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Bill Weld

Witcover: Trump campaigns while assaulting the constitution

Witcover: Trump campaigns while assaulting the constitution

Donald Trump is eager to turn the run-up to the next national election into a premature campaign brawl, rather than what's needed now -- a public defense of America's democratic principles and mechanisms.

His obvious strategy for re-election next year is to detour from his various political woes, be they Justice Department and congressional investigations or just personal behavioral lapses. He'd prefer focusing on the real or alleged shortcomings of the Democrats seeking to oust him from the Oval Office.

The news media, slandered by Mr. Trump as "the enemy of the people" in his campaign to muddy the waters of legitimate journalistic inquiries, have in some...

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