Stressing that a “standoff” between Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr had “intensified” in recent days, the Beltway press spent this week whipping itself into a mini-frenzy, suggesting some sort of dramatic showdown was looming on the horizon. This is the kind of purposefully naïve news coverage that helps normalize Trump’s dangerous behavior. It also propagates the myth that Republicans like Barr are actually concerned by Trump’s destructive ways.
The modest public jousting between the two men this week came after Trump eviscerated the Department of Justice with lots of shouty tweets. Trump’s furious that his former adviser Roger Stone is now facing more than three years in prison after being convicted of felonies in connection to the 2016 election.