing with lying liars this week. Inside the courtroom, Cohen testified about all the lies he told for Trump: lying to Congress, lying to the public, lying about Trump’s involvement with Russia, lying about Trump’s alleged trysts and how Trump bought the silence of his accusers. Trump’s lawyers, in their cross-examination, sought to convince the jury that the former Trump fixer is so prolific a liar that he is still lying, as are Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal and anybody who accuses Trump of anything, ever. Trump himself, in statements to the cameras in the hallway outside the courtroom, lies about the terms of the gag order, the “corrupt” judge, the view of “everybody” with legal experience that he committed “no crime” — and whatever else comes to his lips.

In a sense, all of the lawmakers flocking to New York owe their jobs to Trump: One cross word from him, and they’re out faster than you can say “primary challenge.” And so they performed for Trump outside the courthouse as a troupe of synchronized sycophants.

“This is a sham trial!” said Trump, inside the courthouse.
“Sham of a trial,” parroted Johnson, outside the courthouse.
“Sham trial,” repeated Vance, Malliotakis and Biggs.
“A crooked sham trial,” said Good.
“This is a sham,” echoed Mills.
“A politicized sham,” offered Ramaswamy.
“There’s no crime!” said Trump, inside the courthouse.
“There’s no crime here,” repeated Johnson, outside the courthouse.
“There is no crime,” said Donalds.
“What is the crime?” asked Ramaswamy and Boebert.
“It’s election interference!” proclaimed Trump.
“It is election interference,” chorused Johnson.
“It’s election interference,” said Burgum.
“Election interference,” said Gaetz and Good.
“Election interference at its finest!” said Mills.
President Biden is “weaponizing the Department of Justice,” announced Trump.
“Weaponized DOJ,” chorused Boebert.
“Weaponized against President Trump,” Johnson echoed.
“Weaponization against our president,” repeated Mills.

The Greek chorus dutifully echoed Trump’s claim that the case is a “scam” and a “witch hunt.” They repeated his bogus assertion that the “Federal Election Commission said there’s not a problem, there’s no case.” (In reality, a deadlocked FEC dropped the case after Republican commissioners said it was redundant because Cohen had already been convicted of an election law violation.) They endorsed his nonsense accusation that “Biden’s office is running this trial” in New York state courts. And they seconded his constant complaint about the “unconstitutional” gag order. (An appeals court this week upheld the order, saying Trump’s statements “posed a significant threat to the integrity of the testimony.”)

“I wanted to be here to show some support for my friend,” said Vance.

“I’m here, and all of us who are here, as friends of Donald Trump, supporting him” was Ramaswamy’s version.

“We’re here voluntarily supporting our friend, President Trump,” said Gaetz.

On social media, Gaetz posted a photo of him standing behind Trump in court with the message “Standing back and standing by, Mr. President” — referring to Trump’s 2020 debate instructions to the Proud Boys, whose leaders were convicted of seditious conspiracy related to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

That’s what friends are for. “I do have a lot of surrogates and they are speaking very beautifully,” said Trump.

There they were again Thursday afternoon, attacking the judge, his daughter, the prosecution and witnesses. Some invented new slanders that even Trump hadn’t attempted. Rep. Andrew Ogles (R-Tenn.) referred to witness Stormy Daniels as a “hooker” and a “woman who was paid for sex.” Luna called Cohen someone who “screams explicitives (sic) against President Trump.” But, mostly, they dutifully parroted Trump’s own words — particularly about the “judge who is totally corrupt.”

“Corrupt judge,” said Good.
“Corrupt judge,” said Boebert.
“Corrupt judge,” said Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Tex.).
“Corrupt judge,” said Gaetz.
If the goal was to make a scene at the court, they had some success. A heckler shouted “Beetlejuice” at Boebert. A guy walked behind the lawmakers with a poster saying, “TRUMP WON.” And, as Gaetz spoke, somebody else held a hand-lettered sign above his head with a pithy summary of the moment. “BOOTLICKERS,” it said.

Ed Kilgore: Justice Alito’s ‘Stop the Steal’ Flag Is Symbol of New Partisan Era at Supreme Court

Court conservatives seem especially sensitive to the impression that there is a legal counterrevolution in which they are (by all accounts) engaged. Indeed, Amy Coney Barrett, the justice whose late pre-reelection nomination by Donald Trump and speedy confirmation by a Republican-controlled Senate represented the culmination of the conservative conquest of the Court, has been outspoken in arguing that the judicial philosophies of federal judges shouldn’t be conflated with partisan loyalties. And without question, the conflicting hallmarks of the “Roberts Court” (SCOTUS eras are typically identified with the tenure of chief justices) have been a historic if uneven shift to right-wing activism and frantic efforts by the chief to deny, resist, and sometimes even counteract the increasingly strident tendencies of his allies. So you can imagine that Roberts is especially aggrieved by the latest incident illustrating SCOTUS partisanship emanating from Justice Samuel Alito, as reported by the New York Times:
One of the homes flying an inverted flag during that time was the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., in Alexandria, Va., according to photographs and interviews with neighbors. The upside-down flag was aloft on Jan. 17, 2021, the images showed. President Donald J. Trump’s supporters, including some brandishing the same symbol, had rioted at the Capitol a little over a week before. Mr. Biden’s inauguration was three days away. Alarmed neighbors snapped photographs, some of which were recently obtained by The New York Times. Word of the flag filtered back to the court, people who worked there said in interviews.

“That time,” to be clear, was shortly after the January 6 insurrection, in which the “inverted flag” was prominently displayed and when, as the Times notes, “the court was still contending with whether to hear a 2020 election case, with Justice Alito on the losing end of that decision.”

The revelation casts a new and baleful light on the furious and defiant tone Alito subsequently adopted in writing and defending the infamous majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reversed Roe v. Wade after nearly half a century in which the Court recognized a constitutional right to choose abortion. Roberts, it should be recalled, tried to steer the Court toward a less inflammatory and more incremental attack on abortion rights, but Alito was having none of that. Indeed, the most persuasive (if unprovable) theory about the infamous leak of Alito’s opinion months before Dobbs was announced is that he wanted to freeze the Court where it was lest Roberts succeed in mitigating the damage to its reputation.

If you view the latest stage in Supreme Court evolution as a revolt led by Alito and Clarence Thomas against Roberts’s leadership, the flag-flying incident could well be a landmark moment. In response to the Times report, Alito blamed the incident on his wife (and his neighbor):

We’ll see if the revelation of the freak flag flying at the Alito home spurs Roberts into another frenzy of claims about the independence of a Court majority he clearly no longer controls. But it may be too late. This may ultimately be remembered as the Alito-Thomas Court, signaling an era when control of the commanding heights of the federal judiciary became another prize of partisan supremacy.

Jacob Heilbrunn: The Real Danger if Trump Is Re-elected

Donald Trump may be regularly depicted as an impetuous toddler in chief, but he appears to possess genuine convictions about international relations. Ever since he gave an interview to Playboy magazine in 1990 decrying Mikhail Gorbachev for failing to hold the Soviet empire together (“not a firm enough hand”) and praising the Chinese Communist leadership for crushing the student uprising at Tiananmen Square (“they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength”), Mr. Trump has extolled authoritarian leaders as possessing the right stuff, while he has dismissed democratic ones as weak and feckless.

This impulse is not a new phenomenon for the United States; it dates back to World War I and World War II, when leading American conservatives praised foreign autocrats such as Kaiser Wilhelm II, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco as their ideological comrades in arms. Until now, however, no modern president has lauded autocracy as a model for America.

During his four years in office, Mr. Trump blustered about alliances and praised foreign dictators but never actually upended America’s foreign policy. That could change in a second Trump administration. The former president is poised to adopt a radical program centered on constructive engagement with foreign strongmen and hostility toward democratic allies; it would include abandoning NATO. It would convert America from a dominant economic and military power into what Mr. Trump purports to abhor — a global loser.

William S. Becker: After almost a decade of Trump, America is tired. And scared.

It seems hard to believe, but there was a time when we Americans could go days, or even weeks, without hearing about Donald Trump. That ended nearly a decade ago, when Trump decided he wanted to be president. Now, he is a constant presence on the evening news and in the morning newspaper. He ensures it by manufacturing turmoil, threats and constant controversy.

As Politico put it, he is “the ultimate attention seeker,” plastering his name not only on buildings and golf courses but also on the nation’s consciousness. And the news media accommodates him with free coverage, reporting thinly veiled threats of violence, complaints about mistreatment, gag-order violations and power naps in court. Even Trump’s 11-car motorcade to the courthouse gets more press attention than what happens during President Biden’s presidency.

Some of us wistfully remember the relative peace of the “No Drama Obama” presidency. Joe Biden is preternaturally calm compared to Trump, but calm doesn’t get free media attention. Trump’s manipulation of the media raises questions about fundamental fairness in an election year, but it also has a troubling impact on the American people.

It’s happening again because of Trump’s trials. Rather than a repentant lawbreaker, the former president hardens the resolve of his supporters by posing as a martyr to the deep state. And with critical parts of the judicial system infected by partisanship, the rest of voters are unlikely to find out in time whether the Republican candidate for president is a felon. And whatever the outcome of the election, we can expect Trump to dominate the news with chaos again if he loses and by dismantling democracy if he wins.

Voters should ask themselves whether this is the future they want — and the future the nation can withstand. Or we can make America calm again by forcibly retiring Trump from politics to spend his days out of the spotlight, either in prison or back at Mar-a-Lago quietly improving his golf score.