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July 23, 2017

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You know what might survive a presidential pardon? A civil asset forfeiture claim.

A President who knows he's destined for prison if he ever leaves office is a dangerous situation in itself. That's how we get presidential coups, National States of Emergency and Presidents-for-Life. If the guy can make it stick.

...Although GW Bush, like Trump, was initially elected with a popular minority, after the September 11th attacks Bush and his war plans were genuinely popular in the US, for a time. Everyone seems to realize that Trump is not that popular, and especially not popular among any US citizens you are likely to encounter abroad.

It is kind of extraordinary, though. I remember going to London back in 1986 and actually informing some people for the first time that not everyone in the US loved Ronald Reagan.

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