The Dark Side of Immune

Four years ago nearly to the day, President Trump used a White House briefing to ponder the notion of using sunlight, ultraviolet light, and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus. The president was not a doctor, but every afternoon, he played one on TV. And this time Doogie Howitzer went too far. Executives at Reckitt Benckiser, which owns brands including Lysol, felt compelled to issue a statement: “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).” This was a memorable example of a common theme. Trump issues a ridiculous suggestion or a preposterous lie, and then the rest of us waste time having a serious discussion about a frivolous topic. Today, that tendency reached a new low as the Supreme Court held a multi-hour session to determine whether or not a president has complete immunity. In short, the Supreme Court is set to decide whether America has a president or a king, something George Washington decided 252 years ago. Here’s a look at the arguments from CNN and AP. (Of all people, Trump should know the only way to get complete immunity is by taking hydroxychloroquine.) Here’s the big picture. The Court is considering these absurdist presidential immunity questions for the first time in centuries because it’s the first time we’ve had a president who was this much of a criminal and such an existential threat to democracy. And his corrupted party, craven enablers, and rabid base of followers has selected him to be president once again.

+ This SCOTUS case is tantric law. Everyone knows the likely outcome. What matters is how long they can drag out the build up. And, to carry on with the theme, it looks like justice could be a long time coming. Supreme Court signals further delay in Trump election interference case in weighing immunity claims.

+ Meanwhile, back in NYC, David Pecker’s testimony continued to implicate Trump in one of his other acts of election interference. “Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass asked Pecker if Trump said anything to make him think that he was concerned about his family rather than the campaign. ‘I thought it was for his campaign,’ Pecker said. In conversations with Cohen and Trump, his family was never mentioned.” Here’s the latest from CNN, NBC, and The Guardian.

+ Wait, there’s more Trump legal news. Federal judge upholds verdict in E. Jean Carroll case and denies Trump’s motion for a new trial.

+ Oh, and there’s more (very big) election interference news. “An Arizona grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump ‘s chief of staff Mark Meadows, lawyer Rudy Giuliani and 16 others for their roles in an attempt to overturn Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. The indictment released Wednesday names 11 Republicans who submitted a document to Congress falsely declaring that Trump won Arizona in 2020.” Trump’s crime coverage has more spinoffs than Law & Order. I wish I had immunity to Trump news.

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