As I watch the Rev. Al in for Joy on A.M. Joy, I want to blog as I hear the arguments against Trump’s stripping Brennan of his security clearance. I will blog on the pov of the Trump supporter.
First up is Trump not following procedures in granting or stripping people of security clearance, something he has a constitutional right to do. The fact that it is destructive of our national set of norms is EXACTLY what his supporters want; they hate the norms b/c they believe those norms are what put them in the barrel, which is where the norm-followers want them. So anything Trump does to disrupt and destroy the national and international order is EXACTLY why they elected him.
With a president like Trump, we have lost our protection provided by the intelligence officers who serve to do just that, protect us. One FBI agent has already lost his job b/c he expressed opinions unfriendly to the guy who won. Such vengeance-taking totally reframes what it means to serve the government and the people it serves. Now we are in banana republic territory. I am sure the reactionaries who support Trump do not fathom the end point of where they are taking the country. They believe things will go along in their favor: roads, electricity, water, safe food, breathable air, medical and emergency facilities. No they won’t, b/c without the norms of governance Trump is destroying at the behest of his supporters, those things will go away.