NY Times Columnist: GOP Midterm Victory Would Be ‘Calamity’ for ‘Rule of Law’


New York Times columnist Mara Gay said Tuesday that Republicans winning midterm congressional elections would drastically harm the rule of law.

After Commentary magazine editor in chief John Podhoretz said Democrats failing to take the House would be "a political calamity for liberals," Gay concurred. She took the idea even further when MSNBC host Katy Tur asked her to elaborate.

"I don't think it would be a calamity for liberals as a group. I think it would be a calamity, frankly, for the rule of law at this point," Gay said. "We've seen that with Republican complete control of Congress, they've been entirely unwilling to hold the president to count on anything."

She said the evidence for her opinion is in Attorney General Jeff Sessions laughing at students chanting "lock her up" about Hillary Clinton. To her, it showed that President Donald Trump is not accountable to law enforcement and doesn’t face appropriate checks and balances.

"When you look at Jeff Sessions today, complicit in laughing as American citizens talk about, you know, jailing a former political opponent, that's more disturbing to me than the president himself," she said.

"Why aren't the other checks and balances showing up? Why isn't Congress showing up?" she asked. "Given where the Republicans have been, you know, yes, some change would be good."

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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