Word to the Wise Guys

President Joe Biden addresses the North America's Building Trades Unions legislative conference at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


I have two separate things I want to vent about, but in deference to my principled both sides-ism, I will endeavor to connect them so as to ensure I annoy everyone. 

Let’s start with Trump. 

Here’s a hypothetical ripped from the headlines. Let’s say Donald Trump took home the “NOC List” of Mission Impossible fame that contains the names of all our secret agents around the world. The list—duh—is classified. Everyone with an ounce of common sense understands why it’s classified. Now, imagine Trump says it’s fine for him to have it because he declassified it before he left office. Let’s even say he actually did. According to Trump’s defenders, it’s fine for him to have it because it’s no longer classified. Indeed, because it’s no longer classified it’s fine for him to show it to people, or leave it by the crapper at Mar-a-Lago for one of the Chinese agents prowling the resort who hasn’t been caught yet.  

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