Never same again
Charging Donald Trump has had far-right Republicans reaching for their guns. Will he go down? Daniel Lazare is sure: maybe yes, maybe no
America’s constitutional crisis has been growing for a generation, but there is no doubt that last week’s federal indictment, charging Donald Trump with violations of the 1917 Espionage Act, is kicking it up to a whole new level.
“We have now reached a war phase,” tweeted Andy Biggs, a Republican congressman from Arizona who heads the House Freedom Caucus and is a true-blue believer that Joe Biden stole the 2020 election. “This is a perimeter probe from the oppressors,” added Republican Congressman Clay Higgins, an ex-police captain from Louisiana, who made a name for himself with a series of tough-talking videos about hunting down black “thugs”.1
Kari Lake, a fiery ex-Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, added:
If you want to get to president Trump, you’re going to have to go through me and 75 million Americans just like me. And most of us are card-carrying members of the [National Rifle Association]. That’s not a threat – that’s a public service announcement.
Finally, there was Trump himself – bloodied, but unbowed, as he stood before 3,000 cheering Republicans in Georgia just two days after the indictment was announced: “Together, we stand up to the globalists, we stand up to Marxists, we stand up to the RINOs [Republicans in name only] … We stand up to the open-borders fanatics, the radical-left Democrats, and their lawless partisan prosecutors …” He added: