Unleashing Trump’s Darkest Impulses

With the Mueller investigation now over and seeing his policy of stonewalling Congress largely working, Trump is reported to feel “unleashed”. God help us.

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration planned some sort of shock and awe mass arrests of migrant families with children, in as many as ten cities across the country. Up to 10,000 people would be targeted. The plan, not surprisingly, has the backing of Stephen Miller, anti-immigrant zealot who has Trump’s ear and panders to Trump’s worst racist impulses. Pending replacement of Homeland Secretary Nielson and immigration enforcement official Vitiello, the plan is still under consideration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/before-trumps-purge-at-dhs-top-officials-challenged-plan-for-mass-family-arrests/2019/05/13/d7cb91ce-75af-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html?utm_term=.74bf6da0ec66

According to the New York Times, the five conservatives on the Supreme Court have, in their just issued decision in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, gutted the concept of stare decisis — settled law that should not be overturned except under the most extreme circumstances — with the same kind of legal reasoning that can be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/opinion/roe-supreme-court.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Opinion

The White House is reviewing military plans against Iran, goaded by the same John Bolton who contributed to the disastrous rush to war in Iraq.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/world/middleeast/us-military-plans-iran.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=World

Trump is doubling down on his trade war with China, slapping higher tariffs on more Chinese products — despite the pain to the U.S. economy, U. S. workers, and the stock market.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/us/politics/us-china-trade-tariffs.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

How much terrible news emanating from Trump can we absorb at any given time?

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