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Discussion in 'Political Discourse' started by CdnGuy, Dec 15, 2015.
Trump's outrageous firing of the Intelligence Community IG is a useful reminder that he is not just directly responsible for making much worse one of the biggest public health and economic catastrophes in American history, he is still the most corrupt president we have ever had.
The catastrophe we currently face should not distract us from the fact that Trump began by betraying the country, allied himself with an enemy to win the presidency, wantonly obstructed justice to cover up his crimes, rewarded Russia for its support,...
supported white supremacists, imposed racist policies on immigrants, put children in cages, turned his back on the suffering of Puerto Rico, gutted vital protections for our environment, enriched and empowered his family via nepotism, sought to suppress the First Amendment,...
empowered his Attorney General to attack our system of laws, appointee unqualified ideologues to lifetime positions on the courts, embraced murderers and autocrats overseas, battered our economy with reckless and damaging trade policies,...
rewarded war criminals, punished truth-tellers and whistle blowers, directly attacked the FBI and the Intelligence Community, insisted that loyalty to him was more important than loyalty to the country and punished those who dared to place nation and Constitution first.
He is a racist, a misogynist, unfit, a pathological liar, a disastrously bad manager, a credibly accused rapist, a serial sex abuser, a man without compassion or humanity or any trace of human virtue or capability. He denies science, history, our laws, and the ideas and ideals...
...on which this country was founded. He is not just the worst president in our history. He is the senior public official who has done the most damage in the most different ways to the most people and the most cherished aspects of life in America of any since 1776.
As he did in the Ukraine case that led to his impeachment, Trump placed his own personal political interest ahead national interests when he sought to hide the truth about the coronavirus for seven weeks. It was the same crime, predicted explicitly at the impeachment trial.
He suppressed testing and data because he thought it would damage his political fortunes. He has repeatedly framed this sweeping human tragedy as an attack on him by Democrats and the media. Further, of course, his other defects have exacerbated the current calamity.
His lies, his unfitness, his denial of science, his elevation of loyalists above experts, his partisanship, his ignorance, his indecency, and his vileness have all made this crisis worse and will result in tens of thousands of lives unnecessarily lost.
They will have resulted in deepening and prolonging and making more agonizing the economic crisis that the bungled public health care crisis triggered. They will have contributed directly to worsening the most horrific public health disaster in a century in America.
They will have contributed to producing the worst economic disaster America has faced since the Great Depression. They are still doing so daily, still making matters worse daily. But as bad as what is happening now is, it does not and must not erase his prior abuses.
He is a traitor. He is a criminal. He is the worst human being every elevated to such a high position in American life. And to avoid falling victim to such a fate again and so we may repair the damage he has done, we must see the totality of his monstrosity for what it is.
Thread by @djrothkopf: Trump's outrageous firing of the Intelligence Community IG is a useful reminder that he is not just directly responsible for making much wor…
Instead of listening to the U.S. intelligence reports and heeding the experts’ warnings, Trump maintained his usual bluster for critical weeks, as if insulting the virus could bluff it away. This is the same tactic used by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and other autocrats eager to look tough in the face of a challenge, with similarly dismal results against the disease.
Another parallel is how Trump pushes off all responsibility onto governors, despite years of “only I can fix it” rhetoric. Putin has practically disappeared as casualties mount in Russia, handing duties — and blame, he hopes — off to the Moscow mayor and others. Autocrats don’t do bad news; they must appear infallible.
Trump enjoys starring in daily COVID-19 press conferences, embracing his role as misinformer-in-chief, giving out erroneous information and praising himself while chastising the media and state leaders.
He finally realized that millions of dead Americans might hurt his reelection chances, but the damage was done. It’s been compounded by another autocratic tendency in the Trump administration, incompetence and nepotism. Trump has spent three years surrounding himself with advisers whose only qualification is their unquestioning loyalty to him. This leads to tragi-comic blunders like the U.S. calling Thailand to ask for medical supplies only to be told that Thailand was expecting a shipment of medical supplies from the United States!
More tragic and less comic was watching Jared Kushner give a briefing on the pandemic Thursday evening. Thousands of Americans are dead, the world’s greatest experts are available, and the president’s son-in-law is lecturing us based on what he read on Wikipedia and Facebook that morning. Now the U.S. Navy is firing captains for warning about the spread of COVID-19 on their ships. Perhaps next for the administration is the “Turkmenistan model” of simply banning the use of the word “coronavirus.”
Incompetence is deadly enough on its own, but malice and corruption are never far behind in this administration. Trump has been waging war on American institutions and looking for ways to enrich himself and his cronies from the start, and this crisis will only open up more opportunities.