From the Washington Post this morning:
In his first TV appearance since a court-authorized search of his Florida home last month, Donald Trump reasserted Wednesday that any documents taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago were declassified while he was in office, adding that a president can carry that out “even by thinking about it.”
I was reminded of Richard Nixon’s assertion: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
Democracy is such a fragile thing. And bit by bit, ours is slipping away. Nixon with his tapes and lies. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and their war crimes. And now Trump. Good lord, two impeachments but no conviction!? He’s still free to run again for president. That’s enough to keep you awake at night. But claiming he can declassify top secret government documents just by thinking about it? The man is so ignorant, so delusional, so far gone around the bend, it’s a miracle the nation survived his presidency.
It remains to be seen if we can survive his continued freedom.