After watching the goings-on in Washington for more than two and a half years, I have just turned off the television.
Clearly, we have too many muddled Americans who only see through their own lenses.
Despite countless surveys and questions by both parties, Congress and commentators don’t seem to understand where the American people are with Trump.
The House of Representatives and the Senate apparently are bound by the U.S. Constitution to give this president due process. That is why every representative and senator is being super careful.
But, after yesterday, the American people on the street do not have the time or the energies for Trump anymore. The White House corroborated the whistleblower’s claim that Trump asked the Ukrainian president 8 times to investigate the Bidens.
Like everything else attributed to Trump, even hard copies of that telephone call did not convince all observers. What happened there is that Trump was caught extorting the president of a small country that depends on American military hardware for its protection against Russian aggression.
But when Trump openly and publicly invited Communist China to investigate the Bidens on national television yesterday, the American people saw not only his contempt for our elected House and Senate officials, but a Trump who feels he can act with complete impunity. Nothing clearly restrains this man who is used to having his way, regardless of who is harmed.
Congress now has little choice but to enforce the Constitution, but the American people don’t enjoy a reservoir of patience. We have long endured Trump’s up and down tweets, but when he asked China for help, that confirmed what many people have not wanted to see.
Although he has long castigated China very publicly for building their economy on our backs, yesterday Trump groveled up to China by asking for dirt against the Bidens to improve his chances of winning the 2020 election. People may have doubted whether Russia helped his election in 2016, but now Trump has made it amply clear that he is willing to compromise himself even with countries he has repeatedly said that do not share our best interests.
Today, Trump’s 35 percent voting base may remain undisturbed, but I believe most Americans now understand why Trump cannot continue as president.
The House and the Senate have the task of itemizing his many misdeeds during the next 13 months, but regular Americans now have his number, and Trump will surely pay for abusing the U.S. and the world for four long years.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above guest columns show President Trump in a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a gathering at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2019. (Photo Credit: Boing.Boing.net)