First, Trump is lying.
If he’s not lying, he was given bad information.
And if he was given bad information, the fact that he failed to fact-check his information means that he’s loose with facts and is okay with lying, the same complaint that he’s leveled ad nauseam about the press’s
lies reports on his history during his campaign. There is only so much milk you can get from that cow, Donald.
The homicide rate in the U.S. is the lowest it has been in 51 years, not the highest. Even Chicago’s murder rate, when you put their numbers in a historical context, is the lowest it has been in 51 years. Donald Trump is lying to the American people so as to allow sheriffs across the counties of the United States to pilfer the pockets of Americans. Is he a dictator?
One commentator noted that “The next president is worse than the last over and over again.” That’s a tough call, since each one is bad in their own way. Trump has already green-lighted the murder of people in Yemen. Where is the conviction? Where is the due process? Where is the trial? Verdict? Appeal? From the U.S. government none.
The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment says property shall not be taken without just compensation, and the 14th Amendment says it shall not be taken without due process of law. President Trump, 18 days from having sworn to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution, sympathized with the sheriffs’ complaint that they are being pressured to reform civil forfeiture practices. –George Will
The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.
He treated them to a whopper that is one of his hardy perennials, market-tested during the campaign: He said the U.S. murder rate is “the highest it’s been in 47 years.” (Not even close: The rate — killings per 100,000 residents — is far below the rates in the 1970s and 1980s.) This Trump Truth (Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s axiom: Anything said three times in Washington becomes a fact) distracted attention from his assertion to the sheriffs that there is “no reason” to reform law enforcement’s civil forfeiture practices.
There is no reason for the sheriffs to want to reform a racket that lines their pockets. For the rest of us, strengthening the rule of law and eliminating moral hazard are each sufficient reasons.
And here is why the sheriffs probably purred contentedly when Trump endorsed civil forfeiture law — if something so devoid of due process can be dignified as law: Predatory law enforcement agencies can pocket the proceeds from the sale of property they seize.