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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 08:46 PM

Vandalizing America has been a group act starring Trump and Republicans

President Trump’s impeachment trial underscores the overriding importance of maintaining the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and changing the Senate from red to blue on Election Day 2020. Today, Trump is poised to get away with betraying his oath of office and raining havoc on government policies because House and Senate Republicans have chosen to go along and look the other way. For the sake of the nation, they, like Trump, need to be replaced.

To be sure, Trump’s presidency is, as a Los Angeles Times headline put it so succinctly, “a train wreck.” But the damage he is doing to the country can occur only because it has the support of Republican collaborators in Congress. Without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), 52 other GOP senators and 197 House Republicans marching in lockstep in the rear, the president would not be able to pursue his goal of remaking the United States into a solely owned Trump enterprise. Armed with that GOP posse, Trump is now the most dishonest, uninformed, outright mean, bigoted and braggadocious creature ever to have inhabited the White House — and he has unchecked power.

This isn’t to say Trump hasn’t managed to inflict wounds all on his own. He, and he alone, abused the power of the presidency by trying to coerce a foreign government into helping him politically. It was Trump, not his compatriots on Capitol Hill, who ordered the obstruction of the House of Representatives in the performance of its constitutional duty.

And it was Trump who has:
●caused children to be separated from their families and placed in inhumane conditions;
●cozied up to right-wing cutthroats who, through their words and deeds, damn democracy;
●thumbed his nose at climate change and assaulted school lunch programs;
●reveled in the use of foul language;
●taken delight in disparaging brown- and black-skinned immigrants and the places they come from (“shithole countries”);
●shown preference for those sharing his racial heritage (look at his administration, his playgrounds and his playmates);
●paid lip service to unity while promoting division.
Trump has single-handedly demeaned his office.

That said, vandalizing America has been a GOP group act. Both Trump and Republicans must be pulled offstage.


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