Teri Kanefield+ Your Authors @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (UC Berkeley) My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ NBC News Opinion contributor Impeachment notes: impeachment-trump.com/ Sep. 19, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Hi, Eva,

I understand the value of coming together to defeat a tyrant.

My husband experienced the Pinochet dictatorship, which ended when people from different sides came together to oppose Pinochet.

Finding common ground with others does not mean imitating their tactics.

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This is particularly true when those tactics got us into this mess in the first place.

Here's my thread on how Chile got out from under the Pinochet dictatorship 👇

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Here is a sampling of what people told me when I suggested that we not slam the House Democratic leadership, and that we not resort to fighting fire with fire 👇

I don't think anyone denies that the Republican Party, for decades, have been using exactly these tactics.

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In 1994, Gingrich said the GOP mustn’t compromise.

 https://www.deseret.com/1994/11/12/19142212/feisty-gingrich-says-no-to-compromise 

The problem with refusal to compromise is that this is anti-democratic.

Democracy requires compromise.

"My way or I blow up the place," is dictatorship.

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Harvard profs Ziblatt & Levitsky, in👇don't mince words: Over the past few decades, it has been the GOP playing what they call Constitutional Hardball.

For a discussion on how Constitutional Hardball kills democracy, listen to Prof. Levitsky:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10RQd7_dliE 

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Or you can read my thread on how playing hardball kills democracy here:

There are two ways to remove Trump from office.

We can fight fire with fire, which will probably destroy all of our democratic institutions along with Trump.

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7/ Or we can use what Georgetown Prof. David Pozan calls "anti-hardball tactics."

HOW we remove Trump has implications for the future.
 https://www.lawfareblog.com/hardball-andas-anti-hardball 

There are people who want to get rid of Trump who ALSO want to destroy our democratic institutions.

I was moved by @MaxBoot's book 👇. I believe he is genuine and, like the other Never Trumpers, wants to save the nation.

I welcome him to the fight to get rid of Trump.

However, I can't endorse the GOP hardball methods that got us into this mess in the first place.

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