Donald Trump is exhausting. His continual lying is exhausting. His blatant disregard for the norms of being President is exhausting. His open nepotism in promoting his daughter and son-in-law to positions of power within the White House is exhausting. And his incessant tweeting about anything and everything is exhausting.
Each day brings new revelations of his absolute disregard for the rule of law; his contempt for our Constitution; his use of the office of the President for the enrichment of himself and his family. For those who have been #Never Trump since the beginning of the 2016 election campaign, it is easy to become overwhelmed, not only by Donald Trump, but also by the spineless support given to him by the GOP leaders in Congress.
As Evan McMullin recently said:
Even for active observers, there are now too many Trump/GOP scandals to track. All caused by abject moral decay & abandonment of principle.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 25, 2017
But we who have been the “voice crying in the wilderness” must not lose hope. Finally, the media is catching up with us. They are beginning to do their jobs, which is to report the news without fear or favor. The sole exception, the Fox News Channel, now no longer leads in the ratings competition. Their credibility, based on their shameless support of anything Trump has done, is costing them dearly. Fox News recently has ranked third in viewership behind MSNBC and CNN. In fact, of the two most ardent Trump shills on that network – Bill O’Reilly is gone and Sean Hannity appears to be on his way out the door.
Some of the #Never Trump people who abandoned the cause after the election – saying he was the President and should receive our support – are slowly realizing the error of their ways. They thought the Presidency would change Trump. Instead, Trump has changed the Presidency, and not for the better. He still uses name calling for people who do not support him. He has gone from “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted” to “Crying Chuck” and “Pocahontas.” His financial people now claim that it is “too complicated” for him to comply with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. If it is too complicated to follow the Constitution, then it is too complicated to be our President. Simple as that.
We now know that people associated with his campaign, if not Trump himself, are under active, criminal investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No one knows yet how far or how deep this investigation extends into Trump’s own inner circle. It may be a while before anyone knows exactly how bad this is.
If Trump has any strategy at all, it would be one of being so outrageous, all the time, that eventually people would weary of calling him out on it. We saw this during the campaign when he attacked Senator John McCain saying “he liked heroes who weren’t captured” or openly mocked a disabled reporter in front of his supporters.
There will be no shaming him into better behavior He had no shame then. He has no shame now. Trump is a bully and bullies only back down when people have the courage to call them out. It is up to us, both those who are #NeverTrump and those who now recognize he is totally unfit for office, to continue to stand up to him, and to call him out.
Perhaps, in a strange sort of way, Trump has been good for our country. Citizens who once slept through elections are now engaging in the process. They are contacting their representatives and Senators in numbers never seen before. They are demanding town hall meetings to express their views. For the first time in years, THEY ARE PAYING ATTENTION.
Members of Congress, especially Republicans, seem to be slowly waking up to this fact. Or at least waking up to the fact that supporting Donald Trump could pose a threat to their own re-election. Now is the time to push them even harder. Not just on Trump, but on the disastrous AHCA healthcare plan. On Trump’s tax plan that cuts billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicaid.
Your voices will be heard. If you choose to use them.
For those who have followed Donald Trump’s first trip overseas, they have seen that, while it is not yet over, it has been a disaster for the United States. A president who sword dances with sponsors of terrorism in Saudi Arabia, then lectures our closest allies in NATO over not paying their “fair share” of dues does not represent America, our values, or our culture.
He later went on to call one of our most stalwart allies Germany “bad, bad” or “evil, evil” depending on the translation and said he would block the sales of German cars in the U.S. Which, once again, shows his complete lack of comprehension. Germany is part of the European Union – we do not have a separate trade agreement with them. In addition, there are manufacturing plants building German cars in the U.S. and providing thousands of jobs to Americans.
In a devastating commentary published last Friday (before the NATO conference) by the German news organization Spiegel Online, they said
“Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.”
The process of legally removing a sitting President has only been employed twice in our long history, and both times were unsuccessful. There are two options available:
- Impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate.
- Invoking Article 4 of the 25th Amendment whereby the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet, or the Congress, declares the President is unfit or incapable of performing his duties.
With both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, and the GOP leadership of both august bodies unwilling to put country before party, it is likely that neither option is viable, at least until the 2018 mid-term elections.
There is, of course, the possibility of resignation, but that is not one that we should rely upon. Only one President, Richard Nixon, resigned rather than face impeachment proceedings. And Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon, for all his flaws.
If or when you feel the exhaustion of the fight beginning to overwhelm you – take a break. Enjoy the good things that no one can take away from you. The beauty of a sunset. The comfort of a good book. The laughter of a child at play. If you are a believer, turn your thoughts upward – Be still and know that I am God.
You will encounter pushback – from friends, co-workers, even family.
Never give up.
There will be times when it seems that nothing we say or do has any effect.
Never give up.
For the sake of our children, our children’s children, and our country
Never, never, never give up.