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We shall overcome Trump. We have survived worse.

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27.04.2019

My wife and I took our kids on a civil rights tour of the South over spring break, a trip planned before we knew it would be the week Muellermania engulfed Washington.

As it turned out, though, the Civil Rights Trail offered an ideal perspective from which to view the mayhem in the capital caused by the special counsel’s report.

While Washington churned, I walked along a quiet hillside above Montgomery, Ala., home of the year-old National Memorial for Peace and Justice , a monument to the 4,400 African Americans lynched by white mobs between Reconstruction and the civil rights era. There hang 800 oxidized steel columns — one for each American county where lynching occurred — like hideous lollipops. As I stood awed by the pain they represented, an older black man approached and told me about his ancestors who fought in colored regiments during the Civil War.

Then, as we gazed together at the dangling blocks of metal, he said something I don’t often pause to consider: “As bad as things are now,” he said, “we’ve gone through much worse.”

He’s right, of course. Robert Mueller exposed the rot in our government and the moral bankruptcy of our president. Donald Trump’s amoral team welcomed help from America’s foes to win the presidency, and in 10 well-documented instances, the president himself made every effort to obstruct justice.........

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