Republican lawmakers are now having to respond to the idea that Donald Trump was able to telepathically declassify documents while he was president. That’s because last week, Trump went on Sean Hannity’s show and said, “if you’re the President of the United States you can declassify just by saying it ‘it’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it.” Then over the weekend, Republican Senator John Barrasso was asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos whether he believes telepathic declassification to be real, and Barrasso responded, “I’ve not heard that one before George.” Stephanopoulos later pushed back saying it was a rhetorical question and only then did the senator agree that “I don’t think a president can declassify documents by saying so, by thinking about it.” People like Barrasso are so under the thumb of Trumpism that even on something as basic as telepathic declassification, they have to calculate their response as to not upset Trump and their voter base.
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