What’s Wrong With the Republicans? Fruits of the Twin Roots of Evil: Slavery and Imperial Expansion
by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch
December 5, 2019
On the Thursday of the second week of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a special guest on his weekly podcast, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein, with fellow Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, whose reporting broke open the story of how the Committee to Re-elect the President burglarized Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C.
That reporting and the impeachment hearings that followed eventually forced President Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace in 1974. Bharara wanted to hear about what differences Bernstein sees between the Nixon impeachment proceedings and Donald Trump’s today.
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It was at his “homecoming” rally -- he was giving up his old stomping grounds in New York City, including Fifth Avenue, that famed street where he could shoot someone and still “wouldn’t lose voters,” for his Mar-a-Lago resort in the swing state that means so much to him -- and he was “ranting and raving” (his words) to thousands of red-hatted, red-shirted supporters in the city of Sunrise, Florida, about how they were going to guarantee him “another at least five years” in office (and don’t think that “at least” was a mistake from the leading potential autocrat of the Western Hemisphere) and like this sentence, that rally -- go watch it yourself -- was a perfect picture of his sometimes incoherent, sometimes rapier-sharp stream-of-consciousness presidency.