Today in Creeping Blazing Authoritarianism

Yesterday, a group of Congressional Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; the White House banned a reporter who had the unmitigated temerity to ask Donald Trump questions about Michael Cohen and Vladimir Putin; and the Fayette Advocate "obtained emails from a whistleblower from inside the Columbus Police Department that outline the arrest of Stormy Daniels earlier this month may have been pre-planned days before she ever arrived in town."

War on the law. War on the press. War on dissidents.

In reporting and discussion of each of these stories, I have seen people using words like "stunning" and "shocking." None of these things should be stunning or shocking anyone at this point, with the possible exception of people emerging from multiyear comas. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have told us over and over and over and over and over that this is who they are, and to assert surprise at this point is to confess that one has been affording them good faith for far longer than they deserved.

We need a lot more informed anger, and a lot less fucking surprise from people who should damn well know better.

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