Department of Justification – By Emily Bazelon – NYT

“As the Republican primary season progressed, it became clear to Sessions and Bannon that Trump could be the vessel for their brand of Republicanism. Back in August 2015, Bannon emailed a friend, according to The Daily Beast, that while he felt good about other candidates like Ted Cruz, he was ready to pick Trump, because he was “a nationalist who embraces” Sessions’s immigration plan. Six months later, Sessions became the first senator to endorse Trump for president. Last August, Sessions helped create a new immigration policy for Trump, which called for reducing immigration by, among other things, tightening the rules about visas for high-skilled workers. That same month, Bannon took over Trump’s campaign.”

Oh my Gosh! NYT revelations. Steve Miller was a top aid of Sessions, who was in a cabal with Bannon. Sessions was a leader of racist immigration reform.

“Their shared view was central to Trump’s Inaugural Address, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, Bannon and Miller principally wrote. For a president taking office amid peacetime and economic growth, the speech offered a singularly dark vision. Trump spoke of “American carnage” — a country made increasingly dangerous by “the crime and the gangs and the drugs,” its economy ravaged by production abroad, its borders infiltrated by marauders. The speech was a perfect distillation of the foreboding view of America broadcast by Breitbart — a land in disarray and decline that has reached the point of crisis.

In fact, violent crime has been declining sharply for 25 years; with a small uptick in 2015, it remains low. The number of undocumented immigrants has fallen slightly in the last decade, and these newcomers are less likely to commit violent crimes than people who were born here. Evidence shows that immigrants are an engine of economic growth and entrepreneurship. While they take a small bite out of the wages of native-born workers without a high school diploma, they provide an overall boost to productivity that increases the pay of more educated workers by up to 10 percent, labor economists say. As for the “totalitarian threat” that, according to Sessions, Americans face from radical Islam, since Sept. 11, white supremacists and other non-Muslim extremists have killed nearly twice as many Americans as radical Muslims, according to the New America Foundation.

Why would the Trump administration paint a picture so starkly at odds with reality? It’s simple: A vision of the nation besieged provides clear justification for policies that will advance Sessions, Bannon and Miller’s divisive nationalism.”

There are many excellent comments, including:


Richmond 4 hours ago

Excellent, excellent article. I knew Sessions’ appointment was a dire development, but I had no idea how deep his roots with Bannon went. Thank you for the detail about the inner workings of DOJ, as well as some history. With an impotent, worse than useless Congress our only hope is a strong and principled Judiciary. We have seen them stand up for us so far. This piece wilts my hopes to some extent about their ability to withstand the onslaught of this administration’s attacks on our values and freedoms, but I hope they stand strong.

Christine McM

is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 3 hours ago

This article made me very depressed. As a nation, we used to pride ourselves on being a melting pot. Now it appears the angry white mob, convinced immigrants, blacks, and anybody that looks different from them are stealing things away from them, are out to purify the nation.

Bannon and company want to make America Christian and white, and they’re pushing the envelope to make it happen. It’s a nativist, ugly view of a nation founded on civic values of freedom designed to make our country the beacon of the world–not a closed off island of contempt and exclusion of anybody not exactly in their form.

In another article, I read that Steve Bannon was very angered that many (but certainly not as many as he claimed) Silicon Valley CEOs were Asians. This petty little man now sits right at Trump’s ear. Nobody elected Steve Bannon, yet there he sits at the pinnacle of power, cultivating Sessions and many of Trump’s cabinet to do his dirty work through the Justice Department.

As the quote goes, “all that’s necessary for evil to prevail is that good men do nothing.” I might add, “or that very bad men, like Sessions, Miller, and Bannon are put in charge of ensuring evil prevails for a very long time.”


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