February 24, 2017, 2:47 am
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Donald Trump’s coup

THE United States is in the middle of a coup by newly-elected President Donald Trump.

This was revealed by Michael Moore, filmmaker and journalist, one of the few famous people to publicly predict that Donald Trump would become the President of the United States. 

Moore warned that “the U.S. state is being overthrown by Trump and the people he has appointed to govern alongside him.”

Linking to a New York Times piece about the role of Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist and speech writer, Moore posted on Twitter: “If you’re still trying to convince yourself that a 21st century coup is not underway, please, please snap out of it!”

Moore described how Bannon had taken a major role in national security policy. He also posted the link soon after it emerged that the President had fired US attorney general Sally Yates because she had questioned whether the Muslim ban was legal and told Justice Department lawyers to stop defending it. 

A statement said that Yates had been relieved of her position because she was “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration”.

Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, who is thought to be much more favorable to the new administration. But it is likely that he will be soon replaced in turn by Senator Jeff Sessions, who is currently waiting to be confirmed by the Senate.

A Google engineer made the same argument in a viral blog post, arguing that the institution of the Muslim ban could be seen as a “trial balloon for a coup”. He pointed to a range of different events – including reports that the Muslim ban was opposed by lawyers at the Department for Homeland Security, who were then overruled by Bannon, and a report also claimed that the White House had “purged” nearly all senior staff at the State Department.

The post by Yonatan Zunger claimed that the Trump administration was in the middle of transferring all executive power “to a tight inner circle, eliminating any possible checks from either the Federal bureaucracy, Congress, or the Courts. Departments are being reorganized or purged to effect this. Zunger also wrote that moves like the Muslim ban and the unexpected events that followed are a way of “actively probing the means by which they can seize unchallenged power”.

Finally, Berkeley Professor Robert Reich has warned against the ascent to power of Bannon, whose “ view on foreign affairs is zero-sum game.” 

Oh, by the way, President Trump’s kind of coup is unlike the coup described by Britannica as “the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group”. Instead, Trump’s coup called for “a change in power from the top that merely results in the abrupt replacement of leading government personnel”.

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