Sunday, July 9, 2017

Salon -- Donald Trump will never change: And after a week of farce and fiasco, even Republicans know impeachment is possible

 Cracks appear in the GOP fa├žade as the news keeps getting more devastating for Trump. How long can he last?

Farce may make for a fun night at the theater. But farce in the governance of your country is terrifying.

Yet that is where we are once again this morning. The President of the United States has hit is Twitter account with yet more incoherence and dangerous misunderstandings of reality. He suggests that we form "an impenetrable Cyber Security unit" with Russia? He seems to buy the assurances from Vladimir Putin, a trained KGB agent, that the Russians didn't meddle in the election?

As the former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tweeted with tongue firmly in cheek, "When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he "vehemently denied it," we just dropped it usually."

In a recent post I referred to Mr. Trump as the "leader of the free world," long a phrase for journalists seeking a synonym for president. Many of you questioned the validity of this convention in the comments section. After the latest G20 Summit, where the world once again took the measure of our President and saw no leadership or sense of understanding of the burdens of freedom, I can see understand the argument for retiring the phrase.

But the reality remains that the United States is still a very important nation on the world stage and the President has tremendous powers. The fact that he is wielding them with such recklessness makes the situation all the more perilous. Once again I ask, what of his many enablers? When will they see what the rest of the world is seeing and say enough is enough?

By Conor Lynch