By Jason Taylor
It seems to me that sending a threatening tweet directed at James Comey in an effort to silence him is obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. Trump’s behavior is beyond the pale.
And to deflect from the Comey tweet Trump turns to China. You seriously could not make this stuff up.
Trump is so desperately playing to his base that he’s blind to the fact that his every tweet is evidence of obstruction of justice. He fails to understand that, in order to prove that charge, it is not necessary to show that he is personally being investigated. People get convicted every day in our criminal courts for interfering with investigations that are aimed at their associates. There is, of course, absolutely no excuse for those Republican congresspeople who continue to resist an independent investigation — — their response to Trump’s behavior is quite simply willing complicity.
So, there are two options here:
Either Trump actually DID tape his conversations with Comey, and he wants to make sure Comey (and all of us, via Twitter) knew it. In which case this would be pretty alarming and strange for all kinds of reasons (the very fact our sitting President feels compelled to secretly tape his conversations with the head of the FBI, that the President would let Comey know in this very public way vs. all the other ways this could be conveyed to Comey, etc).
Or, Trump did NOT tape his conversations with Comey, but he wants to make sure Comey (and all of us, via Twitter) know that he might have. In which case this is pretty alarming and strange for all kinds of reasons (that our sitting President would suggest something he knows not to be true, that the President would suggest this to Comey in such a public way, etc).
And then add to EITHER of the above the whole “veiled threat” aspect whichever of the two options above is true. What is Trump suggesting would happen?
For most of us “average” Americans (and I am in that group), this is all just too bizarre and strange to follow on a daily basis. Trump seems to many of us to be unhinged and becoming more unhinged by the day. Do no GOP members of Congress ever get concerned this is the sole person in the U.S. who can launch a nuclear attack?
Even Nixon wasn’t this stupid to publicly commit witness intimidation, as Trump tried to do. First with Sally Yates, now with Comey.
I hate to say it but it might be a positive thing for the United States that Hillary lost. Had she become President, the GOP would have continued their obstructionism and in fact, it would have been coupled with ridiculous witch hunts.
With Trump, the face of the GOP has been unmasked. We see them now for the craven, power-hungry, party over country operatives, that they really are. This was never about the people they represent, the Constitution, Christians, etc…. This is all about power. And no, both sides are not the same.
I don’t have to be an astronaut who walked on the moon to say with 100 percent certainty that the moon exists and likewise I don’t have to be a psychiatrist to say with 100 percent certainty also, that Donald Trump is mentally unfit to serve as President. We are beyond discussing the merits of anything he says. It’s that simple.
I didn’t always agree with George W. Bush but sometimes I felt bad for him when he unintentionally mangled the English language. But he was, for all the political disagreements I had with him, still a kind and gregarious man, a gentleman who understood the dignity and importance of his role as President. President Obama too was consistently thoughtful, reflective and eloquent, a man whose bearing spoke volumes, whose mastery of being calm, cool and collected gave him the well-earned nickname: “No drama Obama.”
And now this: A man-child who recklessly, carelessly, childishly tweets out daily rants. A man so inarticulate that I often use his own words to demonstrate confusion of language; a man so undignified, so graceless, so vindictive and petty that I am simply filled with shame when I acknowledge him as our President. And that’s even before I start thinking of his lies, his lack of knowledge and protocol, his lack of morals and scruples of any kind. I repeat: I am filled with shame. Trump disgusts me. There is no other word for it.