Where do we even begin?
How in the world have we arrived at a place where the president of the United States is the seen as the champion of white supremacist groups? By blaming “both sides” in this weekend’s Charlottesville riot (that resulted in three deaths) and calling members of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremest groups “fine people,” this president has abdicated his responsibility to set the moral compass of our country. He is incapable of issuing a clear, unambiguous repudiation of everything these groups stand for. Instead, he is wallowing in a moral cesspool which will undoubtedly encourage more hatred and violence.
I guess we should not be surprised at this latest outrage. Trump has given us every reason to doubt his dedication to the values that we hold dear, to wit: naming Steve Bannon as his chief strategist (Bannon was a founding member of Breitbart News, an ultra-right wing online news organization), the Muslim ban, attacks on voter rights, attacks on civil rights, attacks on LGBT rights, terrorizing immigrants with deportation, his reverence for Vladimir Putin, and oh-so-many more.
Each week…sometimes each day…Trump gives us new reasons to recoil at his words and actions. Last week it was his rash, ill-considered promise of responding to North Korea with “fire and fury,” which increased the possibility of an armed–perhaps nuclear–conflict with that nation. This week comes the catastrophe of his explicit support of racism in our country. The wound of racism is one that we as a nation have been trying to heal for many decades. Trump’s actions this week open those wounds and rub salt into them.
This president is a disgrace to America. Do not doubt that he is the most dangerous man in this country. How do we respond? I believe we must demand that our Members of Congress take unequivocal action to censure Trump. The entire Congress must, as a body, formally denounce his actions; it is not enough to have individual Members of Congress make statements decrying them.
Are there other options? Yes, and we may come to them. Impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors” may still occur based on Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia during the election and/or his obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey while he was investigating that collusion. Another option is using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Exploring that distant option will be the subject of another post on WeWillBeHeard.net.
In the meanwhile, I will urge my Members of Congress to censure this president because he continues to make a spectacle of himself and to disgrace this country.