The Trump Tower's new front yard. Photo by New York Times
Welcome cracks in - if not the devoutly-to-be-wished end of - the malignant morass that is Trump's "imperial presidency," founded as it is on the toxic tenet that he's above the law. Actually, nope, said the Supreme Court, ruling he'll have to respond to subpoenas just like the rest of us and turn over his undoubtedly skeevy tax records to Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, who's vowed to "follow (the) facts, wherever they may lead" - an ominous pledge to a lifelong crook whose makeup could definitely clash with his jumpsuit. Vance called the ruling “a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one - not even a president - is above the law.” It's also a stunning rebuke: The Court ruled unanimously for the general principle that, "No citizen (is) above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding," and even his own legal toadies Gorsuch and friggin' Kavanaugh ruled against him on his case, prompting jokes on social media that even they've now joined the resistance. Faced with the tragic dawning reality the courts may not let him keep being a criminal, Trump exhibited his usual grace under pressure, embarking on a rabid hours-long Twitter meltdown about PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! and "SPYING on my campaign" and "corrupt New York...falling apart with everyone leaving." Wait, what? Nancy Pelosi: “A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings (is) not good news for President Trump.” A succinct Twitter sage: "It's official - Trump is fucked."
Trump was still furiously typing away with his teeny fingers when more bad/good/depending on your perspective legal news came down the pike: The judge in Michael Flynn's case, likewise clinging to the pesky rule of law, asked the full DC Circuit Court to reconsider their dubious 2-1 appeals panel decision to dismiss the case against Flynn even though he'd twice pleaded guilty to the crimes they were now absolving him of. Questioning an "extraordinary" request that "threatens the orderly administration of justice," a lawyer for Judge Emmet Sullivan argued the panel’s order to quickly grant a DOJ move to drop its prosecution would “turn ordinary judicial process upside down.” The move prompted many on #FlynnIsGuilty to joyously urge "Lock Him Up," along with his mob boss. Meanwhile, a crowd of patriots in New York City were busy painting a massive Black Lives Matter smack dab in front of the mob boss' sleazy house. Running along Fifth Avenue past Trump Tower, the mural is one of five that will grace all the city's boroughs, including one already up in Brooklyn. Trump, ever monstrous, has blasted it as "a symbol of hate." Mayor Bill de Blasio, part of the painting crew, corrected him: "We are righting a wrong...Black people BUILT 5th Ave and much of this nation ...There is no America without black America." All in all, along with Meidas Touch's shiny new Bigly Loser ad joining a spat of blistering others - Reagan's "city on a hill," Lincoln Project's "Learn Their Names," Biden's calling out all the winning - not a bad day in the apocalypse.
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