We the People

Trump and the ConstitutionHow is it that the Republicans in Congress and those who support Donald Trump can still believe that his presidency is copacetic? Things in and around the White House are not in excellent order. Far from it. In fact, the ubiquity of corruption, dishonesty, and ineptness is astounding.

Trump and his cronies are treating the presidency like a three-ring circus, with a constant drip, drip, drip of questionable, and probably, illegal actions.

First there was the withholding of congressionally approved funds for Ukraine by Trump and his delegates. The money was to be withheld unless the newly elected president of Ukraine agreed to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals. And while Trump claims there was nothing wrong with his dealings with the Ukrainian President, his own “acting” chief-of-staff publicly admitted to a quid pro quo for political purposes and told those reporters assembled to “get over it.”

And then there was the infamous telephone call with Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, in which Trump gave the green light for Turkey to send his army into the Kurdish homeland, a narrow swath of land in northern Syria. This act will be devastating to Kurds, who fought ISIS on behalf of the United States, and it gave Erdogan America’s blessing to essentially engage in ethnic cleansing (i.e., genocide) of the Kurdish people. It’s an almost incomprehensible betrayal of our allies in the battle against ISIS.

And what about Trump’s desperate move to defy subpoenas, to try to prevent anyone associated with the Trump administration from testifying before Congress, and refusing to comply with demands to provide documents to congressional committees? These are outrageous acts of obstruction of justice.

And finally there is the selection of Trump’s golf resort, the Trump National Doral Miami, as the site for the festivities at next June’s G7 Summit. This is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officeholders (including the president) from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives. Having foreign leaders, their entourages, and security teams paying enormous sums of money to stay at a property owned by Trump is the very definition of using his office to line his own pockets.

So back to my original question: how is it that the Republicans in Congress and those who support Donald Trump can still believe that his presidency is copacetic? When will they begin to put country ahead of party? And when will we the people, the American voting public, say that enough is enough?


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (copacetic), Your Daily Word Prompt (ubiquity), The Daily Spur (ring), Daily Addictions (drip), Word of the Day (desperate), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (festivities).