This is how democracy ends. Or maybe, just maybe, how civil war starts.
After the surgically-embalmed octogenarian Nancy Pelosi jetted into Taiwan to proclaim America’s enduring commitment to freedom, back home FBI goons were staging a politically-motivated, prime-time raid on the home of her sworn enemy Donald Trump.
As events unfolded on live television, it was like watching one of those old conspiracy-theory movies, starring Robert Redford or Gene Hackman.
In the latest Hollywood-inspired version, Trump is this year’s Enemy of the State.
The FBI’s stormtrooper tactics at Bad Orange Man’s gaudy Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida, could have come straight from the playbook of the Chinese Communist Party.
Their risible excuse for this outrageous abuse of Trump’s privacy and civil rights was a warrant issued by a federal judge in search of classified documents allegedly taken by the former President when he was evicted from the White House, screaming and kicking about a stolen election.
But then again, that makes it sound like a big deal, rather than a technical breach of protocol.
And a warrant from a federal judge is easier to obtain than a rubbery 99-cent cheeseburger from a 24-hour gas station fast food outlet.