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It's the season for treason, according to Trump

Dana Milbank on

This means 65,853,514 Hillary Clinton voters will have to be imprisoned or executed. The U.S. criminal-justice system can't handle much more than the 2.3 million people it already holds.

This unfortunately argues for mass execution -- unless exile is a possibility? Imagine the size of that caravan heading south toward Mexico.

Early on, Trump was relatively restrained in his treason talk. He even criticized Kim Jong Un's liberal use of the treason charge. (Trump now calls Kim his "friend.") He began applying the label more to the Mueller probe, and FBI officials, in 2018. He determined that "leakers are traitors" and said critical news coverage of his talks with Kim was "almost treasonous." He said an anonymous op-ed writer and the New York Times both committed treason. He said Democrats who did not applaud at his State of the Union address were "Un-American. Somebody said, 'treasonous.'"

Democrats continue to commit treason by disagreeing with Trump on immigration, though most treason these days is committed by Justice. An image Trump retweeted in November, showing various current and former senior law enforcement officials (including Trump's own appointee Rosenstein) behind bars, asked: "When do the trials for treason begin?"

Trump's new attorney general, William Barr, has been fueling Trump's paranoia. His declaration this last week that law enforcement officials were "spying" on the Trump campaign prompted a new cry of treason.


During his confirmation hearings, Barr said that "the Barrs and Muellers were good friends and would be good friends when this is all over." Maybe they can reminisce about their friendship while Mueller awaits his turn on the gallows.


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