Trumps wipes feet on Constitution
To the editor,
It’s been a busy few weeks as our so-called president tries to recruit foreign leaders to aid his 2020 re-election campaign. At stake is the future of our Constitution, let alone quaint ideas of honor and integrity.
Trump has claimed authority to amend the Constitution by imperial decree – the birthright citizenship that’s part of the 14th Amendment. Lack of Republican push-back was telling. Now he thinks the impeachment clause should be eliminated. The Founding Fathers put it in there for good reason, along with checks and balances and separation of powers.
Then there’s the ongoing and blatant violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause as Trump uses the presidency to enhance his and his family’s wealth. No Republican push-back there either.
First an intelligence agency whistle-blower reported a July phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s new president, seeking his help in digging up dirt on Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter; this right after Trump blocked $250 million in military aid to Ukraine. Trump has admitted the conversation happened. But there was nothing improper, the habitual liar insisted. The partial transcript of the conversation showed otherwise. He responded by also seeking assistance from China to dig up dirt on the Bidens.
Then Trump said the whistle-blower should be charged with treason, along with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff for attempting to assert those checks and balances and separation of powers.
The Constitution defines treason, and investigating presidential wrongdoing doesn’t qualify.
Trump has seeded the Executive Branch with people who will be loyal to him personally rather than to the country, the Constitution or the rule of law; especially the State Department and Department of Justice. Still no push-back from Senate Republicans.
Trump knows he can act with impunity, because his Executive Branch minions and Senate Trumpublicans will protect him from any accountability. The ugly reality that we see here is that our Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on if our elected representatives refuse to uphold it and instead aid and abet Trump’s coup against it.
– Carole McWilliams, Bayfield