Earlier today we addressed how Trump mistook the quote from the New York Times, all in an effort to refer to himself as “king.” Now that the tweet has had time to sink into the American net-psyche, legal scholars are striking back, and they are both aghast, and furious.
This may be the most sinister tweet Trump has ever posted. He is comparing himself with a king and threatening to use his powers for revenge on those who questioned his abuse of power. This after AG Barr said Trump’s tweets make it hard for him to do his job. Any response Mr. AG? https://t.co/SKEHnbGLOs 
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) February 15, 2020 
Saying something is the most sinister thing Trump ever posted sure makes a statement, given his history.
We noted earlier that Trump didn’t understand the context of the tweet, but that is beside the point. What is not beside the point is that Trump’s reading of it truly does usher in a Hobbesian world where we are but serfs to his majesty:
What's interesting is how useful Peter Bakers framing enemy versus friend plays into the politics here. In that frame there is no rule of law, no equality of citizen, just pure brute raw power against power. This is Hobbes world. https://t.co/VIoWdHswCl 
— Philip Hackney (@EOTaxProf) February 15, 2020 
George Conway must always be quoted because there is no one better at reading Trump and his plans – perhaps because Conway has inside knowledge as to what is really happening.
So in essence: He’s admitting that he’s running on a platform of unrestrained narcissism. https://t.co/igvXAxjJ7P 
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 15, 2020 
He has always ran on unrestrained narcissism. What else does Trump have to offer? It isn’t policy analysis, it’s not heart or empathy, it’s not even global alliances – unless you count Russian subservience.
Joyce Alene is one of our favorites here, almost Nicole Wallace-level favorite, and Joyce has this read perfectly:
10 days post-impeachment & he thinks he’s the king. https://t.co/nNY3PfAmWz 
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 15, 2020 
Sure would be an interesting day to read a book that examines Trump’s obsession with the king-like powers of his office and how the American presidency came to include monarchical elements in the first place. https://t.co/TxfUZ7pHqv  pic.twitter.com/yU1yiEm2hQ 
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 15, 2020 
Actually, upon running into this one, I think we may have to rethink all the above, because it does seem to me that Trump’s desires are a little bit more “eastern” in nature:
Tbh, I think Trump's obsession is more Czar-like than Kingly.
In Trump's view, his czardom is populated with serfs, pogroms, Rasputins, etc.
— Lemon Slayer (@LemonSlayerUS) February 15, 2020 
There is certainly a Russian feel to everything Trump has done, from his first day insisting to Comey that he needed “loyalty” above all else. How naïve were we back then? Laughing at a president who believed he could demand “loyalty” among law enforcement.
He is still not over Comey. Perhaps because Comey wouldn’t bow before the king.
The legal scholars are correct, this is horrific. Ten days out of impeachment …
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