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New York Times columnist David Leonhardt lays out the case of Donald Trump versus the United States of America in 40 sentences.
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election. It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty.”
— Former Gov. William Weld (R), quoted by the Washington Post.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds President Trump “is more personally disliked than any of his recent predecessors, and half of voters say they’re very uncomfortable with the idea of his re-election.” A full 50% don’t like Trump personally and disapprove of most of his policies; only 25% both like him personally and approve of his policies.
“So many people seem to think that judges are just like politicians with robes. Rubbish.”
— Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune.
“A president is sitting in the Oval Office, right now, who continues to commit crimes. He continues because he knows his Justice Department won’t act and believes Congress won’t either. Today’s news confirmed he thinks he’s above the law. If we do nothing, he’ll be right.”
— Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on Twitter.
“The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again.”
— Hillary Clinton, on Twitter.
“We’ve been very effective in Afghanistan, and if we wanted to do a certain method of war, we would win that very quickly, but many, many, really, tens of millions of people would be killed, and we think it’s unnecessary.”
— President Trump, saying that the United States could end the nearly 19-year war in Afghanistan “very quickly” if he chose to do so but that it would involve killing “tens of millions” of people, the Washington Post reports.