In June of 1934, Adolf Hitler decided that he didn’t have enough power, just being chancellor and dictator under the Enabling Act of March of that year, so he had 500 of his political adversaries and perceived enemies murdered on the night of the 30th. That massacre is memorialized in history as “the Night of Long Knives.” On Friday, Donald Trump took revenge on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, for having the guts to come forward and testify in the House impeachment inquiry, by having Vindman escorted off the White House premises and he decided to have Eugene Vindman, his brother, also a Lt. Colonel and serving in the White House, fired as well. That was the warm up act, then Trump fired Gordon Sondland.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 7, 2020
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reports that although Trump has been complaining about Vindman and Sondland for weeks, his “aides advised him to wait until the trial was over” to fire them. The firings came two days after Trump was acquitted in the Senate. A Trump adviser told CNN’s Jim Acosta the president is “flushing out the pipes.”
This is terra incognita for Americans. Brush up on your history, because this is Dictatorship 101 Trump style. The Vindman brothers and Sondland are not the only three heads going up on a pike. It may take Trump more than one night to do his purge, but this is the beginning. The man is totally Mad King Donald at this point, drunk with vainglory and power on what he perceives as the “total acquittal” and absolute support of the GOP. This is going to get ugly.