The Des Moines Register’s Rekha Basu sees a trend. An excerpt:
His latest move, stripping the former CIA director of his security clearance, has garnered press attention and made John Brennan more defiant in speaking out against the president’s bully tactics in general, and his alleged collusion with Russia in specific. But to Trump’s vast network of supporters, it’s probably just more “fake news” designed to undermine a strong man.
Or is that a strongman?
Since taking the oath of office last year, Trump has repeatedly emulated the tactics of totalitarian leaders he seems to admire, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. He demonizes the free press as the enemy of the people and fake news purveyors, while waging disinformation campaigns against his perceived enemies.
I fear that she is quite correct.
Remember, experiments fail, even noble ones.