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Trump's "Liberate Virginia Tweets"- Reckless and arrogant

HOT TAKE Kurt Bardella 

 

Trump's 'liberate' tweets were reckless and arrogant. Now imagine if Obama had sent them.

Republicans in Congress spent the past decade sensationalizing and politicizing the actions of President Barack Obama. But don't take my word for it.
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President Donald Trump answers reporters' questions during the coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on March 16, 2020.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
 
April 18, 2020, 3:44 AM CDT
By Kurt Bardella, NBC News THINK contributor

 

“LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

Those words were written this week not by the leader of a sovereign citizens militia, but by the leader — supposedly — of the free world.

 

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted out three such missives, calling on someone (Americans? Gun owners? Trump voters?) to “liberate” the already very free states of Michigan, Virginia and Minnesota.

Donald J. Trump
 
@realDonaldTrump
 

LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!

 
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Liberate them from what? Well, presumably from the strict public health measures enacted by governors concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. (Currently, there are around 30,000 confirmed cases in Michigan, and 2,000 people have died.)

 

But clearly, Trump has been on a bit of a tear lately. (Maybe it’s because his approval numbers have slipped to 43 percent since last month.) On Monday, Trump declared that, “When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total.”

Trump doesn’t have total authority. Nor is he — or anyone else for that matter — in a position to “liberate” the state of Virginia. But it feels like this is somewhat unprecedented rhetorical territory for conservatives, who have made “small government” their motto for decades.

 

Indeed. But you don’t have to take Baier’s words for it. America’s memory is short; memory in Washington, D.C., can feel even shorter. But there is value in repetition, and record keeping and remembering.

Bret Baier
 
@BretBaier
 

POTUS: “The Presidential authority is total”. 🤔 https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1249833633118068736 

Josh Marshall
 
@joshtpm
 

Trump: "The President of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful. The president of the united States calls the shots."

 
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CORRECTION (April 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated Rep. Jim Jordan's role on the House Judiciary Committee. He is the ranking Republican, not chairman.

 

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Honored Social Butterfly

I'm running out of words to adequately express the reckless idiocy of this moron we're supposed to call president. Time for the 25th amendment.

Honored Social Butterfly


@Panjandrum wrote:

I'm running out of words to adequately express the reckless idiocy of this moron we're supposed to call president. Time for the 25th amendment.


Trump fuels the fire for the protests in certain states using the term "liberate". He promotes the chaos of the protests protesting governors doing what his own coronavirus committee suggests. What nitwits tRump and some of his supporters are.


Man learns from history that man learns nothing from history.
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