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“I Could Shoot Someone On Fifth Avenue And Get Away With It”

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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 2:09 pm

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump said, “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.” Along with millions of Americans, I thought this was braggadocio that had no basis in reality. It seemed absurd that a modern-day politician was recalling and glorifying the days fo the wild west, when in like the 1860s a Wyatt Earp could shoot someone and have no consequences. Could it be that that was what he was suggesting?

There seemed to be no thought as to who that “someone” was. That he or she could be a father, mother, son or daughter. Someone’s loved one.

I now believe that his absurds statement was a metaphor.

As a metaphor, what the man, who was to become the President, was saying was that he could destroy something we love. It is now become plain that he meant the Constitution. He was claiming that, he could destroy something we love and do it in plain sight and get away with it.

He is certainly moving in that direction. With Bill Barr protecting him with “The President cannot be charged with a crime,” it appears that Donald J. Trump is on his way to “shooting someone on Fifth Avenue.”

Claiming that the Mueller Report now belongs to him, President Trump is declaring that he can assert executive privilege and deny its release. Further, he is claiming that he has the right to tell present and former appointees that they cannot appear in front of the Congressional Committees that have the Constitutional obligation to assert oversight.

The Constitutional crisis, now being witnessed, is being perpetuated by a President who is trying to undo the concept of three equal branches of government: the judicial, the legislative and the executive. He is attacking the role of the legislative branch by denying its right to subpoena records and people. By his rhetoric, he has attacked the judicial branch for years.

Through the belittling of the Department of Justice, the FBI and the intelligence community, he has asserted that the Executive (he personally) is wiser, dominant over and more reliable than they.

In addition, the “Fifth Column” guaranteed a place by the Constitution, through freedom of speech, is constantly under attack by Donald. J. Trump as he trumpets, pun intended, “fake news, fake news.”

We can do better. We must do better.

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