Trump’s Campaign Of Retribution Kicks Into High Gear, And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Former advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigati... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Former advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, departs the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election on November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Stone faced seven felony charges and was found guilty on all counts. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 15, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Hello TPM members. We hope your Valentine’s Day festivities were sweeter than the news we dumped on you this week.

Post-impeachment, President Trump is on a crusade to retaliate against all who wronged him, even those who committed years-old transgressions. With the Justice Department’s sudden reversal of the Roger Stone sentencing recommendation, just hours after Trump tweeted a complaint about the initial recommendation, the alarms went off. By Friday, the Trump friend and former campaign adviser was looking for a new trial.

We published a lot of letters from members in the Editors’ Blog this week. Here are some of them.

  • FB posits that the rural/suburban divide is key to understanding America’s partisan split.
  • RW feels enthusiastic about Amy Klobuchar’s better-than-expected, third-place finish in New Hampshire.
  • PJ writes, “we’re in a political moment where, I think, there’s a realignment going on and voters are up for grabs, including persons who don’t normally vote or think about themselves politically.”
  • MRK shares some thoughts before canvassing for Warren.
  • CGM writes: “If we nominate Elizabeth Warren and lose, it will confirm a deep fear and suspicion that our country as a whole is not ready to entrust our power and future to a woman, simply because she is a woman.”
  • NS argues that, contrary to the popular media narrative, Sanders is “truly viable all the way to the presidency.”
  • In the face of criticism of New Hampshire and Iowa’s nominating contests — both in states that do not demographically resemble the Democratic Party writ large — New Hampshirite JS defends his state: “Retail politics need to be preserved as much as possible.”
  • RD shares thoughts on Warren: “I think she’s the smartest person in the race, but I have concluded that she’s not best positions to succeed in the general.”
  • RS thinks Bernie Sanders is “hopelessly naive about his ability to move Republican votes in the Senate through popular mobilization.”
  • Demoralized Warren supporter EH is Bloomberg-curious.
  • EW writes: “Bernie is not so left wing. He’d have few differences with Justin Trudeau or Jacinda Ardern.”
  • AL on Bloomberg: “I fear that by choosing Bloomberg on the basis of his advertising we would be picking him precisely because he is a billionaire who could afford to demonstrate his general election fitness, and distract from the realities of the primary.”
  • BB, meanwhile, comments on Bloomberg’s appeal.

Here’s what else happened in Prime this week.

  • The big picture this week: Trump has turned the DOJ into his personal instrument, to defend his friends and target his enemies.
  • Is Trump’s new post-acquittal recklessness actually a challenge for Bill Barr?
  • Tierney Sneed notes a dissenting opinion by a Trump-appointed judge that, were it to become law, would deal a further blow to the already gutted Voting Rights Act.
  • Are moderates having trouble making up their mind?
  • Why is Rudy Giuliani giving info to the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh?
  • The Roger Stone debacle makes us nostalgic about those old fears of Trump influencing the Mueller probe.
  • Iowa was a disaster. Now two other states want to be first in the nation.
  • Trump is selling merch from the Oval Office.
  • President Trump is now accusing the foreperson in the jury of a criminal case of a close associate of his of “bias” and using it to call into question a duly issued jury verdict. Here’s where that story came from.
  • Jeff Bezos has a long list of Trump corruption that he claims is evidence that Trump is also targeting Amazon.
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