Criminal bosses need thugs to carry out their dirty work. The best portrayal of a thug I can remember was supplied by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. As I recall, Pesci received an Academy Award for best supporting actor in that film.

We don’t think of thugs as being educated men wearing suits and ties, but in abetting and aiding Trump in refusing to accept the results of the election, impeding orderly transition of government, degrading government agencies, and inciting divisiveness and distrust, Pence, Barr, Pompeo, Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, and others in the Trump crime family have demonstrated that they are thugs no less than the Joe Pesci character in Goodfellas, and doing a lot more damage.