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Turley: Trump Tweets on Travel Order “Like a Presidential Version of Death by Cop”

Turley: Trump Tweets on Travel Order “Like a Presidential Version of Death by Cop”

“The president seems to stand up and say ‘shoot me, shoot me'”

In the wake of the Kathy Griffin severed-head fiasco, and the Central Park play depicting the assassination of President Trump, you’d think that pundits might have the good sense to lay off metaphors invoking the violent death of the president.

But today comes law prof Jonathan Turley with yet another sanguinary simile. Appearing on Morning Joe to discuss President Trump’s executive order on travel, Turley suggested that President Trump’s tweets on the subject are undermining his case.

Then Turley went there: it’s like a presidential version of death by cop. Every time you seem to make advances, the president seems to stand up and say ‘shoot me, shoot me.'”

Note: the irony is that Turley has been generally fair to Trump. His position was that the tweets aside, the President has a strong case for the constitutionality of his order. And last month, we noted how Turley surprisingly rejected Joe Scarborough’s suggestion that there was a prosecutable case for obstruction against the President.

Bonus Coverage: CNN’s Cuomo Refers to Trump Confidante Chris Ruddy as an “Enema”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has provided another example of someone not learning from the mistakes of others. After CNN’s firings of Kathy Griffin, and of Reza Aslan [for calling the president a “piece of s—], you’d think Cuomo would know better than to indulge in crude and vulgar comments.

But no. On CNN this morning, referring to Trump confidante Chris Ruddy’s statement that the president was considering the firing of special prosecutor Mueller, Cuomo said of Ruddy “with friends like these, who needs enemas?” Nice.



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I don’t buy it. The Court was going to block Trump no matter what; any excuse would do. If not his tweets, it would be some other irrelevant bit of fluff … maybe something about his hair.

You’re right about the persistent fantasizing about the President’s death, though; they should lay off that stuff. Unless, perhaps, it has something to do with their plans for the immediate future.

I would be very concerned about the reaction of people if the president was murdered today.

I worry there would really be blood in the streets.

    Walker Evans in reply to starride. | June 14, 2017 at 12:50 am

    The odds are you’re right. I for one would be ready to go to war on politicians, ‘entertainers’, fascists, and any other scum who had called for his death. The odds are the killer would be some poor, deluded schmuck who acted on their incitement, but the fault would be theirs for spewing forth such vile poison in the first place!

Trump’s tweeting is what is making this “silent coup” not so silent. It is undermining the credibility of the corrupt establishment because the public gets to hear both sides of the issue and only one side has facts.

Turley’s is the latest attempt to redirect the public’s attention away from the obvious but he again contributes to the coarsening of the pubic dialogue by implying that it is Trump who is calling for his own assassination. THAT is how bad they are losing in the public domain and why Trump’s support keeps getting stronger and deeper. This is what desperation looks and sounds like. Crunch time is near.

The establishment wants Trump to stop tweeting, because it threatens the establishment’s control of information flow.

    Exactly. They are losing despite having almost absolute control of the establishment culture via MSM, Hollywood, Broadway, Wall Street… They have lost Main Street.

This is the crunch time rapidly approaching:

The establishment has been again surprised by popular opposition, this time against their organized violence in the street. LGBT counter protests against anti-Sharia? When are the “Jews for Hitler” coming out? Don’t they grasp the absurdity of it all? How stupid do they think we are?

At this point, it looks like they are just laying the groundwork for who is going to get blamed when they start shooting at us.

casualobserver | June 13, 2017 at 10:16 am

Because Trump is a lot less impulsive and more strategic than even most of his supporters give him credit for, I’m starting to think he is laying the groundwork for a monumental reversal at the SCOTUS level. It’s a huge gamble. But if it happens, it will really make the silly language of not only the pundits but also the 9th circuit and others in the judiciary stand out.

I’m not saying Trump may be playing a sophisticated chess game. But he may likely be thinking of ways to not just win the argument but to also take even more power away from those who resist him. In a way you might fight with big city developers for turf.

Is it the aim of the courts to get Trump to stop tweeting, by ruling that his tweets make his policies illegal?

Because Trump will not stop tweeting. He will just turn his tweets against judicial legitimacy.

Pelosi Schmelosi | June 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

So today’s distraction by the Lefty Media is “Trump’s Tweets”?

Does anybody really care what PMSNBC thinks about President Trump?

healthguyfsu | June 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

He called it Presidential….he will never be heard from again on MSNBC.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Who is this Furley? Never heard of him.

Oh did he say his name was Ralph Furley?

Only until Gorsuch and the rest of SCOTUS gets a hold of it.