Jonathan Alter Back on CYInterview, Discusses Mar-a-Lago Search, More
On Monday, August 8th, the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida home, looking for classified government documents.
To discuss this topic, we welcome back past CYInterview guest Jonathan Alter [see here and here]. Mr. Alter is one of America’s most respected political journalists. For 28 years, he was a senior editor and columnist for Newsweek. He is also a NY Times bestselling author and MSNBC contributor.
Speaking about the FBI executing a search warrant at the former President’s home, Jonathan Alter said this:
“It’s just a sign of the times that in executing a search warrant and basically enforcing the law, that the FBI has become a target of Donald Trump and his flunkies, lackeys, acolytes and enablers. And, you know, it’s just kind of a sad moment when Trump can use what I call, you know, O.J. defense, that he was framed, that you know, somehow incriminating documents were planted, just one thing he said. And then can also say, oh, but I declassified all of them, which is in total conflict with his claim that they were planted.
And, you know, a third of the country goes just fine because their enthralled to their cult leader. And so, this is a, you know, it’s just another example of the, you know, the trouble that we’re in as a country where something in the past would be seen as, you know, the FBI doing its job is now leading to, you know, not just the judge, but the FBI agents themselves being targeted by right wingers. … This is a really scary and serious situation that we’re in and we honestly don’t know where it’s going.”
If Donald Trump again runs to be President of the United States in 2024 and wins, Mr. Alter believes it will be the end of American democracy as we know it:
“I truly believe that if Donald Trump returns to the White House, Joe Biden will have been our last President. We will lose our democracy. He will flip in a moment’s notice and turn the FBI from being a target of his abuse into his secret police. Bet on it. We know enough to know this will happen. He now knows what to do.
He didn’t have a clue in 2017 when he became President and when he was surrounded by, you know, they call them the grownups, these experienced people who he hired at first who now have utter disgust for him and trashed him in their memoirs. And, but next time he’ll just have his fascist flunkies and it will be over, you know curtains, lights out for American democracy if he gets back in. … Trump is a unique kind of evil and has proven it over the last few years.”
Jonathan said the way to defend democracy is by voting against politicians running for elected office who support Trump in the upcoming midterm elections:
“The thing to do is to win and beat these Trump acolytes who are, you know, there’s a huge number of them who are running for secretary of state and they believe it’s heads we win, tails we lose. That any time Democrats win an election, they’re not gonna certify it, Secretary of State.”
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