An additional aspect of Trump’s gaslighting campaign is to mislead Republican voters into believing that the vast majority of Republicans who pose a threat to democracy are fake Republicans (RINO’s). Trump, the TV producer, is coming up with catchy phrases and labels that inspire the reality TV genre to believe his BS. He mercifully provides punchlines that support the theory of lies and conspiracy with cartoonish authenticity. The way he turns against Republicans who disagree with him is proof that he dislikes Republicans as much as he dislikes Democrats. If Democrats guarantee re-election, Trump will change party affiliation.
Watergate journalist Carl Barstein announced on national television yesterday that Trump had committed the crime of obstructing justice and interfering in the election. The question now is whether Attorney General Merritt Garland will work to defend democracy and prove that in America, “no one is above the law.” Today, the DOJ has taken action and accused leading figures in neo-fascist, anti-government militia groups. It is a bold move because it has historically failed to prove its guilt. Justice seems even more likely to be served because the DOJ investigation has been extended to track down those who collaborated and planned to try to stop the peaceful transfer of the democratically elected US president.
The parallels between Nixon’s criminal instincts and Trump’s are wonderful. Nixon lacked morals and had an insatiable appetite for power. He famously said of the impediment to justice, “If a president does this, it is not illegal.” Trump has ruled with the same great disrespect to the rule of law. He thinks he has the right to try to steal votes to stay in power illegally. Both Nixon and Trump have violated their oath of office. Nixon was introduced when patriotic Republicans realized he had entered the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel and helped cover up the crime. Trump instructed his followers to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked VP Mike Pence to refrain from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. He conspired with crooked lawyers and plotted to sabotage the election by installing fake electors. The 1972 Republican Party chose the country over the party and forced Nixon to resign. Millions of Democrats and Republicans are hoping that there will be a Republican like John Dean who will tell the truth about what Trump knew and when he knew it.