A dictator (dick-tater, get it?).
What does this have to do with politics? Today’s NPR headline says it all:
Michael Flynn Pleaded Guilty. Why Is The Justice Department Dropping The Charges?
In its usual, over-polite way, NPR tries to answer the question. But the real answer is obvious. Because Donald Trump told Bill Barr to spring him. Doing so today served two purposes: the obvious one is to continue to tear down Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election. The second one is to distract everyone from today’s horrible jobs report. In case you didn’t hear, 20.5 million Americans lost their jobs in April.
Michael Flynn was the poster boy for Russian interference in the 2016 election. As Trump’s first National Security Advisor, he not only colluded with the Russians, he then lied about it. In addition to lying to the FBI, he lied to the VP Mike Pence, and Trump fired him over it. But now Trump says that Flynn is innocent and even said that he would welcome Flynn back into his administration.
Flynn pleaded guilty not just once, but twice. His guilty pleas included the promise that he would help with the investigation, but he lied about that as well.
Trump feels perfectly entitled to use the power of the presidency to subvert justice, to favor his friends and acolytes, and punish his enemies. We already know that he will try to subvert the 2020 elections, including enlisting the aid of foreign dictators. We have become not a banana republic, but a potato republic, and Trump is the potato whose brain is in his dick.
UPDATE: Barack Obama says that the DOJ dropping Flynn’s case is unprecedented and the “rule of law is at risk”. Obama also called the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic “an absolute chaotic disaster”.