Trump Is Corrupting the Entire Federal Government to Help His Reelection

He’s using the levers of his office to peddle baseless conspiracy theories.

As we approach the November election, it has become clear that what we will see and hear from Donald Trump will become increasingly deranged. That was demonstrated during the first installment of his interview with Laura Ingraham when he peddled a known conspiracy theory.

Demonstrating what it means to have someone that deranged in charge of the federal government, Trump announced that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security would investigate “left-wing civil unrest” at his press conference on Monday, claiming that it was all a Democratic plot. Appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show, DHS Secretary Chad Wolf seemed to corroborate that announcement.

None of those people mentioned that it was a Trump supporter with ties to right wing militia groups who opened fire on protesters in Kenosha, killing two people. That comes on the heels of a July report documenting that right wing extremists have become more lethal during Trump’s presidency, killing 87 Americans. Back in February, Christopher Wray elevated the FBI’s assessment of the threat posed by those groups to a “national threat priority” for fiscal year 2020.

According to Elizabeth Neumann, who served in the Trump administration as Assistant Secretary at DHS for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, she and her colleagues gathered data on the threat posed by right wing extremist groups and took it to the president. He wasn’t interested. But of course, now he’s focused all of the administration’s efforts on “left wing extremists.”

These developments align with the kind of thing we’ve seen recently from the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr. While it was important to hold people like John Kelly, Jeff Sessions, and Rex Tillerson accountable, Trump got rid of all of them and has filled his cabinet with loyalists who are willing to use all of the power of the federal bureaucracy to support the president’s delusions.

Of course, we’ve seen all of this before when it comes to Trump’s handling of foreign policy. For example, you might recall what former EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland told David Holmes in response to a question about why the president didn’t “give a sh*t about Ukraine.” Sondland said that Trump only cares about the “big stuff,” by which he meant the “big stuff” that benefits the president.

That is the big picture that we have to keep in mind because, as we approach the November election, we’re getting into extremely dangerous territory when a sitting president is willing to corrupt the entire federal bureaucracy to assist him in getting reelected.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.