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Pardoning SEAL Eddie Gallagher Will Doom Trump in 2020 More Than Any Other Act

I titled this column purposefully as an expression of my own opinion, I am not reporting a conclusion made by someone else. This is one of my rare Op-Eds. But if you read on, I promise I make a solid case. I do believe that among all the scandals surrounding Trump – including a Yale Psychiatrist and leader of the World Mental Health Organization calling for Trump to be put on a psychiatric hold – as well as all the details wrapped-up in and around the impeachment question, the pardoning of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will be the act that will cost Trump his credibility and perception of infallibility among the right, and thus cost him 2020. I say that because details of Gallagher’s crimes, beyond the abhorrent ones of which we already know, are leaking out. They paint the picture of a true monster. In siding with that monster, Trump will necessarily take-on some of the same characteristics, and certainly become increasingly complicit in the crime, an accessory after the fact. Moreover, I cannot think of any situation that more perfectly exemplifies Trump’s tendency to cover for the aggressor, the abuser, the law-breaker, while also making decisions without sufficient knowledge of the facts and – were that not enough – replacing the conclusions of real professionals, with his own instincts. As the public learns more about the type of person Trump saw fit to pardon, the public will impose those same reprehensible characteristics upon Trump. In my opinion, this scandal paints the clearest divide, the least susceptible to counter-arguments, the one most impermeable to “both siderism” bullshit. In sum is not political, and therefore, powerful in a unique way. The details are horrific. The New York Times obtained tapes of interviews of his own unit, tapes of SEALs who are not generally seen as a bunch of Elizabeth Warren-voting liberals, pacifists to the extreme. Yet they bore a special hatred for this man: “The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator First Class Craig Miller told an investigator. Miller then broke down in tears,“Sorry about this,” Miller said. “It’s the first time — I’m really broken up about this.” Now think about what this guy Miller has seen, what he’s been trained to see and do, and imagine what it takes to break him down like this. It is just a taste of what we’re about to see and hear in the coming year. “The guy was toxic,” Special Operator First Class Joshua Vriens, a sniper, said in a separate interview. “You could tell he was perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving,” Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, a medic in the platoon, told investigators. “Perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving.” We have a word for those types in this country, they are sociopathic mass-murderers. It is not in the story from which I am quoting, and I want to be careful of fair use policy, but I recently read a first-hand report from a member of his unit which detailed an incident in which Gallagher was sighting in his rifle on day. From a great distance, he shot a young girl in the gut, she instantly grabbed her stomach and fell, while friends she had been walking with ran to get out of the fire, […]

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