Seal of Approval

“It would be a mistake, however, to view Trump’s pardons as stemming from a deep reverence for the military or an understanding of the difficulties faced by service members. Rather, he views these crimes as acts of nationalist solidarity against Muslims, against whom crimes are not simply acceptable but praiseworthy. Trumpists are capable of recognizing the evils of excessive state power—but only when it is directed at those they see as like themselves. When it is directed at those they hate and fear, such excesses are not crimes but virtues.” Adam Serwer in The Atlantic: The War-Crimes President.

+ I’m guessing this topic might come up around your Thanksgiving table (assuming the Montreal bagel controversy can’t get you all the way through the day), so here’s some background from an episode of the Daily: A Secret in the Navy Seals.

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