Coronavirus has, once again, provided good cover for President Trump’s ongoing attack on American democracy and his weakening of any limits on his power. Last Friday, Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth inspector general the president has pushed out since early April. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump explained that he had let Linick go because he no longer had “the fullest confidence” in him.

Yet the rapid purge of four independent government watchdogs in less than two months suggests that Trump has other, more nefarious, motivations. As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp wrote back in early April when the bloodbath began, Trump’s removal of these four inspectors general represents nothing less than “a war on the very concept of oversight.” While Americans are busy watching the latest developments regarding COVID-19, Trump is making sure there’s no one left in the government to watch him.

That’s not surprising given everything that Trump and his surrogates are up to. Even for an administration as scandal-engaged as this one — to call it “scandal-plagued” would suggest a certain passive, if not entirely innocent, nature — the ramp up of corruptions during coronavirus has been particularly outrageous.

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Source:: The Week – Politics


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