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It's Mueller time but don't forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America

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Partisan fury over the special counsel's report may obscure the ways the president has damaged our democracy

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We may never know for sure whether Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to obtain Russia's help in the 2016 election, in return for, say, Trump's help in weakening NATO and not interfering against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn't really asking that they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their and, indirectly, everyone's freedom of speech.

In all these ways, Trump undermined core values of our democracy.

This is the essence of Trump's failure, not that he has chosen one set of policies over another, or has divided rather than united Americans, or even that he has behaved in childish and vindictive ways unbecoming a president.

It is that he has sacrificed the processes and institutions of American democracy to achieve his goals. By saying and doing whatever it takes to win, he has abused the trust we place in a president to preserve and protect the nation's capacity for self-government.

The Mueller report must not obscure this basic reality.

 

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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And the Democratic alternative is......? More war? More division? More corporate corruption?

Enough with Trump-hate already. He only became President because of Hillary. Come up with something better, please.

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With the writing on the wall for quite some time in terms of the Mueller investigation, I guess the Democrats were planning all along to change the narrative once the details of the final report were going to start emerging. Mr. Reich is emblematic of the new narrative that is going to stridently emerge from his side. Bravo!

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When Obama and Hillary bombed Libya, staged coups in Honduras and the Ukraine, all violating US and international law, did Reich vociferously condemn those actions, or illegal bombing of Yugoslavia based on lies by Bill Clinton? Or Bill's bombing of a Sudanese factory that made it's country's medicine? Just asking. What does Reich have to say about Hillary's Uranium One deal or Bill's $500,000 "speaking fee" in Moscow. Of course Trump and his team are crazy war mongers and billionaire welfare chiselers. He should have stuck to the facts instead of performing his role as just another Democratic party reactionary hack.

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If there is one Democrat who has simply said something like, "Guess we were wrong. Sorry", I've missed it.

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