Quote of the week

Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.

Timothy Snyder
The New York Times
6 January 2010

Granting them [Schabir Shaik and Eugene de Kock] presidential pardons will create a perception that the politically connected can get away with everything. This is more like condoning serious crimes and it is going to make a fight against crime a lot harder. – Stephen Friedman in The Citizen

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