Joe: Trump Numbing Everyone To Future Pardons | Morning Joe | MSNBC
I talking about Jason and miscarriage of justice let's talk about a president who has who has pardoned war criminals that shot little girls pardon war criminals that killed defenseless prisoners and then yesterday of course pardoned Wall Street convicts pardoned politicians who acted in the sleaziest of ways I mean this is a mean you can like my old torts professor used to say it University of Florida you can see this one coming like a freight train out of the Mist this is Donald
numbingeverybody to the
pardonsof his co-conspirators Roger stone and Paul Manafort and maybe even Michael Flynn oh yeah Joe and and and here's the thing he's always been this guy it's not new you can go back to Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio who was basically racially profiling any brown person in Arizona and and President
Trumpcame and said okay you're perfectly fine with this and and I think you can't stress enough about basically pardoning a war criminal you look at what Gallagher did you know stabbing prisoners with a knife his own SEAL Team six said this man is crazy they said he'll kill anything his fellow soldiers turned him in and obviously Donald
Trumpis smarter than the generals and the soldiers because he pardoned him anyway so what we're seeing here is what proto dictators do what we're seeing here is what autocrats do where they basically say to the entire public and to fellow politicians number one the law is always been to my will it's...
not about what you did it's not about the laws you break it's not about the people that you harm it's about whether or not I think you're important whether or not you're loyal to me and if I like you then I don't care what the law says so this is the dangerous part and it's not just the norm breaking but it makes it difficult for our Justice Department to do their job look I don't think William Barr is a particularly ethical guy but when he says look we I can't get people to spend 300 hours putting cases together if they know that you're always going to pardon somebody if it happens to be your friend who gave money to your campaign these are what we were talking about last fall we were saying there are other impeachable offenses that this president engages in and he's doing more of the same but he's been doing it since he got into office and you know caddy K this is this is a you know couple of I guess a week ago there were some
trumpian websites and put up my quote saying
Trumpwould arrest any journalist if he could get away with it that was critical of him and I I didn't know if they were putting it up to to be critical of me saying it or not but it is so obvious I mean there's this authoritarian streak in him and don't take me at my words take him at his own where he says basically what louis xiv said i am the state when i took over this country when I took over the military they didn't even have bullets I am...
the chief law enforcer of the United States of America I can do whatever I want to do I am the state it's what authoritarian leaders say it's what Donald
Trumpsays when he says article two gives me the power to do whatever I want to do it's what Steven Miller says when he says the president's authority cannot be challenged this president has authoritarian instincts like no United States president before him and it's a little more than frightening isn't it yeah look look at the people around the world that he seems to admire right see see in Egypt Iran in Turkey Putin in Russia she and in China these are all people who authoritarianism but sometimes seems to express envy for them that they have powers unfettered by a free press unfettered by courts that are independent that he doesn't seem to have and this isn't just post impeachment this has been a trait of Donald
Trump's right from the beginning right in the beginning of his presidency he talked about how he wanted to be more involved in the FBI how he wanted to be more involved in the Justice Department but was holding himself back as if that was some session that he was making the problem that we have learned on recently is that democracy is partly laws but it's also partly norms and traditions and a president not getting involved in judicial cases is a tradition it's not a law it's not written down there that he can't do that and I think that's the that is the...
weakness as a system that is being shown up if it works if you have a president who accepts the norms and traditions but if you have one that doesn't which a populace tends not to do because a populace thinks they are right and
everyoneelse is wrong and
everyoneelse is against them then your traditions look a little more fragile well in any if
trumpian supporters on the
Trumpright make that argument they need to go back and and if they could say well it says Justice Department he can do whatever he wants with his just Justice Department that's not what a lot of them were saying back in 1993 when the Clinton administration got together with a Justice Department official to just put together a press release regarding travelgate the meltdown and the freak out among Republicans on the right was extraordinary and you look what this guy is doing where he's completely knocking down any wall of Independence between the Department of Justice and the White House and now suddenly they're mute now suddenly it's okay now suddenly because it's Donald
Trumpthis failed reality TV o--'s who spent the past 20 years giving political contributions to Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner and to Charlie Rangel and to Hillary Clinton eight times suddenly this paragon of conservatism whose run up the debt higher than anybody in the US history suddenly mikka it makes it okay we're thanks for checking out MSNBC on YouTube and make sure you subscribe to stay up-to-date...
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