Greg Sargent

Greg Sargent

@ThePlumLineGS

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A blog about politics, politics, and politics

Joined on February 10, 2009

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I'm really excited to announce that my new book is coming on October 16!

An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy In An Age Of Trumpian Disinformation And Thunderdome Politics

You can get more info and preorder here: https://goo.gl/oq9ZTj 

I'm really excited to announce that my new book is coming on October 16! An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy In An Age Of Trumpian Disinformation And Thunderdome Politics You can get more info and preorder here: https://goo.gl/oq9ZTj 

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Quoted @EJDionne

Progressives should remain open to finding the best way to get health insurance to all Americans. The indispensable @CitizenCohn analyzes the "Medicare for America" bill from Reps. @Rosa_DeLauro & @janschakowsky. It's an important new entry into the debate https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c672cc6e4b05c889d1f4bc9 …

Always read @CitizenCohn:

Quoted @brithume

This is just embarrassing. So now journalists are going shopping with Harris, helping pick out clothes and then putting out glowing tweets about it. https://twitter.com/chueyburns/status/1096804616065425410 …

Lots of reporters are responding to this substantively, but the crucial point here is that it isn't a sincerely-believed criticism, it's an *instrumental* one. It's nothing but bad-faith ref-working. Not a shred of sincerity to it.

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Replying to @ThePlumLineGS @charlie_savage and 3 others

And, instead of lying about “emergencies,” acknowledging that governance is often about mendacity.

Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

Here's NYT's chief fact checker on all the claims Trump made to justify his national emergency: "Nearly all were misleading, exaggerated or false." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/us/politics/fact-checking-trump-emergency-border.html … Is there any point at which presidential bad faith matters? That's one of the big questions we now face:

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Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

If bad faith doesn’t matter - and bad faith could not be clearer when you have a President declaring an emergency with he words ‘I don’t actually need to do this...’ in reference to his wholly manufactured crisis - then what you have left is dictatorship.

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An angry #Trump hectors aides to sell a lie: Tell people that the wall that isn’t being built is really being built https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/finish-that-wall-trump-seeks-to-turn-his-failure-to-build-the-wall-into-campaign-rallying-cry/2019/02/16/3fbaebd4-3138-11e9-ac6c-14eea99d5e24_story.html … @ThePlumLineGS

This says it all. 

Trump is angry that news organizations are reporting that his wall isn't being built (which is true).

He has directed aides to work harder to persuade more people that it is being built (which is a lie).

New reporting from WaPo:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/finish-that-wall-trump-seeks-to-turn-his-failure-to-build-the-wall-into-campaign-rallying-cry/2019/02/16/3fbaebd4-3138-11e9-ac6c-14eea99d5e24_story.html?utm_term=.3318e4bbc535 …

This says it all. Trump is angry that news organizations are reporting that his wall isn't being built (which is true). He has directed aides to work harder to persuade more people that it is being built (which is a lie). New reporting from WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/finish-that-wall-trump-seeks-to-turn-his-failure-to-build-the-wall-into-campaign-rallying-cry/2019/02/16/3fbaebd4-3138-11e9-ac6c-14eea99d5e24_story.html?utm_term=.3318e4bbc535 …

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Mitch McConnell is privately advising Trump on how to sell his his national emergency so it's less damaging politically, the NYT reports. 

Once again, actively enabling Trump:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/us/politics/trump-republican-party.html …

Mitch McConnell is privately advising Trump on how to sell his his national emergency so it's less damaging politically, the NYT reports. Once again, actively enabling Trump: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/us/politics/trump-republican-party.html …

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Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

What an awful framing from the New York Times, describing Trump's success at making migrants so miserable that they don't wait long enough to exercise their legal right to apply for asylum as a "win."

What an awful framing from the New York Times, describing Trump's success at making migrants so miserable that they don't wait long enough to exercise their legal right to apply for asylum as a "win."

Totally right. And here’s an on-point thread by @ImmCivilRights: https://twitter.com/immcivilrights/status/1096864427457069056?s=21 …

What an awful framing from the New York Times, describing Trump's success at making migrants so miserable that they don't wait long enough to exercise their legal right to apply for asylum as a "win."

What an awful framing from the New York Times, describing Trump's success at making migrants so miserable that they don't wait long enough to exercise their legal right to apply for asylum as a "win."

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Replying to @ThePlumLineGS

Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

I gotta say, I think @HouseDemocrats should challenge the 1983 ruling that the president can veto a Congressional veto of an emergency declaration. Seems like it should be easier for Congress to block unilateral executive action than to pass a normal law

Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

Crucial to remember: It's Congress' fault that we face this dilemma. By failing to define what a national emergency is, Congress gave the president great discretion to do so himself. Now that Trump's towering bad faith has revealed how big a hole this is, Congress must fix it:

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Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

"Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency?" Oh, sure. "Is there any point at which bad faith matters?" Approximately Jan 2016. Since then, not so much.

Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

"Can the president declare a national emergency, no matter what the actual facts on the ground show? Is there any point at which presidential bad faith matters?" Good analysis @ThePlumLineGS

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Quoted @joshchafetz

My colleague Doug Kriner and I have some thoughts in @PostOpinions on why the emergency declaration is a sign of presidential weakness, not strength. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/16/trumps-emergency-declaration-doesnt-show-his-power-it-shows-his-weakness/ …

This is right:

Quoted @ThePlumLineGS

Here's what's really at stake right now: Can Trump declare a national emergency, when there isn't actually a national emergency? Is there any point at which bad faith matters? I talked to legal experts about this question. The answers are alarming: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/15/trump-just-plunged-country-into-dangerous-new-territory-heres-whats-really-stake/?utm_term=.53d6b44fec4d …

Pretty much everything Trump said to justify his national emergency was a lie, as this debunking from @GlennKesslerWP's team shows: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/15/fact-checking-trumps-announcement-national-emergency/?utm_term=.ee3e3bd41abe … A big question we face is whether Trump's discretion to based his emergency on falsehoods and bad faith is limitless:

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Unbelievable. Behold this glimpse into Trump's delusion, malevolence, and rage at not getting his way. Then ponder the fact that this is what's driving his national emergency. After all this happened, aides hit on it as a way to sate Trump's frustration:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-president-trump-came-to-declare-a-national-emergency-to-fund-his-border-wall/2019/02/15/3e9f4348-3152-11e9-8ad3-9a5b113ecd3c_story.html?utm_term=.2a7d12735fdb …
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Unbelievable. Behold this glimpse into Trump's delusion, malevolence, and rage at not getting his way. Then ponder the fact that this is what's driving his national emergency. After all this happened, aides hit on it as a way to sate Trump's frustration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-president-trump-came-to-declare-a-national-emergency-to-fund-his-border-wall/2019/02/15/3e9f4348-3152-11e9-8ad3-9a5b113ecd3c_story.html?utm_term=.2a7d12735fdb …

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Unbelievable. Behold this glimpse into Trump's delusion, malevolence, and rage at not getting his way. Then ponder the fact that this is what's driving his national emergency. After all this happened, aides hit on it as a way to sate Trump's frustration:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-president-trump-came-to-declare-a-national-emergency-to-fund-his-border-wall/2019/02/15/3e9f4348-3152-11e9-8ad3-9a5b113ecd3c_story.html?utm_term=.2a7d12735fdb …
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Unbelievable. Behold this glimpse into Trump's delusion, malevolence, and rage at not getting his way. Then ponder the fact that this is what's driving his national emergency. After all this happened, aides hit on it as a way to sate Trump's frustration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-president-trump-came-to-declare-a-national-emergency-to-fund-his-border-wall/2019/02/15/3e9f4348-3152-11e9-8ad3-9a5b113ecd3c_story.html?utm_term=.2a7d12735fdb …

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Quoted @SherrodBrown

Our dignity of work tour will be going to Nevada next week, there's room in the car for a few more. @KamalaHarris @CoryBooker https://twitter.com/alivitali/status/1096543006927278080 …

This is how a smart, strong field of candidates conducts themselves.

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Replying to @ThePlumLineGS

This particular one will be easy to rebut because slightly more than half of drugs interdicted by weight were seized by Border Patrol. It's on the CBP website. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics …

This particular one will be easy to rebut because slightly more than half of drugs interdicted by weight were seized by Border Patrol. It's on the CBP website. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics …

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