Trump White House tests a nation’s capacity for outrage

Trump White House tests a nation’s capacity for outrage

[Ed. – This is filed as a straight news story, not opinion. In any case, the author conveniently omits the many egregious other examples of power overreach committed by Barack Obama that would nullify his premise. Perhaps a better title would be ‘Trump White House tests Peter Baker’s and/or NYT’s capacity for outrage.’]

Remember that time President George W. Bush told his attorney general to investigate Al Gore for his “crimes”? Or President Barack Obama called for a Justice Department prosecution of John McCain?

Neither did that, of course, nor has any president in modern times sought to prosecute the candidate he beat at the ballot box. But when President Trump publicly declared last weekend that his Justice Department should investigate Hillary Clinton, his exhortation generated relatively little reaction.

Indeed, when he repeated it on Twitter on Monday, more attention was paid to the fact that he described his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as “beleaguered” — a condition that, if true, was due in large part to Mr. Trump himself, who last week said that he regretted appointing Mr. Sessions because the attorney general had recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.

After six months in office, Mr. Trump has crossed so many lines, discarded so many conventions, said and done so many things that other presidents would not have, that he has radically shifted the understanding of what is standard in the White House.

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