The People vs. Donald J Trump

Ponder the words of New York Times contributor David Leonhardt ….

“The presidential oath of office contains 35 words and one core promise: to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Since virtually the moment Donald J. Trump took that oath two years ago, he has been violating it.

He has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country. He has used the presidency to promote his businesses. He has accepted financial gifts from foreign countries. He has lied to the American people about his relationship with a hostile foreign government. He has tolerated cabinet officials who use their position to enrich themselves.

To shield himself from accountability for all of this — and for his unscrupulous presidential campaign — he has set out to undermine the American system of checks and balances. He has called for the prosecution of his political enemies and the protection of his allies. He has attempted to obstruct justice. He has tried to shake the public’s confidence in one democratic institution after another, including the press, federal law enforcement and the federal judiciary.

The unrelenting chaos that Trump creates can sometimes obscure the big picture. But the big picture is simple: The United States has never had a president as demonstrably unfit for the office as Trump. And it’s becoming clear that 2019 is likely to be dominated by a single question: What are we going to do about it?


He has already shown, repeatedly, that he will hurt the country in order to help himself. He will damage American interests around the world and damage vital parts of our constitutional system at home. The risks that he will cause much more harm are growing.

President Trump meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House on Wednesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

Some of the biggest moderating influences have recently left the administration. The defense secretary who defended our alliances with NATO and South Korea is gone. So is the attorney general who refused to let Trump subvert a federal investigation into himself. The administration is increasingly filled with lackeys and enablers. Trump has become freer to turn his whims into policy — like, say, shutting down the government on the advice of Fox News hosts or pulling troops from Syria on the advice of a Turkish autocrat.

The biggest risk may be that an external emergency — a war, a terrorist attack, a financial crisis, an immense natural disaster — will arise. By then, it will be too late to pretend that he is anything other than manifestly unfit to lead.

For the country’s sake, there is only one acceptable outcome, just as there was after Americans realized in 1974 that a criminal was occupying the Oval Office. The president must go.”

15 thoughts on “The People vs. Donald J Trump

  1. Be careful what you wish for … you might just get it.

    As a disinterested outsider, could there be someone worse than Trump waiting in the wings?

    You don’t want a statesman in office in the States. You want, and got—you got what you wanted. I compare Trump with Putin (okay, I used to back when I gave a damn) and … oh well, if ever you need a ship launched …

    • Thankfully I’m Canadian. 🙂 And you’re absolutely right, front running Republican politicians are total nutters. Mike Pence is a fundamentalist Christian whack-a-doodle. Several years ago Republican Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma (head of the senate Environment and Public Works Committee) tossed a snowball across the Senate floor to prove climate change was a hoax. Inhofe blustered – “God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains.”
      “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous,” WTF? Sigh.

      • Yes Pence would be awful in a different way, as would any republican at this point in time. I feel the US is on a downward spiral mainly due to racism, religion, poor education and and the extreme division of poverty and wealth.

        Trump’s cult base reminds me of a hungry wild hoard of the worst elements in society who must be fed…daily with as much red meat that can be mustered up. Without their daily feeding, they will turn on their master…

        and Fox News tells the cult what they want to be fed and the master listens.

      • America publicly prides itself on being ‘the world’s greatest democracy’ (it’s not—Switzerland, anybody?) so obviously got what it wanted. Trumped. Vox populi and without revolting …

  2. Trump is everything that this article says. And continues to be supported and propped up by literally half the USA government where he had majority in the legislative and judicial branches until very recently. As far as I can tell, half the population still supports him. Trump may be the ugly face of the deconstruction of the USA and the destabilization of the global balance of power and loss of morals but he is not a one man show and removing him – as much as I would love to see him brought down – will not remove discontent of half the population of the USA.

    Having said that, please remove this guy. And with him, the leadership of the republican party who are either just as bad, total sellouts or simply cowards.

    • Go along, or lose your job?

      Most folks simply go along—no point losing the sought-after job if there’s no point in even trying. So the wheels turn, the mill grinds, the beat goes on and discontents mutter darkly; nothing new here, move along.

  3. As bad as dRump may be, I’d be careful about feeling too superior. Civilization is a very thin veneer. We humans — all of us — repeatedly demonstrate how quickly greed will lead to afflicting and persecuting other humans. wars, refugees, hunger, and 1000 other manifestations of the fragility of society lay at our doorstep every day, to see what we will do about them today.

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