Maddow: With The Rule Of Law Failing Under Trump, Just Diagnosing The Problem Isn’t Enough | MSNBC

Maddow: With The Rule Of Law Failing Under Trump, Just Diagnosing The Problem Isn’t Enough | MSNBC


THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EVENING. THE RACHEL MAD DOEDOW SHOW START THE RACHEL MAD DOEDOW SHOW START RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW.>>MUCH APPRECIATED.>>MUCH APPRECIATED. THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR THANKS TO YOU AT HOME FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR AS WELL. JOINING US THIS HOUR AS WELL. JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THE JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, A JOURNALIST, A RUSSIAN AMERICAN A JOURNALIST, A RUSSIAN AMERICAN JOURNALIST PUBLISHED WHAT WAS JOURNALIST PUBLISHED WHAT WAS BASICALLY AN ALTERNATE BASICALLY AN ALTERNATE CONCESSION SPEECH FOR HILLARY CONCESSION SPEECH FOR HILLARY CLINTON. CLINTON. MASHA GASON SAID ON ELECTION MASHA GASON SAID ON ELECTION NIGHT THAT SAME WEEK IN NOVEMBER NIGHT THAT SAME WEEK IN NOVEMBER 2016 WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR IN THE 2016 WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING ON WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING ON ELECTION NIGHT THAT DONALD TRUMP ELECTION NIGHT THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS GOING TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY, WAS GOING TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY, GASON ARGUED THAT CLINTON GASON ARGUED THAT CLINTON INSTEAD OF GIVING THE SPEECH SHE INSTEAD OF GIVING THE SPEECH SHE DID, SHE COULD HAVE — PERHAPS DID, SHE COULD HAVE — PERHAPS SHOULD HAVE JUST SAID THIS. SHOULD HAVE JUST SAID THIS. AND I WILL WARN YOU, THIS IS A AND I WILL WARN YOU, THIS IS A LITTLE DARK T.. LITTLE DARK T.. IT IS A LITTLE STARK, BUT GIVEN IT IS A LITTLE STARK, BUT GIVEN THAT SHE WROTE THIS BASICALLY THAT SHE WROTE THIS BASICALLY HOURS AFTER ELECTION NIGHT, IT HOURS AFTER ELECTION NIGHT, IT ALSO FEELS ODDLY PRESCIENT JUST ALSO FEELS ODDLY PRESCIENT JUST A FEW YEARS DOWN THE ROAD NOW. A FEW YEARS DOWN THE ROAD NOW. HERE’S THE ALTERNATE CONCESSION HERE’S THE ALTERNATE CONCESSION SPEECH FOR HILLARY CLINTON AS SPEECH FOR HILLARY CLINTON AS IMAGINED BY MASHA GASON. IMAGINED BY MASHA GASON. IT STARTS THANK YOU, THANK YOU IT STARTS THANK YOU, THANK YOU MY FRIENDS, THANK YOU. MY FRIENDS, THANK YOU. WE HAVE LOST. WE HAVE LOST. WE HAVE LOST AND THIS IS THE WE HAVE LOST AND THIS IS THE LAST DAY OF MY POLITICAL CAREER. LAST DAY OF MY POLITICAL CAREER. SO I WILL SAY WHAT MUST BE SAID. SO I WILL SAY WHAT MUST BE SAID. WE ARE STANDING AT THE EDGED OF WE ARE STANDING AT THE EDGED OF THE ABYSS. THE ABYSS. OUR POLITICAL, OUR SOCIETY, OUR OUR POLITICAL, OUR SOCIETY, OUR COUNTRY ITSELF ARE IN GREATER COUNTRY ITSELF ARE IN GREATER DANGER THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE DANGER THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE LAST SRNLCENTURY AND A HALF. LAST SRNLCENTURY AND A HALF. THE PRESIDENT ELECT HAS MADE HIS THE PRESIDENT ELECT HAS MADE HIS INTENTIONINGS CLEAR AND IT WOULD INTENTIONINGS CLEAR AND IT WOULD BE IMMORAL TO PRETEND OERSZ. BE IMMORAL TO PRETEND OERSZ. WE MUST BAND TOGETHER RIGHT NOW WE MUST BAND TOGETHER RIGHT NOW TO DEFEND THE LAWS, THE TO DEFEND THE LAWS, THE INSTITUTIONS AND THE IDEALS ON INSTITUTIONS AND THE IDEALS ON WHICH OUR COUNTRY IS BASED. WHICH OUR COUNTRY IS BASED. THAT’S NOT WHAT HILLARY CLINTON THAT’S NOT WHAT HILLARY CLINTON SAID ON ELECTION NIGHT, BUT THE SAID ON ELECTION NIGHT, BUT THE WEAK OF THE 2016 ELECTION, WEAK OF THE 2016 ELECTION, JOURNALIST MASHA GESSNEEN WHO HA JOURNALIST MASHA GESSNEEN WHO HA SPENT MOST OF HER CAREER WRITING SPENT MOST OF HER CAREER WRITING ABOUT THE RISE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN ABOUT THE RISE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN IN RUSSIA, SHE SAID THAT THAT OR IN RUSSIA, SHE SAID THAT THAT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS WHAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS WHAT HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD HAVE HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD HAVE SAID. SAID. AN EARLY MORNING HOURS OF AN EARLY MORNING HOURS OF WEDNESDAY THAT FIRST WEEK OF WEDNESDAY THAT FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER WHEN THE ELECTION NOVEMBER WHEN THE ELECTION RESULTS CAME IN. RESULTS CAME IN. THAT ARTICLE BY MASHA GESSEN THAT ARTICLE BY MASHA GESSEN HAS, I THINK IS STILL SEEN AS A HAS, I THINK IS STILL SEEN AS A LANDMARK THESE THREE PLUS YEARS LANDMARK THESE THREE PLUS YEARS LATER. LATER. THAT ARTICLE IS REMEMBERED LESS THAT ARTICLE IS REMEMBERED LESS FOR THAT ALTERNATE PROPOSED FOR THAT ALTERNATE PROPOSED CONCESSION SPEECH FOR HILLARY CONCESSION SPEECH FOR HILLARY CLINTON, YOU KNOW, CALLING ON CLINTON, YOU KNOW, CALLING ON THE COUNTRY IN THAT MOMENT TO THE COUNTRY IN THAT MOMENT TO BAND TOGETHER TO DEFEND OUR LAWS BAND TOGETHER TO DEFEND OUR LAWS AND INSTITUTIONS. AND INSTITUTIONS. IT’S REMEMBERED LESS FOR THAT IT’S REMEMBERED LESS FOR THAT THAN IT IS FOR THE SET OF RULES THAN IT IS FOR THE SET OF RULES MASHA GESSEN WENT ON TO LAY OUT MASHA GESSEN WENT ON TO LAY OUT ON HOW TO SURVIVE A COUNTRY THAT ON HOW TO SURVIVE A COUNTRY THAT IS SHEDDING ITS DEMOCRATIC IS SHEDDING ITS DEMOCRATIC FOUNDATIONS AND IS SHEDDING THE FOUNDATIONS AND IS SHEDDING THE STRICTURES OF THE RULE OF LAW. STRICTURES OF THE RULE OF LAW. RULE NUMBER ONE ON HER LIST OF RULE NUMBER ONE ON HER LIST OF RULE, MEMORABLE ONE THAT STILL RULE, MEMORABLE ONE THAT STILL WAKES ME UP TO THIS DAY. WAKES ME UP TO THIS DAY. BELIEVE THE AUTOCRAT. BELIEVE THE AUTOCRAT. HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS. HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS. WHENEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF WHENEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF THINKING OR HEAR OTHERS CLAIMING THINKING OR HEAR OTHERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS EXAGGERATING, THAT’S THAT HE IS EXAGGERATING, THAT’S OUR INNATE TENDENCY TO REACH FOR OUR INNATE TENDENCY TO REACH FOR A RATIONALIZATION. A RATIONALIZATION. TRUMP HAS RECEIVED THE SUPPORT TRUMP HAS RECEIVED THE SUPPORT HE NEEDED TO WIN AND THE HE NEEDED TO WIN AND THE ADULATION HE CRAVES. ADULATION HE CRAVES. TRUMP RALLY CROWDS HAVE CHANTED TRUMP RALLY CROWDS HAVE CHANTED LOCK HER UP. LOCK HER UP. THEY AND HE MEANT EVERY WORD. THEY AND HE MEANT EVERY WORD. WELL, FAIR ENOUGH. WELL, FAIR ENOUGH. THAT IS, IN FACT, THE WORLD THAT THAT IS, IN FACT, THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE ENDED UP LIVING IN OVER WE HAVE ENDED UP LIVING IN OVER THESE PAST THREE AND A HALF THESE PAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS. YEARS. BUT OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS, AS BUT OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS, AS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THROWN INTO CRISIS AND CHAOS, THROWN INTO CRISIS AND CHAOS, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE STARTING TO GET RESIGNATIONS ON STARTING TO GET RESIGNATIONS ON PRINCIPLE FROM CAREER JUSTICE PRINCIPLE FROM CAREER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL WHO CANNOT DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL WHO CANNOT ABIDE WHAT’S BEING DONE TO THE ABIDE WHAT’S BEING DONE TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM BY THIS JUSTICE SYSTEM BY THIS PRESIDENT, OVER THESE LAST 48 PRESIDENT, OVER THESE LAST 48 HOURS, RULE NUMBER THREE FROM HOURS, RULE NUMBER THREE FROM MASHA GESSEN IS STICKING WITH ME MASHA GESSEN IS STICKING WITH ME AS WELL. AS WELL. RULE NUMBER THREE, INSTITUTIONS RULE NUMBER THREE, INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE YOU. WILL NOT SAVE YOU. IT TOOK PUTIN A YEAR TO TAKE IT TOOK PUTIN A YEAR TO TAKE OVER THE RUSSIAN MEDIA AND FOUR OVER THE RUSSIAN MEDIA AND FOUR YEARS TO DISMANTLE ITS ELECTORAL YEARS TO DISMANTLE ITS ELECTORAL SYSTEM. SYSTEM. THE RUSSIAN JUDICIARY COLLAPSED THE RUSSIAN JUDICIARY COLLAPSED UNNOTICED. UNNOTICED. THE CAPTURE OF INSTITUTIONS IN THE CAPTURE OF INSTITUTIONS IN TURKEY HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT EVEN TURKEY HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT EVEN FASTER BY A MAN ONCE CELEBRATED FASTER BY A MAN ONCE CELEBRATED AS THE DEMOCRAT TO LEAD TURKEY AS THE DEMOCRAT TO LEAD TURKEY INTO THE EUROPEAN UNION. INTO THE EUROPEAN UNION. POLAND HAS IN LESS THAN A YEAR POLAND HAS IN LESS THAN A YEAR UNDONE HALF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDONE HALF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A QUARTER CENTURY IN BUILDING OF A QUARTER CENTURY IN BUILDING A CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY. A CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY. THE UNITED STATES HAS MUCH THE UNITED STATES HAS MUCH STRONGER INSTITUTIONS THAN STRONGER INSTITUTIONS THAN GERMANY DID IN THE 1930s OR GERMANY DID IN THE 1930s OR RUSSIA DOES TODAY. RUSSIA DOES TODAY. THE PROBLEM, HOWEVER, IS THAT THE PROBLEM, HOWEVER, IS THAT MANY OF THESE U.S. INSTITUTIONS MANY OF THESE U.S. INSTITUTIONS ARE ENSHRINED IN POLITICAL ARE ENSHRINED IN POLITICAL CULTURE RATHER THAN IN LAW. CULTURE RATHER THAN IN LAW. AND ALL OF THEM DEPEND ON THE AND ALL OF THEM DEPEND ON THE GOOD FAITH OF ALL ACTORS TO GOOD FAITH OF ALL ACTORS TO FULFILL THEIR PURPOSE AND UPHOLD FULFILL THEIR PURPOSE AND UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. THE CONSTITUTION. STAUGS STAUGS INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE YOU. INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE YOU. THEY DEPEND ON THE GOOD FAITH OF THEY DEPEND ON THE GOOD FAITH OF THE ACTORS WITHIN THEM. THE ACTORS WITHIN THEM. BOY, ARE WE LIFLVING THAT. BOY, ARE WE LIFLVING THAT. THAT WAS MASHA GESSEN A COUPLE THAT WAS MASHA GESSEN A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION. OF DAYS AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION. NOT LONG AFTER TIMOTHY SNIDER’S NOT LONG AFTER TIMOTHY SNIDER’S BOOK ON TYRANNY WAS PUBLISHED. BOOK ON TYRANNY WAS PUBLISHED. IT FOLLOWED A SIMILAR LINE OF IT FOLLOWED A SIMILAR LINE OF LOGIC, LOOKING AT LESSONS FROM LOGIC, LOOKING AT LESSONS FROM THE COLLAPSE OF VARIOUS THE COLLAPSE OF VARIOUS DEMOCRACIES ACROSS EUROPE OVER DEMOCRACIES ACROSS EUROPE OVER THE COURSE OF THE 20th CENTURY THE COURSE OF THE 20th CENTURY TO LEARN LESSONS FOR US, TO TO LEARN LESSONS FOR US, TO LEARN LESSONS FOR HOW TO PROTECT LEARN LESSONS FOR HOW TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY AND HOW TO KNOW IF OUR DEMOCRACY AND HOW TO KNOW IF WE’RE LOSING THAT FIGHT TO WE’RE LOSING THAT FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY AND WHAT PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY AND WHAT WE SHOULD DO THEN. WE SHOULD DO THEN. SNYDEY, QUOTE, THE EUROPEAN SNYDEY, QUOTE, THE EUROPEAN HISTORY OF THE 20th CENTURY HISTORY OF THE 20th CENTURY SHOWS US THAT SOCIETIES CAN SHOWS US THAT SOCIETIES CAN BREAK, DEMOCRACIES CAN FALL, BREAK, DEMOCRACIES CAN FALL, ETHICS CAN COLLAPSE AND ORDINARY ETHICS CAN COLLAPSE AND ORDINARY MEN CAN FIND THEMSELVES STANDING MEN CAN FIND THEMSELVES STANDING OVER DEATH PITS WITH FWUNSGUNS I OVER DEATH PITS WITH FWUNSGUNS I THEIR HANDS. THEIR HANDS. WE MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO THINK WE MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO THINK THAT OUR DEMOCRATIC HERITAGE THAT OUR DEMOCRATIC HERITAGE PROTECTS US FROM SUCH THREATS. PROTECTS US FROM SUCH THREATS. THIS IS A MISGUIDED REFLEX. THIS IS A MISGUIDED REFLEX. AMERICANS TODAY ARE NO WISER AMERICANS TODAY ARE NO WISER THAN THE EUROPEANS WHO SAW THAN THE EUROPEANS WHO SAW DEMOCRACY YIELD TO FASCISM. DEMOCRACY YIELD TO FASCISM. OUR ONE ADVANTAGE IS WE MIGHT OUR ONE ADVANTAGE IS WE MIGHT LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE. LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE. NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO DO SO. NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO DO SO. HE PUBLISHED THIS BOOK RIGHT AT HE PUBLISHED THIS BOOK RIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE TIME OF THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP. DONALD TRUMP. THE SHORT BOOK GOES ON TO LAY THE SHORT BOOK GOES ON TO LAY OUT 20 LESSONS FOR AMERICANS TO OUT 20 LESSONS FOR AMERICANS TO CONSIDER TODAY. CONSIDER TODAY. SOME OF THESE LESSONS, SOME OF SOME OF THESE LESSONS, SOME OF THESE RULES KEEP ME UP TOO. THESE RULES KEEP ME UP TOO. FOR EXAMPLE, RULE NUMBER ONE, DO FOR EXAMPLE, RULE NUMBER ONE, DO NOT OBEY IN ADVANCE. NOT OBEY IN ADVANCE. MOST OF THE POWER OF MOST OF THE POWER OF AUTHORITARIANISM IS FREELY AUTHORITARIANISM IS FREELY GIVEN. GIVEN. IN TIMES LIKE THESE INDIVIDUALS IN TIMES LIKE THESE INDIVIDUALS THINK AHEAD ABOUT WHAT A MORE THINK AHEAD ABOUT WHAT A MORE REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT WILL WANT, REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT WILL WANT, AND THEN OFFER THEMSELVES AND THEN OFFER THEMSELVES WITHOUT BEING ASKED. WITHOUT BEING ASKED. A CITIZEN WHO ADAPTS THIS WAY IS A CITIZEN WHO ADAPTS THIS WAY IS TEACHING POWER WHAT IT CAN DO. TEACHING POWER WHAT IT CAN DO. I WOULD AMEND THAT IN OUR TIME I WOULD AMEND THAT IN OUR TIME TO SAY A SENATOR WHO ADAPTS IN TO SAY A SENATOR WHO ADAPTS IN THIS WAY IS EFFECTIVELY TEACHING THIS WAY IS EFFECTIVELY TEACHING POWER WHAT IT CAN DO. POWER WHAT IT CAN DO. THERE’S ALSO RULE NUMBER EIGHT, THERE’S ALSO RULE NUMBER EIGHT, WHICH IS STAND OUT. WHICH IS STAND OUT. QUOTE, SOMEONE HAS TO. QUOTE, SOMEONE HAS TO. IT’S EASY TO FOLLOW ALONG. IT’S EASY TO FOLLOW ALONG. IT CAN FEEL STRANGE TO DO OR SAY IT CAN FEEL STRANGE TO DO OR SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BUT WITHOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BUT WITHOUT THAT UNEASE, THERE IS NO THAT UNEASE, THERE IS NO FREEDOM. FREEDOM. THE MOMENT YOU SET AN EXAMPLE, THE MOMENT YOU SET AN EXAMPLE, THE SPELL OF THE STATUS QUO IS THE SPELL OF THE STATUS QUO IS BROKEN, AND OTHERS WILL FOLLOW. BROKEN, AND OTHERS WILL FOLLOW. IS THAT TRUE? IS THAT TRUE? HERE’S THE ONE THAT IS STICKING HERE’S THE ONE THAT IS STICKING WITH ME RIGHT NOW GIVEN WHAT IS WITH ME RIGHT NOW GIVEN WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE JUSTICE GOING ON AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SORT OF CRY DEPARTMENT AND THE SORT OF CRY CRISIS THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROWN CRISIS THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROWN INTO IN TERMS OF THE RULE OF LAW INTO IN TERMS OF THE RULE OF LAW IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THE PAST 48 IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THE PAST 48 HOURS. HOURS. IT’S SNYDER’S RULE NUMBER TWO, IT’S SNYDER’S RULE NUMBER TWO, QUOTE, DEFEND INSTITUTIONS. QUOTE, DEFEND INSTITUTIONS. IT IS INSTITUTIONS THAT HELP US IT IS INSTITUTIONS THAT HELP US TO PRESERVE DECENCY. TO PRESERVE DECENCY. THEY NEED OUR HELP AS WELL. THEY NEED OUR HELP AS WELL. DO NOT SPEAK OF OUR INSTITUTIONS DO NOT SPEAK OF OUR INSTITUTIONS UNLESS YOU MAKE THEM YOURS BY UNLESS YOU MAKE THEM YOURS BY ACTING ON THEIR BEHALF. ACTING ON THEIR BEHALF. INSTITUTIONS DO NOT PROTECT INSTITUTIONS DO NOT PROTECT THEMSELVES. THEMSELVES. THEY FALL ONE AFTER ANOTHER THEY FALL ONE AFTER ANOTHER UNLESS EACH IS DEFENDED FROM THE UNLESS EACH IS DEFENDED FROM THE BEGINNING. BEGINNING. SO CHOOSE AN INSTITUTION YOU SO CHOOSE AN INSTITUTION YOU CARE ABOUT, A COURT, A CARE ABOUT, A COURT, A NEWSPAPER, A LAW, A LABOR UNION, NEWSPAPER, A LAW, A LABOR UNION, AND TAKE ITS SIDE. AND TAKE ITS SIDE. . . SO THAT’S INTERESTING, RIGHT? SO THAT’S INTERESTING, RIGHT? WE GET THIS ONE PRESCIENT WE GET THIS ONE PRESCIENT WARNING FROM THE RUSSIAN WARNING FROM THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN JOURNALIST. AMERICAN JOURNALIST. INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE U INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE U YOU. YOU. THEY WILL FAIL. THEY WILL FAIL. DO NOT COUNT ON THEM TO SAVE DO NOT COUNT ON THEM TO SAVE YOU. YOU. WE GET ANOTHER WARNING FROM THE WE GET ANOTHER WARNING FROM THE HISTORIAN FROM 20th SEARCH HISTORIAN FROM 20th SEARCH DEMOCRATIC, HE SAYS YEAH, DEMOCRATIC, HE SAYS YEAH, INSTITUTIONS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT INSTITUTIONS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT INSTITUTIONS DO COLLAPSE UNLESS INSTITUTIONS DO COLLAPSE UNLESS EACH ONE OF US ACTIVELY DEFENDS EACH ONE OF US ACTIVELY DEFENDS AND SAVES THEM FROM THE KINDS OF AND SAVES THEM FROM THE KINDS OF PRESSURES THEY’RE ABOUT TO COME PRESSURES THEY’RE ABOUT TO COME UNDER. UNDER. PICK ONE, DO SOMETHING TO PICK ONE, DO SOMETHING TO SUPPORT IT. SUPPORT IT. SO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEW SO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY YESTERDAY, HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY YESTERDAY, RIGHT, THIS VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT, THIS VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MOMENT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TRYING TO PICK THEIR NOMINEE TO TRYING TO PICK THEIR NOMINEE TO RUN AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, WE GET RUN AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, WE GET THIS OTHER STORY, RIGHT? THIS OTHER STORY, RIGHT? THIS NEW MAIL STONEILESTONE WE H THIS NEW MAIL STONEILESTONE WE H IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON RULE OF LAW ISSUES, AND IT IS A RULE OF LAW ISSUES, AND IT IS A BIG ENOUGH STORY THAT IT BIG ENOUGH STORY THAT IT RESULTED IN SPLIT FRONT PAGES RESULTED IN SPLIT FRONT PAGES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY TODAY. ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY TODAY. THIS IS THE FRONT PAGE OF THE THIS IS THE FRONT PAGE OF THE “NEW YORK TIMES.” “NEW YORK TIMES.” ON THE RIGHT-HAND THERE’S THE ON THE RIGHT-HAND THERE’S THE POLITICS, SANDERS IS WINNER IN POLITICS, SANDERS IS WINNER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. NEW HAMPSHIRE. ON THE LEFT SIDE IN ALL CAPITAL ON THE LEFT SIDE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS LETTERS, JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS ACTS TO EASE SENTENCE FOR TRUMP ACTS TO EASE SENTENCE FOR TRUMP ALLY. ALLY. FOUR U.S. PROSECUTORS QUIT STONE FOUR U.S. PROSECUTORS QUIT STONE CASE AFTER BOSSES STEP IN TO CASE AFTER BOSSES STEP IN TO OVERRULE THEM. OVERRULE THEM. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, HERE’S THE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, HERE’S THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND THERE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND THERE AGAIN IS THE PICTURE OF SENATOR AGAIN IS THE PICTURE OF SENATOR SANDERS, THE TRIUMPHANT PICTURE, SANDERS, THE TRIUMPHANT PICTURE, THE HEADLINE ON POLITICS HALFWAY THE HEADLINE ON POLITICS HALFWAY DOWN THE FRONT PAGE, SANDERS DOWN THE FRONT PAGE, SANDERS EDGES BUTTIGIEG IN NEW HAMPSHIRE EDGES BUTTIGIEG IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY: BUT THEN RIGHT PRIMARY: BUT THEN RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE MAS TED THERE AT UNDERNEATH THE MAS TED THERE AT THE TOP, THE COMPETING STORY THE TOP, THE COMPETING STORY LEFT TWO COLUMNS, PROSECUTORS LEFT TWO COLUMNS, PROSECUTORS QUIT OVER BID TO LESSEN STONE’S QUIT OVER BID TO LESSEN STONE’S SENTENCE. SENTENCE. HE’S THE HILL NEWSPAPER IN HE’S THE HILL NEWSPAPER IN WASHINGTON, D.C., QUOTE, DOJ IN WASHINGTON, D.C., QUOTE, DOJ IN CHAOS. CHAOS. HERE’S THE ST. LOUIS POST HERE’S THE ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, FOUR COLUMN HEADLINE DISPATCH, FOUR COLUMN HEADLINE ALL CAPS, BOLD HEADLINE. ALL CAPS, BOLD HEADLINE. ALL FOUR PROSECUTORS QUIT STONE ALL FOUR PROSECUTORS QUIT STONE CASE. CASE. TRUMP TWEET SPURS CONCERNS OF TRUMP TWEET SPURS CONCERNS OF DOM DOM DOJ INTERFERENCE. DOJ INTERFERENCE. HERE’S THE HEADLINE IN THE HERE’S THE HEADLINE IN THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE. MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE. THEY’VE GOT FULL COVERAGE OF THEY’VE GOT FULL COVERAGE OF SANDERS GRABBING THE WIN IN NEW SANDERS GRABBING THE WIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ALSO ON THE FRONT HAMPSHIRE AND ALSO ON THE FRONT PAGE TODAY, HOMETOWN SENATOR AMY PAGE TODAY, HOMETOWN SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR SURGING INTO THIRD KLOBUCHAR SURGING INTO THIRD PLACE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. PLACE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE’RE GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH WE’RE GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH SENATOR KLOBUCHAR RIGHT HERE ON SENATOR KLOBUCHAR RIGHT HERE ON THE SHOW. THE SHOW. LOOK AT WHAT’S ON TOP THE FRONT LOOK AT WHAT’S ON TOP THE FRONT PAGE, DOJ REVOLT OVER LENIENCY PAGE, DOJ REVOLT OVER LENIENCY FOR TRUMP PAL. FOR TRUMP PAL. SO WE ARE HERE. SO WE ARE HERE. BELIEVE THEM WHEN THEY SAY WHO BELIEVE THEM WHEN THEY SAY WHO THEY ARE. THEY ARE. RIGHT? RIGHT? WE ARE AT THAT MOMENT THAT THIS WE ARE AT THAT MOMENT THAT THIS PRESIDENT DID IN FACT, PROMISE PRESIDENT DID IN FACT, PROMISE DURINGS THE CAMPAIGN, RIGHT? DURINGS THE CAMPAIGN, RIGHT? AND EVERYBODY SAID AT THE TIME AND EVERYBODY SAID AT THE TIME HOW OUTRAGEOUS IT WAS, HOW MUCH HOW OUTRAGEOUS IT WAS, HOW MUCH IT CROSSED A RED LINE FOR HIM TO IT CROSSED A RED LINE FOR HIM TO SAY AS A CANDIDATE WHEN HE’S SAY AS A CANDIDATE WHEN HE’S PRESIDENT INSTRUCT HIS ATTORNEY PRESIDENT INSTRUCT HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROSECUTE HIS GENERAL TO PROSECUTE HIS OPPONENTS. OPPONENTS. PUNISH HIS ENEMIES, PROTECT HIS PUNISH HIS ENEMIES, PROTECT HIS FRIENDS. FRIENDS. WHEN HE SAID HE WOULD DO THAT AS WHEN HE SAID HE WOULD DO THAT AS A CANDIDATE, THE OUTRAGE, BUT A CANDIDATE, THE OUTRAGE, BUT DID YOU BELIEVE HIM? DID YOU BELIEVE HIM? HERE WE ARE AND ALL OF THE HERE WE ARE AND ALL OF THE ALARMS ARE GOING OFF ABOUT THIS. ALARMS ARE GOING OFF ABOUT THIS. THIS IS A FRONT PAGE THING, AND THIS IS A FRONT PAGE THING, AND IT IS AS SERIOUS AS YOU THINK IT IT IS AS SERIOUS AS YOU THINK IT IS. IS. HERE’S A FORMER SENIOR JUSTICE HERE’S A FORMER SENIOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WHO ACTUALLY DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WHO ACTUALLY SERVED WELL INTO THE TRUMP SERVED WELL INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, DAVID LOVEFMAN ADMINISTRATION, DAVID LOVEFMAN CALLING THIS A BREAK GLASS IN CALLING THIS A BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF FIRE MOMENT. CASE OF FIRE MOMENT. HERE’S FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL HERE’S FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER GOING RIGHT THERE AS ERIC HOLDER GOING RIGHT THERE AS WELL, QUOTE, DO NOT WELL, QUOTE, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGER OF THIS UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGER OF THIS SITUATION. SITUATION. THE POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE THE POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE DOJ ARE INVOLVING THEMSELVES IN DOJ ARE INVOLVING THEMSELVES IN AN INAPPROPRIATE WAY IN CASES AN INAPPROPRIATE WAY IN CASES INVOLVING POLITICAL ALLIES OF INVOLVING POLITICAL ALLIES OF THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT. IN A STATEMENT LAST NIGHT, IN A STATEMENT LAST NIGHT, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER SAYING, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER SAYING, QUOTE, ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE PUT QUOTE, ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE PUT AT RISK THE PERCEIVED AND REAL AT RISK THE PERCEIVED AND REAL NEUTRAL ENFORCEMENT OF OUR LAWS NEUTRAL ENFORCEMENT OF OUR LAWS AND ULTIMATELY ENDANGER THE AND ULTIMATELY ENDANGER THE FABRIC OF OUR DEMOCRACY. FABRIC OF OUR DEMOCRACY. EQUALLY STUNNING IS, YOU KNOW, EQUALLY STUNNING IS, YOU KNOW, AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS INTERVENING TO TAKE OVER THESE INTERVENING TO TAKE OVER THESE CASES OF INTEREST TO THE CASES OF INTEREST TO THE PRESIDENT, BOTH TO HELP THE PRESIDENT, BOTH TO HELP THE PRESIDENT’S FRIENDS AND TO PRESIDENT’S FRIENDS AND TO TARGET THE PRESIDENT’S PERCEIVED TARGET THE PRESIDENT’S PERCEIVED ENEMIES, TO TARGET ANYTHING THAT ENEMIES, TO TARGET ANYTHING THAT POSES A PERCEIVED THREAT TO THE POSES A PERCEIVED THREAT TO THE PRESIDENT, EQUALLY STUNNING PRESIDENT, EQUALLY STUNNING ALONGSIDE WHAT BILL BARR DOING ALONGSIDE WHAT BILL BARR DOING IS THE FACT THAT THE JUSTICE IS THE FACT THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS NOW STARTING TO DEPARTMENT IS NOW STARTING TO RESPOND. RESPOND. THERE ARE NOW RESIGNATIONS FROM THERE ARE NOW RESIGNATIONS FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN PROTEST. PROTEST. THREE LINE PROSECUTORS WORKING THREE LINE PROSECUTORS WORKING ON THE ROGER STONE CASE ON THE ROGER STONE CASE WITHDRAWING FROM THAT CASE AFTER WITHDRAWING FROM THAT CASE AFTER BARR INTERVENED AFTER THE BARR INTERVENED AFTER THE PRESIDENT EXPRESSED HIS PRESIDENT EXPRESSED HIS DISPLEASURE WITH THE RECOMMENDED DISPLEASURE WITH THE RECOMMENDED SENTENCE THAT STONE HAD HAD PUT SENTENCE THAT STONE HAD HAD PUT FORTH TO THE COURT BY THESE LINE FORTH TO THE COURT BY THESE LINE PROSECUTORS. PROSECUTORS. THREE OF THEM RESIGNING FROM THE THREE OF THEM RESIGNING FROM THE CASE, A FOURTH NOT ONLY CASE, A FOURTH NOT ONLY WITHDRAWING FROM THE CASE BUT WITHDRAWING FROM THE CASE BUT RESIGNING FROM THE DEPARTMENT RESIGNING FROM THE DEPARTMENT ALTOGETHER. ALTOGETHER. FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL BOB BOWER DESCRIBING THAT AS A BOB BOWER DESCRIBING THAT AS A QUOTE, MAJOR EVENT AND FOR BOB QUOTE, MAJOR EVENT AND FOR BOB BOWER, THE LEAST HYPERBOLIC MAN BOWER, THE LEAST HYPERBOLIC MAN ON EARTH, THAT’S LIKE A 10-ALARM ON EARTH, THAT’S LIKE A 10-ALARM FIRE FOR HIM TO CALL SOMETHING A FIRE FOR HIM TO CALL SOMETHING A MAJOR EVENT. MAJOR EVENT. SAYING TODAY QUOTE, DRAMATICALLY SAYING TODAY QUOTE, DRAMATICALLY FORCEFUL RESPONSES TO MR. FORCEFUL RESPONSES TO MR. TRUMP’S ASSAULT ON RULE OF LAW TRUMP’S ASSAULT ON RULE OF LAW NORMS HAVE BEEN ALL TOO RARE. NORMS HAVE BEEN ALL TOO RARE. A RESIGNATION CAN SET OFF AN A RESIGNATION CAN SET OFF AN ALARM BELL FOR INSTITUTIONS. ALARM BELL FOR INSTITUTIONS. IT UPHOLDS RULE OF LAW NORMS IN IT UPHOLDS RULE OF LAW NORMS IN THE VERY ACT OF SIGNALING THAT THE VERY ACT OF SIGNALING THAT THEY ARE FAILING. THEY ARE FAILING. THEY ARE FAILING. THEY ARE FAILING. SO LIKE I SAID, THE ALARMS SO LIKE I SAID, THE ALARMS RINGING. RINGING. WHAT DO AWILL REMEMBERLARMS DO? WHAT DO AWILL REMEMBERLARMS DO? THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO WAKE US UP. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO WAKE US UP. IN THIS CASE WE ARE ALL AWAKE. IN THIS CASE WE ARE ALL AWAKE. WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT WE’RE WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT WE’RE AWAKE? AWAKE? THERE’S NO HIDING THE IMPORTANCE THERE’S NO HIDING THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. OF WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. THE COUNTRY IS WELL AWARE OF THE COUNTRY IS WELL AWARE OF WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. ALL THE PEOPLE IN POSITION TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN POSITION TO KNOW HOW DANGEROUS AND BAD THIS KNOW HOW DANGEROUS AND BAD THIS IS HAVE STRUCK THE ALARM BELL, IS HAVE STRUCK THE ALARM BELL, RIGHT? RIGHT? AND SO NOW WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT AND SO NOW WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? IT? THE IDEA OF BEING A RULE OF LAW THE IDEA OF BEING A RULE OF LAW COUNTRY IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE — COUNTRY IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE — YOU KNOW, THE TECHNOCRATIC YOU KNOW, THE TECHNOCRATIC PROWESS OF YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROWESS OF YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM AND YOUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. SYSTEM AND YOUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. I MEAN, THAT MATTERS BUT IT IS I MEAN, THAT MATTERS BUT IT IS BIGGER THAN THAT. BIGGER THAN THAT. IT’S ALSO BIGGER THAN INDIVIDUAL IT’S ALSO BIGGER THAN INDIVIDUAL POLITICIANS OR POWERFUL PEOPLE POLITICIANS OR POWERFUL PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH BEING ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH STUFF UNFAIRLY BY SOMEHOW STUFF UNFAIRLY BY SOMEHOW WORKING THE SYSTEM. WORKING THE SYSTEM. AGAIN, THAT’S PART OF IT. AGAIN, THAT’S PART OF IT. BUT IT’S NOT ALL OF IT. BUT IT’S NOT ALL OF IT. THE REASON THAT PEOPLE USE RULE THE REASON THAT PEOPLE USE RULE OF LAW COUNTRIES AS A WAY TO OF LAW COUNTRIES AS A WAY TO DEFINE WHAT IS NOT AN AUTOCRACY, DEFINE WHAT IS NOT AN AUTOCRACY, WHAT IS NOT AN AUTHORITARIAN WHAT IS NOT AN AUTHORITARIAN SHEEM IS SHEEM IS REGIME IS THIS BIGGER SENSE OF REGIME IS THIS BIGGER SENSE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A RULE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A RULE OF LAW COUNTRY. LAW COUNTRY. THOSE THINGS MATTER, BUT THE THOSE THINGS MATTER, BUT THE WORST COLLAPSE AND THE MOST KONS WORST COLLAPSE AND THE MOST KONS KWENL COLLAPSE OF THE CAPITAL R KWENL COLLAPSE OF THE CAPITAL R RULE OF CAPITAL L LAW IS WHEN RULE OF CAPITAL L LAW IS WHEN THE LAW BECOMES A TOOL OF THE THE LAW BECOMES A TOOL OF THE POLITICAL LEADER. POLITICAL LEADER. OR THE POWER OF THE CRIMINAL OR THE POWER OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE LAW JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT APPARATUS OF THIS ENFORCEMENT APPARATUS OF THIS COUNTRY IS EM EMPLOYED FOR THE COUNTRY IS EM EMPLOYED FOR THE PLEASURE AND THE BENEFIT OF A PLEASURE AND THE BENEFIT OF A PRESIDENT WHO IS SUPPOSED TO PRESIDENT WHO IS SUPPOSED TO ALLOW IT TO OPERATE ALLOW IT TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY BUT WE HAVE NOW INDEPENDENTLY BUT WE HAVE NOW CROSSED THE LINE ON THAT. CROSSED THE LINE ON THAT. HE TOLD US HE WOULD DO IT. HE TOLD US HE WOULD DO IT. HE HAS NOW DONE IT, AND ALL OF HE HAS NOW DONE IT, AND ALL OF THE ALARMS HAVE SOUNDED. THE ALARMS HAVE SOUNDED. THEY ARE RINGING INCREDIBLY THEY ARE RINGING INCREDIBLY LOUDLY AND WE DON’T KNOW WHAT LOUDLY AND WE DON’T KNOW WHAT COMES NEXT, BUT WHAT DO WE DO COMES NEXT, BUT WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? NEXT? WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT WE ARE WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT WE ARE AWAKE TO WHAT’S GOING ON? AWAKE TO WHAT’S GOING ON? DIAGNOSING THE PROBLEM EXISTS IS DIAGNOSING THE PROBLEM EXISTS IS NOT THE SAME AS CURING THE NOT THE SAME AS CURING THE PROBLEM. PROBLEM. I THINK WHEN ALL IS REASONABLY I THINK WHEN ALL IS REASONABLY WELL AND WE’RE READING DISYSTOPI WELL AND WE’RE READING DISYSTOPI FICTION OR SMUGLY READING FICTION OR SMUGLY READING HISTORY ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES HISTORY ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES FALLING ON HARD TIMES AND LOSING FALLING ON HARD TIMES AND LOSING THE RECALLULE OF LAW AND LOSING THE RECALLULE OF LAW AND LOSING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, WHEN WE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, WHEN WE IMAGINE THESE MOEMTS AS IMAGINE THESE MOEMTS AS HAPPENING TO SOMEONE ELSE OR HAPPENING TO SOMEONE ELSE OR HAPPENING IN FICTION. HAPPENING IN FICTION. WHEN WE IMAGINE WHAT WOULD WHEN WE IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN THE HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN THE THINGS THAT MAKE US A FREE THINGS THAT MAKE US A FREE COUNTRY START TO COLLAPSE, WHEN COUNTRY START TO COLLAPSE, WHEN THEY ERODE AND CRUMBLE AND FALL THEY ERODE AND CRUMBLE AND FALL AWAY. AWAY. I THINK IF WE’RE HONEST, A SORT I THINK IF WE’RE HONEST, A SORT OF NAIVE FANTASY THAT MOST OF US OF NAIVE FANTASY THAT MOST OF US HAVE ABOUT MOMENTS LIKE THIS, HAVE ABOUT MOMENTS LIKE THIS, ABOUT WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE, IS ABOUT WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, GOOD PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, GOOD PEOPLE DOING GOOD THINGS WILL FIX IT. DOING GOOD THINGS WILL FIX IT. THAT’S SMART PEOPLE IN A THAT’S SMART PEOPLE IN A POSITION TO KNOW BEING ALERT TO POSITION TO KNOW BEING ALERT TO THE DANGER AND POINTING OUT THAT THE DANGER AND POINTING OUT THAT THIS TERRIBLE RUBICON HAS BEEN THIS TERRIBLE RUBICON HAS BEEN CROSSED. CROSSED. THAT WOULD SOMEHOW BE ENOUGH TO THAT WOULD SOMEHOW BE ENOUGH TO STOP US FROM GOING ANY FURTHER STOP US FROM GOING ANY FURTHER IN THAT DIRECTION AND TO BRING IN THAT DIRECTION AND TO BRING US BACK TO THIS SAFE SIDE OF IT. US BACK TO THIS SAFE SIDE OF IT. SOMEHOW BE ENOUGH TO CALL OUT SOMEHOW BE ENOUGH TO CALL OUT THE DANGER, TO GET US TO THE DANGER, TO GET US TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER TOSHS, TO M RECOGNIZE THE DANGER TOSHS, TO M NOT GO THERE. NOT GO THERE. IT TURNS OUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. IT TURNS OUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH. IT TURNS OUT WE STILL GO THERE. IT TURNS OUT WE STILL GO THERE. I THINK WITH EE IMAGINE WHEN WE I THINK WITH EE IMAGINE WHEN WE OURSELVES OPTIMISTIC FABLES OURSELVES OPTIMISTIC FABLES ABOUT THESE KINDS OF THINGS IN ABOUT THESE KINDS OF THINGS IN THE EVENT SOMETHING DID GO THE EVENT SOMETHING DID GO TERRIBLY WRONG IN AMERICA ZPT TERRIBLY WRONG IN AMERICA ZPT PRESIDENT’S ATTORNEY GENERAL PRESIDENT’S ATTORNEY GENERAL STARTED PERSONALLY INTERVENING STARTED PERSONALLY INTERVENING IN PERSONAL CASES TO HELP THE IN PERSONAL CASES TO HELP THE PRESIDENT’S FRIENDS AND TO GIN PRESIDENT’S FRIENDS AND TO GIN UP INVESTIGATIONS INTO PEOPLE HE UP INVESTIGATIONS INTO PEOPLE HE WANTED TARGETED FOR POLITICAL WANTED TARGETED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES, IN THE MOVIE VERSION PURPOSES, IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF THINGS GOING WRONG THAT WAY OF THINGS GOING WRONG THAT WAY IN AMERICA, ONE OF THE WAYS WE IN AMERICA, ONE OF THE WAYS WE START TO PIVOT TOWARDS THE START TO PIVOT TOWARDS THE INEVITABLE HAPPY ENDING OF THAT INEVITABLE HAPPY ENDING OF THAT KIND OF MOVIE IS THAT WE THINK KIND OF MOVIE IS THAT WE THINK PRINCIPLED PEOPLE IN A POSITION PRINCIPLED PEOPLE IN A POSITION TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING WRONG AND TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING WRONG AND IN A POSITION TO ALERT THE IN A POSITION TO ALERT THE COUNTRY ABOUT IT, THEY WILL COUNTRY ABOUT IT, THEY WILL RESIGN IN PROTEST. RESIGN IN PROTEST. SOUND THE ALARM THAT WAY. SOUND THE ALARM THAT WAY. THAT WILL LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT WILL LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND THOSE WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND THOSE RESIGNATIONS WILL HAVE SUCH A RESIGNATIONS WILL HAVE SUCH A DRAMATIC EFFECT THEY WILL DRAMATIC EFFECT THEY WILL CATALYZE A SORT OF PZOSITIVE CATALYZE A SORT OF PZOSITIVE CONTAGION. CONTAGION. THEY WILL SET A MORAL EXAMPLE THEY WILL SET A MORAL EXAMPLE THAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL STEP UP THAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL STEP UP TO BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE WILL TO BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE WILL SNAP OUT OF WHATEVER FEAR THEY SNAP OUT OF WHATEVER FEAR THEY HAVE BEEN IN, AND THEY WILL HAVE BEEN IN, AND THEY WILL REALIZE, OH, WE DON’T ALL HAVE REALIZE, OH, WE DON’T ALL HAVE TO GO ALONG WITH THIS. TO GO ALONG WITH THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING TO SAVE OUR THIS IS SOMETHING TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY THAT MUST BE STOPPED. COUNTRY THAT MUST BE STOPPED. IT’S TIME TO, YOU KNOW, LAY DOWN IT’S TIME TO, YOU KNOW, LAY DOWN ON THE PROVERBIAL GEARS OF THIS ON THE PROVERBIAL GEARS OF THIS MACHINERY. MACHINERY. WE ALL CAN DO SOMETHING HERE, WE ALL CAN DO SOMETHING HERE, AND ALL OF US WHO CAN MUST. AND ALL OF US WHO CAN MUST. IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF THIS, IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF THIS, THAT’S HOW WE IMAGINE THIS GOES. THAT’S HOW WE IMAGINE THIS GOES. INDEED, LAST NIGHT THE FORMER INDEED, LAST NIGHT THE FORMER INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE JUSTICE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT POSTED THIS, WHAT HE DEPARTMENT POSTED THIS, WHAT HE CALLED A MEMO TO ALL CAREER CALLED A MEMO TO ALL CAREER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES. HE WAS THE FORMER INSPECTOR HE WAS THE FORMER INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE JUSTICE GENERAL AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SKPSHS HEAND HE SAYS DEPARTMENT SKPSHS HEAND HE SAYS NOTE, MEMO TO ALL CAREER DOJ NOTE, MEMO TO ALL CAREER DOJ EMPLOYEES. EMPLOYEES. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU SIGNED UP THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR. FOR. THE FOUR PROSECUTORS WHO BUILD THE FOUR PROSECUTORS WHO BUILD ON THE STONE CASE HAVE SHOWN THE ON THE STONE CASE HAVE SHOWN THE WAY. WAY. REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF IMPROPER REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF IMPROPER POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND OTHER POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND OTHER MISDEEDS TO THE INSPECTOR MISDEEDS TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO IS REQUIRED TO GENERAL WHO IS REQUIRED TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY. PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY. AND YOU KNOW, MICHAEL BROMWICH AND YOU KNOW, MICHAEL BROMWICH IS IN A POSITION TO KNOW AND IS IN A POSITION TO KNOW AND GIVE THAT KIND OF ADVICE HAVING GIVE THAT KIND OF ADVICE HAVING UNTIL RECENTLY BEEN AN INSPECTOR UNTIL RECENTLY BEEN AN INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE JUSTICE GENERAL AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT. BUT SIMULTANEOUS TO HIM GIVING BUT SIMULTANEOUS TO HIM GIVING THAT ADVICE WE’VE GOT THE NEWS THAT ADVICE WE’VE GOT THE NEWS NOW THAT ONE OF THE PEOPLE THE NOW THAT ONE OF THE PEOPLE THE PRESIDENT IS LOOKING TO FIRE PRESIDENT IS LOOKING TO FIRE RIGHT NOW IS THE INSPECTOR RIGHT NOW IS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BECAUSE WHAT DID HE DO COMMUNITY BECAUSE WHAT DID HE DO WRONG? WRONG? WELL, HE GOT A WHISTLE-BLOWER WELL, HE GOT A WHISTLE-BLOWER COMPLAINT ABOUT MALFEASANCE AND COMPLAINT ABOUT MALFEASANCE AND INDEED WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE INDEED WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE ILLEGAL ACTIONS INSIDE THE TRUMP ILLEGAL ACTIONS INSIDE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING BY THE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING BY THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. AND THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER SEEING AND THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER SEEING THOSE THINGS AND DECIDING TO THOSE THINGS AND DECIDING TO PROPERLY FOLLOW CHANNELS PROPERLY FOLLOW CHANNELS REPORTED THAT MATERIAL TO THE REPORTED THAT MATERIAL TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, WHO IS INSPECTOR GENERAL, WHO IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO PROTECT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO PROTECT THAT PERSON’S ANONYMITY. THAT PERSON’S ANONYMITY. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TREAT THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL TREAT THAT HAD COMPLAINT THE WAY THE LAW HAD COMPLAINT THE WAY THE LAW SAID HE MUST. SAID HE MUST. HE ENDED UP PASSING IT ON TO HE ENDED UP PASSING IT ON TO CONGRESS. CONGRESS. HE REALLY HAD NO AUTHORITY TO DO HE REALLY HAD NO AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING ELSE WITH IT. ANYTHING ELSE WITH IT. HE FOLLOWED THE LAW AND HE FOLLOWED THE LAW AND PROTECTED THE ANONYMITY OF THAT PROTECTED THE ANONYMITY OF THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER. WHISTLE-BLOWER. THAT INSPECTSOR GENERAL HAS HIS THAT INSPECTSOR GENERAL HAS HIS OWN HEAD ON THE BLOCK AS THE OWN HEAD ON THE BLOCK AS THE PRESIDENT RIPS THESE SYSTEMS OUT PRESIDENT RIPS THESE SYSTEMS OUT BY THE ROOT, AND AS REPUBLICAN BY THE ROOT, AND AS REPUBLICAN SENATORS HUNT THE IDENTITY OF SENATORS HUNT THE IDENTITY OF THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER. THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER. SO HERE’S THE QUESTION. SO HERE’S THE QUESTION. WITH THESE FOUR PROSECUTORS WITH THESE FOUR PROSECUTORS STEPPING UP AND RESIGNING AT THE STEPPING UP AND RESIGNING AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OVER THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OVER THE PRESIDENT REACHING INTO THE PRESIDENT REACHING INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, REACHING INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO REACHING INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO OVERRIDE INDEPENDENT OVERRIDE INDEPENDENT PROSECUTORIAL DECISIONS AND PROSECUTORIAL DECISIONS AND INSTEAD INSIST ON LENIENCE FOR INSTEAD INSIST ON LENIENCE FOR HIS FRIENDS, AND LENIENCE FOR HIS FRIENDS, AND LENIENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD POTENTIALLY PEOPLE WHO COULD POTENTIALLY TESTIFY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S TESTIFY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S OWN BEHAVIOR RELATED TO THE OWN BEHAVIOR RELATED TO THE THINGS FOR WHICH THESE GUYS WERE THINGS FOR WHICH THESE GUYS WERE ALL CHARGED. ALL CHARGED. NOW THAT WE’VE GOT THESE NOW THAT WE’VE GOT THESE PROSECUTORS’ RESIGNATIONS PROSECUTORS’ RESIGNATIONS INCLUDING ONE CAREER PROSECUTOR INCLUDING ONE CAREER PROSECUTOR WHO HAS RESIGNED ENTIRELY FROM WHO HAS RESIGNED ENTIRELY FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHAT IF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHAT IF THE MORAL BEACON PHENOMENON HERE THE MORAL BEACON PHENOMENON HERE EITHER DOESN’T WORK OR IS EITHER DOESN’T WORK OR IS OVERSHADOWED. OVERSHADOWED. WHAT IF INSTEAD OF WAKING PEOPLE WHAT IF INSTEAD OF WAKING PEOPLE UP AND INSPIRING OTHERS TO NOT UP AND INSPIRING OTHERS TO NOT GO ALONG WITH THIS DANGEROUS GO ALONG WITH THIS DANGEROUS FUNDAMENTAL BREACH IN WHO WE ARE FUNDAMENTAL BREACH IN WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY AND HOW OUR SYSTEM AS A COUNTRY AND HOW OUR SYSTEM WORKS AND WHAT THE LEGAL SYSTEM WORKS AND WHAT THE LEGAL SYSTEM COULD BE PERVERTED FOR IN THE COULD BE PERVERTED FOR IN THE HANDS OF AN AUTHORITARIAN, WHAT HANDS OF AN AUTHORITARIAN, WHAT IF INSTEAD THE EXAMPLE THAT IF INSTEAD THE EXAMPLE THAT WE’RE LIVING, THE EXAMPLE THAT’S WE’RE LIVING, THE EXAMPLE THAT’S BEING SET BY THESE PRINCIPLED BEING SET BY THESE PRINCIPLED RESIGNATIONS AND ALSO BY THE RESIGNATIONS AND ALSO BY THE CAREER PUBLIC SERVANTS AND CAREER PUBLIC SERVANTS AND DIPLOMATS WHO CAME FORWARD AND DIPLOMATS WHO CAME FORWARD AND DEFIED THE THREATS, AND O’BADE DEFIED THE THREATS, AND O’BADE THE SUBPOENAS AND TOLD THE THE SUBPOENAS AND TOLD THE TRUTH, WHAT IF THE EXAMPLE TRUTH, WHAT IF THE EXAMPLE THAT’S BEING BROADCAST TO THE THAT’S BEING BROADCAST TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW AND ENTIRE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW AND EVERY DAY SINCE THESE PEOPLE EVERY DAY SINCE THESE PEOPLE STARTED COMING FORWARD IS THAT STARTED COMING FORWARD IS THAT WHEN AND IF YOU DO WHAT IS WHEN AND IF YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT, WHEN AND IF YOU STAND UP, RIGHT, WHEN AND IF YOU STAND UP, WHEN ASK IF YOU SIMPLY OBEY THE WHEN ASK IF YOU SIMPLY OBEY THE LAW AND DON’T GO ALONG WITH LAW AND DON’T GO ALONG WITH SOMETHING ILLEGAL THE PRESIDENT SOMETHING ILLEGAL THE PRESIDENT WANTS YOU TO DO, WHAT IF THE WANTS YOU TO DO, WHAT IF THE EXAMPLE BEING SET IS THAT IF YOU EXAMPLE BEING SET IS THAT IF YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, IF YOU STAND DO THE RIGHT THING, IF YOU STAND UP, IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH, IF UP, IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH, IF YOU RESIGN IN PROTEST TO SOUND YOU RESIGN IN PROTEST TO SOUND THE ALARM, THE RESULT FOR YOU IS THE ALARM, THE RESULT FOR YOU IS YOU WILL BE CRUSHED. YOU WILL BE CRUSHED. I MEAN, WHAT IS THE EXAMPLE I MEAN, WHAT IS THE EXAMPLE THAT’S BEEN SET FOR THE COUNTRY THAT’S BEEN SET FOR THE COUNTRY BY WHAT HAPPENED TO, FOR BY WHAT HAPPENED TO, FOR EXAMPLE, ALEXANDER VINDMAN? EXAMPLE, ALEXANDER VINDMAN? I MEAN, COLONEL VINDMAN I MEAN, COLONEL VINDMAN TESTIFIES, DAD DO NOT WORRY, TESTIFIES, DAD DO NOT WORRY, I’LL BE FINE FOR TELLING THE I’LL BE FINE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. TRUTH. HE SAID IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT HE SAID IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT OF HIS TESTIMONY, I RECOGNIZE OF HIS TESTIMONY, I RECOGNIZE THAT MY SIMPLE ACT OF APPEARING THAT MY SIMPLE ACT OF APPEARING HERE TODAY WOULD NOT BE TOLERATE HERE TODAY WOULD NOT BE TOLERATE INSTEAD MANY PLAYS PLACES AROUND INSTEAD MANY PLAYS PLACES AROUND THE WORLD N RUSSIA WHERE HIS THE WORLD N RUSSIA WHERE HIS FAMILY HAD EMIGRATED TO THIS FAMILY HAD EMIGRATED TO THIS COUNTRY FROM AS REFUGEES. COUNTRY FROM AS REFUGEES. IN RUSSIA MY ACT OF EXPRESSING IN RUSSIA MY ACT OF EXPRESSING CONCERN OF THE CHAIN OF COMMAND CONCERN OF THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IN AN OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE IN AN OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE CHANNEL WOULD HAVE SEVERE CHANNEL WOULD HAVE SEVERE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL REPERCUSSIONS REPERCUSSIONS REPERCUSSIONS. REPERCUSSIONS. HE SAID HERE IN AMERICA, DAD, DO HE SAID HERE IN AMERICA, DAD, DO NOT WORRY. NOT WORRY. I WILL BE FINE FOR TELLING THE I WILL BE FINE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. TRUTH. HE IS NOT FINE. HE IS NOT FINE. HE HAS BEEN FIRED FROM THE WHITE HE HAS BEEN FIRED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. HOUSE. HE HAS BEEN MARCHED OFF THE HE HAS BEEN MARCHED OFF THE GROUNDS, A RELATIVE OF HIS, HIS GROUNDS, A RELATIVE OF HIS, HIS BROTHER HAS ALSO BEEN FIRED FROM BROTHER HAS ALSO BEEN FIRED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND MARCHED OFF THE WHITE HOUSE AND MARCHED OFF THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS. THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS. MARIE YOVANOVITCH, U.S. MARIE YOVANOVITCH, U.S. AMBASSADOR WHO WAS BIZARRELY AND AMBASSADOR WHO WAS BIZARRELY AND UNFAIRLY TARGETED BY THE UNFAIRLY TARGETED BY THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, AND BY THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, AND BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF LOST HER JOB PRESIDENT HIMSELF LOST HER JOB AS U.S. AMBASSADOR BECAUSE OF AS U.S. AMBASSADOR BECAUSE OF IT. IT. HER CAREER IS NOW OVER TOO. HER CAREER IS NOW OVER TOO. SHE IS NOW RETIRED AND GONE FROM SHE IS NOW RETIRED AND GONE FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND IT IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND IT IS NOT HARD TO SEE WHY GIVEN WHAT NOT HARD TO SEE WHY GIVEN WHAT THEY UNLEASHED ON HER AFTER HER THEY UNLEASHED ON HER AFTER HER TESTIMONY. TESTIMONY. AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR WHO WAS AMBASSADOR BILL TAYLOR WHO WAS CALLED OUT OF RETIREMENT ISAS CALLED OUT OF RETIREMENT ISAS BASICALLY A FAVOR TO FILL IN FOR BASICALLY A FAVOR TO FILL IN FOR HER IN UKRAINE, HE MADE THE HER IN UKRAINE, HE MADE THE MISTAKE OF TESTIFYING TOO. MISTAKE OF TESTIFYING TOO. HE’S BEEN YANKED OUT OF THAT HE’S BEEN YANKED OUT OF THAT POST AS WELL. POST AS WELL. EVEN THE ONES WHO MIGHT HAVE EVEN THE ONES WHO MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT THEY HAD SOME TRUMP THOUGHT THEY HAD SOME TRUMP INSURANCE, AMBASSADOR JOHN INSURANCE, AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON, TRUMP APPOINTEE AS BOLTON, TRUMP APPOINTEE AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. HE DECIDED HE WOULDN’T TESTIFY, HE DECIDED HE WOULDN’T TESTIFY, TOLD HOUSE IMPEACHMENT TOLD HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATORS HE WOULDN’T DO IT. INVESTIGATORS HE WOULDN’T DO IT. DECIDED INSTEAD HE WOULD WRITE DECIDED INSTEAD HE WOULD WRITE IT ALL IN A BOOK. IT ALL IN A BOOK. FOR HIS TROUBLE THE WHITE HOUSE FOR HIS TROUBLE THE WHITE HOUSE IS SAYING THEY WILL BLOCK THE IS SAYING THEY WILL BLOCK THE PUBLICATION OF HIS BOOK AND THE PUBLICATION OF HIS BOOK AND THE PRESIDENT IS REPORTEDLY TRYING PRESIDENT IS REPORTEDLY TRYING TO ARRANGE SOME CONVENIENT TO ARRANGE SOME CONVENIENT CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF JOHN CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF JOHN BOLTON. BOLTON. AMBASSADOR GORDON SONDLAND, HE AMBASSADOR GORDON SONDLAND, HE MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD TRUMP MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD TRUMP INSURANCE, BOUGHT HIMSELF AN INSURANCE, BOUGHT HIMSELF AN AMBASSADORSHIP, A COMPLETE AMBASSADORSHIP, A COMPLETE DIPLOMATIC AMATEUR. DIPLOMATIC AMATEUR. BOUGHT HIMSELF AN AMBASSADORSHIP BOUGHT HIMSELF AN AMBASSADORSHIP BY VIRTUE OF A MILLION DOLLARS BY VIRTUE OF A MILLION DOLLARS DONATION TO THE TRUMP INAUGURAL. DONATION TO THE TRUMP INAUGURAL. YOU MIGHT THINK THAT’D BE YOU MIGHT THINK THAT’D BE ENOUGH. ENOUGH. HE’S YANKED. HE’S YANKED. HE’S FIRED AS WELL. HE’S FIRED AS WELL. THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN WASHINGTON THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN WASHINGTON D.C, A TRUMP APPOINTEE, A MEMBER D.C, A TRUMP APPOINTEE, A MEMBER OF THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM. OF THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM. SHE APPARENTLY DID NOT JUMP HIGH SHE APPARENTLY DID NOT JUMP HIGH ENOUGH WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S ENOUGH WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S DEMANDS FOR HIS FRIENDS MIKE DEMANDS FOR HIS FRIENDS MIKE FLYNN AND ROGER STONE CAME TO FLYNN AND ROGER STONE CAME TO HER DOOR AS U.S. ATTORNEY IN THE HER DOOR AS U.S. ATTORNEY IN THE JURISDICTION WHERE THEY WERE JURISDICTION WHERE THEY WERE BEING PROSECUTED. BEING PROSECUTED. SHE WAS UNCEREMONIOUSLY REMOVED SHE WAS UNCEREMONIOUSLY REMOVED FROM HER POST, PROMISE ADDED A FROM HER POST, PROMISE ADDED A DIFFERENT JOB AND NOW THAT JOB DIFFERENT JOB AND NOW THAT JOB OFFER HAS BEEN YANKED. OFFER HAS BEEN YANKED. IT TOOK JUST MINUTES FOR THE IT TOOK JUST MINUTES FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THOSE FOUR RESIGNATION OF THOSE FOUR PROSECUTORS. PROSECUTORS. THE PROSECUTORS WORKING ON THE THE PROSECUTORS WORKING ON THE STONE CASE WHO RESIGNED OUT OF STONE CASE WHO RESIGNED OUT OF PRINCIPLE OVER THE PERVERSION OF PRINCIPLE OVER THE PERVERSION OF THAT CASE BY THE PRESIDENT AND THAT CASE BY THE PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BRARR. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BRARR. IT TOOK ALL OF MINUTES FOR THE IT TOOK ALL OF MINUTES FOR THE PRESIDENT TO START PERSONALLY PRESIDENT TO START PERSONALLY ATTACKING THEM AND THREATENING ATTACKING THEM AND THREATENING THEM AS WELL. THEM AS WELL. NOW THAT THEY’VE COME FORWARD, NOW THAT THEY’VE COME FORWARD, WHAT DO WE EXPECT FOR THEM AND WHAT DO WE EXPECT FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES? THEIR FAMILIES? SO WHAT DO WE DO? SO WHAT DO WE DO? BECAUSE SEEING THE ATTACKS, BECAUSE SEEING THE ATTACKS, SEEING THE PERSONAL THREATS, SEEING THE PERSONAL THREATS, SEEING THE CAREER DESTRUCTION, SEEING THE CAREER DESTRUCTION, THE UNIFORM CAREER DESTRUCTION, THE UNIFORM CAREER DESTRUCTION, AND IN SOME CASES THE PERSONAL AND IN SOME CASES THE PERSONAL DESTRUCTION OF PEOPLE INVOLVED DESTRUCTION OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN STANDING UP TO THIS PRESIDENT IN STANDING UP TO THIS PRESIDENT OR BEING INVOLVED IN OR BEING INVOLVED IN INVESTIGATING THIS PRESIDENT IN INVESTIGATING THIS PRESIDENT IN ANY WAY, I MEAN, SEEING THEM ANY WAY, I MEAN, SEEING THEM DESTROYED, IT MAKES US FEEL BAD DESTROYED, IT MAKES US FEEL BAD FOR THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS WHO FOR THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS WHO DI’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, WHO DI’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, WHO WERE DOING THEIR JOBS. WERE DOING THEIR JOBS. WHO WERE BRAVE AND PATRIOT NICK WHO WERE BRAVE AND PATRIOT NICK SOME CASES SOME CASES IN SOME CASES, THAT THEY DECIDED IN SOME CASES, THAT THEY DECIDED TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT MAKES US TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT MAKES US FEEL BAD TO SEE THEM RETALIATED FEEL BAD TO SEE THEM RETALIATED AGAINST, TO SEE THEM TARGETED. AGAINST, TO SEE THEM TARGETED. TO SEE THEM HOUNDED TO SEE THEIR TO SEE THEM HOUNDED TO SEE THEIR CAREERS ENDED. CAREERS ENDED. BUT BEYOND US FEELING BAD ABOUT BUT BEYOND US FEELING BAD ABOUT THAT, I MEAN, WE AS A COUNTRY THAT, I MEAN, WE AS A COUNTRY FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY, FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY, FOR OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE AS A FOR OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE AS A RULE OF LAW NATION, WE NEED RULE OF LAW NATION, WE NEED THERE TO CONTINUE TO BE THOSE THERE TO CONTINUE TO BE THOSE PEOPLE, THOSE TYPES OF PEOPLE TO PEOPLE, THOSE TYPES OF PEOPLE TO STAND UP, TO LET US KNOW WHAT’S STAND UP, TO LET US KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, TO CONTINUE TO SIGNAL GOING ON, TO CONTINUE TO SIGNAL THAT IT’S ALL RIGHT TO STAND UP THAT IT’S ALL RIGHT TO STAND UP AGAINST IT AND TO STOP IT. AGAINST IT AND TO STOP IT. TO SQUAWK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING TO SQUAWK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON WHO WITH EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON WHO IS DEMONSTRATING TO THE COUNTRY IS DEMONSTRATING TO THE COUNTRY THAT WHEN YOU COME OUT AGAINST THAT WHEN YOU COME OUT AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT YOUR LIFE IS THIS PRESIDENT YOUR LIFE IS RUINED. RUINED. WE ARE FURTHER HURT AS A COUNTRY WE ARE FURTHER HURT AS A COUNTRY IN TERMS OF OUR ABILITY TO IN TERMS OF OUR ABILITY TO RESIST WHAT THIS PRESIDENT RESIST WHAT THIS PRESIDENT DOING. DOING. SO IT’S NOT ABOUT EMPATHY WITH SO IT’S NOT ABOUT EMPATHY WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS, AS IMPORTANT THOSE INDIVIDUALS, AS IMPORTANT AS THAT IS. AS THAT IS. IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING NICE OR IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING NICE OR DECENT TOWARDS THEM OR EVEN DECENT TOWARDS THEM OR EVEN RECOGNIZING THEIR PATRIOTISM. RECOGNIZING THEIR PATRIOTISM. EVEN IF WE HAVE NONE OF THOSE EVEN IF WE HAVE NONE OF THOSE FEELINGS, TO PROTECT OURSELVES FEELINGS, TO PROTECT OURSELVES AS A NATION, THE DESTRUCTION OF AS A NATION, THE DESTRUCTION OF THEM FOR COMING FORWARD IS THEM FOR COMING FORWARD IS SOMETHING THAT CAN’T STAND. SOMETHING THAT CAN’T STAND. WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT BRAVE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT BRAVE? LET ME JUST END WITH THIS LET ME JUST END WITH THIS BECAUSE HERE’S ONE SMALL WAY TO BECAUSE HERE’S ONE SMALL WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. GO ABOUT IT. TONIGHT A GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY TONIGHT A GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY AMBASSADOR MARIE YOVANOVITCH AMBASSADOR MARIE YOVANOVITCH WHOSE CAREER WAS DESTROYED, WHO WHOSE CAREER WAS DESTROYED, WHO WAS PERSONALLY TARGETED FOR WAS PERSONALLY TARGETED FOR SCHEME, AND THEN IT SEEMED FOR SCHEME, AND THEN IT SEEMED FOR SPORT, MARIE YOVANOVITCH TONIGHT SPORT, MARIE YOVANOVITCH TONIGHT AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY WAS AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY WAS GIVEN AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GIVEN AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE CONDUCT OF DIPLOMACY BY THE THE CONDUCT OF DIPLOMACY BY THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF DIPLOMACY AT GEORGETOWN DIPLOMACY AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. UNIVERSITY. THIS IS TONIGHT. THIS IS TONIGHT. WATCH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ROOM WATCH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ROOM THERE TONIGHT WHEN PEOPLE SAW THERE TONIGHT WHEN PEOPLE SAW AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH. AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>IT KEPT GOING AND GOING AND>>IT KEPT GOING AND GOING AND GOING. GOING. MARIE YOVANOVITCH HONORED MARIE YOVANOVITCH HONORED TONIGHT AT GEORGETOWN TONIGHT AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. UNIVERSITY. WHILE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WHILE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SUPPORTERS REMAIN ENGAGED AS SUPPORTERS REMAIN ENGAGED AS EVER IN EFFORTS TO DESTROY HER EVER IN EFFORTS TO DESTROY HER FOR HAVING HAD THE GAL TO STAND FOR HAVING HAD THE GAL TO STAND UP AND TESTIFY TRUTHFULLY ABOUT UP AND TESTIFY TRUTHFULLY ABOUT ONE OF THE MYRIAD OF THINGS THAT ONE OF THE MYRIAD OF THINGS THAT HAS GONE DRAMATICALLY WRONG IN HAS GONE DRAMATICALLY WRONG IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS ADMINISTRATION. YOU CAN’T LET PEOPLE WHO STAND YOU CAN’T LET PEOPLE WHO STAND UP SURVIVE, WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE UP SURVIVE, WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE WOULD THAT SET. WOULD THAT SET. WHAT CAN WE DO AS A CURRENT WHAT CAN WE DO AS A CURRENT COUNTER MAND THAT? COUNTER MAND THAT? WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT THE WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE WHO DO COME OUT AND STAND PEOPLE WHO DO COME OUT AND STAND UP AND TELL THE TRUTH AND IF UP AND TELL THE TRUTH AND IF NEED BE RESIGN? NEED BE RESIGN? BECAUSE THERE’S NO LINE THAT BECAUSE THERE’S NO LINE THAT THIS PRESIDENT WILL NOT CROSS. THIS PRESIDENT WILL NOT CROSS. TELL ME IF YOU CAN IMAGINE ONE. TELL ME IF YOU CAN IMAGINE ONE. TELL ME THE THING THAT WOULD BE TELL ME THE THING THAT WOULD BE BAD FOR AMERICA BUT GOOD FOR HIM BAD FOR AMERICA BUT GOOD FOR HIM BUT HE WOULDN’T DO IT BECAUSE BUT HE WOULDN’T DO IT BECAUSE IT’D BE BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. IT’D BE BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. WHAT’S BEYOND THE PALE FOR HIM? WHAT’S BEYOND THE PALE FOR HIM? SERIOUSLY. SERIOUSLY. THERE’S NOTHING HE MIGHT THERE’S NOTHING HE MIGHT CONCEIVE OF AS BEING TO HIS CONCEIVE OF AS BEING TO HIS ADVANTAGE THAT HE WOULD NOT DO ADVANTAGE THAT HE WOULD NOT DO TO THIS COUNTRY TO GET IT. TO THIS COUNTRY TO GET IT. . . RIGHT, WE GET THAT NOW. RIGHT, WE GET THAT NOW. ALARM SOUNDED. ALARM SOUNDED. WE’RE AWAKE. WE’RE AWAKE. WE’RE AT THE POINT, THOUGH, WE’RE AT THE POINT, THOUGH, WHERE JUST POINTING THIS OUT WHERE JUST POINTING THIS OUT ISN’T ENOUGH. ISN’T ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT POINTING OUT WHERE WE’RE AT POINTING OUT WHERE WE’RE AT DOESN’T STOP OUR COUNTRY FROM DOESN’T STOP OUR COUNTRY FROM SLIDING FURTHER INTO A NON RULE SLIDING FURTHER INTO A NON RULE OF LAW SITUATION, POINTING IT OF LAW SITUATION, POINTING IT OUT, SOUNDING THE ALARM KNOWING OUT, SOUNDING THE ALARM KNOWING WE’RE THERE ISN’T ENOUGH. WE’RE THERE ISN’T ENOUGH. WE’RE THERE.

Posts created 29722

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top