Honestly I don’t even know why I’m wasting my time writing about this, but it’s going to be news so alas, we have to keep humoring Rex Tillerson’s “fucking moron” at least until Robert Meuller gets close enough to Kushner to tip the first domino on the constitutional crisis that will invariably lead to Trump’s impeachment.
As you know, the President called the U.S. justice system “a joke” and a “laughingstock” on Wednesday. Here’s the clip:
To be clear, “what we have right now” is due process. And you know, Trump should be careful what he wishes for, because under a system like that which he seems to be proposing, he would have been convicted of treason a long time ago.
That soundbite is like almost everything else he says: so egregious that it eludes attempts to lampoon and/or critique it. Further, that’s the kind of thing that leads lawmakers to question whether he is mentally fit to serve.
And speaking of saying things that make you wonder if Trump is mentally fit to serve, here are his two tweets from Thursday morning:
For one thing, common sense dictates that there needs to be some national security-based rationale for sending someone to Gitmo. It’s not something you do out of sheer spite or just so you can brag about it later at a campaign rally.
Is the idea here that people were sent to GTMO for fun and vengeance instead of military necessity? https://t.co/O1CXVWY6Gd
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 2, 2017
But let’s just leave that aside for now. Is this really what we want? I mean there’s exactly zero chance that Sayfullo Saipov is going to somehow wriggle out of this. He drove a fucking rented Home Depot truck into a bunch of people in broad daylight and then bragged about it. So what purpose does it serve for the President of the United States to get on Twitter and put “DEATH PENALTY” in all caps?
It serves zero purpose and in fact, it does the opposite of what he intends for it to do. For one thing, it raises questions about why he didn’t say the same thing after Charlottesville and perhaps more importantly, taken with what he said about the justice system on Wednesday, it makes you wonder what kind of system we would have if he had his way.
At the end of the day, he’s not doing himself any favors by saying these things and he certainly isn’t doing anything to calm the nerves of Americans by taking the fear factor up another notch with bombastic tweets and soundbites that make people question the utility of a system based on due process.