Trump’s pardoning of nine white-collar felons yesterday is his latest power play towards AG Barr. He is obviously ignoring Barr’s negative statement about his tweeting. The pardon rampage was a slap in the face to the role of the DOJ’s integrity. It is also possibly a dog-whistle about his affinity with white-collar crime and his intention to pardon his felon friend Roger Stone. Barr now becomes the newest political figure Trump is publicly humiliating.
Republican Senators who know Trump is abnormal and dangerous and continue to stay silent have trashed their professional legacies. Extensive documentation of their weak dereliction of duty will fill textbooks in law, history, and political science courses for years to come. The Fox spin talk that Trump is just a different type of leader but isn’t dangerous and criminal has become an obvious lie that independent voters no longer believe. His tweets are akin to evidence presented in an insanity trial.
He is railing like a lunatic about how he can interfere in Justice Department cases involving his criminal friends. He finds a new government agency or official to disparage with statements everyone knows are lies. He called Ambassador Marie Yovanovich corrupt with no evidence to support that claim. He calls the FBI a mess that cannot be trusted. He trashes every media outlet except Fox News. He is acting vengeful, delusional, mafia-like, childish, and dictatorial as America becomes his banana republic.
He isn’t talking about policy, except his racist immigration policies and financial protections for corporate America. He spends time tweeting attacks and grievances like a whiny brat. He has ruined the potential that Twitter had to be a constructive platform for free speech.
HOW DID THIS CARTOONISH CHARACTER CAPTURE THE LOYALTY AND ADORATION OF SO MANY AMERICANS?
WHY DID A MAN WHO BEFRIENDS UNPATRIOTIC CRIMINALS, BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE BY AN EX-WIFE AND OF SEXUAL ASSAULT BY DOZENS OF WOMEN BECOME AN ICON IN THE MOST VALUE-BASED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD?
HOW DOES A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR AND CONSPIRACY THEORIST GAIN THE TRUST OF ANYONE OVER 5 YEARS OLD?
WHY DOESN’T HIS SUPPORTERS URGE HIM TO RELEASE HIS TAXES SO THE SUSPICION OF FRAUD AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST CAN BE RESOLVED? WHAT IS HE HIDING?
Since his acquittal in the unfair impeachment trial, he is burning down what is left of our institutions, rule of law, and value system. Mental illness usually drives the kind of self-destructive behaviors that Trump exhibits. It is frightening to realize that your president is mentally and morally unwell. It is even more terrifying to realize that his pathology has spread into our system of government and the electorate.
Republicans should take a closer look at candidate Governor Bill Weld’s experience and accomplishments. If you cannot go, Democrat, go Mr. Weld.
Democrats must pick a candidate who, in contrast to Trump is intelligent, moral, authentic, qualified, and psychologically healthy. That would be any of the candidates running for office.