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Courts, Colbert enabling Trump's violations of democratic norms

Courts, Colbert enabling Trump's violations of democratic norms

A great deal has been said about Donald Trump's violations of "democratic norms." I agree with much of it.

But the big problem with violating democratic norms — the unwritten customs and practices even political opponents traditionally abide by —is that once you've done it, everybody else wants to do it, too. This makes everything worse, because when the people most offended by Mr. Trump's violations respond in kind, they not only contribute to the problem, they create incentives for Mr. Trump and his biggest supporters to keep doing it.

For example, the outgoing Obama administration was horrified by the prospect of being replaced by the Trump administration. The...

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