Let’s check in on the head of one the institutions that, if high school civics textbooks are to be believed, would be applying “checks” and “balances” to a second term of Donald J. Trump:
Johnson on Tuesday called himself one of the “closest allies President Trump has in Congress.”
Asked about Trump’s efforts to challenge his loss in 2020 — including recent reporting in which his former allies said Trump planned to refuse to leave his office — Johnson was unwavering.
“It can’t be about personalities, it’s got to be about policies and principles,” Johnson said, arguing that Trump’s were superior to Biden’s.
Asked again about Trump’s frequent, false claims that the election was stolen through widespread fraud, Johnson said, “I take him at his word, I do believe that he believes that.”
Pressed on Trump’s well-documented airing of lies and misleading statements, Johnson said, “There are a lot of people in Washington who say things that are not accurate all the time.”
But he maintained that Trump’s views about the 2020 election results are “deep in his heart.”
“He just felt like he was cheated in that election,” Johnson said, “and I think that’s a core conviction of his.”
Particularly amazing is Johnson describing Trump’s autogolpe efforts as a minor “personality” quirk, like eating McDonald’s for every meal or using a lot of bronzer. Anyway, the fact that Johnson will be in charge of certifying votes after the next election seems, how shall I put this, extremely bad!
And now, the punchline:
Johnson added that Trump “does believe in the rule of law. I mean, look at what he did on the Supreme Court, for example.”
Would somebody who didn’t believe in the rule of law nominate Supreme Court justices who think that every constitutional and statutory ambiguity — not to mention some unambiguities — requires the result most consistent with the most recent platform of the Texas Republican Party? Take my republic, please.