Quoth Charles: “In America, we don’t persecute political opponents.” So — just to name a random example — the IRS thing (mentioned by Krauthammer) doesn’t count as political persecution? He concedes that it does (“Is the Republican response to do the same?”), and thus contradicts himself. In today’s America, we do persecute political opponents. You don’t have to like it (I certainly don’t), but it’s a fact on the ground. Trump’s fault here, as usual, is pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.