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GOP silence speaks more volumes than Trump’s attempts to claim his “going to zero tolerance” was somehow because of a Democratic Congressional minority. And even the few moderate members of the GOP are cowed:

Remember this is also a diversion from the Mueller investigation closing in on Lord Dampnut and his pardon mania. It’s now more important given his failures at what was more of a PR exercise at the Singapore summit.

White House adviser Stephen Miller was the driving force behind President Trump’s decision to enforce the family separation policy at U.S. borders, according to The New York Times. Unlike Trump, who has publicly claimed to hate the practice, Miller told the Times it was a “simple decision.” “No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. … The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law,” he was quoted as saying. The immigration hardliner had argued in recent months for “zero tolerance” policies and a new way to end the common practice of “catch and release,” which allowed illegal immigrants to be released into the country while their cases were being processed. Miller also reportedly pushed Trump and other White House officials to begin using deterrence policies, and after border numbers spiked in April, he was said to have been instrumental in convincing Trump to resort to the “nuclear option” now so widely being condemned as inhumane.

Understanding the WH makes more sense as Mueller’s approach has identified organized crime markers used in #TrumpRussia with money laundering, hush money, bust-out frauds, extortion, shakedowns, and even hostage-taking.

Trump has talked multiple times about exoneration, most recently this week, as if he’s trying to get ahead of the ever-increasing indictments because he’s talking like someone who’s not guilty?

 

It was, in fact, the go-to Biblical verse for loyalists to the British Crown who opposed American independence. As the Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted, “Historically, whenever a politician has cited Romans 13 to justify public policy, they have lost the debate.”

And indeed, Sessions attempt at Bible study landed with a damp, wet sound among religious leaders. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Sarah Smith reported, numerous Christians objected to Sessions’ “misuse of Scripture.” As one Southern Baptist pastor, Wes Faulk, told the paper, “Any government that uses Romans 13 to silence ethical objections has already realized it does not stand on Scriptural or moral high grounds.”

 

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