The president is deploying the US military against his opponents, suppressing free speech, ignoring the law, conspiring with our enemies. The proper response to that is not: "We're outraged" or "Isn't he awful" or "I told you so." It is not politics as usual.
It is not "wait till the election." He has shown us that he will try to suppress a free and fair election. He has shown us that he will stop at nothing to cling to power. We need a new playbook. We need millions of people in the streets. We need a House that will take action.
We need former presidents from both parties, military leaders, business leaders, influencers, who have remained silent for too long or who have miscast this as just another round of partisan shenanigans to speak up, sound the alarm, lead the actions.
We also need Trump, McConnell, & Barr to know that should Dems win election the reckoning will come, they will be held accountable, their freedom will be at stake. We must not tolerate Gerald Ford-like excuses to give a free pass to enemies of our country and Constitution.
Some governors are showing some spine and resisting and challenging Trump. Protestors are showing courage. It is time for every leader to recognize that the game has changed, the stakes could not be higher and that new tactics are required when the old ones don't work.
The history of the Trump period will surely speak of corruption, traitorousness, racism and otherwise despicable nature of Trump and his party. But it will also speak of the muted response of their opponents even when the gravity of the threat to the country became crystal clear.
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