The RoundTable does not generally involve itself in national affairs, but President Donald Trump’s words and actions of the past two weeks show more clearly than ever that he is at the center of his squalid moral Nano-universe.
He has refused to repudiate white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan. Instead he gave them and their racist and violent ways public endorsement and denigrated those who protested their actions by making a moral equivalence of the two groups. His actions press upon us the need to share our growing concerns about the future of this country.
These concerns are not new, but as they pile up one on another, we see a president who is dividing and hurting this country. His actions put many in danger and many more in fear. He is traumatizing many in this country, particularly black, Hispanic, and Muslim youth.
Through his candidacy last year and now during the eight surreal months of his presidency, he has shown no regard for women, minorities, refugees, the poor, the frail and vulnerable, the disabled, and just about anyone else who is not rich, white, and powerful.
As a candidate, he publicly called for Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails – which, we think, solicited Russia’s aid to interfere in our election – and to denigrate Secretary Clinton and to help him win the election. Then and now, we and others feel this was an act of treason. Our concerns grew as he spewed his message of racism, misogyny, and hatred during the campaign. With his brazen defiance of diplomacy, he has put our country in danger of war and of terrorism.
His continual lies have not gone unnoticed, nor has his callousness for the marginalized and disadvantaged people of our nation – those for whose plight he pledged concern, and whose jobs he promised to “save” and “restore,” and whose health coverage he said he would increase.
He attacked the heritage of a judge who was hearing a case against one of his companies; he ridiculed a disabled reporter; and he essentially made war on the family of a Muslim soldier killed in the service of this country. He has repeatedly maligned people of Mexican heritage. Stories of his mistreatment of women could more than fill this page.
He has chosen to disregard the nearly unanimous scientific view that our planet is in peril from man-made climate change. Earlier this summer, at his direction, The United States was the only one among the 195 countries that had agreed to the 2015 Paris climate agreement to pull out of it.
He is attempting to bury the findings about climate change by having his staff “review” the Climate Science Special Report, produced by scientists from 13 different federal agencies and reportedly saying that human activities were responsible for an increase in global temperature over the last seven decades. Perhaps mitigating that news, however, is the assurance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the National Climate Assessment, due out in 2018, will be prepared.
His aggressive tactics toward journalists and the free press – while possibly legitimate exercises of free speech – are chilling echoes of other dictators.
His willful blindness to the complexities of governing and the nuances of the social fabric of this country are appalling. He is unfit for the presidency and not capable of carrying out his Constitutional obligations to all citizens of our country.
So what is to be done?
He must leave. We call on him to resign immediately. But since we are pretty sure he will not do that, we call on members of Congress to remove him through our prescribed Constitutional means.