Trump’s Big Lie is a fascist, political lie, not a normal criminal one
Did Trump know or believe the scheme was illegal? Is he crazy? Does the willful blindness principle apply to him?
What all this misses is that *everything* Trump did is *exactly* what a mob boss or a fascist demagogue like Hitler would do. 1/6
Trump played (and is playing) a game to burn the whole system down with lies. It was all fascist, like Hitler.
That, rather than anything about Trump’s mind (which is admittedly twisted), is what explains “whack a mole” and his imperviousness to all evidence. 2/6
It is exactly what Hitler would have done if he had ever faced a Reichstag investigation of his claim that Jews (and other enemies) betrayed Germany when the armistice was signed and Germany surrendered. 3/6
There is a Twitter back-and-forth today (I came across it in a thread posted by @gtconway3d) involving @renato_mariotti, @rgoodlaw, and @RDEliasoen that asks questions like those in tweet 1 above. 4/6 tinyurl.com/2jyhy24z
What the discussants miss is that Trump’s Big Lie is a *political* lie or falsehood, not a normal criminal one. It doesn’t live within the realm of normal politics, the Constitution, or the Electoral Count Act of 1887. It is intended to subvert all that. 5/6
And I think the J6 Committee members understand this perfectly. 6/6