First, not one of our nation’s 45 presidents pleased everyone; that is not possible. The president of the United States is the most frequently criticized person in the world; that’s America. Any man or woman who seeks the office must be able to accept honest criticism. If not, he or she is unqualified to wear the title.
Donald John Trump is an egomaniac. His mental health has always been in question. Anyone who questions his actions or simply disagrees with him is not welcome. His narcissism has reached a level never seen before. Even a minor amount of criticism results in personal attacks from this illegitimate president. DJT spends far more time attacking his perceived enemies than performing the job for which he was illegitimately elected.
During one of Trump’s unintelligible briefings, he told governors from blue states that if they wanted aid from the federal government, they “had to be nice to him.” Does anyone remember that Trump was impeached because he demanded quid pro quo from the President of Ukraine?
I can’t be the only one who is embarrassed for Mike Pence or any other member of Trump’s administration who stands in front of the television camera and literally ‘fawns’ all over the orange buffoon. His administration has spent most of its time placating its weak-minded president.
Trump’s presidency is filled with failure, and now the worst has happened. Our nation, the world, is in a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is killing thousands of people every day. One of the side effects is the ruination of our economy which had already begun to move towards another recession.
Prior to Trump’s illegitimate presidency, the American people looked to their leader for guidance and words of hope and comfort. This is not the situation with DJT.
Trump has rightfully been criticized for his failure to act quickly and decisively when he learned of the developing situation in China last January. His hesitation to implement the Defense Production Act prevented everything from surgical masks to ventilators so desperately needed by healthcare professionals being produced when they were needed.
Trump has been quick to take action in states where he won the Electoral College. For California and New York, not so much. Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, saw this coming, and warned about them during Trump’s impeachment trial. In hindsight, her comments look remarkably prescient.
“Imagine living in a part of Louisiana or Texas that’s prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding,” Karlan said. “What would you think if you lived there, and your governor asked for a meeting with the president to discuss getting disaster aid that Congress has provided for. What would you think if that president said, ‘I would like you to do us a favor. I’ll meet with you, and I’ll send the disaster relief, once you brand my opponent a criminal.’ Wouldn’t you know in your gut that such a president had abused his office?”
Finally, the coronavirus has exposed what I have been saying for years. Trump is not and cannot be referred to as the President of the United States. He refuses to represent all Americans whether they voted for him or not.
DJT will never be my president and if you love your country, he is not yours.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by James Turnage
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