By Peter Baker
July 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan spent a career in the Central Intelligence Agency defending the United States against its enemies. For decades, that meant terrorists, rogue regimes or the Russians. For him now, it means the president of the United States.
When Mr. Brennan accused President Trump of treason following Monday’s meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, it opened a floodgate. The New York Daily News used the banner headline “OPEN TREASON” on its cover. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel called it treason on their late-night shows.
In a presidency without precedent, mark another moment for the history books.
While the T-word has been thrown around on the fringes of the political debate about other presidents or politicians from time to time, never in the modern era has it become part of the national conversation in such a prominent way. Never in anyone’s lifetime has a president engendered such a wave of discussion about whether his real loyalty was to a foreign power over his own country.
David Lindsay: Paul Krugman and I have both been using the T word for over a year. I wrote, or hope I wrote, that Trump’s attack on the work of the EPA to protect Americans and the environment was treasonous. His putting Putin over NATO was visible a year ago. This November, let’s vote these crooks and scoundrels out of office.