TRUMP: We, the People, Deserve Better
I'm not going to bother recapping the details regarding the raid on Trump's lawyer. You can read about it yourself:
- New York Times: Raids on Trump’s Lawyer Sought Records of Payments to Women
- CNN: Cohen raid ignites Trump's rage and sparks speculation
- Esquire: Watch Trump React to the FBI Raid on His Lawyer: 'It's an Attack on Our Country'
- Fox News: FBI raid targets Trump attorney Michael Cohen, under scrutiny over Stormy Daniels payments
What concerns me more are the cacophonous responses from Trump.
A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
The news broke in the middle of a press conference regarding America's response to Syria's gas attack. Trump flapped, per norm. The special counsel's investigation was a "total witch hunt." The seizure of evidence was "frankly, a real disgrace." And the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia amounts to "an attack on our country in a true sense." It ended with a promise that numerous people had told Trump to fire Muller.
Mr. Trump, words fail me. Words did not fail Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
I'm not a Schumer fan. Never was. He does deliver a stern message however. His focus primarily remained on Trump's behavior and accusations. I hate to say it, but Schumer is absolutely correct in his assessment.
Trump does not radiate strength and composure - two qualities that a President should have - and his attempts to cry wolf at every bit of negative press have finally worn away my last shred of patience. Calling a governing body's actions disgraceful becomes difficult when the accuser behaves disgracefully. It's hard to have sympathy when someone places a raid on their personal attorney's office (regarding porn star hush money) on the same level as Pearl Harbor and September 11. It's an insult to me as the spouse of a veteran. It's an insult to those that lost their lives in these horrific attacks.
I can't fathom how any American can take seriously his rants regarding shutting down the press, his whinging that everyone is out to get him, and his insistence that this is all caused by one political party. He's sounding like a raving lunatic. Worse, he comes across as fascist dictator who thinks he should be above the law and hold the ability to banish those he put in place to uphold that law.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in a recent interview, “Fascism — and the tendencies that lead toward fascism, pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II.”
It was noted during the interview that Americans search for strong leaders. She was asked whether there is a line between strength and fascism.
“Well, very much so," Albright replied. "But the problems with fascist tendencies is that the leader thinks he is above the law: If he actually says that the press is the enemy of the people; When there are a lot of simplistic answers; When there are rallies in which people are kind of pushed to be violent; And basically when there’s kind of a sense that the system is against you...That democracy doesn’t work and that courts are not useful — that the judiciary branch is not important.”
Thank goodness for the judiciary branch.
I personally don't care if Trump is guilty of crimes or not. Let the investigation play out. Let it condemn him or exonerate him. It won't change my stance: the man is an idiot. Whether or not that leads to an impeachment really isn't my concern, though I won't lie and say I wouldn't rejoice his dismissal from office.
That joyous outburst shouldn't be interpreted as an attempt to deride my Republican friends. In fact, Pence would inherit the position. Rather, I feel that we deserve someone better than Trump as our President. Democrat, Republican, Independent - it doesn't really matter provided they have the traits necessary to lead us, and their desire to lead us stems from their love of the people and our nation.
We, the people, deserve better.