Tuesday was a busy news day in America, and while we don’t need any more reasons to work to remove Trump from office, he continued to give us more anyway.
Three Tuesday takeaways:
1) Trump completely undermined his own administration by dismissing warnings from his National Security Adviser John Bolton about North Korea. Bolton told reporters yesterday that North Korea was not keeping its promises on missile development nor or testing, and this claim was backed by evidence from our intelligence services. But later Trump contradicted Bolton, saying about Dictator Kim:
“He kept his word. There’s no nuclear testing. There’s no large, there’s no long-range missiles going up. The only things he’s set up were very short term, short range. That was just a test of short range. It’s a whole different deal, but he’s kept his word to me. That’s very important.”
For Trump to side with a murderous dictator over our intelligence community is yet another disgraceful betrayal of our national security. Our nation is less safe as long as Trump is in thrall to Dictator Kim, who has played Trump and his giant ego with great effectiveness. The situation is so bad that conservatives are raking Trump over the coals. Here’s a scathing editorial in the Daily News from S. E. Cupp entitled “Trump is the enemy of the American people”:
2) Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (wife of Senate Leader Mitch McConnell) is in increasingly hot water for what seem to be blatant ethics violations while in office. She apparently failed to divest stocks directly related to asphalt and road building–while she’s in charge of road building in America. Then, on an official trip to China, Chao asked the Chinese government to arrange meetings with her family members. Her family owns a giant shipping company that does a lot of business with China, so it’s easy to imagine that she’s using her position to help enrich her family instead of doing her job. The requests were so abnormal that they were flagged by two separate ethics watchdogs and the trip was ultimately cancelled. Chao also created a special DOT liaison to make sure Federal grants get steered and fast-tracked to her husband’s home state of Kentucky as he approaches re-election. No other Senator has such an arrangement with the Transportation Department–coincidence?
3) While we’re on the subject of McConnell and corruption, the Senate Leader has yet to bring any bill to the floor of the Senate to address the attacks and hacking of our elections by Russia. Bills have been authored and co-sponsored, but McConnell won’t allow any of them to be debated, so it’s safe to say that McConnell alone is the shameful roadblock to a safer and more secure election system.
Why would McConnell act in such an unAmerican way, betraying his oath of office by failing to protect our nation? Perhaps he knows that action on Russian hacking will reflect badly on Trump, and will weigh against so many of Trump’s lies about Russian interference. Whatever the dark reason, it’s a historic disgrace–and it’s compounded by the fact that McConnell takes money from voting machine makers!
Washington has become a vortex of corruption under Trump and it’s only going to go from bad to worse. We may not get another chance after 2020 to send Trump and his crooked cult of scumbags back under their rocks. Let’s keep resisting and working to “vote his ass out of office.”