Here's an episode in Presidential history that many of you may not remember.
From a 1970 story in the New York Times:
"Nixon Calls Manson Guilty, Later Withdraws Remark...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (1970)— President Nixon asserted today that Charles Manson, a hippie cultist now on trial in California, “was guilty, directly or indirectly, of eight murders without reason.”
But, faced with criticism that he had prejudged the outcome of the Manson trial, Mr. Nixon, issued a statement on his arrival here tonight saying that “the last thing I would do is prejudice the legal ‘rights of any person, in any circumstances.”This remark caused a furor around the country, and very nearly resulted in a mistrial in the Manson case. To Nixon's credit, he realized before the day was out that he had made a big mistake, and seemingly sincerely apologized for what he said.
This case set a standard that has been uniformly followed since that time: that given his position, no President ever comments on matters like this. It has been a universal standard, followed by Democrats and Republicans alike, and would seem to be particularly inviolable in cases involving the President himself. That is, it has been universal, until today:
Trump's remarks let his audience of subhuman scum to start cheering and chanting "lock her up," about a woman who is guilty of nothing.
Once again, Donald Trump has found a new way to degrade himself, the Presidency and the entire country. And the Republican base loves it. They love the hatred, the violence, the willingness to do anything, no matter how abominable, to get his way. It's the way these nauseating people will act themselves if anyone is stupid enough to give them power. We never have faced up to just how many loathsome, hateful people there are, particularly among white citizens in this country. And it may have already sown the seeds of our destruction.