Punishing critics like John Brennan is part of the US president’s ongoing abuse of power – and normalisation of autocracy
More than 18 months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s modus operandi – and the danger it represents – is clear. His working method is that of the mafia boss and gangland chieftain, daily wielding his power to settle scores, teach lessons and crush dissent. Anyone who’s seen The Sopranos will know the routine: the casual intimidation, the obsession with loyalty, the brutal ostracism meted out to those who dare defy the man at the top.
Trump won’t recognise there are spheres of administration that are meant to operate free of executive interference