Every Day That Trump Remains in Office Is a Dangerous Day for America

Every Day That Trump Remains in Office Is a Dangerous Day for America 1
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So, after the Roger Stone commutation, it’s searingly obvious, if it wasn’t before, that the main reason the President of the United States wants to be re-elected is to avoid prison for the next four years. So proud to be an American!

As Barbara McQuade explained in a column for The Daily Beast over the weekend, Donald Trump commuted Stone’s sentence rather than pardoning him because with his sentence merely commuted instead of wiped clean, Stone retains his Fifth Amendment right not to spill. Stone has 30 years’ worth of stuff on Trump to spill, and he’d do it in a heartbeat if it meant avoiding time. 

In the wake of that Supreme Court ruling for the Manhattan district attorney, Trump knows he’s a cornered rat. Someday, Cyrus Vance will get those tax returns. Trump knows this. Realizing now that he stands an excellent chance of moving from the White House to the big house, he’s got to be sorry now he ever even did this. But the question for the rest of us is this: Assuming for the sake of argument that he does end up losing to Biden, how much more damage can he do to this country between now and next January?

Read more at The Daily Beast.