In its lead editorial today, WSJ responds to Gerry Nadler’s claim, summarizing the House Managers’ impeachment case, that Trump wants to be a dictator or worse, behaves like one:
“Let’s count the ways in which Mr. Trump is ‘all powerful.’ Does he control elections? His party lost two governorships in 2017, the House and a net six governorships in 2018, and another governorship and the Virginia Legislature in 2019.
“How about the courts? Mr. Trump’s policies were subject to some 40 national judicial injunctions in its first 32 months, compared to 20 for the Obama Administration in eight years. Mr. Trump often wins on appeal, but until he does his policy agenda has been blocked in the courts. Mr. Trump has not defied a judicial order.
“Does he control or censor the press? Nearly every major media outlet spent two years promoting a false story of his collusion with Russia. The press overwhelmingly supports impeachment and opposes his agenda. His plea to change the libel laws has gone nowhere.
“Does Mr. Trump control his own Administration? The bureaucracy leaks with seeming impunity, including the unprecedented leak of the transcripts of presidential calls with foreign leaders. One such disclosure by the famous whistleblower triggered Mr. Trump’s impeachment, making him only the third President to be impeached. As dictators go, Mr. Trump must be the least powerful in history.”
These observations echo ohers that Scott Adams has often made in refuting the “Trump = Hitler” meme. No rational person can sustain belief in such a thing because, on the evidence, Trump is one of the most honest and constitutionally discrete presidents we have ever had. It just seems otherwise to those who have been watching a bad movie.