Winning at all costs, where the end is winning and the means are anything, is where Trump is leading the nation, especially his supporters and his party. It’s a place that leaves no room for decency.
Sen. Mitt Romney issued a statement Friday, saying he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia.”
The President didn’t take too well to that. He won’t accept any criticism or even acknowledge the decency of anyone offering any. And after such a win in being cleared of criminal collusion, Trump seems to want to invite more investigations, and may even be baiting Democrats to impeach him anyway.
The more Democrats push talk of impeachment–something that Speaker Nancy Pelosi thought she put to bed, the more Trump’s mouthpieces dare them to do it.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), meanwhile, said that even though an impeachment effort would likely be unsuccessful, “there comes a point in life where we all have to make decisions based upon the fact that it is our watch.”The Hill, April 21, 2019
After slamming Romney, Rudy Giuliani threw Jake Tapper for a loop on State of the Union, saying “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.” When Tapper pressed, Giuliani added, “There’s no crime. We’re going to get into morality? That isn’t what prosecutors look at — morality.”
Absolutely correct, Mr. President’s lawyer. Prosecutors don’t look at morality. But voters do.
(Romney received 47.2% of the popular vote in his 2012 loss against Barack Obama, while Trump received 46.1% in 2016 (Trump received 2 million more votes total, since turnout was much higher in 2016).)
The Trump campaign was guilty of unbelievable negligence in vetting their staff, contacts, and the provenance of whatever information they used. In fact, the Russian who met with Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort in Trump Tower was tied to Fusion GPS, along with the FBI. Mueller didn’t include this in his report because as a prosecutor, he wasn’t required to include exculpatory evidence, but he certainly knew, and he knew how clueless the Trump campaign was..
This campaign fell into trap after trap, and the only thing that saved the President from actual impeachment is that he refused (and as much as is possible for a sitting president) continues to refuse to document his own words, orders, directives, and comments.
It may not be criminal, but it’s a terrible way to manage, and a worse way to govern our nation. A White House filled with mistrust and lies, led by an undisciplined, glandular, press-obsessed President is not a whole lot better than the crew in Trump Tower in the spring of 2016.
Yet, on the issues that voters care about, Trump has so energized Democrats to remove him that they’ve pushed way outside the pulse of mainstream American opinion. Trump is a master at playing his enemies, and he has marvelously baited the Democrats into an anti-life, anti-Israel, anti-gun position that could win him a second term.
But where does that lead America? It leads to a place where lying, manipulation, insults, taunts and grave-dancing is considered the norm of political discourse. A place where there’s no room for an honest man like Mitt Romney, who, as much as I disagreed with some of his policy, believe to be a decent, truth-telling man who deeply cares about his faith.
Trump cares nothing for decency, truth-telling, or faith in his personal life or interactions. With Trump, it’s all about the angle, all about the win.
If the Democrats and their liberal press counterparts continue to take his bait, continue to let yellow journalism rule in many major media outlets, and actually try to follow through on impeachment, Trump will own them. He will literally trash every Republican to run for the office he holds since Reagan, and then call for his own impeachment to own the libs. What kind of leadership is this?
President Trump is not a criminal, but to recall the words of a president who faced impeachment and chose to resign, he will have a difficult time saying “I am not a crook.”
In 2016, Republicans had a choice–a wide choice of conservatives, a few centrists, and the son of a postman. GOP voters chose to go with a binary argument that Trump alone could defeat Hillary Clinton–this was precisely Hillary Clinton’s strategy to defeat the GOP. She was a terrible candidate and she lost, and the binary choice was validated.
Now it’s binary to infinity (credit Jonah Goldberg). With no useful options in 2020, conservative voters may be left with a choice between a crooked man, and no choice at all because Democrats will nominate a fervent believer in wiping conservatives from the political map.
There will be no room for decency in our political tent, because Trump has purged it. If that doesn’t trouble you, then you may want to consider what made America great to begin with.