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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 12:41 PM

The real lawless extremist in the race is Trump. And he has William Barr's help.

Opinion by Greg Sargent

How can it be that the nationís chief law enforcement officer is openly supporting President Trumpís most flagrantly lawless efforts to corrupt the election? The easy answer: Attorney General William P. Barr is party to Trumpís scheme to maintain power via illicit means if necessary, and is corrupt enough to employ his power over law enforcement toward that end.

But thereís another, equally disturbing answer to this question, one rooted in a deeper worldview articulated by Barr and even by Trump himself: The idea that the political enemy is so ruthless and existentially threatening that employing extraordinary and extralegal means to crush that enemy is justified.

Barr gave a shocking interview to CNN late Wednesday that left zero doubt about his intentions. Barr refused to denounce Trumpís suggestion that people should try to illegally vote twice (by mail and in person), supposedly to test vote-by-mailís validity. Trump brazenly repeated this on Thursday.

Barr also repeated his frequent claims that vote-by-mail elections have been riddled with fraud and that a foreign power could fabricate thousands of mail ballots. Both are utter nonsense. But in saying them, Barr is telegraphing his willingness to legitimize Trumpís eventual effort to try to invalidate untold numbers of mail ballots, which Trump has already told us is coming.


This entire administration is a criminal enterprise. It is blatant and is in your face.

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