One reason to take the Trump obsession with The Wall as proto-totalitarian is that his arguments for it are built on racist lies, a typical totalitarian ploy. (Michelle Goldberg) And it’s worrisome that Trump makes up flagrant lies to justify policies and the Supreme Court says well, we’ll meet you halfway.“ (David Leonhart) Maybe we’ve ceased being a Republic, and we’re just an empire with a largely feckless legislature and a Supreme Court that occastionally checks our erratic Caesar. (Ross Douthat)

Three of many unusually stimulating observations in the first part of an excellent The Argument” podcast, Is Trump the Real National Emergency?

February 21, 2019

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