Conservative columnist and Never Trumper Max Boot makes the observation that Donald Trump is seeking “retribution rather than reconciliation.” Trump said as much himself at the National Prayer Breakfast where moderator Arthur Brooks quoted from the sermon on the mount, “Love your enemies,” and Trump said, “Arthur, I don’t know if I agree with you.” Boot is right, Trump is just out for blood now, because he learned nothing from impeachment — nor the Mueller report, nor anything that has happened to him in the past three years, or indeed in the seventy that preceded that. The man is incorrigible and unteachable and it’s only going to get worse from here on out, as the campaign heats up and Trump feels the need to prove his omniscience to his supporters, and to prove he’s not IMPOTUS to the rest of us. Washington Post:

What happened Friday was the political equivalent of one of those mob-movie montages where the don’s enemies are gunned down to the accompaniment of an operatic score. And the Don in the White House isn’t done yet. He reportedly is interested in firing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, who brought to Congress a whistleblower’s complaint. The whistleblower required a security detail because he or she has been smeared by the president and his minions. Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) read the name of the person alleged to be the whistleblower by many on the right on the floor of the Senate this week. What possible purpose can this serve save to bring retribution down upon that person?

Trump is also said to be plotting to punish Romney and Schiff. “He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Trump tweeted about the House Intelligence Committee chairman. Such venomous talk led to a death threat against Schiff.

And of course Trump is still seething about the FBI agents — the “top scum” he called them on Thursday — who had the temerity to investigate his ties with Russia. They are now being probed by a prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr.

18 U.S. Code § 1513 prohibits witness retaliation, but Trump will never be prosecuted for violation of the statute. Boot goes on to say that Trump is “unchastened, unchained and unhinged” and from what we’ve seen so far, to tell the truth in Trumpworld is to become an employment statistic, if not an out and out martyr. This is not democracy, this is pure fascism and Trump is just now getting warmed up. Wait for the campaign to start rolling full tilt and we’ll see what Trump is really made of, as he continues to believe in his own invincibility. America, look out.

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7 Comments on "Max Boot says ‘Friday Night Massacre Is Just the Beginning’ from Trump and his ‘Fifth Avenue Republicans’"

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Why are we so surprised we were told who he was and what’s changed is the real power who was Moscow mitch showed his true colors, trump was never the prez. It was Moscow mitch along with his wife and china

p j evans

They’re in it for whatever money they can get, and whatever power they can get and keep. I expect them to start shivving each other before it’s over.


I just can’t see our situation right now as anything but a fascist dictatorship. And of course ALL of the tv media except for FOX treat Dems and the Thugs as just two sports teams. FOX treats Dems as traitors and enemies of the constitution. Are they, MSM just greedy or are they scared?

yaya nana
My family was posted to a third-world country when there was a coup. That is something I never want to live through again. We were the lucky ones because as Americans we were evacuated but many of our close friends disappeared from the face of the earth. Whole families were just gone. A few had been government officials but most were artists & journalists. This feels like a silent coup to me with the courts & the government removing protections for anyone considered to be the “other.” Americans think that something like that could never happen here. I wish I… Read more »

Sorry, Blue, but I heard that same crap back during W’s time. Not true then, not true now…what we got going is an interregnum. No one is actually calling the shots–not even Putin–and all the Trump enablers are trying to cover for that fact via gaslighting.

And folks like Boot, allies though they are at the moment, have a stake in feeding your paranoia who spent DECADES inside the systematically abusive hothouse that is the GOP. So ask yourself if he’s feeding you any lines of crap to help his long-term bottom line.


The least qualified person for a sober assessment of an abusive situation is the person who has yet to confront their own wounds about it. Boot strikes me as just such an individual, either playing up your fears for clicks or still acting out his own Fox bubble paranoias. He’s making the classic abuse victim mistake–hailing the abuser as all-powerful–and worse, selling it off as wisdom. Trust it not…more proof is required before we’re anywhere close to where he’s talking.

dana fairfield

It is very difficult to recognize a myth until circumstances demonstrate the falsity of the myth. The American commitment to right over might and protection of the weak is quickly becoming a modern myth.