I mentioned in my previous post that I was drafting an op-ed for the Washington Times. Unfortunately, due to length constraints I was not able to submit my article to the Washington Times. I, however, did submit it to the New York Times. However, because I have not heard back from them, it is clear that they chose not to run with it. None the less, I feel I need to, at the very least, publish it hear so I can go on record about how I feel about Trump. So here is the article I wrote:
Less than a year in office, Donald Trump’s presidency can already be considered an abject failure. President Trump’s administration has been tarnished by outrageous tweets and provocative speeches that have shown no reverence for the office he holds or respect for the people he governs. Over these past nine months, President Trump has only demonstrated that he is an unstable leader, one unfit for the office of the presidency.
One of the latest examples of President Trump’s recklessness has been his verbal assault on the NFL and the players that choose to kneel in protest during the national anthem, brazenly referring to those players as a ‘son of a bitch.’ No sitting U.S. president should ever use such vulgar language in referring to his fellow American citizens. It is by the will of the people and their consent that Trump is president, and as such, Trump needed to show all Americans a deep respect and humility for allowing him to serve in this high office, even toward those who disagree with him politically or toward those whose actions he disagrees with. A proper presidential response to the NFL situation would have been “we need to listen to all those who are protesting racial inequalities and to work with them to find long term solutions in their communities so that everyone may once again be able to stand in pride and solidarity for our national anthem.” Congress could have then taken action and allowed NFL players the opportunity to express their concerns in congressional hearings and to start a national dialog on race relations. Instead, President Trump showed a callous disregard for his fellow Americans and their grievances by demanding they should just be fired by the NFL. As such, we are witnessing the very fabric of our society unravel as people are becoming alienated from those who are meant to serve them in elected office, and are becoming disillusioned with government institutions that are growing tone deaf to their interests.
President Trump’s insertion into the NFL player protests is but one of the many controversies that he has been solely responsible for creating throughout 2017. From infantile arguments he engaged in over the size of his inauguration crowd, the reckless public comments he made maligning our intelligence community, the ill-advised business dealings he has had with Russia, to his inability to adequately condemn the white supremacists and the violence they inspired in Charlottesville as a form of domestic terror, Trump has demonstrated he cares little for what is appropriate and proper in his role as president, or how his impulsive actions reflect very poorly on the stature of the presidency. Instead of trying to be a dignified statesman for all Americans, President Trump has chosen to put his own ego above the needs of his fellow Americans, choosing to engage in vicious attacks and public ridicule against any that would dare to criticize him, even when those criticisms are warranted, and he has shown he would rather be flattered and praised than face the ugly truth that he is doing a poor job as the chief executive, with his words and actions continuing to harm instead of uniting this country.
Ultimately, President Trump has shown little honor, integrity, or any manner of decorum while serving as president. These are the qualities the American people expect and demand of their president; these qualities are what mark a person to be worthy of the legacies of great presidents such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The American people do not consider Trump’s constant blaming “fake news” for all of his problems, or how he has undermined his own Secretary of State during negotiations with a foreign nation through his tweets or how he became combative with the San Juan mayor while she was working to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria as being particularly meritorious or presidential, but rather, consider it cancerous behavior that in itself is deserving of ridicule and condemnation.
There needs to be accountability for President Trump. I am a Republican and a former Congressional aide who has worked in a Republican-run congressional district office for five years. I am appalled that the current Republican leadership is turning a blind eye to President Trump’s irrational behavior; behavior that has led to great dysfunction in the White House and in the executive branch of our government. The Republican leadership needs to face the harsh reality and admit that Trump is not fit to be president. Individual senators have rebuked President Trump for his inappropriate behavior, but these efforts have failed to produce any kind of change from the president. An unstable U.S. president is a clear and present threat to the future of our nation, to our unity as a people and is a significant threat to our country’s reputation on the international stage. The Republican leaders in Congress must show they have the character, the conviction and the resolve to address this situation in the best interests of the American people. The Republican leadership needs to listen to those crying out, telling them President Trump is not fit for the office he holds, instead of ignoring or denying there is a problem or wishing it will go away on its own.
Addressing this problem of President Trump’s stability will indeed be difficult and will be publicly embarrassing to the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, and will likely cost them politically in the near future. However, those considerations cannot outweigh what is the morally acceptable thing to do for this nation if they believe themselves to be worthy of the responsibility and the privilege to govern. The Republican leadership in Congress must demand President Trump resign for his profound lack of exercising good judgment on numerous occasions and conduct unbecoming of the presidency or begin taking the necessary steps to remove him from office through impeachment.
Looking back on how many Republicans opposed Donald Trump in the 2916 primaries, it is disturbing to see how few are actually speaking out now about President Trump and his disdainful attitudes toward his fellow Americans. Are these politicians really going to wait until 2019 to start speaking out again against Trump, as part of their own run for the presidency in the 2020 election? By that point, would that even be considered genuine patriotism or just naked opportunism and self-interest to advance their own personal ambitions? And how much damage to our Union will have already been inflicted by President Trump during the remainder of his term if he continues to act so irresponsibly? How much vitriol will have been built up between our divided citizenry? The Republican leadership need to realize this is the time to step up, to fight for and to take the steps necessary to preserve the Union as Abraham Lincoln did during his era, or risk lasting damage being inflicted upon this great country by Trump’s unrestrained demeanor that pits American against American. If President Trump will not work to unite us, we must find that unity ourselves in our collaborative efforts in removing him from office. If we must shame the political leadership on Congress to take action, that is what we must do as citizens of these United States of America, out of true love and respect for all of our citizens and out of a desire to be truly indivisible.